DAVE Webb is hoping his Swindon Supermarine side take an injection of confidence from Saturday’s 3-3 draw at Larkhall Athletic, despite a late sucker punch that denied them all three points.

Marine fought back superbly from 2-0 down inside the third quarter in Bath before Josh Parsons fired them in front with under 10 minutes remaining.

However, Larkhall snatched a point when Marine keeper Josh Hill was flummoxed by the ball hitting a bobble and running over his foot to allow Larks’ Alex Lambert to restore parity again.

The visitors were up against in early on as Joe Tumelty and Cory Simpson put the home side into the ascendancy, but winger Joe Selman’s curler before half-time gave them hope.

With a quarter of the match to go, Larks’ defender Mike Baker found his own net, Selman claiming the strike, and Parsons’ 15th of the season got the away side in front before Hill’s misfortune.

Webb said: “The players should take a lot of heart and belief from that performance. I felt for them afterwards because I expect it felt like a defeat.

“But it was the character they showed to get themselves back in the game that will stand us in good stead for the remainder of the month and the season. Fair play to the players, they got themselves back into the game after a poor start.

“Down 2-0 after 25 minutes, on a pitch that was to say the least wet, you fear the worst a little bit. But certainly for the remainder of the game we did well.

“It’s so disappointing after getting yourself ahead, you have a freak goal at the end.

“Unfortunately for Josh, he’s come to kick it and it’s bobbled, gone over his foot and the lad has gone in and scored. It’s a horror goal for him but it’s a good point.

“They (Larkhall) are not a bad side at all so it’s another point on the board. We’ve just got to keep those defeats out of the month of January really.’’

Marine are fourth with a hectic spell of Saturday and midweek games to come in January and Webb added: “The two sides at the top - Salisbury and Taunton - have won five and six on the spin, so they are there on merit because they are the most consistent.

“We’re now playing catch-up. We’ve now got to try and chase those two sides. We’ve gone up to fourth and, first and foremost, we’ve got to try and get that third position.

“We’ll just try to get through this month as best we can and stay unbeaten.’’ Marine are resigned to losing skipper Zac Westlake for around six weeks, with the skipper set to learn this week if he needs surgery on a fracture eye socket.

Chippenham's National League South clash at Poole Town was postponed.