Swindon Supermarine manager Dave Webb insists that the club have learnt lessons on and off the pitch after their FA Cup exit at the hands of Welling United.
The Marine travelled to their Vanarama National League South opponents with high expectations on Saturday, only to find themselves on the wrong end of a 7-1 scoreline.
Wings striker Adam Coombes did the majority of the damage, scoring six of his side’s seven goals, as they sent the Marine out of the competition.
Despite seeing him side heavily beaten, Webb is keen that they learn from the experience as they target a Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West play-off place this season.
He said “There are always positives to be taken, always.
“For us, we learnt lessons on how a big club runs and I mean both on and off the pitch.
“The directors were excellent, their manager Mark Goldberg was a credit to the club and the players were quality, real quality.
“We can see what we have to do now to get to their level and I don’t just mean on the playing side. I mean behind the scenes too.
“Obviously you don’t like to take a hammering, which we did, but we are keen to progress and the experience of playing Welling can benefit us in future”
Supermarine return to action in the League Cup on Wednesday evening, as they travel to newly promoted Kidlington.
Then on Saturday, they are back in national competition, as they begin their FA Trophy campaign for the season with a tough looking trip to league rivals Slimbridge.
According to Webb the FA Trophy provides another valuable source of revenue for the club and he believes they can build on the progress they have already made.
“We have a big week ahead and the FA Trophy game against Slimbridge is a big test for us.
“We have been there already this season and got a draw but we know they are a good side.
“The Trophy is a big competition for us and although you like to focus on the playing side, like the FA Cup it provides a source of income.
“We are developing the infrastructure of the club and we have made big improvements already.
“The new pitch is excellent, the Swindome training centre is impressive, we have new changing rooms being built and we are looking at replacing the old ones with a community hall.
“We are progressing as a club and the national competitions can help us make that progression a little bit quicker”
Once their cup double header is out of the way, the Marine return to league action with a home game against fellow play-off chasers Evesham United on Saturday week.
Webb’s side sit in fourth place in the league table, five points behind leaders Hereford, although the Marine do hold a game on hand on the Bulls.
However, Webb believes that Hereford will secure a second consecutive promotion, as his side targets a play-off spot for the fourth time in five seasons.
He said “Our aim is to finish in the play-offs, we are clear about that.
“Hereford are favourites and I think everybody in the division agrees because when they are over 2,000 supporters turning up week in, week out, it is a massive boost and they have serious momentum.
“We need to learn from our cup run, we need to learn from Saturday and work hard to improve as a team.
“We are a new team, a young team and we are still developing but I think there is a lot more to come from us”
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