CARETAKER manager Lee Spalding declared himself satisfied with a point after Swindon Supermarine secured a 1-1 draw away at a Bristol Manor Farm side sitting third in the Southern League West table.

Spalding, overseeing his second match in charge after taking the reins on a temporary basis following the dismissal of former boss Dave Webb earlier this month, saw his side hold a half-time lead at The Creek courtesy of a Brad Hooper penalty.

However, the home side raised their game after the break and Dean Stamp restored parity on the scoreboard before the hour mark and that was how it stayed until the final whistle.

The draw leaves Marine down in ninth in a congested table, which sees just five points separate Manor Farm in third from Yate Town down in 11th.

“Overall, I think it was probably a fair result. It was the proverbial game of two halves,” said Spalding.

“In the first half, we had the best of the play and the chances and managed to get ourselves in front with a penalty.

“We actually had two other appeals for a penalty turned down that I thought looked more of a penalty than the one that was given but we were pleased to get to half-time in front.

“We played some decent stuff in the first half but the second half was always going to be difficult given the slope on the pitch and the fact the wind was blowing that way too.

“The lads battled really hard in the second half and they really ground out a draw in the end. It was a good result.”

The draw extends Marine’s current winless streak to a sixth game and they have not tasted victory this side of Christmas, although Spalding was more than content with the application his side produced.

“I couldn’t fault the effort and commitment the players put in, they really gave everything,” said Spalding.

“We have done a lot of work on trying to make ourselves harder to beat and we have certainly done that.

“Bristol Manor Farm are third in the table so it is a difficult place to go so it is a good point overall.”

Marine are back on the road on Tuesday and travel to North Leigh.