SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding hopes to make the most of home advantage as he looks to mastermind a charge up the Southern League Premier Division South table.

Marine claimed a first league victory since August on Saturday when they downed high-flying Chesham United 2-1 at the Webbswood Stadium.

That kicked off a run of three league games in eight days on home turf for Marine as they also host Blackfield & Langley this evening before entertaining Farnborough this coming weekend.

Victory over Chesham moved Marine up to 13th in the table, and two more strong results over the next five days could well see them safely placed in the top half.

“We’re in the middle of a run of home games, so hopefully it is a good opportunity to put some decent points on the board,” said Spalding.

“You are always better on your own pitch, so if you can get as many wins as you can in your home games, you will always have a chance of doing well in a season.

“Blackfield & Langley are a bit of a new side for us as they were promoted last season.

“They are a big, physical team, so I have been told. We will have to compete and make a sure we match them physically.

“Hopefully we can put on another good performance, like we did on Saturday, and get another three points.”

Although Marine’s previous winless run in the league had stretched to six games before they toppled Chesham, Spalding felt his side were good enough to end that barren spell sooner.

“It was just one of those where it sounded like I was singing the same song every week,” said Spalding.

“We haven’t been playing badly and we’ve had opportunities to win games – we just haven’t been clinical enough.

“On Saturday, it was a different story and we created four or five good opportunities. On another day, we would have scored all of them and won convincingly.”

Marine’s win over Chesham came despite them having to deal with depleted ranks at the moment owing to injuries, and Spalding was therefore thrilled with the reaction he got from his troops.

“It is a squad game,” said Spalding.

“We have got a lot of injuries at the moment but that’s why you have a big squad, so when you are hit with injuries, you can still field a side good enough to beat a team near the top of the league.

“A few of the lads came in on Saturday and did a good job for us.

“Brad Gray played at right-back and did well, and Brad Hooper did really well in the middle of the pitch with Jamie Edge.

“The front two were excellent and Stuart Fleetwood did really coming off the bench.”

Elsewhere, Shrivenham are in Hellenic League action and travel to Flackwell Heath in the Supplementary Cup.