FA CUP: Heavy defeat ‘hard to take’ for Marine boss Webb

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Swindon Supermarine’s dream of reaching the FA Cup first round proper was ended today by Welling United in emphatic style, writes Josh Bird.

Welling, who ply their trade two tiers above Supermarine in the footballing pyramid, ran out 7-1 winners at Park View Road largely down to a superb double hat-trick from home striker Adam Coombes.

Supermarine boss Dave Webb was looking for a positive performance from his side no matter what the result, but he wasn’t best pleased with what his team produced.

“You can’t hide behind the fact that we’ve conceded seven goals,” Webb said.

“The performance wasn’t acceptable today.

“Our defence clearly wasn’t up to the standard that I expect.

“There’s a lot of young players at this football club and they need to go away tonight and reflect on why and how that happened and to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

“We’ve played against a decent Welling side, I felt we created a lot of opportunities to score, but every time they went forward they looked like they were going to score.

“It’s a big lesson for us today and I’ve not been on one (at the players) that bad for a long, long time.

“It’s hard to take for me because we’ve done well to get to this stage.”

Supermarine made a reasonable start to the game and Josh Parsons stung the palms of home goalkeeper Chris Lewington inside 10 minutes.

Adam Coombes grabbed his first of the afternoon shortly after the 20 minute mark, but the lead didn’t last long as Callum Parsons’ long range effort restored parity.

Any momentum Supermarine had was then crushed as Welling scored twice in two minutes shortly before half time as Coombes and Pierre Joseph-Dubois got on the score sheet.

Coombes was then able to go on and add four more after the interval, including a penalty, and Supermarine boss Webb now wants to see a response from his players.

“Now it’s a test for this team,” he said.

“They’ve now got to show what they’re about in the League Cup on Wednesday (against Kidlington).

“I’ll make some changes on Wednesday because it’s an opportunity for me to look at some players in different positions and bring a couple of the young lads in.

“But next Saturday (against Slimbridge in the FA Trophy), we need to show some sort of reaction after a performance like that.”