SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding has warned his side not to expect an easy ride when Hendon arrive at the Webbswood Stadium on Saturday for their Southern League Premier Division clash.

Although the London-based outfit are fourth from bottom having won just three of their 14 league fixtures, Hendon have recently appointed Lee Allinson as the club’s new manager and results have picked up ever since.

Spalding watched on as Allinson took charge of his first game – a 4-0 defeat to Farnborough – before the Silver Jubilee Park side overcame Beaconsfield in the Southern Premier and Leyton Orient in the London Senior Cup.

The Marine manager knows Hendon will be a much tougher proposition than their league position suggests, but believes his in-form forwards have the ability to turn the result in the hosts’ favour.

Spalding said: “I went to Farnborough and watched them play, and they got beat comprehensively on the night.

“There are things that I could see that we could exploit, but the new manager wouldn’t have had time to put his spin on things in his first game.

“He’s obviously done that now because they’ve won their last couple.

“I would imagine he’s looking at making them a lot tougher to beat first of all because when you’re down at the bottom, you’re not going to be trying to play wide an expansive football.

“So they’ll be looking to be hard to beat on Saturday, but I think we’ve got enough quality in the side to unlock them.”

Those who think Marine are in for a comfortable afternoon should think again, said Spalding.

The Marine chief has reinforced the point to his players in training this week and has asked for a repeat of their previous two performances – where the Webbswood Stadium outfit accumulated six points out of six against Gosport and Harrow Borough.

A second clean sheet in a row at home would not go amiss either, admitted Spalding as Marine aim to build on their impressive league position of fourth.

Spalding said: “They’ll be coming to us looking to disrupt us and take what they can out of the game.

“They’re on the back of two wins, so I would imagine their confidence will be a lot higher than it was when the new manager came in.

“It will just be a case of us making sure we do things properly, apply ourselves and make sure our mentality is right.

“It’s up to us, as the home side, to take the game to them and it’s important we play to our strengths and look to exploit their weaknesses.”