Division One side Swinton Athletic Reserves got a taste of the Doncaster Senior League’s Premier Division last weekend against Denaby Main.
And, despite coming away on the wrong end of a 5-0 defeat in this Doncaster FA Challenge Cup second round clash, Swinton boss Ryan Jones remains hungry for more.
“I did think 5-0 was a little harsh on us, but that’s taking nothing away from Denaby,” he said.
“They thoroughly deserved their victory and played some lovely football, and I wish them all the best for the season.
“My main focus is now our title challenge - we need to put this week to bed and go for three points against Bawtry Town this Saturday, to go into the Christmas break as league leaders.
“If our goal of promotion is achieved, we will hopefully meet clubs like Main again and give a better account of ourselves.”
Braces from Wayne McSeveney and man of the match Tom O’Neill put Main on the way to victory against Swinton, and Gary Adcock rounded off the victory.
Athletic’s quest for a shock result was made even harder when, at 2-0 down, Craig Mitchell was shown a straight red card for violent conduct.
“We came here knowing we faced a tough challenge, and things were made even harder when we went down to ten men,” Jones added.
“But I was disappointed we didn’t give a true account of ourselves and give them a better game.
“It was just a bad day at the office for my lads, but I cannot fault the effort that the ten men put in.”
Swinton’s disappointment was compounded as FC Central took over their position at the top of Division One.
Swinton, now second on goal difference, with a game in hand on their title rivals, can regain top spot on Saturday if they avoid defeat at Bawtry Town.
Central are in cup action, against Yorkshire Main.