Knight saves Bulwell as Swanwick run of draws reaches four

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The points were shared at Bulwell where the home side shared four goals with Swanwick Pentrich Road in the Central Midlands League South Division.

After a goalless first half Dwayne Soar gave the Bulls the lead, but goals from Lewis Mason and Guy Wilding turned things in the Swan’s favour before Jay Knight scored the goal which meant Swanwick’s run of draws was stretched to four.

With a number of returning faces in the Swans’ squad, hopes were high for the hard work put in through previous games to finally turn into a first win of the season.

The starting XI saw five changes from last week with captain Richard Wall and fellow centre half Josh Dennis coming into the side as well as Josh Smith and Guy Wilding returning after short term absences. Jermaine Judson was named in goal.

The game started with Bulwell showing a direct yet effective style using the slope to their advantage.

In a busy first 15 minutes for the Swans back line, Bulwell striker Jake Fisher spurned a number of chances and were it not for some careless finishing, the Bulls could have been two or three goals to the good. As the game progressed Swanwick were able to keep hold of the ball more consistently and were able to move the ball wide.

As Swanwick got more of a foothold in the game and were able to restrict Bulwell’s direct style the game began to be played largely in the central third of the field.

The two best chances fell to Wilding, whose good movement found him with just the keeper to beat although he was unable to do so from an angle.

The disciplined Mark Green fell to a hamstring injury after 30 minutes which saw the returning Ian Milsom enter the fray. His energy and positional sense saw an immediate impact.

Swanwick were lucky to go into the half at 0-0 but were showing more promise as the half developed.

An encouraging message sent the Swans back out for the second half which again saw Bulwell start strongly with Fisher, having rounded keeper Judson, planting his shot against the foot of the far post.

As Swanwick started to get more time and space, especially in wide areas with Guy Taylor causing trouble down the left, a goal came against the run of play when Dwayne Soar fired home for Bulwell following failure for Swanwick to clear a corner.

This, as usual, prompted Swanwick to up their game and two minutes later it was the turn of Bulwell to fail to clear a corner, Taylor squaring the ball to an unmarked Lewis Mason who calmly levelled from within the six-yard box despite protests that he was in an offside position.

With Swanwick now well on top it was perfect timing for, the creative, Chris Turner to return from injury.

It did not take him long to have a positive influence on the game, drilling an accurate pass through to Wilding who was able to beat Bulwell keeper, Stuart Lewis, and put Swans 2-1 up with 20 minutes to play.

As the game continued to stay open on the large pitch, Bulwell continued to play directly and their style created one last opportunity after 76 minutes when they were awarded a free kick on the left corner of the penalty box.

A floated delivery and hesitant defending from Swans saw Jay Knight loop a header over Judson to draw the game level at 2-2.

Despite this set back Swanwick continued to attack with Turner and Milsom driving the team forward.

With two minutes remaining and, after some fine build-up play, Shane Buckerfield found space in the Bulwell box and his well hit shot was brilliantly parried by Lewis, Buckerfield found the follow-up at his feet and again boomed a shot towards goal only for it to be clawed away by Lewis.

After a riveting game for spectators and players alike, a draw felt fair, if frustrating, for Swanwick. This Saturday sees Swans play at home against Matlock Town Reserves with a kick-off of 3pm.