SWINDON Supermarine beat Dorchester Town 3-2 in thrilling circumstances in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday.

Marine came flying out of the traps and went ahead with a bullet header in the 19th minute from defender Pierce Mitchell - his second in two FA Trophy games.

David Pratt was brought down just before the half-hour mark by visiting 'keeper Buse, but Michael Hopkins struck the post from the spot after what appeared a tip from the Dorchester stopper. Although he netted the rebound, the goal was ruled out for offside with the officials deeming Buse did not get a touch.

Nevertheless, Supermarine continued to dominate and made the perfect start to the second half with a collector’s item of a goal from Jamie Edge, heading home a corner at the back post.

Marine were enjoying themselves but were unable to grab the killer third despite good chances for Pratt and Campbell.

With little to lose, the visitors went gung-ho, and Tom Bath pulled one back with 15 minutes to go after a good initial save from Horsell.

With time running out, Dorchester threw everyone forward and the ball landed at the feet of sub Burns who netted from close range.

Just when it seemed extra-time was beckoning, the hard-working man of the match Conor McDonagh broke clear, but was brought down, and the ref pointed to the spot.

Michael Hopkins made no mistake on this occasion, slamming it home and earning Supermarine a chance of drawing one of the National League big boys in round two, with the match due to take place in a-week-and-a-half's time.