SWINDON Supermarine boss Lee Spalding insists the result took priority over performance on Saturday after bottom club Staines Town were downed 3-0 at the Webbswood Stadium.

A frustrating first half saw Staines deny the hosts a goal, but Jerel Ifil’s strike with 15 minutes of the game remaining signalled a downturn in the visitors’ fortunes as Matt Williams and Stuart Fleetword quickly added Marine’s second and third goals.

The timely result promotes Supermarine five points clear of the relegation frame with 33 points from 25 games.

And Spalding, who is tasked with a mid-week trip to Poole Town on Tuesday night, was left pleased by his side’s change in mentality once the first goal was secured.

“The result is everything,” said Spalding.

“We dominated possession, but we failed to play forward quick enough in the final third – they (Staines) were very quick at getting men behind the ball.

“We were probably a bit slow in our build-up, and we were predictable.

“I mentioned that at half-time, and it took a deflection for us to score. It was one of those days where I felt once we scored one goal, we would go on to score the next.

“They were trying to hold on for a draw, when it was 0-0 they had something to hang on to.

“Staines dug in and made it difficult, but as soon as we scored it was a case of how many goals there were going to be.”

Supermarine have three more fixtures to complete before the turn of the month – starting with Tuesday’s trip to Poole before ties away at Harrow Borough before a home clash against Frome on the final Saturday of the month.

Spalding believes his side will deliver better performances in the coming weeks in comparison to Saturday’s display.

However, he was ultimately pleased to not slip up on the Staines banana skin and instead secure a first win for the club since their 3-0 triumph over Merthyr Town two weeks ago.

Spalding added: “We had a few good opportunities to score more goals than we did.

“But we secured three points and did a professional job.

“We’ve played better, and we will play better.

“But it’s never easy when you go into a game that you are expected to win.

“Staines aren’t in great form, so some people might have viewed the tie and though ‘I wonder how many Supermarine are going to win by today’.

“But it’s never that easy. We got the result and the job done, so I’m happy.”