Clay Cross Town consolidated their position at the top of the Central Midlands League, South Division with a resounding six-two win over near neighbours, Swanwick Pentrich Road last Saturday. That score though didn’t truly reflect the way the game was played out and from the outset it was the mid-table Swans that looked the more likely to cause an early upset. They attacked the Millers with confidence and flair and with slightly more composure in front of goal they could have taken that early advantage. This week Clay Cross will embark further on their journey in cup football with the Derbyshire Senior Cup and the FA Vase to contest and it appeared that they already had at least one eye on the week ahead.
The first goal of the afternoon though came for the Millers and this appeared to wake them from their slumber when Josh Parfitt somehow forced the ball home from a seemingly impossible angle. That was on 21 minutes and twelve minutes later they went further ahead. On this occasion it was Billy Brooks who fired hard and low at Swans keeper Nick Dodds but with the ball looking to go wide of the post it took a fortunate deflection off defender, Ian Milsom and into the net. Not deterred by this setback Swanwick continued to push forward and their reward came when Henry Brooks fired home past Ryan Hopkins. After the interval there was an immediate response from the Millers when Parfitt scored his second of the afternoon within a minute of the restart. That lead was further increased when Josh Scully sensed a goal-scoring opportunity from 40 yards out and sailed his effort over the retreating, Dodds. Swanwick refused to accept that the game was over at that stage and just past the hour mark it was Henry Brooks who got the better of Hopkins again to make it 4-2. The Swans, clearly inspired by the goal rallied again and it not for two great saves from Hopkins it could have been level. There were only minutes remaining when Clay Cross saved some of their best football of the afternoon that saw Parfitt unselfishly push the ball square to Scully to make it 5-2. Now deep into time added on Grant Mitchell made it six of the best for the Millers after good work by team mate, Tom Suter.