Marine suffer first league defeat as Bassett go marching on

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Swindon Supermarine lost their first Southern League Premier South game of the season in midweek away to Gosport Borough 		               Photo: Steve Brennan
Swindon Supermarine lost their first Southern League Premier South game of the season in midweek away to Gosport Borough Photo: Steve Brennan

SWINDON Supermarine lost their first Southern League Premier South contest of the season on Wednesday night following a 3-1 defeat away at Gosport Borough.

Lee Spalding’s men took the lead on their travels when Harry Williams powerfully headed home George Dowling’s deep corner in the 16th minute.

But Harry Jewitt-White equalised in fortunate circumstances for Gosport when floating a deep cross over the head of Connor Johns before half-time.

With Gosport gainer greater control over the contest as time wore on, Harvey Bradbury struck twice to wrap up all three points for the Hampshire side.

Giving his reaction to Supermarine TV, manager Spalding said: “It’s disappointing to lose, it’s our first loss of the season.

“I thought we started the game well, and it was good to get our noses in front. I thought our delivery from set-pieces was excellent, and to be honest I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t get a couple more goals in the first half.

“We had a couple of great chances to score but we just couldn’t put the final touch to it. 1-1 was probably a fair reflection at half-time.

“The message at half-time to the lads was ‘more of the same’. We played some good football in the first half, but in the second half I just don’t think we really got going.

“We weren’t really brave enough in possession, I don’t think we passed the ball how we can, and it was a disappointing second half.”

Elsewhere, Highworth Town were convincingly beaten 3-0 by AFC Dunstable in Southern League Division One Central on Tuesday night.

The Worthians had to clear off the line early on against one of the pre-season promotion favourites but ended up conceding the first goal of the game in the 17th minute. Louie Collier took advantage of some good fortune inside the box to blast home from 12 yards.

Five minutes later, Collier netted his and his team’s second of the night in remarkably similar circumstances.

Highworth saw more of the ball in the second half but failed to find the net, leaving Dunstable to add a third from Sam McClelland two minutes from time.

In the Hellenic League Premier Division, Royal Wootton Bassett maintained their unbeaten start to the season courtesy of a thumping 4-1 victory at home to Thornbury Town.

Matt Bennett, Tommy Ouldridge, Alfie Presley, and Louis Spalding all netted for Sam Collier’s men as the Sustain Stadium-based club won their second of three league matches, adding to a draw and victory in the FA Cup qualifying stages.