It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Rotherham Road as Swallownest prepare to welcome sixth-placed Winterton Rangers to a festive fixture tomorrow at the Swal Siro. Ever-generous Chairman, Mick Kent has invited students, families and staff from seven local Schools to the clash, with admission free for any Under-16 attending with a paying adult and a free hot drink for all on presentation of the flyer advertising the match – and after a draw and a win in their last two away fixtures, the Swallownest Management team aren’t in the mood to be handing sixth-placed Rangers any free gifts, writes Colin Muncie.
Assistant, Joel Evans is happy with the mood in the Swallownest camp. “We want to carry on where we left off last week,” he told TBG. “The atmosphere amongst the players is very good at the minute and long may it continue. Winterton again will be a very tough test and are up there for a reason, but we as a club just have to dig deep and hopefully get another three points.”
Joel wants a ‘get well soon’ message from his squad. “I’m struggling for Saturday’s game after having an operation today,” he revealed. “So hopefully the lads can get a win – and that will help with my recovery!”
Manager, Jordan Stocks doesn’t underestimate the challenge Rob Watson’s Rangers will bring. “On Saturday we entertain Winterton in the first of 3 three home games through the Christmas period and we hope to start with a bang. We will be expecting Winterton to provide a tough task – as they always do. They started the season like a house on fire, and that momentum has kept moving, especially doing so well in the FA Vase. We will have to be on our game to get the right result.”
A draw at Campion and a win at Shirebrook have given Jordan something to build on. “The last two performances and results have been a step in the right direction,” he acknowledged, “but as every good team knows you need home wins to really progress, so we will set out in that manner.”
“We’ve a strong squad to choose from, even with some very good players still missing.”