Swindon Supermarine boss Lee Spalding was delighted to be in the next round of the FA Trophy after a hard-fought tie against Highworth Town on Saturday.
Spalding’s men went a goal behind before bouncing back to win 3-2 and the Supermarine boss was just happy to be into the hat for the next round.
“It was a good game for the neutral,” said Spalding. “We managed to get back in the game and I thought second half I thought we played how we can.
“Last 20 minutes for some reason we conceded another and took a step off it. End of the day we have won and we’re in the next round.”
“Harry Williams felt his hamstring so we took him off, no point risking it. Conor (McDonagh) came on and did very well.”
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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