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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Swindon Supermarine storm back to the top of the table
SWINDON Supermarine roared back to the top of Division One South & West with a 4-1 thrashing of Fleet at the Webb’s Wood Stadium.
Ash Edenborough put the hosts in front from range on 16 minutes following good work by debutant Jake Johns and loanee striker Kayden Jackson.
The lead was doubled seconds before the break when wide man Josh Morse flicked home Edenborough’s cross.
Jackson was instrumental in the build-up that led to Aaron Ferris making it 3-0 just after the break and although Simba Mlambo pulled one back for Fleet, Marine were not done.
Ben Whitehead came off the bench to score with 14 minutes remaining before Fleet missed two great chances for a second consolation late on.
Marine boss Dave Webb had nothing but praise for his squad after they notched a fifth win in seven Southern League games.
“I’m over the moon with the result, we talked about getting a reaction and getting back to winning ways (after the FA Cup defeat to Winchester) and it was a great performance really,” said Webb.
“There were some good goals and it was a good team performance and it was just a perfect afternoon really.
“We went with Kayden Jackson and Ash Edenborough up front and they really did cause them a problem. Kayden’s pace and trickery and Ash getting at the centre-backs as he does, they couldn’t live with them.
“If there is one negative it was conceding the goal, but apart from that it was a good performance.
“Fleet are a hardworking side that have taken points off some decent sides, so it was an excellent result.”
Webb was impressed with the display of debutant Jake Johns, who came into central midfield in the absence of the suspended Rob Dean.
He said: “Jake has been with us for a few weeks and I watched him closely in the two sessions last week and he deserved a start on his performances.
“He did really well in centre-midfield in the first half. We had to take him off on the hour because it was his first competitive game of the season, but he did exceptionally well.
“It’s just fitness now with him, once he gets that he’ll be in good shape because he’s a good passer of the ball and is competitive.”
Marine take on Wimborne in Division One South & West on Wednesday with a possible problem developing at centre-back.
Craig Curtis is struggling to recover from a groin problem and Jon Steedman - who played on Saturday - is unavailable.
Meanwhile, Swindon Town appear forthcoming to the idea of striker Jackson extending his loan spell at the Webb’s Wood.
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