Sheffield Bankers came into the game with a 13 game unbeaten streak, looking to start a good cup run. The opponents, who finished 2nd in the league above in the previous season, were obviously favorites but this didn't phase the brave Bankers.
Bankers started the game on the front foot and ten minutes in, were in complete control. They were moving the ball well, playing the perfect short game that the gaffer (unofficial manager of the month) has desired since his arrival. Early chances fell to Sam Dean but the score remained 0-0.
Then, a brutal Terrance Balmer headed clearance flew through to Sam Dean who beat the centre back in the air and set Dan Beech on a 1-1 with the keeper. There was only going to be one result.
Swinton hit back immediately and tried to intimidate the Bankers. The solid defense were having none of it, shutting down any glimpses of attacks.
Bankers regained control and had a few half chances before being awarded a corner.
Dan Beech swung it it brilliantly and it luckily hit a fortunate with Jack Joyce on the elbow and flew into the top corner.
Half time whistle blows...
The massive began the second half on the back foot as the away team came out with something to prove. 10 minutes into the second half a through ball was played in behind the unsuspecting left back who crossed in a deflected shot, which the keeper, the amazing Scott Dinnigan got a hand to. Unfortunately, the ball fell to the Swinton striker, who at first missed the ball but then regained his composure and blasted home.
Bankers sub, Jo Robinson off Aaron Watts on.
Bankers continued to struggle under pressure, failing to maintain possession. Experienced performances from Chris Tunstall and Joe Jerrison saw the Bankers fight for what was theirs.
In the last 10 minutes, unofficial manager of the month brought himself on to steady the ship.
The Bankers saw out the game winning 2-1 going through to the next round of the cup.
Scott Dinnigan – 8
Jack Joyce – 8
Terrance Balmer – 8
Joe Jerrison © - 10
Jo Robinson – 8
Phil Miskell – 9
Mark Kokot – 8
Chris Tunstall – 7
Sam Dean – 7
Jack Roe – 7
Dan Beech – 7
Alex Colton – 7
Aaron Watts – 7
Andy Taylor – 7
Man of the match – Joe Jerrison, pretended to be injured before the game but was the outstanding player for the Bankers.