Jones looks forward to derby, after going seven-up over United

Swinton's Shaun Turner has a volley on goal. Picture: Andrew Roe
Swinton's Shaun Turner has a volley on goal. Picture: Andrew Roe

Swinton Athletic manager Ryan Jones is looking forward to a trip down memory lane on Saturday when they face Premier Division side Denaby Main in the D.D.F.A Cup.

Division One side Swinton travel to Tickhill Square for the cup clash (1pm) in good form following a 7-0 win over Ackworth United last weekend, and Jones said: “It’ll be a great derby game on Saturday between two famous old local names, and we are looking forward to testing ourselves against an excellent Premier Division outfit.

“Swinton Athletic, Denaby Main and Denaby United were big, famous clubs around these parts and, at one point, all three sadly disappeared.

“But it’s great to see all three clubs thriving once again, and these three clubs really help local football.”

“Hopefully if we can continue our good form and secure promotion,” Jones added, “we will be able to test ourselves against our local rivals once again in the Premier Division.”

Athletic kept up their Division One promotion bid with the seven-goal victory against fourth-placed Ackworth, which keeps them top of the table.

Jones even came off the bench for the last eight minutes, and managed to get himself on the scoresheet within ten seconds of his introduction.

“It was great to make a little cameo, and to contribute to what was a great team performance was a real pleasure.

“Athletic has been a big part of my life for 19 years now - my father Malcolm helped run the successful team of the 1990s, and I would always be there watching as a young kid.

“So to score a goal for the club I love so much was a real honour, but the main thing was getting the three points.

“Although I won’t be letting the lads forget about it in a hurry!”

Jones’s scoring exploits were overshadowed by Shaun Turner and man of the match Gareth Halford, who scored a brace each.

“Gareth was outstanding again today,” Jones added.

“He has been in excellent form of late, and I am glad he got his two goals - he deserved them.

“An in-form Halford is a major threat to any team, and I hope his rich form continues.”

Swinton broke the deadlock after ten minutes, when Carl Cragg netted his first of the season.

A stunning overhead kick from Turner was ruled out for offside ten minutes later, but Athletic got their second when Halford finished well just before the break.

It was 3-0 early in the second half when Craig Mitchell netted, and Turner’s low drive added a fourth.

Halford netted his second after rounding the goalkeeper, and Turner fired home another after a scramble in the box.

Turner was denied a hat-trick when his 30-yard effort hit the bar, and he was replaced by Jones - who rounded off the win with the seventh.