Swanwick Pentrich Road got their season off to a good start on Saturday by beating Bilborough Pelican 3-1 in the Central Midlands League.
With a full complement of players to choose from, Swans manager Kev Grundy had some big selection dilemmas in the run-up to this game, none more so than with his attacking options.
Guy Wilding and Andy White got the nod up front, in a match that would give Swanwick a great start to the season.
On the 15-minute mark, Guy Wilding struggled past the Bilborough backline and, while holding off the chasing Pelican defenders, managed to bundle the ball home. The game’s second goal was from a good old fashioned flick-on from White, which was despatched yet again by Wilding.
With Swanwick’s centre half pairing of Rich Wall and Shane Whitmore being so dominant in the air, Bilborough’s direct tactics were falling short of what was required to create chances. It wasn’t long before the home side scored again and when a loose shot ricocheted off the Pelican keeper into the path of Wilding, the hat-trick was completed, much to the delight of the home crowd.
With it being the first game of the season, you would excuse the slower paced second half, which created fewer chances and became scrappy.
The away side did manage to pull one goal back when Danny Blanchard dinked the ball past the oncoming Jablonski in the Swanwick net.
Swanwick’s next home game is this Saturday, when they meet Bulwell FC (3pm kick off).