On a mild Thursday night at Rotherham Road, the Under-19’s from Swallownest and Hallam played out an excellent Worksop Van Hire North Midlands Development Football League fixture in front of a decent crowd; and when all was said and done, the visitors headed home after a deserved 5-2 win in a game played in excellent spirit and with plenty of skill shown by both outfits. Mick Khan’s Countrymen were just that bit more clinical in front of goal in a game of three penalties, writes Margaret Gregory for the Swallownest FC Website.
It’s been a tough but really encouraging first season for Manager Brett Muff and Assistants Wayne and Ryan Coyle, and the squad has shown enough potential to suggest that Swallownest will be a factor next season. Two young strikers, Jacob and Jayden stepped up from the under 16’s, and with Jack just behind offered a significant threat to the Hallam defence. All bar four of the Swallownest squad were under 17 – a great signpost for the future.
The home side went two down to good finishes from Hallam before James converted a penalty to get the home side back in the game. However, the visitors scored again just before half-time to lead 3-1 at the break.
Into the second half, and Cole scored, again from the spot, to bring the home side right back to within one of the visitors, but another successful penalty for Hallam, and Jake’s cool finish under the advancing goalkeeper, Ben, sealed the points for fourth-placed Hallam.
Next up for Brett’s squad is a tough-looking trip to Sandy Lane to face second-placed Worksop Town on Thursday 21st February.
Swallownest; Ben, Frazier, Corey, Brad, Harry, Cole, Jack, Joe, James, Jacob and Jayden
Subs; Cameron, Travis, Jamie, Ethan and Marcus.