The Reserves were on the road again for their second pre season friendly away at central midland league newcomers 780 JLC, a game of which the Reserves had an impressive 20 players available for.
|3||Luke Kershaw 🔻Everitt 45|
|4||Adam Whall 🔻McCardle 70|
|5||Clay Bryant 🔻Goluch 68|
|6||Elliot Sampson ⚽P|
|7||Aaron Finnis 🔻Forham 70|
|8||Kian Salter ⚽ 🔻Herrick 45|
|9||Jack Crofton ⚽ 🔻O’Callaghan 45|
|10||Jack Finnis 🔻Oliver 70|
|11||Harry Finnis 🔻Patchett 45|
|12||Ben Herrick 🔺Salter 45|
|14||Connah Oliver 🔺J. Finnis 70|
|15||Daniel Goluch 🔺Bryant 68|
|16||Brendan O’Callaghan 🔺Crofton 45|
|17||Brendan McCardle 🔺Whall 70|
|18||Nathan Patchett 🔺H. Finnis 45|
|19||Bryn Everitt 🔺Kershaw 45|
|20||Jake Forham 🔺A. Finnis 70|
It was a whirlwind opening 25 minutes in dry and blustery conditions, one of which 780 made the most of as they flew into a 2 goal lead within the opening 8 minutes. Skipper Clay Bryant’s clearance was charged down and the ball bounced off the 780 frontman and over ‘keeper Dunn’s head into the net on 4 minutes. This was then followed up with a lovely bit of individual brilliance as Bradbury saw Dunn off his line and scored from the half way line on 8 mins.
This awoke the Reserves who were starting to dominate possession, finding it hard with the conditions to break the back line of 780.
Crofton then pulled one back after good work from Aaron Finnis and Brother Jack had put him in from the right to finish from close range in the 12th minute.
The Swans Reserves side were soon on level terms after Whall slipped in Aaron Finnis who was brought down in the box. Man of the match Sampson stepped up to convert to the bottom left after an exciting 15 minute opening spell.
Things got better for the Swans in the 18th minute, Whall and Sampson broke up play, Finnis again involved in the buildup saw Kian Salter tuck the ball home low right inside the box to put the swans in front.
That lead didn’t last long as 780 levelled things up in the 25th minute. A deep free kick avoided everyone and an awkward bounce beating Dunn’s desperate dive to go into the net.
Many changes were rung at the break, and Barton were looking much more dangerous than the opponents in the second half, Crofton , Herrick, and O’callaghan (twice) striking the wood work.
Oliver was unlucky not to get on the end of a good ball from Herrick to restore the Swans lead.
780 also had enough half chances to put their noses back in front in a game that had finally calmed down, keeper Dunn forced into two good saves from point blank and 780’s Watson unlucky as his blasted effort hit the underside of the bar.
Another good run out in testing conditions for a big Reserves squad. They now move onto Keelby United in the Lea charity cup on Saturday.
Big thanks to 780 JLC for a competitive game and all the best for the season.