FA CUP: Supermarine gearing up for ‘great opportunity’

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Swindon Supermarine boss Dave Webb is focusing on his team producing a good performance, no matter what the result, as they prepare to take on Welling United in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, writes Josh Bird.

Welling were a Conference Premier team as early as last year but following relegation to the Conference South they have made a shaky start to the campaign sitting one place outside the relegation places in 19th, gaining only eight points from 12 games.

In contrast, Supermarine head to Park View Road in scintillating form, going through the whole month of September unbeaten with five wins and a solitary draw, and boss Webb praised his team’s start to the season.

“We’ve had a fantastic start to the season,” Webb said.

“The players deserve a great amount of credit and they’ve earned this opportunity but ultimately we want to go there and put in a good performance and who knows what might happen.

“It’s a great opportunity for the lads to play against a Conference South side and you never know in football, we know they’re a good side and they’re playing two levels above us but we’ll go there and have a go.

“We need to have the same outlook as we did against Farnborough because we were underdogs in that game but put in a great performance and we’ve got to reach that sort of level of performance to have any chance at all.

“It’s great that we’ve got a weekend off the league, we’re in a great position, but Saturday is a fantastic day out for everyone at the football club.

“The players, the management team, the supporters, the chairman, the committee, the volunteers and everybody that puts time into making Supermarine the football club that it is and hopefully we can put in a good performance, win, lose or draw.”

And Webb isn’t getting carried away with Welling’s recent poor form ahead of his side’s trip to London.

“We had Welling watched last weekend,” Webb said.

“They lost to Poole 2-1 but played well and they’re a very good side.

“Everyone is saying about their league position but I think that’s irrelevant really because they’ve got Conference-quality players and lots of experience.

“We’ve got to hope we put in an exceptional level of performance and they have an off day and if these things combine we’ve got a chance.

“You see it every year, there’s always an upset in every round, and we’ve got to hope that this is our chance to cause that upset.

“I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we’ll come away with no regrets.”

Supermarine will be without George Reid, recent signing from Didcot, who is cup-tied and Ash Taylor is doubtful after tweaking his hamstring in last weekend’s 2-1 home win over Taunton.