Swanwick return to form as Wilding hits brace

Swanwick PR player Guy Wilding.
Swanwick PR player Guy Wilding.

Swanwick Pentrich Road recovered from a rare offday at home to seal a 3-0 win over Blidworth Welfare.

Swanwick came into this match after suffering their first home defeat since September 2014, at the hands of Hucknall Town the previous Tuesday.

First team manager Malc Owen brought Shane Buckerfield back into the starting line-up, enabling a new look 4-3-3 formation to be formed.

The first quarter of an hour was an end-to-end affair with both team mixing direct and short passing styles.

Swanwick took the lead on 30 minutes, when a Chris Turner cross was converted by an assertive sidefoot volley at the back-post.

Blidworth continued to look good going forward on the break but all half chances were short-lived once play was shut down by the back tracking Ian Milson, who continues to be a thorn in the side of every visiting team.

With Swanwick striker Guy Wilding being asked to hang on the right wing for a short period, he could have been excused for not continuing his fine goalscoring form.

However, Wilding was making no excuses and quickly bagged his first goal of the game.

A swirling cross-shot deceived the Blidworth ‘keeper and found the net at the back post, to the delight and surprise of the Swanwick bench.

After half-time the visitors started to create more clear-cut chances and were soon calling Adam Jablonski into action in the Swanwick goal.

Unfortunately for Blidworth, the Swanwick shot-stopper was in no mood to concede and made a string of saves to deny a frustrated Welfare side.

With Blidworth pushing forward, the Swan’s were forced to play on the counter attack and when Guy Wilding rounded the oncoming ‘keeper, the three points were sealed by a tight finish from a narrow angle.

Swanwick will now play three games in five days as they tick off the matches until the end of the season.