Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior League side Swinton Athletic finally played out their S and H Senior Cup Third Round tie at Swallownest last night, and for 80-odd minutes it looked as though they were about to cause an upset-so the Swallownest Management team were both relieved to get through but not surprised by how well Andrew Billups’ men had played, writes Colin Muncie.
The Rotherham Road crowd of 40 saw Swinton take a half time lead through Regan Kelly after 33 minutes, and it wasn’t until the 84th minute that Mitchell Ward-Cupitt levelled the tie up. Extra time goals from Brandon Ashmore (101 mins) and Jack Watts (116 minutes) clinched the win for Swallownest.
Manager Jordan Stocks had expected a battle, and admitted that the playing surface needs some recovery time. He told the Bootiful Game “Obviously first and foremost we are happy to win a difficult game in difficult conditions, but we’re also happy that the busy period of home games are over. The pitch has suffered, so hopefully the break will do it good”.
The game was what we thought it would be” Jordan explained “We dominated throughout and deserved the result, but Swinton didn’t lie down- they gave it a go.”
“So, all in all, very happy with the week the club has had”.
Swallownest Assistant Andy Stevens admitted that the tie could have had its downside. He told us “ After going in to a cup tie that had “banana skin” written all over it ,we are happy to come out on top setting up a attractive looking game for us with Frickley Athletic coming to Rotherham Road. Fair play to Swinton- they brought exactly what we expected of them and they gave it a good go, pushing us all the way”.
“Possession- wise it is a game we have dominated from start to finish. First half we didn’t create very much and they caught us with a good counter attack –again, credit to them for that” Andy said.”In the second half we were better in the final third, creating more chances. We had to be patient -we had three forwards by then and finally took a chance late on. But once we had equalized we felt confident we would go on to win in extra time”
Andy paid tribute to Athletic, before turning his attention to a huge game at the weekend. “Take nothing away from Swinton -they gave a really good account of themselves and we wish them all the best for the rest of the season” he said. “On the plus side for us it was great to see Jim Pollard and Jay Short getting minutes after long term injuries. We can now get players back in to the squad and focus on what will be a tough league fixture away at table topping Knaresborough on Saturday.
“But –again- a game we look forward to”.