EV2 County Senior League Premier Division - Game 26
05/05/23 - Wombwell Town vs Swinton Athletic
With the much talked about fifth place secure about from an unlikely 18 goal difference swing, the Wellers prepared for their final game of the season with less pressure to perform.
Before the game manager Karl Rose spoke about how far the club had come in just five years. Starting with four players at training in the summer of 2018 to winning the CSL Division Two title at the first attempt. To Covid denying them a second league title the following year. Virtually a whole year with no football. To winning the Division One title last season and gaining that position to take the club to the Northern Counties East League next season.
Rose also spoke about the work done to the ground. A vandalised stand restored. A clubhouse cleared of rubble, unused athletics equipment, windows, doors and more replaced. An extension that makes everyone go "wow" when they step inside and countless other jobs done to make Wombwell Town an ever-growing home.
September 1st 2018 saw the club's first game and only one player from that 16 man squad remain at the club. Jake Padgett - a sub on that occasion - started the final match of this season against a strong Swinton Athletic, who themselves were looking to win to give them a chance of winning the league.
The first half was the better of the two periods and the Wellers had their first real chance on 15 minutes as Brad Kerr, looking for his 50th goal for the club, volleyed at an awkward angle to loft the ball over Jordan Watson and watched the ball just dip off the top of the crossbar and over.
Louis Wardle created another chance on 25 minutes as the Wellers worked the ball down the left hand side, which eventually fell to the midfielder to fire over the crossbar from a 22 yard curling effort.
Swinton's first big chance at goal came on the half hour as dangerman Enzo Guarini broke free from Padgett and Alf Thompson to see his shot deflected by the covering Brodie Cooper and Jono Davis had to make sure by tipping the ball over the crossbar.
The deadlock was broken on 38 minutes as the visitors capitalised from close range after Davis couldn't hold onto a long range effort from outside the penalty area by Curtis Wilkinson and Nathan Walsh hit in the rebound from close range.
Half Time: WTFC 0, SAFC 1.
In the second half it was the visitors who were on the attack straight away and a shot towards goal from the left of the penalty area had to be deflected wide to stop Swinton doubling the lead.
Things could have gone from bad to worse in added time as Sam Maddock made contact with the onrushing forward to knock him off the ball before Davis slid in to clear. Luckily though, after consulting with his assistant, the referee only gave the substitute a yellow, instead of a red.
The Wellers just couldn't get going in the second half and failed really to get a shot at goal throughout the second 45, and it was a disappointing end to a long season of highs and lows.
What could be the Wellers final game in the County Senior League ended the same as the first. A 1-0 goal win for the away team, but defeat instead of a victory.
Wombwell Town will now wait to hear from the FA and the NCEL on whether their promotion bid has been successful. Hopefully, it will only take a week or two and celebrations and preparations can begin.
Wombwell Town - 0
Swinton Athletic - 1
1. Jono Davis
2. Jake Padgett
3. Gareth McDermott
4. Louis Wardle
5. Joe Egan
6. Alf Thompson
7. Eddie Agnew (c)
8. Brodie Cooper
9. Brad Kerr
10. Jordan Cooper
11. Connor Peace
12. Will Harling (E. Agnew, 73)
14. Luke Haslam (J. Cooper, 51)
15. Sam Maddock (J. Padgett, 82)
16. Owen Wildblood (G. McDermott, 78)
17. Josh Whittaker (B. Cooper, 83)
K.T. Precision Player of the Match