Swifts battle to escape the drop
Latest defeat puts strain on their Super League spot
Jeanfield Swifts manager Ross Gunnion admits there is little room for error as the club’s bid to remain in the Super League heats up.
The Perth men suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against Hill of Beath on Saturday afternoon in a game lacking quality.
Gunnion knows his Swifts, who sit one place above the automatic drop zone, face a battle for the remainder of the season to secure safety.
“The result on Saturday puts pressure on us to pick up points now,” Gunnion told the Perthshire Advertiser.
“There can be very few slips from here on out if we want to play Super League football next season.
“That said, I have confidence in the players to dig themselves out of a hole.
“We’ve proved over the last two seasons that we have enough quality to win games at this level.
“It’s a big six weeks coming up for the club but I expect a positive outcome.”
Gunnion believes Saturday’s match was not a great advert for the Super League.
The only goal of the game came in the 74th minute when Lee Deans was short with a back pass, allowing for Lee Reid to capitalise and find the back of the net.
“I thought it was an incredibly poor game,” Gunnion said. “Hill of Beath came with a game plan to spoil the game and attempted to play very little football.
“The disappointing thing, though, was that we got sucked into their game and both teams continually played it long in hope rather than trying to play football.
“It was only going to be a mistake which won the game and unfortunately for us we made it.
“We should have been ahead in the first half but Robbie Holden was unlucky when he crashed a volley off the cross bar.
“But that aside we didn’t show
Aaron Carlon (far right) is congratulated by team-mates. Picture: Jon Baker enough cutting edge or desire to go on the clock. before Stevie McAllister wrapped up and get a goal.” This was to be an afternoon to the 5-3 win in the second half.
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