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Swindon Supermarine face arguably their toughest game of the season on Wednesday evening when they travel down the M5 to take on league leaders Taunton Town writes Nick Taylor.
Under the guidance of the management pairing of Rob Dray and Matt Villis, ‘The Peacocks’ have led the league standings for most of the season and boast an unbeaten home record in the league at The Viridor Stadium, where their ‘direct’ style of play has so far netted them 73 goals, which is joint highest with Salisbury, whilst boasting the meanest defence, having only conceded 41 goals in their 31 matches played.
Marine will arrive in Somerset in a quietly confident mood after a deserved 2-0 home win last Saturday to Dorchester Town, with Matt Liddiard partnering Matt Williams in the heart of the defence leading to a rare clean sheet for the Swindon side.
Taunton were made to work for their 2-1 home win to Farnborough Town last Saturday, with their opponents missing a crucial penalty thanks to a brilliant save by home stopper Lloyd Irish, with the hosts then showing just why they are top of the pile by grinding out the win.
The two sides previously met back on Saturday 3rd November, when the visitors grabbed all three points in a competitive encounter, owing to a thirty yard screamer slammed home by centre half Ben Adelsbury, which keeper Kevin Sawyer was unable to prevent from hitting the back of the Marine net!
For the Wednesday evening contest, Marine boss Lee Spalding will be without the services of Connor Thompson due to an injury sustained in the Dorchester win, with Josh Parsons also unavailable for the trip due to work commitments.
Taunton reportedly have no injury worries from the weekend and will be hoping to add to their tally of 65 points, though a win for Marine will again raise faint hopes of an outside chance of making the final play-off place.
Other than a thumping in an FA Trophy match our previous games between the two sides at The Viridor Stadium have been tight affairs. With Marine performing well in front of the hostile home supporters but not getting ‘the rub of the green’ with several contentious decisions going against them by match officials.
Neutrals will point to another home win, but with Lee Spalding’s side, you just never know! I for one, would not be at all surprised if the ‘Boys In Blue’ return home with at least a point for their efforts!
There are seats available on the coach which departs the club at 16:15, cost £10. Admission cost are: Adults: £10, Concessions: £8, U18’s: £5, U14’s: Free and parking is £1 per car.