The Martyrs make the trip to Swindon Supermarine on New Years Day looking to build on their huge win at home to Yate Town on Boxing Day. Ahead of the game we took an in depth view of our opponents.
Swindon Supermarine are currently in fifth place in the BetVictor Southern League Premier South table, having collected 39 points so far in their league campaign.
The Marines enjoyed a good run of form which saw them take a 2-0 away win at Wimborne Town. Conor McDonagh broke the deadlock for Marine midway through the first half before Alex Henshall made the points safe just prior to the hour mark with his first goal for the club since joining on loan a little over a week ago.
In the Hot Seat
Lee Spalding joined Marine as Assistant Manager in July 2012 having spent the previous few seasons at Highworth Town, firstly as a player and then as assistant to Dave Webb. After playing at a high level, including time at league sides Swindon Town and Wycombe Wanderers, he began working alongside manager Dave Webb in 2011 when he also took on the coaching role and he’s continued to do so at Marine. Lee left the club for a short spell from February until April 2015 to take time out to obtain his coaching badges and watch his sons play for Bristol City and Swindon Town respectively. In mid-January 2018 he became caretaker manager after the departure of manager Dave Webb. It was initially until the 2017/18 season but after leading the team to a playoff final victory at Wimborne Town on penalties and promotion to the Southern League Premier Division he was rewarded with the managers role on a permanent basis at the start of last season. Having established the team in the Premier South Division with a creditable midtable finish last season he now starts his eighth season with the club.
Stuart Fleetwood is a player who made several appearances for The Martyrs. The former Cardiff City, Hereford United, Forest Green Rovers and Luton Town forward joined Gavin Williams’ side back in 2017 after spending a season long loan at current National League South side Weymouth FC.