SWINDON Supermarine lacked a clinical edge in their Saturday defeat to Hayes & Yeading United, says manager Lee Spalding.

The match was settled by an early goal from Francis Amartey, which allowed the London side to leapfrog Marine in the Premier South standings on goal difference.

The Wiltshire outfit kept plugging away in a bid to get back into the game but despite a series of late goalmouth scrambles, returned from the contest empty handed.

On the balance of play, Spalding felt his side were worthy of more.

“If you look at the game as an overall spectacle I think we did deserve to get something out of it,” he said.

“We kept going right till the end and I can’t fault any of the players for their effort.

“It wasn’t a bad performance, the only thing that was missing was a goal. It was one of those games where if we had scored, we would have well gone on and nicked a winner.

“It wasn’t to be, that’s football sometimes. It’s frustrating and if you give away cheap goals like we did again it costs you, especially when you’re not scoring freely at the other end which is what’s happening at the moment.

“We need to address that and make sure in our last home games we look at getting back to having a bit more cutting edge in front of goal.

“At the moment that’s what we’re missing, that little bit of quality in the final third that we need.”

Owing to a number of postponed matches, Supermarine were playing Hayes for the second straight game, albeit 11 days apart.

The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw after United had bagged another early goal.

Spalding was disappointed his side had not learned their lesson from that encounter.

“We started quite slowly to be fair, which was disappointing,” he said of the weekend’s face-off.

“We obviously spoke before the game about how quickly they started last time, when they scored and went 1-0 up.

“It was a bit of a replica of that. After the first 20 minutes we started playing then, which was frustrating because we had spoken about it.

“After that we played some good stuff. We passed the ball well without really making any clear-cut chances.

“The movement was good off the ball, but that final pass, that final shot wasn’t good enough on the day and it cost us ultimately.”

If better is to come for Marine in their next outing against Harrow Borough, Spalding wants to see more created in the opposition penalty area.

“We need to look at what we do and how we can affect the game,” he said.

“It’s down to us not being clinical enough in the final third and creating enough clear-cut chances.

“We created a number of shots from outside the box, 20 or 30-yards, that have gone over the bar and not really tested the keeper. That was the story of the game for us.

“We created a few chances at the end of the game but it was more goalmouth scrambles – if it drops to you then it could have been different, but it didn’t.”