A match report from Swindon Supermarine Correspondent Aleck Everard.
Swindon Supermarine were in League midweek action as they entertained newly-promoted Hanwell Town at the Webbswood for the first time since 2006.
The visitors had started the season brightly sitting just above Marine in the table.
Manager Lee Spalding rang the changes after the first home defeat of the season on Saturday with new signing from Taunton Will Tunnicliff in at left back, Brad Hooper replacing the injury Tom Sharpe in midfield and Conor McDonagh and Henry Spalding returning in attack.
Hanwell came out looking very lively and Josh Gould was forced into an early one-handed stop. The game was end-to-end with the Geordies looking a quality opponent but Marine playing better than at the weekend to slightly shade possession. This eventually led to some goal chances with Harry Williams put through on 23 but keeper Sobte was equal to the challenge and from the rebound chance Spalding could only spoon the shot.
Good pressure was being applied by Marine, and Williams was denied again by the keeper. The top-scoring forward man caused problems all night for the Hanwell back line and on 43 it saw a yellow card for Duncan who tripped the forward on the edge of the box.
From the resulting free kick Joe Tumelty could only fire the ball over and the teams went in all square.
Marine had the first chance of the second half when Conor McDonagh was denied on the angle by the foot of the keeper, but it was the Geordies who upped it a level from here.
From a long throw Kain Adom got a touch on the ball and it came back off the upright. Josh Gould was called into action with a reflex save on 54 but the visitors were not to be denied in this period of sustained pressure, and from a crossed ball into the box Mat Mackenzie flicked a header into the corner of the net to break the deadlock.
It had been coming but this saw an end to the dominance by Hanwell as Marine moved their own game up a gear. Cole was booked for a late challenge on Duffus, and from the resulting free kick the ball pinged around the box before coming out to Tunnicliff.
His effort was parried by Sobte but Harry Williams was the sharpest to react in the box to tuck home the rebound and level the scores. His 16th goal of an incredible campaign and it’s not even November! He now sits on 48 goals for the club in 80 starts.
Hanwell still looked sharp on the break as Marine had the momentum and it required Mat Liddiard to head an effort off the line with 20 minutes to go. Right back Carr had a fine run and shot well fielded by Gould on 76 before Marine made their first changes. Kotwica on for Spalding and Harding replacing the out of luck McDonagh.
Ryan Campbell had an effort well blocked with time running out and Leon Morrison replaced the excellent Tunnicliff who appeared to cramp up in injury time. With the game looking all but over a looping effort from the left by Hanwell appeared to be heading for the top corner only for Josh Gould to pull off an outstanding and point winning save.
Overall the draw seemed fair and both sides side in the higher reaches of the table after this result.
Next up, FA Trophy action as Supermarine travel to Winchester looking to avenge last weekends defeat and grab a place in the next round.
Man of the match: Josh Gould – top class between the sticks, he is looking better with each game and that terrific late save epitomised his performance.
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