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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Credit where it's due as Marine win again
SWINDON Supermarine boss Dave Webb insisted his players deserved all the credit after their 2-0 victory over Bishops Cleeve recorded a remarkable 10th straight league victory.
Prolific strikers Josh Parsons and Ash Edenborough once again found the net to extend an amazing run which has seen the South Marston side surge up to third in Division One South and West, three points behind leaders Hungerford with four games in hand, while collecting the team of the month award for November.
The run is thought to be a new club record, and Webb was quick to praise his close-knit squad for everything they have achieved since the streak began against Cinderford on October 13.
“When you start looking at it 10 straight wins at any standard of football is an incredible achievement, and like I said to the players after the game it is their hard work which has done it,” he said.
“It is just so enjoyable and we want to keep it going for as long as possible, but every game has been tough and Bishops Cleeve more than played their part on Saturday. We were maybe a little fortunate with Josh Parsons’ penalty, but Ash (Edenborough) scored another great goal which sealed it.
“We want to keep it going because we have put ourselves in a fantastic position in the league, but we will lose eventually and we hope we have the players with the character to go back on another little run once we do.
“We are ahead of where we wanted to be at this stage, and the players have to take so much credit for that.”
Either Parsons or Edenborough, or indeed both, have been on the score sheet in every game of the thrilling run, and Webb is pleased to have the pair as well as teenager Josh Fowler at his disposal.
“We lost TJ Bohane who went back to Shortwood, but we have three quality strikers in Josh Parsons, Ash Edenborough and Josh Fowler,” he said.
“Josh Fowler is only a young lad who played for the county side on Saturday and scored two goals, and Ash and Josh just keep scoring for us.
“We may not be blessed with the choice of five strikers, but what we do have is three top drawer ones who keep producing. If we can keep the three together for the rest of the season we will have a chance, because they always look a threat and are all so different.”
The club enjoyed a bumper crowd of over 300 at the Webbs Wood Stadium following a ticket promotion, and Webb was pleased to send them home happy.
“It was a great atmosphere even though it was a difficult game on a heavy pitch, and the club did really well to get the game on,” he said.
“It wasn’t fluent football but a dogged performance, and it was great to do that in front of a lot of young families. Hopefully they will come back because it is great for the players to be able to play in front of a few more people because of how well they have been doing.”
- CHIPPENHAM’S home clash with St Neots ended in chaos after a late penalty saw the visitors grab a 2-2 draw, sparking ugly scenes both on and off the pitch.
With the Bluebirds leading 2-1 with two minutes to go in the Southern Premier clash, Pewsey referee Matthew Rushton ruled that Chippenham goalkeeper Ben John had fouled Saints striker Ben Mackey, and the striker dusted himself down and stepped up to earn a point for his side.
But as he went to retrieve the ball from the back of the net Mackey and two other St Neots players tangled with John, who was subsequently shoved into the netting. Players from both sides then waded into the fracas, which continued for more than a minute as Rushton battled to restore order.
Players and coaches from both teams became involved, while there were also scuffles between supporters on the terracing behind the goal, leaving the home club to conduct a post-match investigation into allegations that punches had been thrown and that players had become involved with spectators.
Mackey and Chippenham defender Alex Kite were both shown red cards as the dust settled, marring what had up until that point been an entertaining game.
Despite being second best for much of the opening seven minutes, the Bluebirds took the lead with their first attack of the game after Brandon Barnes’ cross was flicked on by Lee Phillips to allow Tom Knighton to head home.
It stayed 1-0 until half-time, when the introduction of Ade Yussef gave St Neots a boost which would eventually see them get back into the contest.
They should have been level on the hour as the winger escaped down the right and fired in a low cross for Lewis Hilliard, only for John to produce a brilliant reaction save to preserve the home lead.
But the equaliser did soon come as Jordan Gent rose highest to head home a corner, and the visitors could have had the lead minutes later if Yussef had connected with Mawefe Nkinga’s cross.
Chippenham punished the miss two minutes later in spectacular style. When an initial corner was cleared and Scott Lye's follow-up blocked, the ball fell to Luke Ballinger who took one touch and lashed an unstoppable shot past Jack Giddens to spark delighted home celebrations.
The superb strike looked to have secured all three points, until Mackey stepped up to slot home the controversial penalty to leave Bluebirds boss Nathan Rudge dreaming what might have been.
In Division One South and West, Cirencester suffered major disappointment as they went down to a 6-1 home defeat at the hands of Bridgwater.
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