Highworth Town boss Ross Adams was proud of his players’ performance against Southern Premier South side Swindon Supermarine in the FA Trophy.
The Worthians bravely bowed out of the competition against their near neighbours and higher division opposition after a 3-2 defeat the Save On Tyres Stadium.
Adams said of the performance: “I think you can tell by the reaction of the Supermarine players that they are delighted with that win. I thought the last 20 minutes we gave it a really good go and we were really unlucky not to get something from the game.
“It was disappointing to concede just before half-time. I thought we played well first half, there wasn’t much between the two sides.
“The one at the end, whether it is over the line or not, I don’t like moaning about things like that. We’ve been told it was fairly clear cut but it’s not been given.
“End of the day the FA Trophy is great while you are in it. Our bread and butter is the league but credit to the lads today, at 3-1 down they could have folded but they dug in and made a real game of it.”
Conor McDonagh though struck twice as he helped Swindon Supermarine into the next round of the FA Trophy thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 win against local rivals Highworth Town.
McDonagh entered the frame on five minutes, forced to come off the bench earlier than planned when Harry Williams suffered a suspected muscle strain.
Marine made a steady start to the match but it was hosts Highworth who got the breakthrough, Ash Edenborough firing home on 26 minutes.
Highworth held their advantage until moments before half-time, McDonagh curling home from the edge of the box to level.
And McDonagh struck again just a minute after the restart, poking home a Henry Spalding cross.
Pierce Mitchell then scored on the hour to make it 3-1 to Supermarine but Highworth weren’t about to give up as they hit the bar and forced a good save from Martin Horsell.
On 73 minutes, Highworth scored a second with Callum Parsons scrambling the ball home to prompt a tense finale to the tie.
Highworth had a penalty appeal turned down with five minutes remaining before Horsell pulled off another save to deny the Worthians, despite the hosts claiming the ball had crossed the line.
Southern Premier South Supermarine ultimately held on to win a tie that fully lived up to expectations.
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Interview by Nick Taylor and filmed by George Stratford.