Six of the best from the Shiners

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South Normanton Athletic produced six of the best on Saturday in their opening Central Midlands Football League fixture of the season at Swanwick Pentrich Road, to win 6-3.

It was quite a start for new manager Mark Wilson, winning his first game in charge and seeing six of his players score in a local derby.

The game started well for SNAFA and on 13 minutes, Shane Newton carried on his run to pick up on a mistake and make it 1-0. The second on 19 minutes came from a Tom Leighton corner to the back post for the skipper Joe Carter to head home from six yards.

Tom Leighton came close with a free kick that just pulled wide of the keeper’s right hand post. On 38, Ben Greenhalgh’s goal came from a Tom Leighton free kick for the striker to half volley into the opposite side of the stranded keeper’s goal from ten yards out, and, on the stroke of half time, Luke Gardon opened his account from a Tom Leighton Corner to finish the half in total command, with the Shiners going in 4-0 up.

On 55 minutes, Rob Fretwell scored with a clinical finish from a brilliant cross from the left.

Until the hour mark, the Shiners looked unstoppable, but were punished by Shane Butterfield with a couple of strikes on 76 and 86 to make the score 5-2.

However, sub Oliver Roberts produced a stunning 23-yard lob to take the game out of the home side’s hands on the 90th minute, but a consolation from the Swans right at the death made it 6-3 on the day.

This Saturday, South Normanton Athletic’s first home fixture at the Robinson Arena is against Holbrook St Michaels.