SWINDON Supermarine lost 2-0 to Southern League Premier South leaders Farnborough on Monday.

Lee Spalding's men were looking to make it a league double over the Hampshire outfit while also attempting to extend a four-game winning run.

However, a first-half goal from former striker David Pratt and a second-half penalty from Paul Hodges that hit Martin Horsell in the back before going in consigned Marine to defeat.

Supermarine began brightly at The Rushmoor Community Stadium and almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute when a strong run by Lewis Hall put the ball on a plate for Harry Williams to shoot. Yet, home goalkeeper Jack Turner pulled off an outstanding stop to deny the in-form striker, palming his shot away for a corner.

Spalding's men continued to probe, but it was Farnborough who opened the scoring - Pratt received the ball on the edge of the box, turned his man and thumped a low shot past Horsell.

With the hosts buoyed by the opening goal, Horsell had to react quickly to deny Selim Saied low down with his feet shortly after.

Saied was involved in a controversial moment at the start of the second period too. He broke into the box after a neat one-two with Sam Deering, and with defender Tyrone Duffus challenging, Saied went down before the referee pointed to the spot.

Hodges stepped up to blast the penalty off the bar and down into the ground. But with Horsell having guessed the correct side, the stopper was helpless as the ball hit his back and bounced into the net.

Marine were denied a penalty of their own midway through the second half when Harry Williams went down in the box under a challenge but the referee remained unmoved.

The Webbswood Stadium outfit created a handful more decent opportunities, but they were either unable to hit the target or find a way past Farnborough goalkeeper, Jack Turner.

Marine are due to return to action on New Year's Day at home to Merthyr Town.