NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Abrahart strikes late to seal Marine derby win
LUKE Abrahart’s stoppage-time goal earned 10-man Swindon Supermarine a 3-2 win over Cirencester in a bank holiday blockbuster at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
The striker came off the bench to score his first goal for the club from close range after loanee Kayden Jackson’s effort had been cleared off the line.
It was a fitting finale to a terrific contest, with the hosts earning the victory their resilience deserved having played more than 45 minutes with 10 men.
The Centurions were missing experienced central defenders Leigh Henry and Chris Holland and that was evident when Marine raced into a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes.
Jackson laid on the first when he hooked over his marker and Rob Dean fired across advancing keeper Glyn Garner and into the left corner.
Two minutes later Josh Morse set Ash Edenborough free down the left flank and the striker had plenty of time to cut in and squeeze home at the near post.
Ciren were denied a penalty when captain Shayne Anson was blocked off in the box, while at the other end Edenborough and Craig Curtis were both frustrated by superb stops from Garner.
Jackson burned past Ellis Dunton and Mat Liddiard before sending in a cross that was a fraction too far ahead of the sliding Edenborough, before the visitors carved out a golden opportunity.
Sam Collier's shot was cleared off the line by Danny Allen and Liddiard stabbed the loose ball straight at stopper Kent Kauppinen with the goal gaping.
Seconds after front man Will Morford saw his crisp volley palmed away by Kauppinen, Ciren were handed a fortunate penalty when the untouched Morford lost his footing in the area and Lee Smith slammed high into the net from the spot.
Momentum then swung further in the Centurions’ favour when Dean saw red - in every sense - after James Mortimer-Jones nibbled at his heels and Dean kicked out in retaliation. Referee Samuel Ogles immediately dismissed the Marine midfielder but Mortimer-Jones escaped with a yellow.
Marine boss Dave Webb brought on Harry Etheridge and Ben Whitehead before and after the break respectively and switched to a 4-3-2 formation, but in spite of their one-man disadvantage, the hosts kept their opposition at bay with relative ease for most of the second period.
Jackson came within a whisker of his first goal at the Webb’s Wood on 55 minutes, but after he was set free by Whitehead, his deft lob hit the underside of the bar and Garner retrieved.
Dunton survived half-hearted penalty claims for his challenge on Jackson before Ciren earned a second spot kick of the afternoon with 15 minutes left, when centre-half Steedman - in for injured skipper Dave Bampton - lunged in on Smith. The visiting forward sent Kauppinen the wrong way once again and Brian Hughes' men were level.
Ciren threw men forward in the closing stages and veteran sub Jody Bevan skewed a decent chance off-target after brushing off the attentions of Steedman.
It fell to Jackson to create the opportunity from which Marine scored their winner in the third minute of added time. The striker sprinted to the corner flag and picked the pocket of sub Dean Bromley before firing towards the far corner, and although the ball was cleared off the line, Abrahart was there to slide into the net.
Elsewhere, Chippenham secured their second straight Southern Premier victory under caretaker manager Steve Winter as they hammered Frome 5-0.
Lee Phillips and James Guthrie put the Bluebirds 2-0 in front at the break and substitute Tom Knighton hit a second-half hat-trick to complete the rout at the AlderSmith Stadium.
Wootton Bassett finally registered their first win of the season at the fifth attempt with a 2-1 home victory over Brimscombe & Thrupp.
Promoted Bassett grabbed three Hellenic Premier points against last season’s Division One West champions thanks to a header from Lee Stevens and a superb solo effort from Jordan Roberts.
Steve Robertson and Dave Coleman were on target in resurgent Shrivenham’s 2-0 home win over Kidlington.
Skipper TJ Bohane scored a consolation for Highworth in their 3-1 defeat at in-form Wantage, a contest in which Lewis Page was shown a straight red card midway through the second period.
Malmesbury entertain struggling Letcombe in Division One West tonight.
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