Jacques stars in home loss

Amotherby & Swinton boss Matty Hood
Amotherby & Swinton boss Matty Hood

With both Old Malton St Mary’s teams and Malton & Norton without a fixture last weekend the focus fell firmly on the two Amotherby & Swinton sides.

Another below par performance from Amotherby’s first team saw them go down narrowly 2-1 at home to Total Sports United in the first division.

Matty Hood’s Amotherby team failed to get started in the opening exchanges and soon found themselves behind.

Shambolic defending from a free-kick saw a free header at the back post Kevin Jacques saved the first attemptbut after a scramble which Amotherby should have cleared Amos Laverack nipped in and punished Amotherby for their terrible start.

This, like last week, woke the home side up and then Amotherby piled on the pressure with Phillips and Linsley having decent chances which were both saved at the feet of keeper Wells.

Amotherby though got their deserved equaliser midway through the first half with Matty Bean’s deep cross was met at the far post by Mike Linsley to nod home for his first of the season.

However Amotherby with the game in their hands failed to build on the pressure and possession they had on Total Sports as the last 15 minutes fizzled out.

Total Sports were much brighter in the second half after sloppy possesion from A&S and poor defending saw Total Sports create two chances they should have scored with luckily for Amotherby Jacques was on hand to pull off another couple of very impressive saves.

Total Sports got their deserved goal when sub Ben Brannigan beat both weak challenges from Wall and Smales to fire past Jacques to make it 2-1.

The last 15 minutes saw Amotherby push as they did last week to muster a equaliser but never threatened the Total Sports goal like they did in the first half.

Man of the match was Kevin Jacques.

Its cup week for Amotherby this Saturday against Premiership opposition Hamilton Panthers, who have lost all their games so far this season and haven’t won in 16, while Amotherby are on their worst run for three years as they have lost their last six matches stretching back to the gameswhich were played at the end of last season.

Amotherby & Swinton Reserves earned a point on their travels in Reserve Division B duty for the second Saturday on the trot, drawing 1-1 at Bishopthorpe United.

Player/assistant manager Joe Horne opened the scoring and his account for the season after he was awarded a penalty when the home keeper upended him in the box on 40 minutes.

Bishopthorpe equalised on 55 minutes with a freak goal direct from a corner.

Amotherby had the better if the final half an hour, creating many chances and for the second week in a row young forward Blaine Wilford can count himself unlucky not to score with a great header at the back post.

Man of the match for Mark Falconer’s side was left-back Callum Dunning.