07 Jan 2018 in Match Reports
Swinton 3-2 AFC Oldham
2018 started where 2017 had left off for AFC Oldham, with a defeat that leaves them only three points off the bottom having played three more than Newton.
If one game could capture the spirit of this season it would be this one, with AFC starting well and looking more than equal to the hosts only to concede a sloppy goal.
Swinton will feel slightly fortunate they came away with the three points, their first courtesy of a corner which Oldham failed to deal with fully.
A clearance on the line fell to a one of a number clad in the blue of Swinton who’d found space inside the box, making no mistake it was 1-0 to the home side.
While there may have been suspicion of a foul on Oldham defender Nic Green by the goal scorer, the visitors could still have done more.
From then on Swinton looked dominant forcing Ryan Mawdsley into some good saves, as he come off his line on a number of times to claim the ball or dive by the attacking player’s feet to prevent the lead increasing.
AFC’s number one gave the visitors cause of optimism, while Sean Salford’s runs had largely been fruitless through a lack of service, he found the space to take his annoyance out on the ball.
Picking it up 30 yards from goal the striker smashed the ball into the top corner, giving the Swinton ‘keeper no chance.
Going into the break 1-1 AFC felt confident of going to win the game, but minutes into the second half substitute Kallum White and captain Matt Hart found themselves beat for pace as the Swinton striker ran through and made it 2-1, Oldham showed good spirit and carried on plugging away.
Their hard work was rewarded when Jack Keegan’s header from a corner was poked home by the on-fire Salford, the AFC striker looking close to his form last season.
It wasn’t enough a late attack from Swinton saw the AFC out maned on the right wing, a cross found the unmarked home striker who passed it home beyond the diving Mawdsley.
After fighting back twice, the third was a killer blow, despite sending defender White up front AFC were unable to break down the home defence as the clock ticked down.
An injury to Green which will see the defender out for a number weeks completes a bad day for the First Team, next week sees a break from league action, though, and a chance to experience some cup glory in a largely disappointing season.
Their trip to Moston United won’t be easy, though, with the league newcomers currently fifth with eight wins from 15 in the league.
Division Two Results
Bedians AFC 3-6 Hooley Bridge Celtic
Chorltonians Reserves 1-0 Moston United FC
Mellor Seconds 4-2 Spurley Hey
Swinton 3-2 AFC Oldham