One goal was enough as HUCKNALL TOWN were rewarded for their patience in breaking down Swanwick Pentrich Road at Watnall Road last Saturday.
Midfielder Cayne Maxwell netted the second-half winner with a lovely run and shot into the far corner of the net after switching wings.
And although there was little else to shout about in a match that certainly won’t go down as a classic, the victory kept Town in the top five of the Central Midlands League, South Division table.
Said manager Andy Graves: “We had to be very patient because Swanwick got men behind the ball very quickly. We did have four or five good chances in the first half which, if taken, would have been a fair reflection.
“However, the longer it goes goalless in these sort of games, frustration can get the better of you, so credit to the lads for taing on board what was said at half-time. Cayne scored a quality goal and we kept another clean sheet.”
Of those first-half chances, striker Adam Nelson could have bagged a hat-trick but for good goalkeeping and his own misfortune, Town, who fielded eyecatching new signing Stef Whitely (from Southwell City), enjoyed an enormous amount of possession but were guilty of over-playing or a lazy, poor final pass.
At the other end, Swanwick failed to create a single shot on target as man-of-the-match Joe Atkinson marshalled The Yellows’ defence with a faultless performance.
TOWN LINE-UP (4-5-1) -- Beddingham/ Henry, Leak, Atkinson, Pitt/ Whitely, Davidson, Brown, Aikman, Maxwell/ Nelson. SUBS USED: Gatland, Rigg, Waplington.