SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Patched-up back four shine in Marine victory
SWINDON Supermarine kept up their 100 per cent home winning record with a 2-0 defeat of Wimborne at the Webb's Wood Stadium last night.
Goals either side of the break from Swindon Town loanee Kayden Jackson and Luke Abrahart coupled with a gutsy defensive display were enough to take Marine back to the top of Division One South & West.
Marine boss Dave Webb said: "It's always really pleasing to get a clean sheet. It probably wasn't our best performance of the season but a 2-0 win I will take at any time.
"We had a few defensive problems but I thought the central two, Kyle Lapham and Dave Bampton, were the catalyst for the victory, they were outstanding.
“Wimborne got in a few times down the left in the first half and it would have been easy to take Sam Brown or Aaron Ferris off, but we stuck with it and I’m glad we did.”
Youngster Brown was given his second league start at right-back with Lapham shifting to centre-half in the absence of Jon Steedman and Craig Curtis.
Brown was given an early warning of what was to come when winger Sam Griffin sped round the back of him, only to scuff straight into the arms of Kent Kauppinen.
But it was the hosts that took the lead on 15 minutes as Jackson's free kick from the left corner of the box deflected low beyond keeper Jason Harvell and into the far corner.
Griffin might have levelled matters but he kneed a long cross-field ball straight to Kauppinen when he had time to control and shoot.
The visiting wide man again left Brown trailing in his wake on 29 minutes before laying across the box for George Webb, who fluffed his connection.
Magpies left-back Billy Maybury made a terrific sliding challenge to deny the motoring Ferris as he prepared to pull the trigger, before Marine were denied half-hearted penalty claims for a clip on Ash Edenborough with the break looming.
Wimborne remained lively in the second period but were restricted to shots from range, with the home side creating the better chances.
First Jackson forced Harvell to claw wide, before Edenborough somehow directed Ferris' cross off-target with the goal gaping.
When Marine doubled their lead on 65 minutes, it was not undeserved. Jackson was again the catalyst as he turned centre-back Shaun Brian inside out in the box, before pulling back for substitute Abrahart to stab home at the near post.
The game petered out as a contest after that with the only genuine opportunity falling to sub Ben Whitehead late on, but again Maybury came to the rescue with another last-ditch sliding challenge.
Marine’s home fixture with Shortwood, originally due to take place on Saturday, September 28, has been postponed due to Shortwood’s involvement in the FA Cup.
The South Marston side will travel to Godalming on that date instead. Chippenham’s home clash with Redditch has also been switched to the same day.
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