New manager Andy Worrall endured a baptism of fire when Swanwick Pentrich Road lost on the opening day of the Central Midlands League season for the fourth year running.
The Swans were beaten 2-1 by a Mickleover Royal British Legion side, who finished well below them in the South Division table last term. And in another blow, they lost Guy Wilding, the only renowned striker in the squad, who had to go off with a hamstring injury in the second half.
Wilding had started the game by clashing with the home goalkeeper, who had to be withdrawn after only five minutes. Chris Turner tested his replacement with a free-kick, but it was Mickleover who took the lead when Abideni Laminas nudged the ball past onrushing goalie Adam Jablonski.
The home side then hit a post before Worrall’s half-time words inspired a Swans equaliser when Dean Owen latched on to a through ball and sped away from the defence before calmly slotting into the corner.
As Wilding departed, both sides went for the winner, but Mickleover grabbed it when a ball over the top was lobbed home by Laminas for his second goal of the game. This Saturday, Swanwick entertain Eastwood Community.