Doncaster & District FA Challenge Cup Round One
Saturday 28th December
Swinton Athletic Reserves vs WTFC
Wombwell Town will finish 2019 with their first game in the Doncaster & District FA Challenge Cup at Swinton Athletic Reserves.
The Club weren't expecting to play again until the New Year, however the game was arranged rather hastily just 12 hours before Christmas Eve.
The two clubs played each other last season in the league with The Wellers coming out on top on both occasions.
Our visit to their Swinton Miners Welfare ground in late September 2018 saw a 7-2 victory which included a brace each from Luke Norbury and Joe Oliver, who are amongst the list of eight players to have played that afternoon who are still with the team heading into the 2020.
Back in February the home game (played at Dearne Valley College) finished in a 4-1 Wellers win with a goal apiece for Norbury and Oliver once again and a brace by Ryan Smith.
Swinton Athletic Reserves were joined in Division Two this season by a group of new teams and our opposition have seen a change in fortunes.
Having finished 7th last season our hosts now find themselves topping the table after winning eight of their eleven matches so far - they only won seven in the whole of last season.
Striker Adam Kennedy appears to be making the biggest difference to the side with 18 goals in 10 league appearances having joined in the summer from Denaby Main where he had scored 19 in 22 last season.
The game kicks off at 1:30pm on Saturday 28th December at Swinton Miners Welfare Ground, which is off Park Road, S64 8JH.
Should the game be a tie after 90 minutes and extra time the winners will be decided with a penalty shoot-out.
Match Report: Swinton Comeback Nearly Causes Upset.
Two goals in the final 15 minutes for Swinton Athletic Reserves forced this cup game into unwanted extra time.
Having secured a 3-1 lead Wombwell Town should have been able to hold onto the win over 90 minutes in their first ever Doncaster & District FA Challenge Cup game, but had to finish the job in the additional 30 minutes to beat their opponents.
It was a slow start from both teams but despite having not played for three weeks Wombwell Town had the better of the opening half and hour.
It was the two debutantes who had the opening efforts with defender Sam Severn blazing over on 22 minutes and striker Mason Scamadin's shot saved and cleared off the line four minutes later.
The breakthrough came just before the half hour mark when a corner by Gareth McDermott found the head of Luke Norbury at the far post.
The ball back across goal saw George Westwood head in from eight yards out, despite two players and the keeper, Curtis Horbury, on the line.
A carbon copy of the goal on 37 minutes nearly produced a second with Westwood again heading towards goal from a Norbury flick-on, only for this effort cleared off the line.
Swinton Athletic Reserves put some pressure on the Wellers defence before the half time break with Sam Leigh forced into two saves late on.
The hosts equalised on 64 minutes from a corner of their own which saw Leigh half clear and collide with a teammate, leaving them both unable to prevent the goal.
It only took three minutes for the visitors to regain the lead when Brad Kerr became provider on the right which saw the Horbury parry the cross towards substitute Joe Oliver who forced the keeper into another save, but Will Harling was close enough to get on the rebound and tap the ball over the keeper and over the line.
On 70 minutes Westwood scored for the second time in the game, and his 5th of the season, with a right footed shot after he found himself unmarked following a Kerr free-kick.
The 25 yard free-kick by Kerr was deflected to Oliver who laid the ball on for Westwood instead of having a shot himself with Horbury advancing towards him.
Swinton had nothing to lose with 15 minutes left and pulled one goal back through their top scorer Adam Kennedy who turned Norbury in the box and fired into the bottom corner.
It's rare that a goalkeeper scores in a game but three minutes into added time that's just what happened.
Horbury came up for the corner with what was the last few seconds of the game and scored volleyed into the far corner of the net to take the game to extra time.
It was all about stamina in the extra period and after five minutes a long ball by Ryan Smith was perfect for Kerr who broke away from the defence and finished in typical fashion.
With just three minutes left of extra time Wombwell Town made sure there wasn't a second comeback by scoring a fifth to finish off the tie.
Jake Bishop played Kerr through on the right and a squared ball across goal found McDermott who couldn't miss from close range.
Match Result: Swinton Athletic Reserves 3 - 5 (aet) Wombwell Town.
WTFC Line-Up: Leigh, Westwood, Smith, Exley, Norbury (Kerr 91), Severn, McDermott (Oliver 59 (McDermott 108)), Byrnes, Scamadin (Bishop 46), Kerr (Tedoradze 77), Harling.
Subs Not Used: Rose.
Wellers Man of the Match: George Westwood.