Town & Supermarine Victorious in FA Cup
Instead of travelling down the M5 to Devon to follow Swindon Town, which I started to regret once the goals started flowing in the Plymouth goal, I made the short trip to The Webb’s Wood Stadium, home of Supermarine, in the hope of witnessing history. Could Swindon’s second team continue their superb cup run against Eastwood Town?
Supermarine, with 7 former Swindon Town players in their starting line-up, were quicker out of the blocks against their Blue Square North opposition. Early close range efforts from Ashan Holgate and Ben Wells gave Marine a deserved 2-0 half time lead after controlling most of the half and creating plenty of chances. Eastwood Town players and their vociferous travelling support were left shocked wondering how they could get past the Marine back line.
After the break it couldn’t have been a more different story as the Badgers completely dominated. The signs were ominous when a deflected Lee Stevenson free kick flew past Town loanee Mark Scott in the Marine goal after 47 minutes. From then on waves of Eastwood attack after attack ensured it was a nervous second half with Marine pushed back deeper and deeper. It was a heart in mouth moment when Eastwood almost got an equaliser in the dying moments, only for a shot rebounding off the post to be hastily cleared away after two Eastwood players slipped when lining up to shoot.
At the final whistle I couldn’t believe what I had just witnessed as the hundred of Marine supporters ran onto the pitch to hold their captain Chris Taylor aloft.
Swindon Supermarine in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup, who would’ve predicted that a few months ago! Well done!
The 2nd Round draw wasn’t entirely favourable to either Swindon team.
Town face a potential banana skin with a trip to a big-spending Crawley Town, who sit top of the Blue Square Premier. The Reds comfortably beat Newport County in the fourth qualifying round then demolished Blue Square North Guiseley by five goals to nil in Round 1. A match that may be on TV after former Middlesbrough manager and ITV pundit Gareth Southgate said; “For me the tie of the round is Crawley Town versus Swindon Town, that will be a fantastic game”.
Supermarine secured a very tough away tie at Colchester United, the 3rd best team in the FA Cup draw. Being in the 2nd Round is surely enough in-itself and for Supermarine just being in the draw is beyond their dreams, however I’m disappointed they couldn’t secure a plum draw against a Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton or, of course, Swindon Town to ensure a significant financial boost, or a potentially winnable tie against fellow non-league or League Two opposition.
I wonder what the odds are on an all Swindon FA Cup 3rd Round tie?