HIGH levels of confidence and spirit in the Swindon Supermarine changing room will serve them well this weekend when an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions is put to the test against Southern League Premier Division South promotion hopefuls Chesham United.

Marine have dropped only five points from their last 11 league fixtures.

The Webbswood Stadium side’s positive run of late was actually ignited by a 2-1 win at home to Chesham in early October, with Brad Hooper and Stuart Fleetwood on target that day.

With Chesham losing just one of their last nine Southern League games, Saturday’s clash will no doubt be the pick of the division’s fixtures – particularly given a win for Marine would lift them level on points with their Buckinghamshire rivals.

Supporters shouldn’t expect manager Lee Spalding to rotate his squad given the club’s remarkably light Christmas schedule.

Marine have no fixture arranged between December 21 and New Year’s Day, making this weekend’s tussle all the more important.

Spalding said: “This weekend will be a cracker. A game everyone is looking forward to.

“Chesham are obviously above us in the league, and this is a great opportunity for us to go there and try and get something out of the game.

“If we can return with any points, we would’ve done well. Given the form we are in, though, there is no reason why we can’t go there and get a positive result.

“The top teams all have proven forward players that are capable of scoring goals. And they are defensively solid too.

“Chesham don’t make mistakes, and their concentration as a team is a lot better. All the top teams have those dangerous players capable of scoring out of nothing, that can be the difference.

“But our spirit is good, and confidence is high. We have momentum on our side too.”

On Wednesday, Spalding announced former Bristol City midfielder George Dowling as his latest recruit, with the 21-year-old joining from Weston-super-Mare.

Only three years ago, Dowling was twice used off the bench for Bristol City in the Championship. But his contract at Ashton Gate expired this summer and he was left without a club.

Spalding said: “Although still young, he will undoubtedly bring more experience to the midfield as we look for success in the Southern League.

“Once again, the chairman (Jez Webb) has shown me tremendous support. Without him, this signing wouldn’t have been possible.”