LEE Spalding faces a selection headache ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Hardenhuish Park where Swindon Supermarine will face Wiltshire rivals Chippenham Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Spalding watched his men make progress in the Southern League Challenge Cup on Tuesday night after goals from Connor Thompson, Baboucarr Jarra, Joe Selman and Stuart Fleetwood guided the Webbswood Stadium outfit to a 4-1 home victory against Yate Town.

Several individual performances caught the attention of the Marine boss, who admits making changes to his starting XI for Saturday’s local derby is a possibility.

“I’ve got a bit of a headache for Saturday now,” said Spalding.

“Three or four players have thrown their hat into the ring with regards to first team selection, that does please me.

“Tuesday night (against Yate Town) was a great result and a good performance from the lads. It always boosts confidence when a team can score goals.

“We played really well – it was a case of finding our feet in the first half, we had a lot of new players on the pitch.

“But our second-half performance was very good, it was pleasing to see how the players went about their business.”

While Supermarine sit one place above the relegation zone in Southern League Premier Division South having secured five points from their opening six fixtures, Mark Collier’s Chippenham have experienced better fortunes in their quest to establish themselves as a National League South outfit.

Six wins from their opening 10 fixtures have left the Bluebirds in the play-off frame in the company of Billericay Town, Hampton and Richmond Borough, Welling United, Bath City and Slough Town.

While Spalding appreciates his troops enter the contest as underdogs, the Supermarine boss anticipates a closely-fought FA Cup tie – adding that he’s relishing the prospect of a local tussle at such an early stage in the competition.

“Chippenham away is probably one of the most difficult ties we could have had,” he added.

“They are a very strong outfit and Mark (Collier) has some great players in his squad.

“They’re going to be competitive in the National League South, which naturally makes Saturday a really tough test for ourselves.

“But it’s a test that we’re relishing and looking forward to.

“I think the game will bring out the best in our players. All the pressure is on them at the end of the day.

“They’re higher in the non-league pyramid than us, they’re at home and they will be expected to win.

“It’s a case of us giving a great account of ourselves, which I know the lads will. We’re going to enjoy the game and try and progress in the competition.

“The fact it’s a local tie adds to the game. It will be a great atmosphere and a really good game.

“I think it will be competitive.”