DAVE Webb was delighted for everyone connected with Swindon Supermarine as they put their 6-1 mauling at Totton earlier in the season firmly behind them to make progress in the FA Cup.
Goals from Harry Etheridge and Sam Morris were enough to earn Webb’s side a 2-0 first qualifying round victory in Hampshire where, on their previous league visit in August, they were humbled as their difficult start to the campaign reached its lowest ebb.
Since then, however, Marine have established a base to work from as they’ve moved up the Southern League Division One South table and Webb was pleased to see that progress continue today in the cup.
“It’s been a great day for everyone at the club, we’ve put the memory of the loss there before to bed and it’s all down to the players,” he said.
“They were magnificent, every single one of them, they played like a team and that’s exactly what you want to see. They didn’t need any motivation today and I always knew it would be another heavy defeat like last month because a lot has changed since then.
“Right from Sam Warrell (goalkeeper) all the way through the team we played well, we scored two good goals and it maybe could have been more but we didn’t look like conceding and we certainly never looked like we were going to lose.
“It was a solid team performance which was great because a lot of people came to watch the team today and probably a lot of those people were there when we lost 6-1 and got mauled. I’m pleased for them and pleased for the club too.”
Marine now eagerly await the draw for the next round, with the potential financial rewards an exciting prospect for all connected with the club.
“Bringing in some money like that is always a big thing for us and we need that revenue,” Webb said.
“The chairman was at the game and made sure everyone was treated really well which was excellent, and we’re looking forward to the next round now.
“We could draw someone in our league but there are still plenty of teams from lower leagues in there so, if we get a bit of luck with the draw, there’s a real chance of progress in a fantastic competition.”