MARK Collier believes Swindon Supermarine are safe from relegation following their 2-0 Southern League Premier Division win at Didcot Town yesterday afternoon.

The Hunts Copse outfit have been battling the drop all season, but yesterday’s victory, coupled with Saturday’s 3-2 triumph over Clevedon Town took them up to 40 points, 10 clear of 19th-placed Bedford Town.

Efforts from ex-Swindon Town man Chris Taylor and Robert Hobbs gave Marine their win at Didcot, and chief Collier reckons his troops are now out of the mire, with his team’s form of the last two months providing the key to their escape.

“I think that’s enough by the looks of it,” said the Marine chief.

“To pick up all those points in such a short space of time, the players deserve great credit for that.

“We knew we had the personnel and they have had belief in themselves as well.”

Marine’s afternoon did not start in ideal fashion yesterday as defenders David Bampton and Justyn McKay went off with injuries in the early stages.

But Collier’s men took the lead after 19 minutes when Taylor executed a superb lob from 30 yards out.

Shortly afterwards Ash Edenborough was put through one-on-one but saw his effort stopped by the home custodian.

The points were wrapped up in the 75th minute when Chris Allen sent Edenborough through, and after his shot was saved, Hobbs lashed home from three yards out.

Didcot manager Stuart Peace was sent off 10 minutes from the end as the hosts’ tempers boiled over.

Collier added: “We went there with a game plan, got behind the ball and then passed our way through.

“We managed to do that on several occasions and their frustration was there for all to see.”

Elsewhere in the division, Chippenham Town slipped out of the play-off places following a 0-0 draw at struggling Tiverton Town.

In Division One South and West, Lyndon Tomkins fired Cirencester Town to a late victory at Yate Town.

Ciren looked as if they would not end the day in the play-off places but Tomkins’ 88th-minute effort ensured that they did.