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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Swindon Supermarine's unbeaten run ends
SUPERMARINE’S 10-match unbeaten run came to an end as they lost 2-1 at home to Wimborne in Division One South & West.
George Webb opened the scoring after two minutes and matters worsened when home striker Josh Parsons limped off with a muscle pull midway through the first period.
Kent Kauppinen kept the score at 1-0 when he saved the visitors’ penalty just after the break.
However, Aidan Sainsbury made it 20 on 68 minutes before Josh Fowler pulled one back with 10 minutes to play, his first goal for Marine.
South Marston boss Dave Webb said: “It was always going to happen at some point. We weren’t at our best but I don’t think we had the breaks.
“We could have got something in the end, but we didn’t.
“It wasn’t really the game we wanted the run to end on - at home where we had an unbeaten record.
“But if we go on another run now that will make up for it.”
Marine missed the chance to capitalise on defeats suffered by promotion rivals Hungerford and Poole, and they went behind early on.
Webb explained: “The lads have been brilliant at the back but we gave away a really sloppy goal after two minutes and George Webb was never going to miss as he is a quality player.
“Conceding the goal so early meant we had to chase the game, and we had a great chance before half-time when Danny Hilder put in a great ball for Rob Dean, but it just missed the post.
“The second half I thought we did well. I didn’t see who gave away the penalty but none of our players complained, and then Kent made a good save.
“Later we had the ball cleared off the line and within 30 seconds George Webb crossed the ball in for their lad to score.
“At 2-0 we showed great character and Josh Fowler scored his first goal for the club. “But for missed opportunities we might have got something.”
Speaking further on Fowler, Webb said the frontman was an improving work in progress.
He said: “He’s young and he’s got a lot of learning to do, but once he is in good positions he does finish.
“His overall game he needs to work on but he has done well when he’s come in.”
Elsewhere in the division, Cirencester blew a two-goal lead at Didcot.
The Centurions took the lead after four minutes courtesy of an own goal, and recent signing Ricky Allaway doubled the advantage on 36 minutes.
However, five minutes into the second period Alex Stanley gave Didcot hope and with 15 minutes remaining, Luke Carnell secured a point for the home side.