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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Ash helps Marine return to winning ways
SUPERMARINE overcame the challenge of lowly Winchester on Saturday to get their Division One South & West play-off charge back on track.
Defeated 3-2 by rivals Merthyr on Tuesday, the Webb's Wood side followed that up with a 3-1 win on the road, although the result was tainted somewhat by substitute Harry Etheridge's late dismissal.
The hosts took the lead six minutes in when Kyle Lapham sent an ill-advised header straight into the path of Pat Nolan, who beat Kent Kauppinen in the Marine goal.
However, Ash Edenborough equalised just before the half hour mark and his strike partner Josh Parsons made it 2-1 shortly before the break.
With 20 minutes to go Edenborough got his second and although Mani Randhawa made his debut off the bench shortly after, it was his fellow sub Etheridge who caught the eye for the wrong reasons, when he was red-carded by referee Chris Wade.
Marine boss Dave Webb said: "I'm really pleased because it's one of those games where you're wondering how's it going to go?
"We were a little bit lacklustre in the first 20 minutes but give the lads a little bit of credit, we improved after that.
"Once we got the goal through Ash to make it 1-1 and then we managed to get in front through Josh Parsons.
"We needed to get the third goal quickly and we managed to get it around the 70-minute mark, and after that it was fairly comfortable.
"It was a tough game. They are a young side trying to scrap their way out of the bottom couple of positions.
"They aren't the team they were at the start of the season, that team is no longer there and they are just trying to get through to the end of the season with the lads they've got.
"We showed a bit more maturity and that extra bit of quality and we came through in the end.
"We had to dig deep after giving away the early goal that lifted them and deflated us."
On Etheridge's dismissal, Webb revealed he felt sorry for his player and stated he had revealed regret for his reaction after the event.
"Harry jumped as he was tackled and then landed on top of him, and he punched him as he went underneath him," said Webb.
"The ref booked the lad for the tackle which could have been a straight red.
"I feel a bit for Harry because he's a cracking lad and a pleasure to work with. It's out of character and he did it out of frustration.
"He held his hands up afterwards and apologised, so we just have to move on now."
Elsewhere in the division, Cirencester defeated Tiverton 2-1 after a late rally in Devon.
Sam Collier opened the scoring midway rough the second period from a through-ball by Ellis Dunton.
When Joe Bushin equalised on 84 minutes it looked as if Tivvy had done enough to take a point, but Sam Packer won it for the visitors with two minutes left.
In the Southern Premier, Chippenham are still looking for their first league win since December 1 after drawing 2-2 at Bedworth.
Two second-half goals from Lee Phillips saw the Bluebirds snatch a point after Tom Lorraine netted twice in the lead-up to the break for the home side.
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