NON-LEAGUE: Marine held in Trophy
SUPERMARINE face a replay with Yate tomorrow night after the teams played out a 0-0 bore-draw in the preliminary round on Saturday.
Opportunities were few and far between for both sides at the Webb's Wood Stadium and ultimately the hosts will have been pleased to escape with a replay after allowing the Gloucestershire side two openings late on.
Marine's best chances arrived in the fifth minute, as Josh Parsons saw his shot from close range blocked by keeper Josh Dempsey and Ash Edenborough failed to convert the follow-up.
Parsons had another crack midway through the first half, only for Dempsey to comfortably palm away his free kick.
Yate had presented very little threat at all in the opening 45 minutes but had a golden chance to take the lead shortly after the break, when Tom Knighton skipped past onrushing keeper Kent Kauppinen, but with only a defender on the line to beat, the striker rolled the ball wide of the left upright.
Although Dan Hilder brought a flying save out of Dempsey, increasingly it was the visitors that looked more likely to score and Knighton nearly broke the deadlock from close range.
Marine nearly ended up conceding late and it was down to Kauppinen that they didn't, the stopper launching himself across goal to palm out a bullet header from Mitchell Page.
Home manager Dave Webb admitted afterwards: “I'm very, very disappointed with the performance.
“We had a great opportunity with Josh in the first couple of minutes and after that it just got very scrappy.
“You have to say they had more clear-cut chances and if it weren't for Kent making a couple of good saves near the end, we could have lost the game.
“We're disappointed not to have played anywhere near where I believe we should be. We had no spark, we didn't really have an edge to us at all. At the end of the day we're very lucky to still be in the competition.
“We've got another opportunity to do it all over again but we've got to improve all over, it wasn't good enough.”
A Sam Collier penalty and a late Sam Packer effort were not enough to prevent Cirencester losing 3-2 to Guildford in the same competition.
In the Southern Premier, Chippenham suffered their fourth league defeat of the season as they were beaten 1-0 at Banbury thanks to a Jack Ashton second-half header.
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