Football: Skipper Swain sets Bawtry Town tone

Dan Swain. Picture: Liz Mockler S1470LM
Dan Swain. Picture: Liz Mockler S1470LM

Captain Dan Swain led by example as he drove Bawtry Town towards a 4-1 victory over AFC Dronfield.

As the game got underway, AFC Dronfield were still in fine mood following their recent League Cup victory over Premier opposition.

However, with Town sitting in fourth in the table and just two points behind Dronfield - the game was all to play for as they battled to secure third place.

Bawtry burst out of the blocks and fired in the opener with just four minutes gone after Jermaine Green out-sprinted his marker and picked out Steffan Cairns who had the simple task of guiding the ball home.

Town doubled their tally moments later when a move was started from Gary Hudson in goal, into man of the match Swain and through to the midfield with Sean Thornton and Kyle Jones.

Jones then picked out a superb pass to Takrem Shah wide right and his quick turn and delivery was met with precision by Craig Sprigg who stretched to volley in from ten yards.

Bawtry’s positive play was slightly marred when Dronfield reduced the deficit on the stroke of half time as a rare lapse of concentration from Town saw their opponents capitalise for 2-1.

But the game was all but finished 10 minutes into the second half as Shah was slipped in by Jones and he chipped the advancing goalkeeper from 25 yards to make it 3-1.

Despite a spill from Hudson, which led to a superb double save from the Bawtry shot-stopper, Dronfield looked out of the tie as Town rallied.

Sprigg, Cairns, Thornton and Jones all worked the keeper’s palms and left-back Leigh Wells tried his luck from range, however, it was not until the dying minutes that Bawtry managed to add their fourth and final strike of the game.

The goal came after Cairns drove into the six-yard box and pulled it back into the hard-working Green who slotted in from close range.

Prior to the match, both sides observed a minute of silence for the recent passing of highly-respected member of Bawtry Town and former Barnsley, Lincoln, Wolves and Worcester footballer Roger Barton (aged 67).