Clare makes his Mark as Swinton go for title

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Swinton Athletic Reserves fought their way into the Doncaster Senior League Division One title race with another last-gasp victory, this time at league leaders Dunscroft United.

Athletic, who went third in the table with a game in hand on top spot after this 3-2 victory, once again had Mark Clare to thank, as he grabbed his sixth goal in just three games.

“I am running out of superlatives for Mark,” Swinton boss Ryan Jones said.

“He has been fantastic for us since coming down from the first team, and his eye for goal and movement off the ball is another level.

“It’s been great to see him brimming with confidence , and it’s great for me that he’s hitting the net regularly.”

It was, of course, that man Clare who broke the deadlock, with a close-range effort after a throughball from Gareth Halford.

The leaders hit back strongly, however, and stunned Swinton with two quality strikes which turned the game on its head.

First, Carl Grant finished off a killer through ball to equalise, and Richard Sands struck home a half volley from 30 yards to send Dunscroft into half time 2-1 ahead.

Swinton came out for the second half in determined mood, and got back on level terms.

Clare again broke the offside trap to meet a throughball from Dan Crossland.

Clare again showed his composure in front of goal as he slotted past goalkeeper Kieran Sanderson.

Their joy was short lived, however, as Dunscroft went ahead again, but Swinton weren’t finished yet and they dragged themselves level once more when captain Ricky Parker’s backheel found the net after Gareth Halford’s header at goal.

Swinton looked to have spurned the last chance of the game when Crossland’s free-kick grazed the post, but there was time for one more chance.

Another Crossland free-kick found Matthew Owen, whose looping header sealed a second last-gasp win in as many weeks.

Swinton now face fourth-placed Harworth Colliery at Swinton Welfare on Saturday, and will go second if they win and Dunscroft fail to.

The game kicks off at 2pm.

“The lads would love to see some more local support,” Jones added.