Report by Martyn Walsh
Playing in a familiar 2-4-1-1 formation, but with a several absentees; Theo Petrosanu once again deputised in goal, with Beau Lawrence and Jack Buck protecting him. The central midfield duo of Joe Walsh and Jacob Kedward were supported on the flanks by Oliver Edwards and Ben Seward, with Luca Risato and Henry Clements providing the attacking options. Tom Sayers, and a returning Daniel McAndrew started on the bench and came on after 20 minutes, to great effect.
The game began with Swifts dominant. Like last week, many chances went begging as shots were dragged wide, over or simply lacked the power to trouble the Grendon number 1. Swifts however remained totally in control, with their opponents making few forays into the Swifts half, and when they did, the defence was strong and dealt with it comfortably.
Luca Risato finally broke the deadlock with a rasping low shot from the edge of the box, the ball creeping into the back of the net, low and left. The second, much deserved goal followed shortly afterwards, with an identical shot from Luca, however this time the Grendon keeper read the situation and managed to push it wide - however the ball ricocheted straight into the path of an incoming Henry Clements, who tapped home with his left foot to double the Swifts advantage.
Grendon thought they had discovered a way back into the game when their striker managed to spin Jack Buck on the edge of the 6 yard box and hit a low ball past Theo Petrosanu into the far corner. This was to be the only time in the entire match that Jack was beaten by his opposite number as he put in a ‘player of the match’ performance, ably partnered by a rock-solid Beau Lawrence.
Grendon’s hopes were quickly extinguished by Swifts though, as a speculative strike from Henry Clements was spilled by their goalie who watched helplessly as the ball trickled over the line to give Swifts their third of the game, and Clements his fourth of the Season so far. The first half ended 3-1 to Swifts and the coach barely got a word in during the team talk. The players were buzzing, and knew they had the game in the bag, confident of bringing home the 3 points.
The second half again saw Swifts again in complete control. Joe Walsh and Jacob Kedward formed an immense combination in the centre of the park, while Oliver Edwards terrorised the Grendon right back, and delivered several dangerous balls into the box. Tom Sayers was also finding space to use his pace - and it was surely a matter of time before the game was put to bed.
The fourth Swifts goal came in the final 10 minutes, the ball was pulled back from the byline and Dan McAndrew decided he was too good to use his foot, and instead chose to showboat and use his shin to direct the ball into the corner of the net. Not an easy skill to master but clearly one he has been practicing while he has been away.
Another fine morning for the Swifts and their handsome coach. Next week will see them pitched against runaway league leaders Highfield in what is sure to be a tough encounter (October 19th).