FA TROPHY: Supermarine progress after Slimbridge success

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Swindon Supermarine put behind them recent cup disappointments to progress past the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, writes Josh Bird.

A 3-1 victory at Slimbridge means Supermarine will travel to Taunton Town in the first qualifying round, after they overcame Larkhall 6-2.

A penalty from Brad Hooper combined with goals from Josh Parsons and substitute George Reid secured the victory, and boss Dave Webb was pleased with the character his side showed after last weekend’s FA Cup thrashing at Welling.

“It was an important game for us today,” Webb said.

“We had a heavy defeat at Welling last weekend albeit against a very good side and this was never going to be an easy game for us.

“It’s a national competition and it’s important that we stay in it as long as possible.”

It was an even start to the contest, with both sides playing with intent to try and get through to the next round.

Supermarine were able to make the breakthrough on 38 minutes as Callum Parsons was adjudged to have been fouled in the penalty area, and Brad Hooper stepped up to convert from 12 yards.

Ten minutes after the interval, the lead was doubled. A shot from Josh Parsons took a huge deflection and looped past a hapless Adrian Kowalski in the Slimbridge net to put the visitors in a commanding position.

Slimbridge were able haul themselves back into the match with 15 minutes left as Sean Lawson slotted past Connor Johns despite appeals for offside.

But Supermarine all but wrapped up the win with ten minutes remaining as substitute George Reid headed home to secure Supermarine’s place in the next round.

“We were comfortable at times but when it went to 2-1 they were throwing a lot of bodies forward so I was pleased George Reid, who picked up a dead leg on Wednesday, came off the bench and got a goal,” Webb said.

“I’m pleased we’ve been able to see the game through and that we’re in the next round.

“We defended a lot better, we worked on it in training on Thursday and after last week it shows a lot of character.”

Taunton await in the next round, and Webb is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be.

“It’ll be a difficult match because they are a good side,” he said.

“We beat them in the league at our place 2-1, but they’re still in the FA Cup and they are particularly strong at home.

“It’s a nice place to go: a nice pitch and nice surroundings so it should suit us and hopefully we can go there and give them a good game.”

Supermarine are back in action on Tuesday in the Wiltshire Senior Cup as Malmesbury Victoria visit the Webbs Wood Stadium.