SWINDON Supermarine manager Dave Webb has called on his troops to stop the rot as they welcome AFC Totton to the Webbswood Stadium tonight.

The South Marston side have suffered back-to-back defeats in Southern League West – losing 3-2 to leaders Taunton Town 10 days ago before suffering a 3-0 reverse at Wimborne Town on Saturday.

Although Marine are without top scorer Josh Parsons (knee), striker Aaron Woodley (hamstring) and defenders John Else (concussion) and Ash Taylor (foot), Webb does not want to use those injuries as an excuse.

“It is a massive test. We have got 18 players in the squad, so it is hard when you have got four missing,” Webb said.

“But I’m not having that as an excuse for Saturday. It is not about who is missing, it is about the ones in possession of the shirt.

“I said before the game: ‘Don’t use injuries as an excuse, you’ve got the shirt, look after it, keep it and go and win the game’. Unfortunately, we didn’t do that.”

The 3-0 loss in Dorset has seen Marine slip to seventh in the table, with the Hampshire side three places further back in 10th.

Webb is keen for his side to use home comforts to their advantage with their next three games, including an FA Trophy tie against Hartley Wintney this coming weekend, at their South Marston base.

“We need to show a reaction.We have got a big game against Totton, they are much improved side this season,” he said.

“Just as winning becomes a habit, so does losing. We have got to get to winning ways and quick.”

Of his injured players, Webb thinks it will be a while before he will be back to full strength.

“I don’t think that we will have anybody back for Tuesday. Maybe Josh Parsons on Saturday but that is still 50-50,” said Webb.

“Zac Westlake came on for the last 15 minutes on Saturday and is still a bit sore but I’m hoping that with a rest, he might be OK for Tuesday.

“Ash Taylor has been signed off work for two weeks. He is resting his foot so it is bound to improve, but I do think that it is inevitable that he will have a scan.

“We are still waiting on a date for that but that could be months rather than weeks.

“With John Else, he has got concussion symptoms so we have got to wait three weeks, while with Aaron Woodley, I don’t want him coming back only to break down again – there is no point.”