ORLETON U-12s 0 LEDBURY SWIFTS U-12s 1
Swifts U-12 s began their league fixtures in the new kit provided by The Chocolate Box, with an away game at Orleton, and in a keenly contested game came away with both points. Swifts started the match welland soon had Orletons defence working overtime. Sam Crichard was causing problems down the right wing, and the hard working pair of Adam Davis and Chris Savidge were probing well from midfield. Though Swifts were having the better of the exchanges, Orletons lively attack had to be watched carefully, but Jamie Bubb- Sacklyn, Ian Davies and Alistair Park did well to snuff out any danger, Dave Reynolds in the Swifts goal also saved superbly on two occasions. Despite the lions share of the game Swifts poor finishing and some good defending kept the score sheet blank. Then just before half time Swifts were unlucky not to score, when in a goalmouth scramble, shots from Tom Powell and Sam Peplow were blocked then Luke Perry saw his effort come back off a post. H-T 0-0.
The second half continued in much the same pattern, with Swifts unable to turn their superiority into goals. As the game went on the heat and the hard ground began to take it's toll on both sides, from this the breakthrough came when Crichard was sent clear, he outpaced his marker to fire a superb shot across the keeper into the far corner to give Swifts a deserved lead. Ashley Nelder and Elliot Parsons then came on to replace Powell and Celvin Ndluvu, to provide fresh legs. Swifts pressed on for a second goal the best of the chances falling to Peplow who just flashed his effort over the bar. Craig Hilling then replaced Perry for the final push. Swifts know that despite a few anxious moments in the game, better finishing and more awareness around the box they could have won this game far more easily. Swifts are at home on Sunday against Dore Valley KO 2-00pm.