Swallownest Swallows Under-18’s tightened their grip on a Top Ten place in the Meadowhall and Bud Evans DB Sports Sheffield and District Sunday Football League, Division Two, after a come-from-behind win at Dinnington Town FC Under-18’s this afternoon. Great credit must go to Dinnington, who hosted the fixture due to a waterlogged pitch at Swallownest.
The squad have been rotating the role of match reporter with the objective of putting pressure on the Swallownest FC media team, and they’re doing an excellent job. Today, we hear from Swallownest’s George West. Over to you, George…
Return to Phoenix Park; Dinnington Town 2 Swallownest 7
This week’s game saw Swallownest playing their second league fixture against Dinnington Town, two weeks after the previous 6-4 victory. Today’s match up was less of a ‘nail-biting spectacle’ but still tested Swall’s hard work and mindset.
From the get go, the Swall boys showed yet again a desire and determination to dominate the match, with the team earning an abundance of chances early on. Yet these opportunities would prove futile as the Dinnington goalkeeper stood strong and kept the opposition in it. However, it wouldn’t be Swallownest that managed to break the deadlock but Dinnington as with attack and pace, they fired a hard-driven shot into the bottom corner from a tight angle.
At 1-0 down Swall seemed to be fighting an uphill battle as the ball became harder to move through the thirds in the abysmal conditions. Dinnington began increasing the pressure, with a corner that was turned onto the bar. Swallownest’s emergency defending came well into play as the boys continued to try and find a break. However, to worsen the situation Dinnington managed to attack the space and find the net to make it 2-0.
Swallownest showed tenacity though, eventually gaining a corner with the ball falling to Mack in the box who placed his shot into the back of the onion bag with great precision, making it 2-1 as the teams entered the break.
The importance of continued pressing as well as finishing chances was explained at the interval, also highlighting the danger our opponents had on the counter attack. The boys took this in and were ready as the game got back underway, with right back Brad moving at speed down the flank; putting a high, looping ball into the box which incredibly found its way over the line as the Dinnington keeper fumbled it. The opposition contested but the referee had made his decision.
Upon resuming, the resoluteness continued. Quick attacking play on Swall’s part defied the boggy playing surface, with a through ball consequently finding Samir on the left side. The tricky winger proved a vital return from the bench after a knock he picked up in the first half, carrying the ball towards goal. Meeting with the ‘keeper just inside the box, Samir composed himself quickly and produced a beautiful chip, sailing it into the far corner, akin to that of a certain Eric Cantona finish. 3-2 up, changes had to be made for a moment however as Mack, the initial goal-scorer for Swall, entered a 50/50 challenge and was met with a pair of flying studs to the crown jewels. This only fazed the centre back temporarily though, and he soon returned to be a rock steady anchor in the defence.
Swallownest simply sought to see the game out from there, with the lesson of complacency from the earlier tie remaining forefront in the player’s minds. Dinnington seemed to become dearly demoralised though as the duo up top of Jack and Josiah proceeded to trade goals to put the game to bed. Josiah showed a true striker’s instinct through his movement and ability to find the space, receiving the ball on both accounts and slotting it under the keeper to pick up two goals. Similarly, Jack punished the Dinnington defence through quick feet and powerful shots too hard for the keeper to handle, finishing the opposition off and finalising the result at 7-2 to Swallownest Under-18’s.
The team looks to keep up the good form and carry this streak of 4 consecutive wins into the next game away at 11th placed Retford FC.