Swanwick Pentrich Road reserves battle strong winds to defeat Harworth Colliery

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Swanwick Pentrich Road reserves defeated Harworth Colliery Reserves 2-0 in a match affected by blustery winds.

Both teams were boasting good form, but it was the Swans who better adapted to the difficulties of the weather.

With the visitors losing the toss, Swanwick were forced to face the wind and were penned back from the opening minute.

Craig Rodgers in the Swanwick goal dealt with the fundamentals of the game well, even when some of his goal kicks were blowing back out for a self-inflicted corner.

Although the ball was mainly in the Swans third, Andy Worrall was keen for his side to battle hard, but try and maintain his footballing philosophy.

With the home side becoming more and more frustrated with their lack of shooting opportunities, the Harworth manager was even more incensed when his side conceded from a Swanwick corner.

A fine Chris Bradley delivery was met by a well-timed jump from Daniel Ball, who headed into the top corner.

The second half was a chance for the Swans to take advantage of having the wind at their backs, but Harworth did have their chances to bring the game back level.

Craig Rodgers has been in recent good form in the Swanwick goal and Harworth simply couldn’t beat him on this occasion.

Richard Jeffery and David Robinson led the front line well and it was the two pacey front men who linked up superbly to give the Swans the second goal they needed.

A slide rule pass into the feet of Jeffery was redirected into the path of Robinson, who happily guided the ball past the oncoming Harworth keeper.

Andy Worrall praised his side for their unity as a team and this match will stand them in good stead for next week’s County Cup encounter away at Melbourne.