LEE Spalding lauded his Swindon Supermarine side after they thumped Shortwood United 5-1 at home in Southern League West.

A goal from Callum Parsons just before the interval gave Marine a narrow 1-0 advantage at the break but unhappy with the hosts' speed of play, Spalding instructed his troops to be more positive on the ball.

It soon reaped rewards as Parsons doubled the lead early in the second instalment.

From there, Marine took control as Brad Hooper grabbed two goals to make it 4-0 before Joe Selman added a fifth at the death.

Shortwood still had time to get on the scoresheet but it was too little, too late as they were comfortably beaten at the Webbswood Stadium.

“The scoreline was reflective of the performance. I thought we were the better side in the first half but we didn’t play with a good enough tempo,” said Spalding.

“To score at the end of the first half was great timing and in the second half we played with more purpose, got the ball forward quicker and I was delighted with the performance.

“The things we worked on during the week came to the fore, which was also great for me to see.

“We are moving in the right direction. My main aim when I took over was to make us hard to beat.

“Now we have done that, we needed to be better going forward too. I think on Saturday we showed we have some good players going forward as well.”

Defender MaCauley Dodson has linked up with Hellenic League Division One West side Shrivenham, a move which Spalding sees as a positive for all those involved.

“He is a young player who has a lot of ability, I really like Mac,” said Spalding.

“I just think it is important that he gets some game time because he is coming back from a long-term injury.

“I spoke to their manager, Gareth Davies, and he was interested, so it is a great opportunity.

“The move is with a view of returning to match fitness. I think it is important that young players play, there is no point keeping them at the club for the sake of it.

“It is men’s football, it is still a decent level. I know Gareth and I know he will look after him.”