SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding highlighted a mature performance from his side after they held on to beat Gosport Borough by 2-1 at the Webbswood Stadium on Saturday.

First-half goals from Stuart Fleetwood and Ryan Campbell served as reward for a performance that belied Marine’s current lowly position in the Southern League Premier Division South table.

Gosport's Tony Lee volleyed in from a free-kick shortly before the break after on-loan keeper Will Henry had denied him one on one previously.

Marine leapfrogged their visitors after Saturday’s result, but more than the three points, Spalding was pleased with the way his side went about picking up the result.

He said: “I thought we played some really good stuff and I felt the manner that we went about it was a lot better too.

“Against certain teams, we’ve looked to get the ball forwards too quickly, but on Saturday I felt we kept possession for much longer periods and moved them around a lot more.

“It allowed us to enjoy the ball a bit more and tire them out. As soon as we lost it, we got back into our shape and were hard to break down.

“Gosport are a good side, they play good football and they’ve got a real threat up front, so it’s a great result for us and we’re happy to get the three points.”

Campbell scored his second in as many games to give Marine all three points, while Spalding was pleased his players showed more character at both ends of the pitch to grind out the result.

Spalding said: “We scored two good goals. The speed we moved the ball around for the first goal was fantastic and the second goal was a really good move too.

“There’s no standout player, it was a real team performance and I’m delighted for them. There’s a real togetherness in the group and I’m happy for them to get the three points.

“I’m never happy to concede goals. I don’t like conceding goals, but it gives us room to work on things. We can always improve and we can always get better so when it comes to training, we’ll review the game and make sure we’re set up properly and hard to beat going forward.

“We’re delighted with the two goals and we’re creating more chances which is really encouraging too.”