Marine 1 Hartley Wintney 0
Southern League Premier South | Tuesday 15th February 2023
Match Report from Aleck Everard
MARINE KEEP THE WINNING RUN GOING
Swindon Supermarine were finally back in home midweek action on Wednesday night as they took on relegation threated Hartley Wintney in a rearranged fixture. Manager Lee Spalding opted for one change to the line-up from the weekend, recalling the fit again top scorer Harry Williams with Conor McDonagh dropping to the bench where he was joined by Brad Hooper available once more after missing the weekend win, with Bristol Rovers loanee Malik Sesay making his home debut.
There was an early card for a strong tackle by Jon Efedje on Sam Turl and Marine got on to the front foot early with Ryan Campbell looking lively. Campbell first saw his fierce drive tipped over expertly by visiting keeper Marcin Brzozowski on nine minutes before following this up with a cross shot which the keeper did well to keep out.
The game was struggling to fire into action with both sides then engaged in a midfield battle but Hartley put together a good team move on 23 minutes only to see Nuur’s effort blocked superbly by young loanee Malik Sesay. Spurred on by this Marine earnt a corner in the 26th minute. This found skipper Mat Liddiard at the back post who at the second attempt provided an assist for the league’s top scorer Harry Williams to poke home a poacher’s finish for an incredible thirty goals this season with many games still to come.
A second yellow card was issued to the visitors when Joe Morrison brought down Zack Kotwica. Henry Spalding was the next to find space on the right only to see his shot blocked by the foot of the keeper. The final action of the half saw Jamie Edge earn a yellow card with a reckless challenge. A solid if unspectacular first half setting up Marie with a good base to build on.
The second half however followed a similar pattern. Marine heaping on some early pressure with a series of corners which came to nothing before the chance of the half with Williams being put clear through after a one-two with Henry Spalding. However Brzozowski came up trumps again getting his angles right to deny a second for Marine in the 56th minute.
Brad Hooper replaced Kotwica just before the hour as Marine looked to gain control of the midfield but with Hartley also making a double change the game swung more towards the visitors. Two minutes later James Harding replaced Harry Williams and found himself on the end of a poor foul which saw Toby Nevile go into the referee’s book with a yellow card. With ten minutes to go Marine seemed content to hold on to their lead blocking any efforts well and Josh Gould having the safest of hands on the night and totally in control of the back line in front of him.
Marine saw out the match successfully and despite it not being their best display would be happy with the points and keeping the unbeaten run of 6 league games going, moving into 7th place in doing so and just 4 points off the playoffs with a game in hand. Next up the first of a double header of away trips, Harrow Borough on Saturday and then Hayes & Yeading United on Tuesday night.
Fans player of the match went to Malik Sesay.
Manager: Lee Spalding
Colours: Blue & White Hoops / Blue / Blue
Line-up: 1. Josh Gould 2. Sam Turl 3. Will Tunnicliff 4. Jamie Edge 5. Malik Sesay 6. Mat Liddiard (c) 7. Henry Spalding 8. Joe Tumelty 9. Harry Williams (14. James Harding 60’) 10. Zack Kotwica (15. Brad Hooper 58’) 11. Ryan Campbell
Subs not used: 12. Conor McDonagh, 16. Leon Morrison 17. Casey Spancer-Harding
Goalscorers: Harry Williams 27’
Editors Star Man: Mat Liddiard
Jamie Edge 42’
Manager: Rowan Vine
Colours All Orange
Line-up: 1. Marcin Brozozowski 2. Tom Leggett 3. Louie Paget 4. Josh Webb (c) 5. Joe Morrison 6. Toby Nevile 7. Zidan Akers 8. George Winser (15. Leone Burden 61’) 9. Afolabi Soyemi-Ololade 10. Anus Nuur (12. Harry Cooksley 61’) 11. Jon Efedje (14. Archy Taylor 72’)
Subs Not Used: 16. Shamar Moore
Editors Star Man: Josh Webb
Jon Edge 2’, Joe Morrison 36’, Toby Neville 77’
Courtesy of Mike Wray
Courtesy of Alex White Photography
Post Match Team Sheet
Referee: James Tewson (Nottingham)
Assistant Referees: Dan Pelka (Bicester), Roger Smith (Chippenham)