NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Wasteful Marine fall off promotion pace
6:00am Wednesday 20th March 2013 in Latest News
SWINDON Supermarine’s wayward finishing proved costly as a 2-1 defeat at North Leigh threw them off the promotion pace in the South & West Division of the Southern League.
Ashley Edenborough should have put Marine ahead inside of 10 minutes after galloping clear of the home defence but the striker chipped over the bar with only the keeper to beat.
The hosts punished that miss on 20 minutes when Marine surrendered possession in midfield and Ryan Brook wiggled free to slot home.
Connor McDonough should have doubled the North Leigh lead on 27 minutes but headed over from little more than a yard out.
Edenborough then fluffed his lines again when clean through, this time firing straight at the keeper, and the home side promptly doubled their lead a minute before the break when Kent Kauppinen spilled a free-kick and veteran John Else tapped in.
Jon Steedman opened his Marine account with a fine header early in the second half to reduce arrears and a comeback looked likely, but Edenborough again squandered the best chance of an equaliser as North Leigh held out for an unlikely win.
Highworth’s survival chances in the Hellenic Premier were boosted by a 2-1 win at Slimbridge.
Aaron Maximen nodded the Worthians ahead before Brad Clark rattled the bar.
Chris Flanagan extended the lead after the interval, Slimbridge pulled one back from the spot but Highworth saw it out to seal a precious victory.
Shrivenham’s trip to Newbury was postponed.