Swanwick Pentrich Road beaten by league leaders Micklover Royals

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Swanwick Pentrich Road’s hopes of upsetting league leaders Mickleover Royals were dashed as they were defeated 2-0.

With a floodlight failure at the Raygar stadium, the spectators who braved the cold weather, were made to wait a little longer for the anticipated action.

The first half was a very cagey affair with chances at a premium for the Swans, who had reverted back to a more traditional formation.

Shane Buckerfield had the best chance for the visitors, when his well driven free kick was tipped over by the Royals’ keeper.

Mickleover managed to dominate possession. But many of their build up plays were broken up by the ever industrious Ian Milsom in the Swan’s’ midfield.

Rich Wall and Josh Dennis were strong at the back and, along with the rest of the defensive unit, Kev Grundy was pleased with his side’s first half clean sheet.

With Dean Owen falling foul of a thigh injury, Ashley Buxton was introduced to the action in a bid to try and grab a goal.

However, it was soon after the change that the home side took the lead.

Steven O’Connell rolled his marker and managed to slide the ball past the outstretched Adam Jablonski in the Swanwick goal.

Swanwick then reacted by bringing on Guy Wilding to add more threat up top, but the Mickleover side were too strong on the night and managed to stand firm.

The Royals finished off the match with 15 minutes left on the clock.

This time Adam Birch struck on the turn and, although Jablonski got a good hand on the ball, it still managed to hit the back of the net.

Speaking after the game captain Rich Wall praised the team spirit shown in what was a difficult away trip and says he is confident the Swan’s will start to climb back up the table soon.