SWINDON Supermarine midfielder Brad Hooper struck an 88th-minute equaliser as Lee Spalding’s men drew 1-1 with Hendon at the Webbswood Stadium on Saturday.

In torrential rain and difficult playing conditions, Marine saw the lion’s share of possession and chances but were unable to make their dominance count as Hendon took the lead.

But Hooper’s superb volley rescued the Wiltshire side and saw them take away a point which maintained the unbeaten start at home in Southern League Premier South.

Conor McDonagh hit the post inside the opening 10 minutes, while Harry Williams was unable to finish off a one-on-one chance shortly after.

Marine were made to pay for not nudging in front first in the 34th minute when a cross from the right wing by Shaun Lucien was met by the knee of Liam Brooks and volleyed into the net past Martin Horsell.

Jamie Edge hit the post from a free-kick, and Marine saw a couple more chances kept out by man of the match, Fred Burbidge before the break.

In the second half, Marine piled on the pressure and substitute David Pratt saw a header cleared off the line before the hosts went with four up front in order to salvage a point.

Spalding’s men duly got their reward with two minutes to go - following a half-cleared corner, Hooper ran onto the ball and lashed it past Burbidge inside the left post.

Elsewhere, Highworth Town saw their longest away game of the season - at Plymouth Parkway - postponed due to a waterlogged pitch when only five miles from the ground.

In Hellenic League action, Royal Wootton Bassett lost 3-1 at home to Westfields.

Without manager Sam Collier - who was at the birth of his child - and several key first-team players, Alan Griffin put Bassett ahead on home turf before the powerful comeback by one of the promotion chasers.