Välkommen …Swans Swedish fans made the trip once more to Wheatsheaf Park and saw their squad put in an impressive performance on a warm sunny February afternoon. 3 goals in 4 first half minutes shocked the visitors and put the game to bed by half time.
The starting eleven is looking settled as Johnson Hippolyte looks to achieve something from the season and this week brought in Tom Collins from Enfield to boost the squad. It was a powerful first half performance with Max Worsfold reaping the first rewards for strong play by striking in from the edge of the area just 5 minutes before the break following a strong run. Pushed on by the constant hard working Adrian Clifton, Mo Bettamer continued to give the Sudbury defence problems and after taking the ball to the sidelines crossed for ‘Cash’ Hippolyte to turn in from close range [twice in 2 games now]. Mo then added a third with a great finish to leave the keeper shell shocked.
It was a different second half though, punctuated by injuries and stoppages, as the game was all but won by then. Drax used all 3 subs and, unfortunately, with his first strike Laurent Hamici went down and had to be carried off leaving the Swans with 10 men. Still there was another twist as Swans Academy star Nebay Haile pushed forward and crossed leading to a penalty and … you got it! Neebz duly popped in the penalty to record his first goal for the club at senior level to add to the many for the Academy. #FollowtheSwans
Congratulations to Nebay Haile & Rhys Jones who have been selected to represent the Middlesex FA U18 representative team ahead of two important matches in the coming weeks. The selected squad will first travel to play London FA in a South East Counties Youth Championship match, before coming up against Oxfordshire FA the following week in the FA County Youth Cup Semi-Final.
Date: Sunday 19th February 2017
London FA U18 v Middlesex FA U18
Competition: South East Counties Youth Championship
Venue: Tooting & Mitcham FC. Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Rd, Morden SM4 6BF
Date: Sunday 26th February 2017
Oxfordshire FA U18 v Middlesex FA U18
Competition: FA County Youth Cup Semi-Final
Venue: Thame United FC. Meadow View Park, Thame OX9 3RN
Stuart Moore has decided to step down from his rôle as Matchday Public Address Announcer by the end of the current season, and the Club is urgently seeking a new volunteer to step into this important duty.
Stuart has been involved with the Club, in a host of different rôles, since 1986, and has been ‘the voice of Wheatsheaf Park’ ever since we moved back to the ground in 2003. However, increasing work and home commitments have made it difficult for him to continue beyond the end of the current campaign.
We are grateful that Andrew Breadman has kindly agreed to cover for the game this Saturday (18th Feb), when Stuart is not available, but we would like to find someone who can step in on a permanent basis. If this can be arranged reasonably quickly, there will be the opportunity to ‘shadow’ Stuart, and learn the system as well as how to do the real-time online updates required by the Isthmian League on Football Webpages.
Could anyone who would like to be considered for this post please contact the Secretary – email@example.com, or make contact via the Club’s official Twitter.
Andrew’s standing-in on Saturday will also leave us one Steward short, so we would also be delighted to hear from anyone able to volunteer for this duty, either as a one-off, or on a more regular basis going forward.
Swans made the long journey to Suffolk, following an 8.30 pitch inspection, to face an in form Leiston FC. The Blues, under Glenn Driver and Len Linsella, are looking positively at a play-off place but the Swans had other ideas and inflicted the first home defeat on Leiston in 2017. Making it a frustrating afternoon Drax’s squad left Victory Road with 3 points and a deserved victory. The winner came on 59 minutes from ‘Cash’ Hippolyte scoring from close range. With a good all round show of strength and another clean sheet from Jack Turner the Swans ensured it was the first time that the Blues had failed to score at Victory Road this season. The difference, keeping the season alive, in the Swans game was the number of chance made away from home and the pressure put on the Blues keeper.
Turner Day Vanderhyde Ahmidi Coker Brewer Brown Clifton Bettamer[M] Hippolyte Worsfold … Subs: Haile Brown Miller-Rodney Bettamer[R] Wyatt
Next Up are AFC Sudbury at Wheatsheaf Park on Saturday 11th February with a 3pm kick off … #FollowtheSwans
Swans full back Chinua Cole has returned to play for his former boss at Barnet, Martin Allen, who now manages at Eastleigh. A two and a half year contract will see Chinua playing at National League level. ‘Chin’ an ever present has been a real favourite at Wheatsheaf Park for his attitude and personality and moves with the full blessing of everyone at the club. Good Luck Chin …
Staines Town U18 6-2 Hendon FC
15 min: A deflected Dwane-Holden shot is parried by Hendon keeper Harpin, but Nebay Haile not quite able to convert the rebound. 20 min: Joe Tuck flights a speculative ball in from the right, it sails over Harpin & drops in to the far corner to give Staines a 1-0 lead. 45+ min: Nebay Haile’s corner was headed against the bar by Michael Dwane-Holden & the same player nodded it over the line to make it 2 as it came back to him. 51 mins: Vukasinovič fouled White in the box, who got up to reduce the arrears from the penalty spot. 63 min: Nebay Haile’s free kick into the box and clinically finished from close range by George Smith for 3-1. 74 min: Hendon back in it as White’s powerful shot from 10 yards makes it 3-2. Just 3 mins after coming on, Charlie Brown nets Staines’ fourth after an Earley cross proves too good for the keeper. 89 mins: Rhys Jones’ great cross from the right, expertly controlled and powerfully despatched by Nebay Haile for 5-2. Swans hit the bar but in the 90th min Charlie Brown heads a 6th goal for the home side. An Excellent result against the team currently 2nd in the league and still unbeaten at home in the league.
Lineup: J Schwarzer, J Vincent, G Smith (c), M Vukasinovic, J Tuck, R Jones, M Dwane-Holden, N Haile, A Bregu, H Earley, E Baptiste. Subs: S Woolford, M Miskin, A Richards, M Kaladjiski, C Brown.
Staines Town Futsal Squad.
Staines made their way to East Surrey College for the Surrey FA Futsal Tournament. Having won the tournament last year the boys were looking to make it 2 years in a row!
Game 1: 2-1 win v Nescot B
Game 2: 1-1 draw v Nescot A
Game 3: 4-1 win v East Surrey College A
Game 4: 4-1 win v East Surrey College B
Only a Nescot A win by 5 or more goals would stop us being crowned champions, but as they lost 5-4 in the last game of the tournament it made us Champions for the second year running! Massive Thanks to Go4Goal, Andy Maciel and Paul Jones for preparing & helping the boys to victory again this year! Amazing stuff.