It was a fine evening at Rotherham Road last night as Swallownest moved up into 13th place in Toolstation NCEL Division One after edging past fourth-placed Yorkshire Amateur by the only goal of the game in a full blooded, often high quality encounter , a battle watched by Bootiful Game on-line writer Colin Muncie.
The 65-strong crowd in Swallownest –which included Non-League TV’s Sam Varley, filming the game for his excellent vlog-saw an end-to-end first half finish goalless , allowing your correspondent time to enjoy a really first-rate cuppa courtesy of the home club’s excellent volunteers. Swallownest had just completed construction of a fine new stand at the club end of the ground and this offered an excellent view of Nathan Morritt’s 51st-minute opener. Ammers threw just about everything at the home side in the last half-hour, creating several chances; but with the home side ever-dangerous on the break, that single goal kept the points in Sheffield. It was great value for money.
It’s a fair bet that Swallownest Assistant Manager Andy Stevens will be watching Sam’s video highlights of last night’s win-he was clearly pleased by the outcome. He told the Bootiful Game “It was another outstanding performance and result from our boys against a very good Yorkshire Ammers side. I thought in the first half we were excellent, created a couple of very good chances and should have been in front at half time. After our goal the boys showed the different side of the game: Jim (Pollard, Swallownest goalkeeper) came up with two outstanding saves and their commitment, work ethic and will to win was terrific-a real testament to the spirit and dressing room we have at the minute. It was another massive three points for us”.
Andy only had good words for the visitors “We wish Yorkshire Amateur all the best in the Play-Offs. I must mention their staff that cleaned the changing room after the game: a class touch from a good staff. We have matched and beaten some very, very good sides this season, and we’ve proved that there is no little ability in our side -we are not just blood and thunder as some think. We can definitely play at times.”
“We will be tested no doubt with 7 games in 14 days coming up: we will certainly have to rotate our lads but luckily the lads are up for the challenge” Andy added. “Hopefully we can ride a wave and continue our good run”.
“Firstly we go again on Saturday against another very good top- six side in Shirebrook”.
Last word on Swallownest’s home win over Play-Off contenders Yorkshire Amateur last night comes from Rotherham Road Manager Jordan Stocks, who started by tipping his cap to the visitors’ fine post-match behaviour, writes Colin Muncie.
Jordan told the Bootiful Game “Firstly I’ll have to applaud the attitude and decency of the staff and management of Yorkshire Ammers; class off the pitch and afterwards in the changing rooms -top class. So thanks on that front. The game was played on a tricky surface; in the first fifteen to twenty minutes we struggled to pick up their shape and movement, but after that we managed the rest of the first half and played well.”
“In the second half, we took a lot of heart and got our goal which once again Nathan deserved” Jordan noted “Ammers piled the pressure on and had chances but we defended as a unit.”
“I’m over the moon at the victory”.