BBM 1 SWINEFLEET FC 3
A superb performance away from home against the current league leaders gave Swinefleet their second League win of the season. In past seasons, Swinefleet had always found it difficult to get a result at the Cemetary Road ground, so this result was all the more pleasing.
First 20 minutes of the match saw both teams create chances. Swinefleet produced an excellent move on 9 minutes involving right back Scot Jackson, Regan Allen and Niall Barker all combining. The lay off from Barker resulted in a powerful shot from captain Danny Nicholson, resulting in the BBM keeper just tipping the ball round the post. From the resulting corner a flying header from centre-half Will Sparkes just grazed the top of the BBM cross-bar. On 13 minutes, the keeper again kept the ball out with another fine save, this time from a Barker shot. The home side thought they had taken the lead on 18 minutes, when they struck a Swinefleet post, but the ball re-bounded safely into the hands of keeper Jamie Ward. Regan Allen had a shot well saved from the keeper on 23 minutes and the keeper denied Whitlam a goal on 26 minutes with a near-post save.
Swinefleet deservedly went ahead on 29 minutes with midfielder Aaron Raymond finding the run of Ryan Whitlam down the left. Whitlam’s cross into the centre was turned on by Cohen Vause to enable Barker to nip in front of the keeper, and place the ball into the empty net. Vause added to his continuing goal tally for the season to make it 2-0 in the 38th minute.
Swinefleet’s third goal on 58 minutes was a fantastic display of pace, skill and finishing. Left back Gareth Welsh won the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and passed the ball passed to Raymond who played the ball down the left just inside the BBM half, and into the path of Vause. The pace down the left from Vause beat the full-back drew the centre-back out of position, and a perfectly weighted ball across the penalty area, gave Barker the simplest of tap-ins, for a quality team goal.
On 63 minutes, Swinefleet made a double substitution bringing on the exciting young talentof Keir Vause, replacing his older brother up front, and Liam Cooper on at right back, with Jackson moving into centre-midfield to replace Nicholson. Further goals looked likely from K. Vause and Barker on 66 and 70 minutes respectively, when on both occasions they were put clean through, but the linesman’s flag came to BBM’s rescue each time.
BBM did mount a fight-back at the end by scoring a goal on 75 minutes, and Swinefleet did have some defending to do in the last 15 minutes, Jamie Ward tipping over the bar a goal-bound effort on 84 minutes. The Swinefleet defence was excellent throughout, with the experienced Roy Stephens in particular, having an outstanding match at centre-half.
A great footballing performance from the Swiney Boys. The Dean Nicholls Sponsored Man of the Match Award went to Regan Allen.
Next week Swinefleet have a tough first round Goole & Thorne Cup tie at home against the reigning Cup Winners, Sutton Rovers. All players to meet at Park at 1.00pm.