LEE Spalding is under the impression that a Southern League break of almost four weeks didn’t favour his players during their 2-2 draw with Merthyr Town on Wednesday.

Conor McDonagh notched a brace by finding the back of the net either side of half time to reverse the hosts’ early one-goal deficit into a lead.

But Marine’s Welsh New Year’s Day visitors fought until the final whistle and equalised with minutes remaining through Owain Jones.

It’s perhaps easy to view the game as two points dropped by Marine, but favourable results elsewhere in the south meant the club ended the day fourth in the table.

Ultimately, though, Spalding felt as though his players could’ve done with a game or two over the unusually quiet festive period.

He said: “To have almost four weeks without a league game is a long time, and it showed a bit on Wednesday that we haven’t been playing regular football.

“If we won the game, I could easily say the rest did our players good. But I did feel the break took the edge of off our game a bit.

“It’s frustrating and you always feel as though you’ve dropped points when you concede in injury time.

“We made a mistake and they capitalised in the first five minutes. Before our break, we were doing well by not giving away cheap goals.

“The first goal we conceded was very cheap, it wasn’t scored through Merthyr’s good play. We responded well and played some good football after and did okay by half time.

“We grew into the game in the second to go ahead, but our late play cost us at the end.”

Marine are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Walton Casuals (3pm).