Division One Swallownest booked their place in the quarter finals of the Toolstation NCEL League Cup last night with a fine 2-1 win away at Premier Division side Hall Road Rangers at Haworth Park – and Assistant Manager, Joel Evans, headed back to Rotherham Road delighted by the manner of the win, writes Colin Muncie.
After a goalless first half in front of the crowd of 45 on Dawson Drive, Alex Lill put Swallownest ahead after 68 minutes when he stabbed home following a dangerous ball into the area from Jay Evison. Jack Lorimer levelled for Rangers with 11 minutes of normal time left, but with extra time looming, Evison was again the provider, and Lill headed home (88 minutes) to earn his side the place in the last eight.
Joel got right to the point when he spoke with TBG. “Well what can I say? I’m a very proud guy tonight,” he told us. “The lads worked their socks off and were worthy of their win. It was always going to be hard, coming to a team a League above and on a Tuesday night as well. It was also great to see some lads back who have not kicked a ball in a long time, so with a few of the guys playing out of position, it just shows how good the squad depth is.”
After the midweek 120-mile round trip, Manager Jordan Stocks reflected on the excellent attitude every member of his squad had shown. “After a long day trip yesterday, I’m delighted to comeback knowing we are in the hat,” he admitted. “Midweek games are tricky and if you are to get anything from them – away from home – you have to be on your game as a team; and most importantly the mentality has to be right. Yesterday the lads from 1-16 were top class. I don’t think there can be many arguments saying we didn’t deserve it. It was a hard-fought battle, and the pitch contributed to that to a degree.”
“Overall I’m delighted and we go away Saturday to Nostell full of confidence after beating another team in the League above in the competition.”
Whilst Rangers Assistant Manager Andrew Watts commented, “I thought in patches of the game we played ok with some good link up play but we didn’t create enough to win the game.
“Jack Lorimer took his goal well, but then we never pushed on from that. We will take the positives from the game and take that into training and the game Saturday.
“Well done to Swallownest they took their chances and defended well and good luck to them in the next round.”