LEE Spalding admits he will have to cut his current Swindon Supermarine squad by at least five players following the club’s first pre-season game against Hashtag United on Saturday.

Spalding’s troops ran out 4-2 winners against Saturday’s visitors to the Webbswood Stadium following goals from Ryan Campbell – who bagged a brace - Jack Alexander and Bradley Gray.

The game - watched by England Lionesses goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain - presented the Marine boss with his first opportunity to assess his squad ahead of their first Southern League Premier Division campaign.

While clocking up miles in his players’ legs sits as a high priority for Spalding, the Marine boss admits not all players in the current set-up will still be around come August.

He said: “We want to nail down exactly what the squad is going to be as we have a lot of players here.

“Around 25 are in at the moment, so over the course of pre-season that will have to go down to about 20 or 18.

“It’s important I pick the right ones. They’re all good players at the end of the day but I’ve got to make sure we’re going to be competitive at the level above.

“Tactically, Saturday was a good opportunity to experiment with a few formations and work on shapes.

“It’s about getting fitness into the players’ legs and getting minutes into everyone.”

Saturday’s pre-season clash wasn’t all plain sailing for Spalding’s men, despite the 4-2 end result.

YouTubers outfit Hashtag United, who have joined the league pyramid this season, took the lead through Ryan Adams on 18 minutes before Josh Parsons replied.

Jack Alexander put Supermarine ahead and Campbell stretched the home side’s lead further before Bradley Gray secured the win nine minutes from time.

Despite scoring four times, Spalding has already identified areas in which his side can improve.

He said: “It was a good opportunity for me to have a look at all the players. We had a few missing, but to get a good early look – particularly at the younger players – is helpful.

“I was really pleased with the way the lads did. After we conceded the first goal I thought we played well.

“We passed the ball really well and scored some good goals. We were a little flat in the second half and I thought we could’ve played a little bit better.

“But the heat on the day had an impact on the lads, and it’s still only pre-season. We’ll only get fitter, we’re building towards the start of the year now.”