SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Ferris gets off the mark to fire Swindon Supermarine top of the table (From This Is Wiltshire)
SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Ferris gets off the mark to fire Swindon Supermarine top of the table
AARON Ferris got off the mark for Swindon Supermarine as Dave Webb’s men secured a 3-1 win over Division One South & West new boys Stratford last night.
The result enabled Marine to take a three-point lead at the top of the table and sends them into Saturday’s clash with 2012/13 play-off heartbreakers Merthyr on a high.
Former Swindon Town youth player Ferris, who recently had a trial with League Two Rochdale, opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
Good work from loanee Kayden Jackson set up the wide man for a simple tap-in.
Rob Dean spurned a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 five minutes before the break, but Jackson saved the midfielder’s blushes when he found the net following Sam Morris’ through-ball.
Marine keeper Kent Kauppinen did not have one of his busier nights but he was forced into a terrific save from Chris Sterling soon after the restart.
Richard Gregory then beat Kauppinen from the spot following a Dave Bampton foul to bring the Warwickshire side back into it, but 14 minutes later, Marine restored their two-goal advantage.
Jackson struck home his second of the night from the spot after Bampton was brought down and the hosts then hung on for three valuable points.
Marine boss Webb said “I’m really pleased. We just wanted to put a performance in after Saturday and we did exceptionally well.
“We made a few changes and they worked well for us.
“Ash (Edenborough) had a bit of a knock from Saturday so be decided to bring in Luke Abrahart and him and Kayden were a match made in heaven. They gelled superbly up front.
“Luke held the ball up well and Kayden got his goals and played a massive part in the opener. Josh Morse missed the game at the weekend but he came off the bench and made a massive impact in the final half an hour. It’s nice to be top of the league and we are over the moon with it, but it’s early days.”
Elsewhere yesterday evening, Wootton Bassett were humbled 4-0 by high-flying visitors Wantage.
On Tuesday night, Cirencester set up an FA Cup first qualifying round clash with Banbury after beating Slough 1-0 in a replay.
Steve Davies struck 10 minutes from time to give the Centurions victory at the Corinium.
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