Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 11
23/09/23 - Swallownest vs Wombwell Town
Bottom played top in what many Wellers fans were thinking could have been an easy game or an easy game to slip up in.
Any nerves though didn't seem to affect the visiting players as they put pressure on the Swallownest defence early in the game.
The opening goal came after just 12 minutes from a missile launch on the left in the form of a long throw by Owen Sykes. Keeper Joe Dunn had to step into his goal to palm the ball away, but it feel to stand-in captain Rikki Paylor who half volleyed the rebound into the net with venom.
Four minutes later the lead was almost doubled, and you guessed it, it came from another throw by Sykes. The right back launched another into the box that was half cleared to Paylor once again. The centre back set up Gadhafi Kiwanuka this time, but the strike went straight into the clutches of Dunn.
The pace of the game seemed to be affected by the softness and length of the pitch, but it didn't cause the home side any trouble on 36 minutes when they equalised.
After clearing a Wellers corner at the other end, the ball was worked down the right stretching the defence and a simple pass to Ebenezer Ansah saw the left winger free on the edge of the box to curl a shot past Jono Davis. It's still September so no references to A Christmas Carol. Bah humbug!
Half Time: SFC 1, WTFC 1.
Not happy with the first half performance Wellers manager Karl Rose made a triple substitution for the start of the second half.
It didn't take long for two of those subs to be involved in the goal that would eventually win the game. A quick throw by substitute (and now back with the captain's armband) Eddie Agnew found Brodie Cooper who laid the pass to the second of the subs involved, Callum Walton, on the left wing. Walton did his usual waltz to the edge of the area and put the ball high across the box for Kiwanuka to hit into the roof of the net from close range.
The visitors kept looking for a third and Brad Kerr, just on as a substitute, almost scored with his first touch on 71 minutes as he forced Dunn to make a save from another Walton creation, this time through the middle.
Two minutes later and the game turned into a 10 vs 11 encounter. Swallownest's Matthew Langley first fouled Agnew in the middle of the pitch and then proceeded to stamp on the captain for all to see. Referee Luke Hood took advice from his assistant before correctly brandishing the red card.
From the resulting free-kick Owen Birks went up for a header in the box, but was deemed to be pushed from behind and the Wellers had the ideal opportunity to extend their lead.
Unfortunately, the chance wasn't taken as the keeper dived the right way from Walton's spot kick and might have just got something on the ball, which then struck the post.
Wombwell Town kept trying to find another to make the game more comfortable, but it wasn't to be, despite efforts from Kerr and Walton in the final couple of minutes.
Maybe not the best performance, but three points all the same.
Swallownest FC - 1
Ebenezer Ansah 36
Wombwell Town - 2
Rikki Paylor 12
Gadhafi Kiwanuka 51
Player of the Match