SWINDON Supermarine will make the short trip down the A361 to the Elms this afternoon as they take on neighbours Highworth Town in the FA Trophy final qualifying round.

The fixture will be the first time the pair have faced off in a league or national cup competition - with their only previous meetings coming in pre-season or minor cup clashes.

Saturday’s game is Marine’s first fixture in this season’s FA Trophy while Highworth are playing in their second having secured victory for the first time in the competition with a 2-1 success over Winchester City earlier this month.

Goals from Callum Parsons and Ash Edenborough set up the all-Wiltshire affair this afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the tie, Marine boss Lee Spalding said: “It will be a tough game – Highworth is never an easy place to go, and they have had a good start to the season.

“The FA Trophy is a competition that we are looking to progress as far as possible in this season.

“We need to make sure we put in a workmanlike performance and win our battles all over the pitch, performing to the best of our ability.

“If we do that, we will give ourselves every chance of getting into the hat for the next round.

“And with the game being a local derby, it’s something that will add to the match as a spectacle, and we fully expect it to be highly competitive.”

The pair have already played each other once this season, with Marine coming out on top in one of the few pre-season games that went ahead.

Zak Kotwica scored the only goal as Marine won 1-0 at the Save on Tyres Stadium in August.

The last competitive meeting was in October 2019 when Marine won 4-0 away in the Southern League Cup – Brad Hooper, Harry Williams, Conor McDonagh and Henry Spalding with the goals.

Prior to that, Marine also won in the Wiltshire Cup in November 2018 as McDonagh and Stuart Fleetwood scored to secure a 2-1 win for Marine.

Marine manager Spalding reported a clean bill of health for his team, with everyone coming through a midweek friendly against National South side Bath City without injury.

Visiting defender Matt Liddiard will miss out, however, due to a suspension picked up against Truro City last Saturday while Rob Dean will be absent for Town after also being dismissed against Winchester in the league last weekend.