Swans Escape Relegation With 12 Goal Thriller
By Swanage FC
6-6 draw just enough..............
Swans Reserves 6 Hamworthy Recreation 'A' 6
Willcocks 2, Peacock 2, Johnston, Christmas
Swans shared 12 goals with Hamworthy Recreation 'A' at Day's Park in their final Dorset League Division 1.
Swans Reserves needed to win or equal Wareham Rangers Reserve's result to escape relegation. They produced the perfect start after 5 minutes when top scorer Sam Willcocks scored 2 quick fire goals in the space of a minute, the same player nearly completed his hat-trick but struck his shot against the post. Swans were now in control with Jamie Johnston pulling the strings in midfield. The visitors always looked dangerous on the break and hit back to reduce the arrears and 5 minutes later equalised from the penalty spot, however the hosts regained the lead a minute before half time when Sam Peacock pounced from close range. H.T. 3-2.
The second half was only 5 minutes old when the visitors capitalised on a defensive mistake to equalise. Sam Peacock completed his brace to edge his side ahead again following good work from Jamie Johnston. Provider became scorer when Jamie Johnston (pictured above scoring) scored Swan's fifth following a great pass from the dangerous Isaac Christmas. Following good work from Jamie Johnston and Sam Willcocks, Isaac Christmas struck number 6 from the edge of the box.
Another defensive mistake enabled Hamworthy to reduce the arrears and a few minutes later it was game on when they scored their fifth from a penalty. Swans were now holding on and missed a couple of chances of their own, however the visitors scored a dramatic last minute equaliser to deny the possibility of The Swans avoiding relegation.
With this result and if Wareham won their game Swans would go down but incredibly Wareham Reserves could only manage a 2-2 draw with Allendale Reserves, so disappointment turned to jubilation just after the final whistle.
Manager Andy Dunster was frustrated at the final result after being 6-3 ahead with 15 minutes left, but delighted with the final outcome of his side avoiding relegation in a very challenging season.
Swans Star Man - Jamie Johnston
O.Smith, H.Councell, C.Dyke, R.Moss.
I.Christmas, S.Peacock, M.Dunster, J.Johnston, C.Crompton.
Subs:J.Grace, G.Biles, O.Newell.
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