Local football: Athletic keep up perfect start

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Swinton Athletic Reserves made it four wins from four in the South Yorkshire Amateur Premier League with a 5-1 success over Handsworth Prince of Wales.

Swinton entertained a Handsworth side that had lost only once in three games, but a Jon Burns hat trick helped keep Swinton’s excellent run going at their visitors’ expense.

The game was an even affair up until 20 minutes when Jamie Stevenson broke down the right wing beating the Handsworth full back to put a ball directly into the path of the inform Burns who dispatched with a good finish into the bottom corner leaving Thomas Bower with no chance.

It was Burns who doubled Athletics lead ten minutes before half time, as he broke forward into the Handsworth box before he was brought down.

The referee pointed to the spot giving Burns the opportunity to put the penalty away and take Athletic into half time two goals to the good.

Handsworth grabbed a goal back when a long range effort from Kurtis Hodder was well saved by Ben Dring, who could only parry the ball away straight into the path of Otis Pyke who put the ball in the Athletic net to make the game 2-1.

The goal seemed to fire Handsworth into life as they pressed for an equaliser, and only excellent defending from the Athletic back four prevented this.

The major turning point of the game came when Burns broke the offside trap only to be brought down again inside the 18yard box by Kieran Cook.

The referee had no choice than to go to his top pocket for a red card leaving Burns himself to put the penalty away for his eighth goal in four games.

Ten minutes later a 30 yard free kick was superbly put away by Hayden Barnett who left Bower in the Handsworth goal a mere spectator

And it was another Barnett free kick that created Athletics’ fifth as his effort struck the crossbar and Connor Doxey was quickest to react as he nodded in.