Sometimes you just get lucky in the games you pick and follow all the way through the rounds. A lucky fairy tale was what I was hoping for to follow when I picked Elmore vs Hamworthy way back in August. Now November, the plucky bunch of Swindon Supermarine had made it to the 1st Round Proper for the 1st time in their history and were picking up some much needed funds after nearly falling into liquidation during the summer. Their opponents were from the Conference North in Eastwood Town.
Eastwood Town had not really started too well in their Conference North season and were languishing 17th out of 21 with their heads looking clearly behind them at a possible relegation battle. Away from the league, Eastwood Town had dispatched of some decent teams such as Stafford Rangers, Matlock Town and Stalybridge Celtic before meeting Swindon’s 2nd team in the 1st Round.
As you can see from the picture above Supermarine really enjoyed their time in front of a bumper crowd as the produced a decent sized shock by dispatching of Eastwood Town by 2 goals to 1. After a 15th minute opener from Ashan Holgate, Ben Wells made it 2-0 and looked good and comfortable at half-time. Yet Eastwood pulled a goal back straight after half-time from Lee Stevenson and then they battered their hosts, but they could not find a way through, just. Supermarine are now in the 2nd Round for their first time! They have a tough task as they travel to Essex to take on Colchester Utd. 4 leagues higher….
ROAD TO WEMBLEY 2010/2011:
1ST ROUND: Swindon Supermarine 2-1 Eastwood Town (Webb’s Wood Stadium, Att: 1,159)