Guy Wilding hits four in Swanwick PR victory

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Four goals from inform striker Guy Wilding secured the third away win of the season for Swanwick Pentrich Road with a 4-1 win at Sherwood Colliery.

Following a victorious but indifferent performance the previous week against Holbrook Saint Michaels, Swanwick made two changes as they made their first ever visit to play Sherwood Colliery.

With Lewis Mason bringing a greater physical presence into midfield in place of the suspended Chris Turner, the Swans were well prepared for the challenge of a team known for a direct style of play.

From the off it was clear that, when given time, Sherwood would cause problems looking to get the ball in behind the Swanwick backline and did create chances in the opening exchanges.

It did not take long for them to make the most of their positive start when Julian Topliss put the hosts in front.

Swanwick took 15 minutes to get into the game but were soon creating chances of their own with the movement of Wilding and tireless work rate of Ash Buxton giving the Sherwood backline a great amount to deal with.

Wilding had two chances as the first half reached its midpoint, one after being put through on the angle, firing high and wide and the second after charging down a clearance from the Sherwood goalkeeper but failing to slot home past the recovered stopper.

In the final ten minutes of the first half the pressure being applied by a driven Swanwick midfield, in particular Ian Milsom and Lewis Mason forced Sherwood to crack.

After 38 minutes, after being played through on goal, Wilding was fouled in the area by the full back.

After dusting himself off, Wilding slotted home to level the scores.

Minutes later, Wilding was sent through again. This time the advancing keeper was adjudged to have felled the onrushing striker just inside the area and with no covering defender, the stopper was rightly given his marching orders.

Wilding again coolly converted from the spot, giving the Swans the lead after an intense first half.

With Sherwood being down to ten men many would have anticipated a comfortable second period for the visitors but this was not the case as the second half began. After a drastic shuffle of their pack, Sherwood threatened especially down the flanks and had 3 good chances in the early stages of the second half.

An anxious Swanwick bench made changes to introduce Buckerfield and Gross to add some much needed steadiness to the team and the link up play which Buckerfield is renowned for brought the difference to the game.

Swanwick could now move forward with more focus and following neat build up play through the centre Wilding, albeit through a scuffed effort, completed his hat trick to the relief of the visiting bench.

Minutes later Wilding was played through on goal again, this time he elected to round the oncoming keeper and was able to fire home left footed to improve his and the tally of his team to four.

Another impressive away performance brought a deserved victory for the Swans who now face two more difficult away games.

They face Hucknall Rolls Royce on Saturday (3pm ko) and in the Derbyshire Cup will face Pinxton on Tuesday (7:45pm ko).