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FA TROPHY: Duff luck for Marine as they tumble out the trophy
6:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
BIDEFORD'S Craig Duff struck late on as Swindon Supermarine were sent spiralling out of the FA Trophy at the first qualifying round stage.
Marine fought back from 2-0 down to level the scores courtesy of two penalties from Swindon Town striker Kayden Jackson, in the final game of his second month-long loan at the Webb's Wood Stadium.
But Duff's strike nine minutes from time gave the Southern Premier high-flyers a 3-2 win over their Division One South & West hosts.
The shock retirement of Marine left-back Danny Allen on the eve of Saturday's game meant a formation reshuffle, and the trio at the back struggled to contain the Bideford attack early on.
Veteran striker Kevin Squire was first to dish out punishment, easing the visitors ahead with a well-executed half-volley from just inside the area.
Duff doubled the advantage when he sent an unstoppable effort past Kent Kauppinen and the north Devon outfit were 2-0 up with not even a dozen minutes on the clock.
Marine carved out their first chance midway through the first half, when a Rob Farkins mistake allowed Ash Edenborough to work his way into the box, but the striker fired high and wide.
Midfield duo Chris Taylor and Rob Dean combined to create an excellent chance for Jackson, but the youngster's bundled effort was cleared off the line by Ian Sampson.
Sampson was then penalised for a debatable handball from the resulting corner and leading scorer Jackson sent keeper Steve Oliver the wrong way from the spot.
With 31 minutes played, Edenborough was flattened by Oliver after getting his head to a through-ball ahead of the keeper's fist. Oliver was fortunate to only be cautioned, but his presence counted for little as Jackson again converted from 12 yards.
Both sides had further opportunities before the break. First Duff fluffed wide from six yards and at the other end, Taylor's goal-bound effort was tipped over by Oliver at full-stretch.
Five minutes after the restart, Marine might have taken the lead when Ben Whitehead crossed for Edenborough, but the unmarked front man could only head straight at Oliver.
The majority of the second period was uneventful until Bideford nipped in front late on, when persistence from Squire allowed Duff to double his tally with a sweetly-struck effort on the turn.
Minutes later, the ball was in the Marine net again, but Squire's tap-in was correctly ruled out for offside.
Despite the late winner, Marine boss Dave Webb was pleased with his side's effort.
"I'm just gutted for the boys in the dressing room, because I thought they'd done enough today to get another shot on Tuesday,” he said.
“Bideford were clinical today, Kent had no chance with any of the goals and that shows why they're third in their league and unbeaten in 11 games.”
Webb also revealed his hope that Jackson - whose brace took his tally to 12 goals in 13 loan appearances for Marine - would return to the Webb's Wood for a third consecutive loan spell.
“He's been great since he's come here and we want him to stay,” said Webb. “But we know that he's ambitious and he wants to play at as high a level as possible.”
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