Sean Millwaters was always confident that Supermarine would overcome Swindon seconds in their game at Greenbridge Road on Saturday.
Two mistakes that lead to tries for the home side meant Supermarine only held a three-point lead at the break. However Marine ran in five unanswered second-half scores in a 44-14 win.
The victory moves the South Marston club within two points of leaders Bradford-upon-Avon and second-placed Minety.
Crucially Marine still have two games in-hand on those two sides.
Head coach Millwaters always had faith in his side’s superior fitness and that Marine would come good at Greenbridge Road.
“Swindon are always hard team to play at Swindon, they have a way to knock you off your game,” Millwaters said.
“I was confident at 17-14 that we would go on to win. You could see they were starting to flag and they had put everything into that [first] forty minutes. In the second-half we ran riot.
“I think fitness does kick into it, man-for-man we were a fitter team. The way we play, we ran them around a lot in the first half, especially their big lads.”
Winger Matty Dickens got another hat-trick with other scores from Chris Dawes, Alex Robinson, two from Killian Spain secured the win.
Dickens’ latest effort moves him within seven tries of the club record. Millwaters was full of praise for his winger, describing Dickens’ final try – where he ran from his own 22 – as the score of the game. Marine’s head coach thinks Dickens is more than likely to get past the 29 try mark to break the club record.
“Matty Dickens got his fourth hat-trick of the season which takes him to 22 tries. The way he’s playing at the moment to I wouldn’t bet against him going to beat it [the club record].”