FOOTBALL: LUTTERWORTH increased the gap between themselves and the chasing pack in the Leicestershire Senior League after winning 7-1 on the road at Allexton and New Parks.
The Swifts began the game in their usual attacking style, dominating possession and creating a flurry of opportunities but they were give a big helping hand six minutes in.
A reckless challenge on the outside of the box by Allexton’s midfielder gave the referee no option but to brandish the red card. The resulting Mark Warren free kick cannoned off the cross bar and out of play.
More Lutterworth pressure ensued and after remaining upfield for a corner, defender Shaquille O’Neal Brooks put the league leaders ahead.
Lutterworth pressed forward and with Mark Warren and Liam Taylor pulling the strings it was not a long before the hosts doubled their lead when Marshall Keena worked the ball nicely onto his right foot and passed the ball into the back of the net.
Ten man Allexton out of the blue got one back after an opportunistic long ball was finished by an Allexton forward but the Swifts stepped it up a gear and Marshall Keenan headed home Jordan Small’s cross for 3-1.
The visitors scored a fourth when more pressure and a perfectly delivered corner kick was met the head of Ben Tye who glanced his effort straight into the corner of the net.
Louis Samuels then got his name on the scoresheet after a slick move found Tendai Daire in space, who then slid the ball to Samuels who beat the keeper at his near post.
Half-time loomed but there was still just enough time for man of the match Liam Taylor to find silky-skilled dangerman Marshall Keenan, who gave the Swifts an insurmountable 6-1 lead at the break.
To their credit Allexton never gave up and conceded just one further goal after the break in what proved to be a tightly contested affair.
The introduction of Shaun Leslie and Rhys Roberts freshened things up for the Swifts who managed to keep dominating the match and then score the only goal of the half, which went to hitman Tendai Daire who beat the keeper in the air to get his name on the scoresheet and make it 7-1.
Lutterworth are at home in a top of the table clash against Saffron Dynamo on January 28.