SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding believes his side are more than capable of causing an upset against Southern League Premier Division South leaders Taunton Town tonight – but only if they show the same defensive resolve as they did at the weekend.

Marine ended a three-match winless league run when defeating Dorchester Town 2-0 at home on Saturday, claiming a first clean sheet since January 12 – and second of 2019 – in the process.

Taunton are flying high at the summit, holding a five-point lead over nearest challengers Salisbury, but Spalding is sure that if his side can stifle the leaders’ attacking threats, they can travel home from Somerset with all three points to their name.

“It was important to get that winning feeling again at the weekend and take a bit of momentum down to Taunton,” said Spalding.

“The back four were excellent on Saturday and the goalkeeper was outstanding – and we will need them to repeat that against Taunton.

“Taunton are a really good side – they are physically strong and organised. They have got a big budget and they have got some of the best players in the league.

“It will be a really good test for us and one we are going to relish. If we take our A game there, we have got a great chance of coming away with something.

“If we can keep a clean sheet, I really fancy that we can take something from the game, so defending well is going to be key.”

Highworth Town also face a tough Wednesday night fixture in Division One South as they are at home to in-form Winchester City.

The Hampshire side thrashed Barnstaple Town 7-0 at the weekend to make it four league wins on the bounce – and eight unbeaten in a row overall.

By contrast, a last-minute Bideford goal on Saturday saw Highworth slip to a third straight defeat, and manager Jeff Roberts knows it will not be easy to arrest that tricky run against Winchester at the Save on Tyres Stadium.

“Conceding in the 90th minute to lose a game always leaves a bit of a downbeat mood, but we have just got to move on,” said Roberts, whose side are 14th in the table, sitting 12 points below the play-off places but 21 points clear of the relegation zone.

“We have got another tough game on Wednesday – Winchester scored seven at the weekend and are flying.

“We haven’t got to travel, which helps us out a little bit, but February was always going to be a tough month with the teams we have had to play and the players we have lost to injury.

“But we know we are all but safe already, so if we can pick up a decent haul of points between now and the end of the season, I think we will be more than happy with how we’ve competed in our first season at this level.”