Swanwick Pentrich Road 4 - 0 Teversal Reserves
By Kevin Heathcote
Performance lacks cutting edge.
An away trip to Swanwick Pentrich Road and a slightly different formation 4-1-4-1 to play on the small Swanwick pitch. Defensively one change as Brett Dodsworth switched to right back, new signing Johno Clark played the holding midfield role with Steve Mallinder partnered Atkins in centre midfield. Luke Hobson earned a start for his game changing role against Welbeck wide left. On the bench today Matty Robson, Robbie Bestwick, Lewis Brown, Joe Fox and Billy Davies.
Swanwick have a set way they play on their small pitch and like to play off the front men with runners behind and they nearly caught Tevie out in the 2nd minute when Wilding played Brooks in only to see his shot strike the Tevie post. Teversal where having a lot of the ball and the midfield looked comfortable without creating any real chances, Mallinder the first to threaten the Swanwick goal in the 10th minute but his 30 yard effort sailed over the cross bar.
The game was pretty even, Tevies defence copping with the Swanwick style of play and when they did get through Teversal threw bodies in the way in particular in the 14th minute when Melrose broke into the box only to see his effort blocked then cleared by Travis. Teversal’s forward play lacked any cutting edge despite good build up play and goal bound efforts were few and far between.
Despite looking comfortable the odd lapse in concentration cost Teversal at times, Ki Smith lost possession in the 31st minute to give Melrose the chance to shoot but Bowdler turned it round the post and from the resultant corner Melrose had a great chance with a header that he put over the bar. Same again in the 33rd minute when a ball out from the back was blocked putting Swanwick straight onto the attack and Brooks squared the ball for Wilding to tap in and 1-0 Swanwick.
Tevie tried to respond but could only manage a 30 yard free kick from Lavelle that was high over the bar which summed up the half for Teversal. With a couple of minutes remaining Swanwick earned a corner on there right, the ball swung over and with a free passage Josh smith headed home for 2-0 totally unchallenged.
Half Time: Swanwick Pentrich Road 2-0 Teversal Reserves
After being very disappointed to go in two down at the break Teversal came out to try and keep possession but also to have more attempts on goal which was clearly lacking in the first half. Within a minute of the restart Mallinder backed this up shooting from 25 yards out which flashed wide of the Swanwick goal. However a minute later Teversal once again lost the ball just inside the Swanwick half, a quick pass through saw Bowdler make a good save but he could only parry out for Brooks to have the easiest of finishes and 3-0 Swanwick.
Teversal tried to respond, Atkins made space before shooting from 20 yards out which Dodds saved. Agbakosi cut in from the right in the 51st minute and earned a free kick 25 yards out which he took and Dodds pulled off a great save parrying out for a corner. Three minutes later more good possession saw Atkins once again shoot from distance which Dodds juggled but held on. Milsom picked up a booking for Swanwick in the 56th minute for deliberately halting a Teversal break forward, and three minutes later Lavelle picked up Teversal’s first yellow for a late tackle. Teversal took the opportunity to replace Hobson with Brown.
Despite having much the lions share of the possession Swanwick where the team that created the better chances mainly on the break. Teversal also got a little frustrated and Ki Smith picked up a yellow for a late tackle in the 61st minute. Three minutes later Lavelle put through his own goal when Swanwick put in a low cross from there left to make it 4-0. Travis then thought he’d earned a penalty in the 66th minute but didn’t get anything despite taking a sore one.
Teversal went down to 10 men in the 68th minute when Dodsworth received a straight red when he took man and ball. Despite the disadvantage surprisingly Tevie still had a lot of the ball but without creating any clear chances. Joe Fox replaced Agbakosi in the 73rd minute and Bestwick for Greg Smith in the 74th minute. Swanwick were unlucky not to add to the score as once again Tevie lost possession they broke quickly but the well struck effort smashed Bowdler’s cross bar. Travis picked up a yellow with Swanwick’s Ball as tempers frayed in the 86th minute.
Disappointing result for Teversal the report is littered with us having lots of possession but losing it when in good positions. Also the lack of clear goal scoring opportunities is a problem that needs solving.
Final Score: Swanwick Pentrich Road 4-0 Teversal Reserves
MOM for Teversal: Steve Mallinder - solid performance in midfield, looks a quality player.