Swanwick Pentrich Road beat Blidworth MW thanks to late goals

Swanwick's players celebrate the winning goal.
Swanwick's players celebrate the winning goal.
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Swanwick Pentrich Road overcame the form book to beat Blidworth MW 3-2 in the Central Midlands League.

A heavy pitch was to make this a battle of attrition rather than a fine display of football.

After close chances at either end, it was the visitors who would draw first blood.

A cleared Blidworth corner fell to the feet of Lee Easom, who stroked the ball past Adam Jablonski in the Swanwick goal.

With the referee indicating one minute of extra time for the first half, the Swans made the most of the added time.

With seconds left, the match was all square when Swanwick winger Dean Owen riffled the ball past the Blidworth keeper.

The second half was another close encounter with both sides going direct for goal.

And it was Blidworth who took the lead with 20 minutes left on the clock.

A long ball was misjudged by the Swanwick defence, which gifted Blidworth’s Liam Theakstone the chance to tap the ball into an empty net.

Swanwick manager Kev Grundy demanded a reaction and within moments he got his wish.

This time Shane Buckerfield was given time and space to drive the ball into the top corner.

With the Blidworth defence getting turned, Swanwick had further chances to seal the victory with Guy Wilding breaking the offside, trap but failing to convert.

Dean Owen was the man of the moment, when Wilding set him through on goal. Owen rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home, with his team mates closely behind to mob him in celebration.