Swanwick Pentrich Road Reserves’ dream of County Cup victory was put back yet another year after they were beaten 5-3 by Melbourne Dynamo.
Melbourne took an early lead when a deflected shot flew past the outstretched Craig Rodgers in the Swanwick goal.
This lead wasn’t to last long and, when Adam Coleman was brought down in the box, a well-deserved penalty was awarded.
Richard Jeffery was the man to take the spot kick and he didn’t disappoint, dispatching the penalty to the goalkeeper’s right.
The home side were shook up by the goal and you could sense they weren’t used to being put under pressure.
However, they soon took the lead again with a well driven shot from the edge of the box.
Swanwick are never a side to let the score-line affect their attitude and they were back on level terms just before the half-time whistle.
Josh Dennis played a long pass into the path of Swanwick’s speedy forward David Robinson, with the striker finishing well.
The second half was an example of how well Melbourne can dominate sides, although they were made to earn their spot in the final.
When Josh Dennis headed home from a Swanwick corner, the home side knew they had to step up another gear.
Once behind, Melbourne came back and piled on the pressure. They hit three back to back goals all of which were devastating to the travelling Swans.
The reserves are still on course to mount a league title challenge and are in the hat of two more cup competitions.
Although the disappointment of losing to Melbourne will hurt, Swanwick’s search of silverware continues.