Match report by Swindon Supermarine correspondent Aleck Everard
Swindon Supermarine were in FA Trophy action on Saturday afternoon as they travelled down to Winchester City just one week after they inflicted Swindon’s first home defeat of the season.
Manager Lee Spalding was forced into a couple of changes with Jamie Edge returning after injury and James Harding in up top with Joe Tumelty and Will Tunnicliff both cup tied. In good news George Dowling returned on the bench after a long period out with injury.
Marine started well and with Harry Williams bursting through he was tripped and defender Chugg saw yellow after just four minutes. From the free kick Ty Duffus got up well to head the ball across but there was no one there to convert. Duffus himself saw yellow for a challenge in midfield soon after.
City star man a week ago, Jordi Miret, came out of his box a long on 10 minutes to clear but only hit it as far as birthday boy Conor McDonagh, but his chipped effort from 40 yards floated wide. It was Supermarine as they dominated possession and it was no shock when they eventually broke the deadlock in the 19th minute.
Sam Turl’s run and cross was met by Harding at the back post – his header across was slammed home by hotshot Harry Williams for his 17th of the season.
Brad Hooper was next to try but his effort was fielded well by the home keeper. Defender Willcox was next into the book for a poor challenge on Williams after half an hour as the referee clamped down.
From the free kick Jamie Edge floated the ball into the area for skipper Mat Liddiard to meet it at the back stick and head it across to Conor McDonagh who stooped to net with his head low down to make it 2-0 Marine.
Marine looked to seal the deal in the first half and Williams, who was causing massive issues for the centre halves, had an effort juggled by the home keeper in front of goal but he just held on to keep it out.
With time running out Williams broke through again only to be brought down in the box. However, the referee deemed it was just a coming together and waved away the appeals. There was then a late appeal at the other end for a spot kick after the ball bounced up on to Ryan Campbell’s arm but he appeared to be outside the box anyway.
Once again nothing was given but Supermarine’s dominant display saw then go in quite happy with their two-goal lead.
City made a half time change with Griggs on for Obeng but it made no chance to direction of travel in the game as Swindon continued to dominate. James Harding appeared to have the ball over the line on 53 minutes but Miret just about blocked it and Hooper’s follow-up effort was deflected wide.
Harding had another almost straight away but hooked it over. Henry Spalding followed this up by driving a shot over the bar. Conor McDonagh nearly got on the end of a long throw in the 68th minute but somehow fired over before eventully Marine got the killer goal with 20 minutes left.
Once again a long pass out found Williams through on goal and this time he dinked it past the keeper and then collected to poke it home. 3-0 Marine – 18 goals for the season and a milestone 50 goals for the club in 81 games. Well done Harry!
Manager Lee Spalding opted for a triple sub with 15 minutes left. George Dowling, Sal Abubakar and Zack Kotwica on for McDonagh, Harding and Spalding. The pace up top gave City another worry and Kotwica hit a volley just over on 79 minutes.
One minute later it was four as Williams had another shot saved as he looked for his hat-trick. The ball was cleared out but only as far as Hooper who blasted in from 20 yards for his second Trophy goal of the season.
Marine were not finished and made it a nap hand with two minutes left. A blistering run from Ababakar down the right before he laid it back for Kotwica to drive it home.
There was still time for another save from Miret to deny Williams, and the Edge follow up effort was tipped over by the keeper who put in another strong display.
An emphatic revenge mission was completed in style with the best display of the season. It is rare to see a team not have a spell in a game, particularly when at home, but that is what happened.
Player of the match: Harry Williams