Swanwick Pentrich Road lift the shield after beating Ripley

Lewis Mason winning a header for Swanwick Pentrich Road against Ripley Town.
Lewis Mason winning a header for Swanwick Pentrich Road against Ripley Town.

Swanwick Pentrich Road and Ripley Town have contested the first annual friendly encounter for the David ‘Taddy’ Walters Shield.

Hosts Swanwick Pentrich Road ended winning the game 7-1 in front of a good crowd.

The two clubs hope this will be the first of many pre-season challenge matches for the shield, named after David Walters, who is a stalwart at Swanwick PR for the work he has carried out over several decades there.

The home side took the lead when Jamie Slater’s cross shot was mishandled by Ryan Cooke. This breakthrough was soon doubled when a delightful cross from Phil Gregory was met with a thunderous header from Lewis Mason.

Swanwick’s fast paced start was proving to be tough for the Ripley defence to handle and it wasn’t long before David Robinson and Andy White had put the game out of reach.

With a four-goal lead at half-time, the home side began to ring the changes but if anything this made the team even stronger. The fresh legs were much needed in the blistering heat and it wasn’t long before David Robinson was set free to secure his brace.

A young but confident centre back partnership of Ollie Cox and Joshua Dennis made sure that the full backs could push forward, in search of creating more chances.

To Ripley’s credit they did play some eye-catching football and they were rewarded on the 60-minute mark, when Dan Storer drilled the ball through a crowded goalmouth. This was the signal for Swanwick to unleash their prolific striker Guy Wilding. The Swans’ hit-man didn’t disappoint, hitting the net twice before the final whistle came and Swanwick were able to lift the shield.