Fast-improving Swanwick Pentrich Road earned their fourth Central Midlands League South victory of the season on Saturday, beating hosts Mickleover RBL 5-3.
Manager Kev Grundy says the game, which saw the Swans 3-0 down inside the first 15 minutes, showed their powers of recovery, and their determination to put things right when performances slip below the standard they expect.
“It typified the season in many ways. It all started with the first game of the season. We had a horrendous first 45 minutes at home to South Normanton and were 5-0 down at half-time.
“It was our first league game since the move from the MRA and the lads were aware then of the standard they would need to play at.
“It was a real wake-up call. But we regrouped, and came out and won the second half 3-1 in a 6-3 loss.
“Similarly on Saturday, we were 3-0 down early on but were 4-3 in front by the break and won it 5-3. The improvement was there and the last 70 minutes were as good as we have defended this season. The less said about the first 15 minutes, the better!
“It’s been a hard, fast and at times steep learning curve for us, but I’ve got a great bunch of lads here who are a pleasure to manage. They are so enthusiastic and keen to improve - and they have.
“We’re getting better all the time and there’s plenty more to come from the lads, that’s the good thing.
“We went to Belper United when they hadn’t lost and beat them, we beat Bilborough Pelican when they were second so we’ve shown that when it all comes together, we are a good side and it’s now about being consistent and keeping the improvement going.”
He continued: “I think we have pleasantly surprised a few people, both as a team and a club, in the way we go about things and how we play our football, because we like to play good football.
“I hate using injuries as an excuse but at one stage, we had 28 players unavailable and, of those, 15 or 16 were injured, which shows what we have had to deal with.
“We’ve played a lot of sides above us and only one side below us and I think the league is settling down now, so we’ll soon have a better idea of how good we are.”
He added: “We played South Normanton again in the Derbyshire Senior Cup recently and drew 1-1 after 120 minutes, then lost on penalties, and that showed the level of improvement we have made since day one, so that was very pleasing to see.”