Swindon Supermarine boss Dave Webb believes the signing of Ash Edenborough is a statement of intent by the club and leaves few hiding places for his players to misfire.
With Webb targeting promotion from Southern League Division One South & West, the Marine boss is delighted to have secured Edenborough’s return to the club where he has previously scored 94 goals.
Tonight’s FA Cup trip to Sholing provides Supermarine with a nice distraction from the league and Webb revealed Edenborough is part of his 17-man squad.
“It is a really good signing and I think it shows our intent this season,” Webb told Your Sport Swindon about the signing of Edenborough.
“It gives us even more strength in depth in a department where we already have a lot of options.
“I am really pleased to get him back. He is a quality player at this level, he has shown his quality for many years at this level.
“It was a privilege to work with Stretch (Edenborough) for a couple of seasons when I took the job and he finished top goalscorer in both seasons.
“Then we lost him to Evesham. We thought maybe there was an opportunity to get him back but we weren’t expecting it to be so quick really. I thought he might stay longer at Evesham.
“We have a got a structure at the club in terms of the budget and we are working within that.
“The chairman has been fantastic in showing great support to me to get together the best possible team at this football club.
“My job now is to make sure the results keep coming.
“He (Edenborough) is in the squad and we will see how things go tonight, it is a strong squad of 17 players that we are taking there.”
With two games in four days, Webb also revealed that he may rotate his squad although Josh Morse (cracked rib), Ash Taylor (hamstring) and Ryan Morgan (knee) all miss the trip to Sholing.
“The games come thick and fast now,” added Webb. “Tonight we go to Sholing and I think they have won their last four games so it will be a very tough game.
“Then we go to Wantage on Monday and I think they have won their last two.
“They are all tough games and that’s why it is so important to have a squad with strength in depth.
“Tonight’s game is very important and there will be proper use of the squad this week.
“We just have to approach every game properly and we cannot afford to carry any players or they could find themselves out of the team.
“That’s the beauty of having a good squad of players.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, you are not a certainty to play because we have such strength in depth.
“If you are going to have success then you need to keep as many players at the club as you can.”
The arrival of Edenborough could also spell a change in system for Supermarine in the future according to Webb.
“We are looking a that (possibly playing a new system). We have played a new system this season and at times it has worked,” said Webb.
“(Changing the system) is something we would need to work on in training and we will likely do that next week but I think every side needs the ability to play at least two different shapes.
The Swindon Supermarine boss also reiterated how important it is for the club to go on a good cup run.
He added: “The league is obviously our top priority but it is really important to have a run in the cup.
“The next three games are another cycle of tough games and we have just come through two difficult games.
“We have been given a home draw in the next round so the incentive is there to do well tonight and put in a proper performance.
“I always think a good cup run is a nice distraction and of course it brings a bit of money into the club.”
Providing Supermarine negotiate Sholing successfully, they will face either Winchester or Wincanton in the next round on September 12th.