A disappointing afternoon for Swallownest as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat to local rivals Parkgate in Toolstation NCEL Division One yesterday. A scrappy game on a hard and unpredictable surface was decided, probably appropriately, by Jay Short’s unfortunate own goal after 55 minutes when a corner from the right wing struck the unsighted Swallownest man and deflected past Josh Lill to seal the points in front of a fine crowd of 121.
The home side had chances to level the contest in the second half, but in truth, there was little to write home about in a match which did neither side justice. It’s to be hoped that no loving children took their mother to the game as a Mother’s Day treat, as these were ninety minutes the dear lady won’t get back, writes Colin Muncie.
One positive note was the fantastic generosity of the crowd basking in the March sunshine as the home side prepared for Tuesday’s important home game with Shirebrook Town, where Swallownest will be donating half of the gate receipts to Sheffield MIND, the mental health charity. The club would like to thank everyone for their contributions.
The Swallownest Management team, as always, licked their wounds and moved on to Tuesday. Manager Jordan Stocks told TBG, “yesterday was a dull encounter all round. We didn’t deserve to win the game – but Parkgate didn’t do enough to win the game either. They got the piece of luck with the deflected own goal. We didn’t have any intensity to our play, and for a local derby with hardly any bookings speaks for itself. The game played out like a pre-season friendly.”
“Luckily we have the chance on Tuesday to put it right – so we won’t be dwelling on it.” Assistant Manager Joel Evans agreed. “Yesterday was one of those days where an own goal was going to win the game,” Joel admitted.
“The game itself wasn’t the best with both teams cancelling each other out and very few shots if any. We need to get ready now for Tuesday in another big game.”
“Everyone at the club is pulling in the right direction and we also want to help MIND awareness.”
Swallownest take on Shirebrook Town at Rotherham Road on Tuesday, at 7.45pm and will be holding a bucket collection on the night. The club will also be producing a special match programme at a reduced price, with half the proceeds also going to MIND. If you can’t get to the game, and want to donate on-line, visit https://sheffieldmind.co.uk/ and click on the money box in the top right-hand corner of the home page.
Swallownest FC would like to thank everyone for their support for this worthy cause.