SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding hailed a workmanlike performance from every one of his players after Stuart Fleetwood’s superbly-taken volley gave his side a 1-0 win over fellow Southern League Premier Division South promotion hopefuls Gosport Borough.

In a first-half that featured very few chances of note, it was down to the experienced Welshman to give Marine a lead that they would never relinquish two minutes before the break.

Marine defended their lead well in the second half, although they were nearly made to pay right at the end – only a shocking miss from six yards out by Gosport spared Spalding’s men.

The Marine boss was ultimately left feeling nothing but pride as he watched his team grind out their seventh win of the season and move up to sixth in the table.

Spalding said: “We were looking for a workmanlike performance and I thought we got it.

“Every single player that was involved worked their socks off. I thought it was a performance full of desire, energy, good attitude and a great goal to win the game in the end.

“Overall, I’m delighted, absolutely delighted.

“I thought we had a good shape about us as a team, I thought we worked hard and had loads of energy.

“We made it very hard for Gosport to play, even though conditions didn’t really help either.

“It wasn’t a game where there was ever going to be loads of great football played.

“It was a day to roll your sleeves up and go into battle – whoever wanted it the most would win.”

Spalding reiterated his view that his team should not be scared of anyone after defeating a team with several ex-National League players in their ranks.

The Marine chief spoke highly of his own players once again though and said he feels they always have goals in them thanks to players like Fleetwood and Connor McDonagh.

Spalding said: “I always felt like we would get an opportunity to win, it was just a case of whether we could take it when it came.

“But the goal we scored wasn’t even half an opportunity, it was just a great finish – it’s as simple as that. It was a goal worthy of winning any game.

“I still haven’t seen a team where I’ve been blown away by their quality or thought ‘wow, they’re a lot better than us’.

“It was the same today, Gosport had good players in their team, but so have we.

“It was down to attitude and desire, and the team that takes their chances usually wins – that was us.”

Meanwhile, Highworth Town saw their scheduled home game against AFC Totton in Division One South postponed following the heavy weekend rainfall.