One hand on the Trophy …

Following an ankle injury to Jack Torbett on Friday, the Academy 7s team contesting the AoC National Championship in Nottingham were reduced to a squad of just 10 as George Miller was hospitalised with an asthma attack on Saturday evening.

But they maintained their form with a 1-0 win and a 0-0 draw against Gateway College (East Midlands). The evening game unfortunately saw The Swans suffer their only defeat when Northern Ireland scored with the last kick of the game to win 2-1.

However they have bounced back this morning by beating Middlesbrough College 1-0, Stanley Channell coming off the bench to score the vital goal.

One hand on the trophy as Swans currently lead 3-0!

A big thank you from managers Martyn, Mark & Eugene to the Sports Makers from Kingston College – Jo and Jess – for their valuable support this weekend

Burgess Hill Town 1 Swans 1 …

A 100th Bostik Premier League goal for the Swans [Mo Bettamer] did little to take away the fact that a win would have been enough today to keep the season going following todays results. It has been a torrid run in for the Swans as the play-off hopes fizzled away in the heat as the hosts secured a valuable point. Whilst it is still a mathematical possibility it looks highly unlikely and the Swans huffed a little today following so many games in close succession.

One can not take anything away from Tommy Brewer and his squad, 100 league goals, the joint leading goalscorer in Elliot Buchanan and 72 league points so far compared to 61 last season.

Today however an early goal for Burgess Hill Town in the 4th minute scored by Patrick Harding, following a complete calamity between the sticks made it an uphill struggle in the heat. Swans had a few chances with Bettamer’s inswinging ball bouncing high past the keeper and just shaving the bar as Hippolyte couldn’t quite get a touch. It didn’t bode well when Elliott Buchanan had to leave the field of play but this brought free scoring partner Mo Bettamer into full fling with several powerful strikes on goal. In true fashion he poked home his 26th goal of the season on 73 minutes to make it 1-1. Despite having to sit out another interuption due to the linesman having an injury it was difficult for the Swans to maintain a late period of control and it ended level.

Good luck to our hosts who enjoyed a valuable point and for the Swans faithful [huge respect] it is on to Leatherhead on Monday evening to face Kingstonian.

Boys are on a roll …

A 9am start in Nottingham where the Academy 7 a side team continued their winning start to the AoC National finals. Their third opponents were Yorkshire & Humberside, against whom Miki Kaladjiski and a David Isaac scored in a 2-1 win.

Two Joe Tuck goals and a 2-0 win over South East England keeps the young Swans on 100% on day two of the three day tournament. There are still 4 more games today and a couple tomorrow so a long way to go yet

Although dropping a first points Staines remain top of the pile following a 0-0 draw with Accrington College [NW England] in the latest game at the Nationals in Nottingham

National 7 a side …

Martyn Spong, Mark Fabian and Eugene Price are looking after the Staines Town / Kingston College Academy squad who are representing London in the AoC National 7-a-side Championships at Nottingham University.

The squad consists of –

Tommy Melville (gk), Joe Tuck, Charlie Brown (c), Alex Ross, David Isaac, Miki Kaladjiski, Nathaniel Olawole, Joe Iguchi, Stanley Channell, Thomas Lim, Jack Torbett, and George Miller

First opponents were Norwich City’s Norfolk College team, representing the East of England, and Joe Tuck’s goal was enough to gain a 1-0 win for The Swans …

The Swans end day one with two wins out of two, after another 1-0 win in Nottingham, this time defeating SW England representatives Bridgwater College.

Play continues on Saturday and Sunday

Message from the Chairman …

Message from the Chairman,

You will all know that over the past few weeks I have been seeking a new owner for the club with the view to a new and sustainable future.

I am pleased to advise that we are now in the final stages in completing this process, whilst not finalised they should be a formality in the next few days. Another press release will be issued soon outlining their plans and ideas, but  I am confident that this decision is the correct one for the future of the club.

I will still remain at the club after this process as part of this deal to assist in every way that I can.

I have to advise Drax has decided to step down at the end of the season, whilst very disappointed I fully understand his reasoning. I would like to put on record by thanking Drax, his management and of course the team for their outstanding professionalism and hard work not only this season, but during his tenure and only wish him all the very best for the future.

We still have very important games remaining I have no doubt that the whole club will come together and see the season out with a successful season on record.

I would also thank the committee and all of the supporters who have been nothing but complimentary during this difficult time.

Below is Draxs statement,

“After long discussions with my family and management team I have decided not to wait and speak to the prospective new owners but have informed Matt that I will step down at the end of the season.

It goes without saying that we will leave no stone unturned in trying to make sure the team finishes in as high a  position as possible.

I wish to tell the supporters they have been brilliant and thanks for their support.”

As mentioned above more statements will follow in due course and thank you all for your continued support.

Matthew Boon (Chairman)