It was the anticipated blood and thunder collision at Rotherham Road yesterday afternoon when Rossington Main came calling at Swallownest in Toolstation NCEL Division One – and after all the ice and strapping had been applied and the after-match banter had finished, Main headed home with the three points. Their clinical first half finishing had pointed them in the direction of a 3-1 away win which takes them level with yesterday’s hosts in thirteenth and fourteenth respectively, leaving Swallownest Assistant Manger, Joel Evans bemused by another sluggish first half display, writes Colin Muncie.
With a crowd of 101 at the Swall Siro looking on, Tim Whittaker put Rossington in front from close range after a left-wing corner on three minutes. Then, evergreen striker, Lee Holmes took centre stage with a beautiful lobbed finish (9 minutes), and a far post strike just after the half hour. A depleted Swallownest pushed and pushed in a lively second half, and did get one back with a quarter of an hour left thanks to a tremendous diving header from Alex Lill. That was that though, and Main ran out 3-1 victors.
It had a depressingly–familiar feel for the Swallownest Management team, as Joel told TBG, “We’ll give credit when its due – Rossington came to do a job on us and that’s exactly what they did. I feel sorry for everyone involved from the Chairman down to the volunteers – our first half performance was one of the worst I’ve ever seen at this standard, and the sad thing about it is that I’m saying the same thing week in week out. Jordan (Stocks, Swallownest Manager) and I can’t seem to understand why we are unable to start until the second half. We are giving ourselves mountains to climb, and at this standard you can’t get away with that.”
Shirebrook visit Swallownest on Tuesday, and Joel gave us more than a hint that he’d be freshening things up. “The good thing about this League is that we have a game Tuesday and we hope to get back to winning ways; but – believe me – changes will be made and no-one can argue.”
Jordan Stocks had taken some time to reflect on the afternoon, but the outcome still left him frustrated. “It was a very disappointing afternoon for us,” he conceded. “Not the result or performance I was looking for especially off the back of some really good positive performances, but – as all young sides must do – we have to learn. At the minute we aren’t realising that you can’t give sides a two or three goal head-start. In the game we probably dominated possession, but did nothing with it and we were so naive in defending, but it’s done now – so on to Tuesday.”