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FA TROPHY: Fast start pays off for Marine
MANAGER Dave Webb hailed Swindon Supermarine’s superb first-half performance as they progressed through the preliminary round of the FA Trophy at the expense of Taunton.
First-half goals from Swindon Town loanee Kayden Jackson and skipper Dave Bampton - both inside the first 10 minutes - and then Ben Whitehead just before the break gave Marine a 3-0 victory at the Webb’s Wood Stadium and a £2,500 windfall.
And Webb said: “I asked the players to start quick, we haven't done that in the last two games and we started exceptionally well.
“I think that's the key, getting in front early against any side. Getting two goals in 10 minutes put us in a great position.
“It was massively important that we won today, the revenue is absolutely key at any football club.
“We knew that we let ourselves down when we went out of the FA Cup at Winchester and we knew that it was vitally important to put a performance in for this club.
“That's what the players did and they deserve great credit.”
The result secured Marine a tie with Southern Premier outfit Bideford in the first qualifying round, with the fixture to be played on Saturday, October 19.
The Devon side are unbeaten in the league this season, but Webb insists that counts for little in cup competitions.
“There are five teams in our league that are in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, we've beaten three of those five, so you never know,” he said.
“It's all down to who turns up and performs well on the day. If you have a little bit of luck and you turn up, you've got a great chance.”
Jackson opened the scoring after just six minutes on Saturday, finishing off a neat move that started in Marine's own half.
Defender Jon Steedman played a lofted ball to Dan Hilder on the right wing and he easily beat his man, before sending Jackson free in the area and the striker slotted past Tim Sandercombe at the near post.
Two minutes later it was nearly 2-0 as left-back Danny Allen saw his powerful drive blocked low by Sandercombe, before Hilder's follow-up was cleared off the line.
The second goal arrived in the 10th minute when winger Josh Morse broke from deep and played a defence-splitting pass to Bampton, who fired home his first of the season.
Hilder also created number three when he left full-back Jamie Price in his wake before sending a delicious ball into the box that was headed home by Whitehead.
In the second half the visitors changed their shape and interrupted Marine's domination.
Both sides had chances to add to the scoring and substitute Nat Pepperhill and Steve Murray hit the woodwork for the visitors.
A full-stretch Sandercombe impressively kept out Chris Taylor's free kick, ensuring the scoreline remained 3-0.
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