Depleted Supermarine reach Vase semi-finals
SUPERMARINE’S threadbare, 16-man squad made a mockery of their lack of numbers to win through to the semi-finals of the Dorset & Wilts Senior Vase with a 38-20 victory at East Dorset.
Head coach Sean Millwaters was delighted by the display his depleted side produced on the south coast, as Stu Dawson’s boot contributed 18 points to an impressive success on the road.
With many first-team regulars having booked time at home when the early fixture list gave Marine a free weekend, Millwaters had a limited number of options for the clash, but those who were available performed admirably.
“We went down there with a squad of 16,” Millwaters said.
“Everyone had looked at the fixture list at the start of the season and seen that it was a spare weekend, and they’ve booked stuff up elsewhere.
“We still took a fairly strong squad with us but it was right down as low we could go with the 16 we took.
“Fair play to them, though.
“It’s a long old way to go down there and we’ve got a good win out of it.”
Tries from Matty Dickens, Chris Dawes, Denzil Daniel and Cillian Spain helped Marine to victory, and Millwaters claimed he felt confident of progression throughout the game.
“East Dorset are quite a strong team on their own patch, on their parks pitch,” he said. “They made it hard for us but it was one of those games you play in where it’s close but you never feel as though you’re going to lose it.
“We got off to a flyer and we were 14-0 up in about 12 minutes but we let them back in a bit.
“In the end it was a good win and it was important for us to keep going.
“It puts us in good stead for the big game we’ve got this weekend.”
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