SWINDON Supermarine take on Chippenham Town tonight in the Wiltshire Premier Shield semi-final with the winner facing either Swindon Town or Salisbury in the competition’s final.

The Premier Shield is for the county’s top clubs and includes 10 teams – from Richie Wellens’ professional League Two outfit all the way down to Wessex League Premier Division side Amesbury.

Lee Spalding’s Supermarine were handed a bye in the first round and only kicked their competition off in the quarter-final away to high-flying Western League Premier Division side Bradford Town.

After coming through a goal-laden last-eight tie – Marine won 4-3 – the Blues set up a hotly-anticipated clash with National League South strugglers Chippenham.

The Bluebirds were set to field a youthful XI in tonight’s game at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, but after a disappointing 5-1 defeat in the league on Saturday, manager Mike Cook revealed he will give a few first-team players the opportunity to re-gain some match sharpness.

Meanwhile, Marine manager Lee Spalding would like a win after a disappointing defeat of their own against Poole.

He said: “It’s a good opportunity for us to try and bounce back, but again we are facing a strong side in Chippenham.

“It’s an ideal chance for the team to have a break from the league and hopefully return to winning ways.

“This competition has never been a priority for us, but we wouldn’t turn our noses up at the chance of being in the final.

“The sooner we can return to winning ways also, the better. Hopefully it’ll inject a bit of energy into the team before Saturday.

“Chippenham suffered a heavy loss on Saturday, so they will have their eyes on winning. It’ll be a competitive game and one we’re looking forward to.

“Injury wise, we’re all good. I have a full squad to pick from.”