INTERIM boss Lee Spalding says he was left feeling bewildered at times after his Swindon Supermarine side drew 1-1 at home with Winchester City.

After spending the week leading up to the game on the shape of his side, Spalding was hoping to see the fruits of his labour as Joe Shepherd featured in central midfield.

The opening 45 minutes of the Southern League West clash saw both teams struggle to get a foothold on the game, while the centre of midfield was largely bypassed by both sides.

Supermarine took the lead when Joe Selman did well to hit a shot on the turn in the penalty area. It was a tame effort, but had just about enough on it to nestle in Ryan Pryce’s bottom left corner on the half-hour mark.

The second half saw a new sense of composure on the ball for Marine, although they were lucky not to be pegged back as Zak Westlake blocked a shot off the line.

After breaking free Marine then hit the post as they looked to get further in front, but were stung by Rob Carr’s equaliser with eight minutes to go.

“I thought the start was better today than what it has been recently. Obviously, we got the goal and went 1-0 up in the first half,” said Spalding.

“I just thought we lacked that little bit of quality today in the final third, and the opposition’s half really.

“We worked on a lot of shape this week and I said to the players that is the most disappointing thing about the result.

“I looked at that today, on the match day and I don’t see what I have been doing during our training in the week.

“People are doing what they want to do and against a good team, we will come unstuck, good teams manage games and our management of the game in the second half was poor.

“We had midfield players running on the right wing, I had wingers playing inside and full backs all over the place, it was a bit of a mess at times.

“We have to learn from that now, we have a massive game on Tuesday and we have to be a lot better if we want to get a result.”

Supermarine are back in action on Tuesday evening, where they welcome fellow Wiltshire side Salisbury to the Webbswood.