Not ideal preparation for a cup tie against higher level opposition when three of your regulars decide to walk out between Wednesday's replay and today, but there you go.
It was always going to a tough test, looking at the Supermarine pen-pics they are nearly all either experienced at this level, of have come from high division clubs.
And the last thing Wantage needed was to ship an early goal, but Matt Liddiard's header with 40 seconds on the clock put 'Marine ahead, and they never looked like letting that slip.
Their second was a wonderfully placed Jamie Edge free-kick on 36 minutes that nestled in the far corner.
To their credit Wantage didn't fold, and kept working hard. The new centre-back pairing of Jackson and James looked solid and Wantage held out until the 85th minute when Stuart Fleetwood curled another well struck goal from the left wing that left Charlie McCready grasping at air.
No doubt there will be some more new faces in the squad by the time league action returns next Saturday as Wantage look for those elusive first points of the season.
THE OPPOSITIONS VIEW
by Brian Davis (Media & Press Officer)
Marine win in FA Cup
Marine ran out comfortable winners in their Emirates FA Cup, First Round Qualifying tie away at Southern League Division 1 West Wantage Town with an early header by Mat Liddiard, a Jamie Edge free kick and an excellent curled effort from Stuart Fleetwood.
Lee Spalding was forced into two of his three changes with Joe Shepherd replacing Michael Hopkins (hamstring), Calvin Dinsley coming in for Ryan Campbell (foot injury) and Kane Simpson got the nod ahead of Fleetwood who was rested.
On a bumpy surface the visitors had the lead in the first minute when Liddiard finished off a flowing team move nodding in Edge’s cross from six-yards out. There was little looking back from that point out as The Freds rarely troubled visiting keeper Martin Horsell.
Henry Spalding should have opened his account for the season, but saw his header go straight at Charlie McCready and the keeper was alert to deny Conor McDonagh from Henry Spalding’s through ball. Simpson then volleyed over when well placed as the away side looked to build on their early lead.
McDonagh and Simpson then both saw further efforts miss the target, but the next effort that was on target, was an expertly taken free kick by Edge that nestled right into the top corner! Not a bad way to open your scoring account for the club.
The second half Marine continued to dominate possession, but the only disappointment for the management team would be the lack of clear cut chances created. Simpson dragged an effort wide of the post with a flick between his legs and defender Matt Williams saw an effort cleared off the line, his second in three games and the game was sealed when another of Spalding’s subs finished the game off when Fleetwood curled home expertly from the corner of the box after Henry Spalding’s deft touch through his legs played him in from Edge’s forward pass.
Fellow substitute Brad Gray almost made it four as he went for a lob from the opposite corner of the box, but saw his looping effort fall just short and wide of the near post
POST MATCH WITH LEE SPALDING
Lee Spalding was delighted to get back to winning ways after his side comfortably saw off Wantage Town in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round on Saturday. Victory was the only priority for Spalding’s Supermarine side, who had gone four games without a win, and booking their place in the next round of the FA Cup.
Spalding felt the 3-0 win at Wantage was a comfortable day at the office for his side and hopes it gives the players a confidence boost ahead of games against Larkhall Athletic (Tuesday night) and Taunton Town (Saturday).
“It is about progressing to the next round,” said Spalding. “To be honest I didn’t feel like we were ever under any pressure. We dealt with everything really well. “Overall we dominated the game and created the most chances. Probably could have been a bit more free flowing at times but to be fair the pitch wasn’t the slickest. “I’m happy with the performance and happy with the result.
“The start of the season has been tough when you look at the run of fixtures we have had. We have done well, we have competed well. We’ve shown we are more than a match for the teams that are going to be up there. With the group we have got, we are more than capable of getting results.”
Manager: Gavin Williams
Line-up: 1. Charlie McCready 2. Shemar Pettet 3. James Webster 4. Jozef Webster 5. Chris Jackson (c) 6. Dan James 7. Trevor Mutero 8. Jim Glover 9. Harry Dalton 10. Jack Buchanan 11. Musa Drammeh
Subs not used: 12. Joe Hartley 14. Jack Dunmall 15. Ty Lee 16. Tom Stanley 17. Ali Thorn 18. Elliot King
Star Man: TBC
TBC Yellow Card
None Red Card
None Yellow & Red Card
Manager: Lee Spalding
Line-up: 1. Martin Horsell 2. Joe Shepherd 3. Louis Spalding 4. Jamie Edge (c) 5. Simon Downer 6. Matt Williams 7. Henry Spalding 8. Mat Liddiard 9. Kane Simpson (17. Stuart Fleetwood 65’) **10.**Conor McDonagh 11. Calvin Dinsley
Subs not used: 12. Brad Hooper 15. Joe Turley 16. Matt Coupe
Goalscorers: Mat Liddiard 1’, Jamie Edge 36’, Stuart Fleetwood 84’
Star Man: Jamie Edge
Henry Spalding 57’, Louis Spalding 80’ Yellow Card
None Yellow & Red Card
None Red Card
Referee: Daniel Flynn
Assistant Referees: Ed Turner, Kevin Norris