Larkhall deny Swindon Supermarine

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Swindon Supermarine boss Dave Webb was left thinking of what might have been after his side were forced to settle for a point away at Larkhall Athletic on Saturday.

Prior to the game, the Supermarine boss challenged his troops to go on an unbeaten run, especially with tough away trips to Larkhall and Sholing (in the FA Cup next Friday) in mind.

And stay unbeaten against Larkhall is exactly what his side did although his Swindon Supermarine side probably deserved more than the 1-1 draw.

Jacob Davidge gave Supermarine the perfect start to this Southern League Division One South & West clash as he turned home Chris Taylor’s free kick in the 20th minute.

Connor Waldon was twice denied by Larkhall keeper Kyle Phillips while Luke Hopper nodded a decent chance wide as a second goal eluded Supermarine.

On the hour mark Larkhall made Swindon Supermarine pay for those missed chances when Matt Thorne’s shot cruelly deflected over the stranded arms of Matt Bulman.

“I thought we totally dominated the game and had some good chances to get that second goal but we just failed to take our chances,” said Webb. “We have to be more clinical. When you are only 1-0 up you know that if you don’t take your chances there is a chance the other side could get a goal and that’s what happened.

“They had a massively deflected goal which looped over Bully (Matt Bulman) and into the goal.”

Despite Webb’s frustration at missing out on three points, he admitted his side would have taken a point prior to the match.

“We would have taken a point before the match but now we feel we should have had all three,” added Webb. “Dominating possession the way we did should have given us three points.

“It has been a good week though. To go to two of the side’s who made the play-offs last year and get four points is fantastic. And 10 points from five games is a great start to the season.

“So long as you keep clean sheets then you always have a chance. We’ve had three clean sheets now in five games and that is a massive improvement on last season.

“We’ve worked hard all pre-season on the defensive side of things so to have three cleans sheets and to only have conceded three goals in five games is a great starting point.

“It is all looking very positive and we had no more injuries just a few battered and bruised bodies.

“Josh Morse, Ash Taylor and Ryan Morgan all missed the game but I would hope to have at least one of them back for Sholing.”

Swindon Supermarine will now travel to Sholing on Friday night in the FA Cup (kick-off 7.45pm) before playing host to Wantage on Bank Holiday Monday.

However, if either Supermarine or Wantage require a replay in their respective FA Cup clashes it will take place on Tuesday, forcing the postponement of the Bank Holiday Monday fixture.