SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding says a robust defensive display will be key to his side’s prospects of taking all three points from Saturday’s trip to Kings Langley in Southern League Premier Division South.

Marine scored three times when the two sides met at the Webbswood Stadium in the reverse fixture back in September – although a slack day at the back allowed the visitors to get four goals themselves to snatch victory.

That result came as something of a surprise as Langley had picked up just five points from seven league games before their trip to Wiltshire.

However, the Hertfordshire side’s form has greatly improved as they now sit fifth in the table, and another win over Marine will go a long way in locking down a place in the end-of-season play-offs.

Despite their lofty position, Langley’s goal difference only stands at plus-four, so Spalding is sure his team are capable of claiming a notable scalp this weekend.

“We were disappointed with how we defended in the previous game, but Kings Langley scored four goals away from home so they have clearly got threats going forward,” said Spalding.

“They were actually struggling a little bit at the time, but looking at the way their season has gone, they have clearly picked up and they must have caused a lot of teams a fair few problems.

“They are a dangerous team, so if we are to get a positive result, we are going to have to be solid defensively.

“If we can keep a clean sheet, there’s a chance we can go there and do well because, although they are good going forward, I think they do have a few frailties defensively.”

Marine are currently ninth in the standings and only face a fight for minor mid-table placings over the final five games of the season – the South Marston side are 12 points off the play-offs and 11 clear of the relegation zone.

However, Spalding is more than content with how his side have adapted following last season’s promotion from Division One South.

“We are just taking it one game at a time. We want to try to finish the season on a positive and get as many wins as we can get between now and the end,” said Spalding.

“We’re ninth at the moment and a top-10 finish in our first season back at Premier Division level would be a decent achievement.

“The squad has changed quite a lot to how it looked at the start of the season. I think that what we have got now is a very strong squad for this level.”