Two late goals sentenced HUCKNALL TOWN to defeat at Swanwick Pentrich Road in their stop-start opening to the new Central Midlands League, South Division season.
Derbyshire outfit Swanwick are awkward customers to overcome. And their record at home so far this season has been flawless, with this 2-0 victory following thumpings for Eastwood Community (6-1), Harrowby Saints (5-0) and Bulwell (3-0, no less.
However, The Yellows returned home frustrated that they had not at least held The Swans to a draw -- especially as b oth goals came in the final 15 minutes and were avoidable.
David Robinson netted the first, capitalising on a defensive mix-up between experienced centre-back Dave Leak and goalkeeper James Beddingham.
And then Guy Wilding bagged the clinching second goal, with Town appealing for an offside flag that never came.
In the first half, The yellows should have been two up themselves. First, striker Aaron Evans got underneath a brilliant cross from Ben Waplington. And then Matt Clowes hit the ‘keeper when a shot either side of him would have found the net. The follow-up effort from Evans was palmed away in spectacular fashion.
Swanwick were restricted to a couple of free-ki cks that were swung in but found Beddingham’s safe pair of hands.
So given that they had had to defend the notorious slope on the undulating pitch at Highfield Road, Town were more than happy with their efforts in the opening 45 minutes.
It was disappoining that, after giving themselves such a good platform, they could not continue to create chances in the second period when the slope was in their favour.
Instead stalemate ensued with neiither side looking capable of breaking through. Mind you, it was annoying that Town’s front men were caught offside at least a dozen times -- either correctly or unjustly.
Consistency is what Andy Graves’s men are seeking now. So they will be hoping to string a run of results together, starting with their next match this coming Saturday, which is at home to Southwell City.
Southwell knocked Town out of the Notts FA Senior County Cup last season but are rooted in the bottom three this term after only one win in seven.