Grassroots: Nine-man Denaby Utd claim unlikely victory over Shaw Lane; Swinton win again

Denaby's Ryan Scott (red) was one of two United players to get sent off against Shaw Lane. Picture: Andrew Roe
Denaby's Ryan Scott (red) was one of two United players to get sent off against Shaw Lane. Picture: Andrew Roe

Denaby United produced a stirring fightback to claim an unlikely win after being reduced to nine men.

After falling behind to a penalty via visitors Shaw Lane Aqua Force Reserves - an incident that also resulted in two Denaby players receiving their marching orders - United had it all to do.

However, strikes from Jack Whittaker and Paul Hemmingway snatched all three points in a 2-1 victory, keeping Denaby within touching distance of the Division Two’s top half.

The match got off to a frantic start with neither side able to assert their dominance, United’s Steve Ellor uncharacteristically unable to convert early openings.

James Crick played in Tom Hitchmore for Shaw Lane’s first sight of goal, but the finish flashed across the face of the right hand post.

Ellor and Ainsley Finney both tried their luck from range before United ‘keeper Ben Priestley had to rush out and make a brave block from the advancing George Elvin, with the rebound coming back off the crossbar.

Then, on the stroke of half time, the touchpaper was lit when United skipper Ryan Scott felt Daniel Rafiq took a handful of his shorts and stopped playing to appeal for a foul. The ball then went loose and Mick Russon clattered the Shaw Lane forward for a penalty.

A furious Scott was sent off for his excessive remonstrations with Ashley Cantrill then also shown a second yellow after having words with the referee. Elvin netted the spotkick for 1-0.

Manager Paul Noonan had a tough task at half time but his words seemed to have had an impact as Ben Redfern went close before Finney’s cross was nodded home by Whittaker for 1-1.

United continued to press with Redfern and Finney having chances. Ellor also struck the post after good work from Tommy Harrison.

United poured forward in search of an unlikely victory and it came via substitute Hemmingway who raced clear to give United all three points.

Elsewhere in the County Senior League, Swinton Athletic continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-1 win against Millmoor Juniors.

The success was their seventh win in eight matches and leaves them one point clear at the Premier summit.

Cafe Sport are through to the next round of the Steve Venables Memorial Trophy after cruising to a superb 13-2 victory over Cross Keys.

Ryan Mansell claimed five for the Swinton side as Steve Carr and Aiden Cooper added braces. Jordan Wilds, Sean Fearn, Paul Reed and Alex Butterfield also scored.