SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding is backing his players to use their confidence-boosting display at Taunton in midweek to gain revenge on Chesham United at home on Saturday.

Marine grabbed an 87th minute equaliser in Somerset to snatch a deserved point against the league leaders and could have even gone on to win the game. But, nevertheless, Spalding was undeniably proud of his players’ efforts.

Marine host Chesham this weekend looking to right the wrongs of December’s reverse fixture – a game that Spalding’s men lost 3-1 amid a wonder strike from the evergreen Stuart Fleetwood.

Spalding said he was beaming with pride after Marine's midweek performance, but added he would only be able to repeat his mood if his players meet the same levels of tempo and competitiveness.

He said: “We got a good point down at Taunton in midweek, which is a notoriously hard place to go, and the lads were excellent.

“That performance and result showed me how far we’ve come, and it was a night where, as the manager, you’re incredibly proud of your players and how well they’ve done.

“It’s important that we turn up and make sure we’re at the same level as we were against Taunton, because nothing else will do.

“If we don’t compete at that level, then I fully expect us not to take anything from the game, so it’s really important that we take the momentum from Wednesday’s game into Saturday.”

With 10 games still to play, Marine are seven points off a play-off place with only five teams to overcome if they are to play any more games this season.

Spalding insists he is not looking that far ahead though and has urged his players to treat the Chesham game at the weekend as a one-off, hoping that they will raise their levels to those against Taunton.

He said: “Chesham are a really good side – we played them in December and they beat us 3-1.

“That day was one of the worst of the season for us – they dominated us, and they’ve got good players all over the pitch.

“We should be full of confidence now because we proved that, against one of the best sides in the league, we’re capable of pushing good teams all the way.

“We need to approach it with a positive mindset – we know it will be tough, but if we’re at our best then I think we can get something out of the game.”