Swindon Supermarine eventually fell to a 2-1 defeat to Conference South Gloucester City side in a competitive, end-to-end contest played for most of the 90 minutes in heavy rain, writes Nick Taylor.
Following on from their 7-1 home defeat to Swindon Town last Saturday, Marine started with centre back Zak Westlake returning from holiday to the side at the expense of Ryan Wood, whilst Josh Parsons replaced his brother, Callum, up front.
Marine started promisingly, TJ Bohane beating the offside trap to round keeper Alex Harris, only to see his weak shot at an open goal cleared by a retrieving defender.
Supermarine’s trialist goalkeeper, playing for a second game in a row, did well on seven minutes to tip over Darren Mullings powerful shot from six yards out following a corner.
On 15 minutes, referee Ben Williams turned down two penalty appeals within seconds as Marine midfielder Brad Hooper then Bohane both appeared to be fouled inside the City penalty area.
The visitors found themselves 1-0 up when former Cinderford Town striker Ethan Moore dispatched a 37th minute penalty after Ryan Campbell had halted a powerful run into the box by Keiran Thomas.
However, the lead only lasted three minutes as winger Joe Selman was picked out with a pin-point pass and was able to cut inside Sam Avery before sending an unstoppable curling shot into the far corner.
On the stroke of half time, Gloucester’s Ed Williams tried his luck from 20 yards out, clipping the Marine crossbar with his dipping drive.
Selman almost made it two just after the interval, a Sam Morris slide-rule pass set the winger free but an alert Harris in goal did superbly to block his effort.
Marine Manager Dave Webb then introduced Connor Thompson, Callum Parsons & George Kellow to the proceedings, which allowed Gloucester to seize momentum.
The visitors scored their second of the night on 63 minutes through former Birmingham City youngster Edji Mbunga, who finished neatly from a well measured defence-splitting through ball.
Gloucester should then have added a third soon after as Zak Kotwica, unmarked on the back post, somehow headed down into the ground and over the Marine crossbar from Kamell Chambers’ cross.
The Conference South side finished the game the stronger, with further efforts from Ed Williams and Mbunga warming the trialist goalkeeper’s hands, whilst Ash Taylor’s last ditch tackle on Joe Hanks preventing Gloucester further adding to their tally on the night.
Marine next face League Two Newport County at The Webbs Wood Stadium this coming Saturday 15th July, kick off at 3pm.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Royal Wootton Bassett opened up their pre-season with a victory at Chipping Sodbury.
Goals from Callum Wright and Dan Bailey secured a 2-0 victory for Rich Hunter’s side against the Toolstation Premier League outfit.
Meanwhile, Highworth Town were also 2-0 winners against local rivals Shrivenham.
After a goalless first half at Barrington Park, Ryan Stanners and Aysa Corrick both bagged goals in the last 20 minutes to earn Highworth the victory in their second pre-season outing.
Bassett host REME MOD Lyneham on Thursday (7:30pm) whilst Highworth are back in action at home on Saturday against Wroughton (1:30pm).