Manager Dave Webb has urged his Swindon Supermarine side to go and have a go at FA Cup opponents Welling United on Saturday afternoon.
The Marine, focus on Non-League Daily’s TeamSnap Search for a Giantkiller feature, go into the tie in fine form, having lost only one game so far this season.
Tuesday night saw them travel to Bishops Cleeve in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One South and West division, coming away with an impressive 4-1 win.
That cemented their place at the top of the division, with Webb’s side currently sat in third position, five points behind leaders Hereford.
Now they step up two levels to face Welling United in the FA Cup, a side that were plying their trade in non-league’s top tier last season.
The Wings suffered a relegation into the Vanarama National League South and have struggled to adapt to life in their new division.
After twelve games they sit in nineteenth position, having collected eight points from a possible thirty six so far this season.
Ahead of their Third Qualifying Round tie, Webb revealed that he isn’t paying too much attention to that form, as he described the fixture as “a big test” for his side.
“We will go and enjoy taking on Welling United but obviously we want to win the game.
“It won’t be easy and we are reading too much into where they are in the National League South.
“We will have a go, we will try to win the game, but it’s a big test.
“We will play with a freedom, we will express ourselves and we have shown against Farnborough that we can match a team full of quality players.
“The challenge is to go out and do it again and as long as they give it everything against Welling I will be happy”
The tie will be the Marine’s fourth in this season’s competition, after they battled past Odd Down, Portishead Town and, most impressively, an in-form Farnborough in the last round.
Webb’s side saw off the Yellows thanks to a single goal from striker Connor Waldon in a game they went into as underdogs.
And the Marine’s boss paid tribute to the spirit his side displayed to set up the tie against Welling.
“It’s fair to say we were underdogs and it was a fantastic result to beat a side as strong as Farnborough.
“They have a massive tradition, they are a big football club.
“On the day we deserved to win, the team were exceptional and it’s great for the club.
“We have a lot of volunteers, the chairman is building the club.
“We are putting smiles on faces and we are a young side full of exciting players”
The FA Cup holds some fond memories for the club, with the club reaching the second round in 2010/11.
That run saw the Marine miss out on a lucrative third round tie against Swansea City, going down to a narrow defeat at Colchester United in the previous round.
Now, with a new chairman in place, Webb admitted that the experience of a good cup run is a new one for a lot of people at the club.
But that isn’t stopping him from thinking about a place in the first round proper.
“The club, under a previous regime, played in the First Round proper.
“This is all new for us though. We are a couple of games away and we have to enjoy it.
“There is always a team that nobody expects to get through to the First Round.
“There is no reason why that team can’t be Swindon Supermarine this season”
Webb is hoping this season’s run can be the catalyst for progression with the Wiltshire club.
They have made improvements to their Webb’s Wood Stadium, including building a new training facility named the Swindome in November 2015.
“Ambitious” is how Webb described the Marine, as he looks to follow the example of Vanarama National League North club Salford City in progressing up the leagues.
“There is a history to the FA Cup, we all love it but you can’t ignore the finances.
“You see Salford City doing what they did last season.
“They have wealthy owners but they are showing ambition.
“They are making their way and you have to admire them, we want to do the same.
“The revenue the competition brings in helps us improve our infrastructre.
“We are improving the ground, the stadium is improving and that is the long-term vision.
“We are an ambitious club, with an ambitious chairman, and I think ambitious players, we want to progress”
Webb and his Swindon Supermarine side will hope that progress can continue when they face Welling United on Saturday.
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