Swindon Supermarine face their toughest league fixture to date when they host Southern League Division One West leaders Taunton Town in a ‘must-win’ game at The Webbs Wood Stadium this Saturday (3 p.m) if they are to maintain aspirations of automatic promotion this season.
‘The Peacocks’ arrive at The Webbs Wood Stadium sitting pretty on top of the standings and are unbeaten on the road, having gathered 22 points from 9 league fixtures played to date, winning all but two, though drawing 2-2 at Kidlington and, surprisingly, losing 1-4 at home to Yate Town.
Taunton faced a tough replay in the F.A Trophy on Tuesday night at AFC Totton, having drawn 1-1 at The Viridor Stadium last Saturday and managed to depart Hampshire with an extra-time cup win, 2-1, having drawn 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Marine head into this ‘top of the table’ clash off the back of last Saturday’s 1-0 F.A Trophy win at home to Barnstaple Town thanks to Zak Westlake’s first half header, a game they dominated for large periods and would have won with a larger goal tally had their finishing been sharper.
Due to their recent involvement in both the F.A Cup and the F.A Trophy, Marine now find themselves down in 6th position in the league (though still unbeaten) with two games in hand on those above them.
Speaking ahead of the big game, Marine Manager Dave Webb said, “It will be a really exciting game, one which myself and the players are very much looking forward to.
“Taunton are making a big push for promotion this season and we must be organised.
“All players must know what’s expected of them and need to play to their full potential.”
Winger Ryan Campbell returns to the Marine squad after missing last week’s win, having attended a wedding, though Aaron Woodley is a doubt with a hamstring problem.
Top scorer Josh Parsons looks set to return to the starting line-up, having been rested on the bench last Saturday, whilst fellow striker T.J Bohane sharpened up for Saturday’s big match by getting more valuable game-time under his belt on Tuesday night, scoring for Bracknell Town in their 6-0 drubbing of Aylesbury F.C in The Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.
“Patience will be needed when we play,” Webb reiterated. “Our offensive players will be the key to pegging them back, I hope. It’s a massive fixture for the club but we have to be confident.”