NON-LEAGUE: Parsons gets three for five-star Marine
5:30am Thursday 3rd April 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
JOSH Parsons got a hat-trick as Swindon Supermarine put five past Guildford City at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
Parsons got two in the first-half and one the second to add to goals from Alex Ferguson and Joey Tustain as Marine made light work of a Guildford side battling relegation.
The win gives Dave Webb’s side a six point cushion on Shortwood United, the team most likely to challenge Marine’s play-off spot, albeit Marine having played two games more.
Webb was happy with his sise’s performance, especially the shut-out.
“It was good win, we just need to take care of every game now,” said Webb.
“Another clean sheet which is always important, we probably could have scored a few more.
The hosts made the early running with both Parsons and Ash Edenbrough having chances to test the visitor’s ‘keeper. Edenbrough blazing over and Parsons failing to hit the target from a free-kick.
It was not long before Parsons did have the ball in the net though, latching on to Kyle Lapham’s pass and lobbing the Guildford ‘keeper after 17 minutes.
The opener was the striker’s 20th goal of the season and he had his 21st before half-time, sliding in Danny Hilder’s cross.
Town loanee Ferguson headed in Marine’s fourth just after the break following a passage in play where both Edenborough and Parsons hit the woodwork.
Parson completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute as Marine got a quick-fire double. Parsons slotting home from Mark Flanagan’s pass before Tustain smashed home to make it five.
In the Hellenic Premier Jeff Roberts’ Wootton Bassett side slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Ascot United.
Goals from Joe Gritt and Arafat Kabuye punctuated substitute Jason Milhench’s straight red card for the hosts. The loss leaves Bassett 14th place in the table.