A DEPLETED Swindon Supermarine will hope to end their dismal run of results with a home win over the Southern League West’s bottom side Bishops Cleeve this evening.

Supermarine were handed the weekend off after their trip to Barnstaple Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Before that, Webb watched his side suffer a narrow 3-2 defeat at the hands of Winchester City, a game which also saw skipper Zak Westlake dismissed for two bookable offences.

The club’s last victory came at home to Bristol Manor Farm just over three weeks ago, and with Webb struggling to accumulate a full matchday squad, the odds are stacked firmly against him at the Webbswood Stadium.

With both Westlake and Joe Shepherd suspended, Marine are also without a number of players due to injuries, although they are boosted by the return of Harrison Bennett. 

“We lose Zak for tonight through suspension for his sending off against Winchester so that is another one where we are going to be down,” he said.

“It’s going to be very difficult and we are going to have to try, like we would have at Barnstaple - just go there and try to pick up three points.

“We are still in the hunt because we have the games in hand but, obviously it is very, very, tight and I think we have gone down to 10th.

“If we win all the games in hand, we will be back to where we want to be, but it is unfortunate.”

In a bid to relax the injury worries, Webb had signed defender Kerian Benitez-Diaz on a dual deal with Royal Wootton Bassett Town, but after their game was called off, Webb has been told Benitez-Diaz will be able to play tonight, despite Bassett in Hellenic League Premier Division action tomorrow night against Binfield.

While the current injury crisis may mean players on the periphery will get a chance to play, Webb says he has every bit of faith in the players he picks for the Southern League clash.

“It’s important the players do the job I ask of them tonight and hopefully we can get three points,” he said.

“The list of players we have out at the moment is there to see, I don’t think any team could cope with having that many quality players missing.

“However, it is our job to try and get those players back. Whoever is at the club and playing, it is big game for us.

“Having games in hand is fantastic but you’ve got to win them and we need to start putting some points on the board.

“Having lost the last couple, we need to bounce back, and bounce back quick, and I have every confidence in the group.”