SWINDON Supermarine let a lead slip as a 2-1 home defeat to Fleet Town saw them tumble out of the FA Trophy this afternoon.
Marine dominated the contest throughout and took a deserved lead as Chris Taylor converted from the spot but, after the visitors began to get involved in the contest, Simba Mlambo scrambled an equaliser home before Robb Carr slotted in the winner with just a few minutes remaining.
The hosts had a flurry of late corners but couldn’t make any of them count as they tumbled out of the competition at the extra preliminary round stage.
Ryan Stanners had the game’s first chance as he cut inside and forced Ryan Pryce into a good save, before Dan Martin continued the Marine pressure with three decent efforts on goal.
Taylor and Stanners also had chances, before Marine keeper Sam Worrell was called into action for the first time, diving to his left to push away an effort from Fleet skipper Ben White.
After the break, Ryan O’Hara tested Pryce from range but saw his effort tipped over the bar, before Chris Taylor came as close as possible without scoring, as his drive from the edge thumped down off the underside of the crossbar and bounced away.
However, Marine’s goal was soon to come.
Morse’s cross into the box caused havoc in the Fleet backline and, with Warren Gibson sticking out a leg, the ball bounced up onto his arm, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Taylor, having rattled the bar just moments earlier, sent the keeper the wrong way with his penalty to give the hosts a deserved lead.
The hosts pushed for a second but, after Ross Adams gave away a free-kick, Mlambo was able to scramble away the lofted ball into the box to give the visitors an equaliser against the run of play.
Worrell had to be alert to block Robb Carr’s late effort, but the winger was on target to win the game just three minutes from time as he turned Ben White’s square ball home.