EV2 County Senior League Premier Division - Game 25
29/04/23 - Swinton Athletic vs Wombwell Town
In the first of two back-to-back league games against title chasers Swinton Athletic a tough battle between two good teams saw the match deadlocked for the entire 90 minutes, with late twists at the end.
The opening 25 minutes were fairly even with both sides trying to carve out chances. The best chance for the Wellers came on 12 minutes as Connor Peace was put clear into the area, but his chipped shot over 1-game Weller keeper Jordan Watson was lofted too high and dipped over the roof of the net.
The home side had a great chance saved on 20 minutes as Jono Davis had to get down low to the his left to turn the ball behind from the effort from the edge of the area following a corner.
Six minutes later calls from the crowd to stop the game saw referee Daniel Laugharne act accordingly and the game was stopped for roughly 25 minutes while medical attention was given to a member of the crowd who collapsed. Thankfully, the spectator regained consciousness quickly and was taken to hospital. Many thanks go to the members of the crowd who helped.
Once the game resumed it was Swinton who were able to find their rhythm quickly and Rhys Plater caused havoc down the right wing for much of the remaining 19 minutes.
Despite this though, Brad Kerr put the ball in the back of the net on the half hour as he struck home following a deflected Peace pass. Unfortunately, the linesman's flag was raised and the goal didn't count.
The final action of the half saw Luke Hinsley coming close to opening his account for the Wellers, but could only find the crossbar via a header near the penalty spot.
Hinsley also had the best chance of the second 45 as his shot from the left hand edge of the box was deflected on it's journey across goal and just wide of Watson's left hand post.
There was almost late drama as the game headed into added time as Kerr tried to break through two men in the box and went down after brief contact. Referee Laugharne waved away the penalty appeals in the last of the action.
With Wombwell desperate to secure 5th place in the league to help with their promotion push a point could go a long way, and there was a final twist as the players left and news came through that Handsworth FC Reserves - one of two teams who could catch the Wellers - had lost 5-0 at home to Hepworth United. A win on Friday will virtually secure 5th place.
Swinton Athletic - 0
Wombwell Town - 0
1. Jono Davis
2. Gareth McDermott
3. Will Harling
4. Louis Wardle
5. Joe Egan
6. Alf Thompson
7. Eddie Agnew (c)
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Brad Kerr
10. Luke Hinsley
11. Connor Peace
12. Luke Micklethwaite (E. Agnew, 82)
14. Sam Maddock (W. Harling, 58)
15. Richard Davis
16. Karl Rose
17. Josh Whittaker
K.T. Precision Player of the Match