Highworth Town striker Ash Edenborough thought his side more than held their own against higher opposition Swindon Supermarine in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
Edenborough got the opening goal of the game as Highworth took the lead in this FA Trophy clash but two quick goals either side of half-time saw Supermarine turn the game on its head.
“I thought we done very well, we had to keep it tight but we gave away two sloppy goals,” said Edenborough.
“With what they have got up top I think we held our own really.
“To be fair we just didn’t start the second half. A 20-minute spell just killed us really.
“It’s small margins, sometimes you get it sometimes you don’t, I personally think it was over the line, a few of theirs have said it was over the line. Fortunately for Supermarine they’ve got some of the decisions and they are through.”
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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