SWINDON Supermarine progressed into the Wiltshire Premier Shield final following an emphatic 5-2 success over Chippenham Town on Tuesday night.

Marine – who ply their trade a tier below National League South side Chippenham – raced into a four-goal lead at Royal Wootton Bassett’s Gerard Buxton Sports Ground before striking late on to end any faint hopes of a Bluebirds comeback.

Both sides named strong line-ups for the tie, though debutante goalkeeper Ellis Parker was between the sticks for Chippenham while second choice Josh Hill wore the number one shirt for Marine.

Lee Spalding’s men started brightly and were a goal up inside 15 minutes after Conor McDonagh struck past Parker from inside the box.

The game remained 1-0 until the 37th minute when three goals in six minutes for the lower-league side effectively ended the tie prior to half-time.

Midfielder George Dowling was sent through one-on-one – calmly dispatching the chance to make it two – before adding his second and his team’s third with a long-range strike two minutes later.

Henry Spalding got in on the action just before the break to make it 4-0, and most felt the game was over as a contest once the referee blew the whistle for half-time.

However, Callum Gunner rattled in Chippenham’s first off the underside of the bar just after the hour to give Mike Cook’s team a glimmer of hope.

David Pratt volleyed in from a free-kick six minutes later to halve the deficit, but unfortunately for the Bluebirds, that was as good as it got.

Substitutes Stuart Fleetwood and Harry Williams combined four minutes before the end – the former crossing for the latter to head home – to make it five.

Marine will face either Swindon Town or Salisbury in the competition’s final.

Elsewhere, in Southern League Division One South, Highworth Town battled to a credible 2-2 draw away at promotion-chasing Winchester City.

The high-flyers took the lead in the 24th minute before Callum Parson curled into the net from the edge of the box eight minutes before the interval.

Parsons was at it again on the stroke of half-time as he got tapped the ball into an empty net following an excellent run from Ash Edenborough.

John Fisher and Ross Adams’ men could not hang onto the three points in the second half though – Winchester dispatched a 75th minute penalty following a handball decision.

The drama was not finished there either as Leon Morrison was shown red late on.

And if not for two excellent clearances off the line from Dan Comer in added time, Winchester might have nicked all three points.

Yet, Highworth escaped with a point from a predictably tough fixture in Hampshire.