Swanns to the fore as Keswick are hit for six

Simon Myers for Leyland and Chorley
Simon Myers for Leyland and Chorley

Leyland and Chorley men sit top of the Division Four North table after dismantling Keswick seconds 6-1 in a dominant home display.

The home side produced a sublime performance to see off their talented visitiors.

Keswick started the better with Tim Button and Andy Dunn both required to make important tackles.

But as L&C settled, Mark Swann became instrumental in most of the attacks.

One of his passes released Simon Myers, and he found an unmarked Craig Wilson, who squared to Keith Gradwell and he made no mistake tapping in at the back post.

Leyland and Chorley were now in full flow, with James Gallacher and Jon Willett combining to release Myers down the wing.

He pulled the ball back to Wilson, who smartly finished past the goalkeeper.

Keswick were struggling to get near the ball with L&C full of confidence and moving the ball quickly and efficiently.

More goals looked inevitable but instead, a loss of concentration on 30 minutes allowed Keswick to pull a goal back with a super finish.

The Keswick player picked the ball up in his own half and ran down the left of Leyland’s defence and went unopposed into the D, beating a player and cutting across the box before firing into the bottom corner.

Keswick finished the half strongly but were unable to trouble keeper Andy Wilding further in the Leyland goal.

Stand-in captain Gary Swann scored the third L&C goal following a long period of possession.

And the game was put to bed when Mark Swann scored a drag flick and then Gary Swann bagged his second after good work from Matt Wilson.

The scoring was completed when Gallacher superbly found Wilson, and he made no mistake firing the ball into the bottom corner.

Gary Swann missed a chance late on to complete his hat-trick but his effort hit the post.

n The men’s second team had a day to forget as they were unceremoniously thrashed by Preston fourths 15-2, while the ladies first team had no game at the weekend.