Parsons secures the league for the 2nds

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Captain Luke Parsons’ late equaliser ensured Swansea 2nds clinched promotion and the Bucs Western 4B title.

The draw also keeps them on course to complete an unbeaten league season.

“This season we’ve focused on using our width and moving the ball as quickly as possible,” said Parsons.

“We’ve been a lot more confident and have been happy to attack other sides all season.”

But he admitted the game did not go exactly to plan against the 3rds.

“It was a really tight game today, and we weren’t able to get the win we were aiming for, but we did well to get the point and that was always the most important thing,” Parsons added.

“It was a passionate match, and I can’t stress enough that the 3rds really did themselves proud today.”

Despite conceding four minutes from time, 3rds captain Gavin Belcher was also pleased with his side’s performance.

“The 0-0 score line at half time reflected how well the teams were matched,” he said.

“We scored early in the second half which boosted our spirits, whereas I think the 2nds’ heads dropped slightly.

“It was disappointing to concede at such a late stage in the game.

“Congratulations to the 2nds for  getting promoted as champions.”

The first half was a tight affair with few clear-cut chances but the 3rds took the lead with the first real action of the second half when a penalty corner was only half-cleared and Alex Trew slid the ball low into the corner.

A spell of 2nds pressure followed as they failed to make the most of two penalty corners in as many minutes.

The second half was a more heated affair than the first as the game neared its conclusion.

And just as the 2nds began to believe it might not be their day, Parsons controlled a loose ball in the area, turned and drove home the equaliser, sparking celebrations from the newly-crowned champions.

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