DAVE Webb has labelled the next seven days “massive” in the context of Swindon Supermarine’s push for an Evo-Stik League South West promotion place.

Marine currently sit fourth in the table with games in hand on those around them but there is no room for error with the chasing pack so tightly congested. Tomorrow’s visitors Bideford are eighth but will leapfrog Webb’s side should they take maximum points at the Webbswood Stadium.

That fixture is followed by a trip to sixth-placed Evesham United on Wednesday and a home meeting with Yate Town – currently in mid-table but still very much in the play-off hunt – on January 20.

“Those are three massive games and it’s a big week for us,” said manager Webb.

“I’m conscious of it, the players are certainly aware of it but we are certainly capable of achieving what we want to achieve and are looking forward to the challenge.”

Marine fought back from two goals down to lead 3-2 at Larkhall Athletic last Saturday before they were forced to settle for a 3-3 draw and also overcame an early setback to share the spoils with Kidlington on New Year’s Day.

“We’re unbeaten in January so far and if we can go through the next three games unbeaten then it will be a huge achievement and will put us right on the road to where we want to go,” said Webb.

“But we’re going to need to start games better than we have done of late. We’re up against three very good sides and can’t give any of them a lead and then expect to put it right.”

Marine captain Zac Westlake had it confirmed that he has suffered a fractured eye socket after seeking a second opinion at John Radcliffe Hospital and will not return to action until next month.

Webb is also hoping to welcome long-term absentee Ash Taylor back into the fold in February, with the commanding defender due to have his protective boot removed this weekend following foot surgery.

The boss will also have to do without leading scorer Josh Parsons – who has netted 13 times in Marine’s last 14 matches – tomorrow as the striker is on holiday.

Webb said: “Bideford are a proper Southern League team – strong and experienced with some quality players. If we can do the double over them then it will be a major confidence boost.”