SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding is already turning his attention to next Saturday’s fixture at home to Poole Town after his side’s prospective game against league leaders Taunton Town was called off due to the wintry conditions that blighted the west at the weekend.

Spalding’s men were desperate to respond to their disappointing result last weekend when they were heavily beaten 4-0 at home by struggling Frome Town.

Marine also had debutant ‘keeper Martin Horsell sent off for handling the ball outside his area while the defeat put a shuddering end to an impressive three-game winning run.

While Spalding may have been personally glad to see the fixture postponed – as he was suffering from a bout of flu – he was left disappointed at his players not being given the chance to respond to a poor result by locking horns with table-topping Taunton.

He said: “We’ve been working hard in training all week with a view to this game and I’m just disappointed that we’ve not been able to go out and try and make up for last week.

“We’ve trained twice in the week ahead of this game and the players were really looking forward to testing themselves against a very good side.

“All we can do now is get back to working hard during the week and we’ll prepare ourselves as best we can for Poole next weekend.”

With 14 games to play, Marine are six points off the play-offs and despite last weekend, have been in promotion-winning form since mid-November – losing only three games in that time.

Spalding says his team have identified how many more wins they will need to achieve from their remaining games and is keen to set the wheels in motion as soon as possible.

He said: “We’ve got 14 games left and we’ve already talked about how many more wins we’ll need to pick up if we’re to get to where we want to be.

“We’ll train twice again in the week to prepare ourselves for Poole – who are a really good attacking side – and we want to show that the last time we beat them at their place was no accident.

“The lads are looking forward to getting back in front of our home crowd and hopefully picking up another three points.”

Meanwhile, Highworth Town’s home fixture against Winchester City in the Southern League Division One was also called off due to the weather, as was every Hellenic League fixture.