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Marine maintain their push for the playoffs
Supermarine played their fourth game in eight days away at bottom of the table Bishops Cleeve and stretched their unbeaten run to eight games, with one to play next Saturday at home to Barnstaple Town, with a comfortable 5-0 win thanks to goals from Brad Hooper, Callum Parsons, Brad Gray and two from Ryan Campbell.  

There were three changes to the team from the side that drew 1-1 at Kidlington 48 hours earlier on Thursday night as Jack Alexander replaced Jon Else at right back, Joe Shepherd returned to the midfield in place of Sam Morris and Ryan Campbell replaced Connor Thompson in left midfield.

Bishops Cleeve started brightly and had a great chance to take an early lead, but a free header from inside of the box went over the bar for the home side. It was a big wake up call for Lee Spalding’s team and soon after they took a 1-0 lead with a fantastic goal. Hooper won the ball in midfield and played Gray away down the right hand side, he did well to shake off his marker and crossed to the far post where Campbell rose highest to head past Sam Gilder in the Mitre’s goal.  

After the goal, it was pretty much one way traffic for the majority of the game. Gray headed at Gilder shortly after before a half cleared effort from Jack Watts that fell to Hooper who hit his effort first time on the half volley that took a slight deflection before finding the corner of Gilder’s net. It was a good strike from the midfielder who now has two in two and three this month, 14 in total, as he looks to beat last season’s total of 15.  

Gray again went close very shortly after when he tried an audacious lob from near the right touchline, but Gilder recovered well to save. He went close again from 20 yards, this time turning smartly on the edge of the box, but his effort just went over the bar. Campbell added his second and Supermarine’s third a minute after when he picked up a pass from Gray, to turn back inside and fire back across Gilder and it nestled just inside the far post.

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