November 24, 2020

VIDEO: Horsell says Supermarine made hard work of FA Trophy tie

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Swindon Supermarine goalkeeper Martin Horsell admitted it was an “untidy” victory against Highworth Town in the FA Trophy.

Having fallen behind early on, Supermarine eventually found themselves 3-1 up in the second half only to concede again late on.

Horsell was pleased to win but admitted conceding two goals was disappointing, saying: “”We are disappointed that we made it hard work for ourselves.

“Disappointed to concede so early on. The first half performance needs to be better.

“He (Lee Spalding) gave us a roasting and we started the second half a lot better.

“It was untidy, we all know that. We can do better than that but ultimately we got the win.”

On the subject of whether Highworth’s late effort on goal went over the line, he added: “They are obviously going to claim it was over the line but it was a fantastic clearance by Hoppy.”

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.

Click on the video below to watch this interview.

Interview by Your Sport Nick Taylor. Filmed by Your Sport’s George Stratford.

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