Harrow Borough 0 Swans 0 …

It’s that man again! Keeper Jack Turner makes it 6 clean sheets in 8 and Swans are now 8 unbeaten in the Ryman Premier League having not lost since the 4th of Febuary. Tommy Brewer, Afolabi Coker and the resilient defence will be looking for continued success for the visit of Needham Market next week at Wheatsheaf Park. Swans had Tyrell Miller-Rodney and Coker booked in yet another strong display but failed to strike that important goal to take the points from Harrow Borough. Borough, themselves, have now gone 5 games unbeaten as they pull away from the relegation zone. Swans will look to capitalise on two home games to lift the points total! #followtheswans

Chelsea Ladies v Sunderland Ladies …

Chelsea Ladies will play Sunderland Ladies at home in the sixth round of the Women’s FA Cup.

The match will be played this coming Sunday (26 March) at Wheatsheaf Park with a 2pm kick-off.

Emma Hayes’s side reached this stage with an impressive 7-0 win over Doncaster Rovers Belles.

The full draw is:

Birmingham City Ladies v Arsenal Ladies
Chelsea Ladies v Sunderland Ladies
Bristol City Women v Manchester City Women
Liverpool Ladies v Notts County Ladies

STFC U18’s go down on penalties …

Staines Town U18 1-1 Barnet (AET) – Jeff Ritson Middlesex Senior Youth Cup Final – Barnet win 6-5 on penalties.

This was Staines Town second Jeff Ritson Cup Final in 2 years having reached the final six times they have failed to win this trophy they were looking to change that history against Barnet. Barnet had started the better in the first half with the first shot of the game from Benji Aghadiuno on the edge of the box blazing over Julian Schwarzer’s goal in the first 2 minutes. Barnet went close again in the 10th minute with a surging run from young Rio Connell only to have his shot saved from the fingertips of Schwarzer to tip it over the bar. Barnet were looking to shoot on sight in the first half with attempts from EJ Mensah, Arale Mohammed and Rio Connell but not troubling Schwarzer in goal. As the game went on Barnet grabbed their goal with a shot from Tobi Adaje inside the edge of the box which took a deflection and went past Schwarzer in the 34th minute. 4 minutes later Staines nearly equalised with a great run down the wing from Nebay Haile which he whipped in a low cross for Hector Earley to meet only for the Barnet Keeper to block the shot with his feet and get back up to save Elliot Baptiste’s shot from the rebound. Just on the stroke of half time Staines went close again with Michael Dwane-Holden striking the ball on the edge of the box only for Charlie Busby in the Barnet goal to parry wide once again. Second half Staines gave everything they could and looked the better team as the game went on, in the 71st minute Nebay Haile went close with a low driven effort from 25 yards out which just fell wide of the post. 79th minute Staines’ luck didn’t change following a free kick from Arberi Bregu which the Barnet keeper flapped at which allowed Charlie Brown to strike the ball back across goal only for Michael Dwane-Holden to miss the ball from 5 yards out with a chance to pull it level. Then came another inviting free-kick this time Nebay Haile’s shot from around the six yard box to be cleared off the line so agonisingly close! Staines’ luck looked to be running out until the deep into the 3rd minute of stoppage time a Arberi Bregu cross from outwide wasn’t dealt with by the Barnet defence and who else but Nebay Haile to nod home at the back post to pull it level and send the game to extra time. First half of extra time was very close to call but an excellent save from Julian Schwarzer to deny Rio Connell one on one kept things at balance. Second half of extra time and both teams were pushing to get that goal that would surely win them the game. In the 111th minute the ball fell to Michael Dwane-Holden who volleyed his shot only for the ball to hit the post, then Miki Kaladjiski had his shot cleared off the line again from the rebound. Barnet were really riding their luck towards the end and the post came to their saviour. The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes and it was all down to penalties:

ST: Miki Kaladjski scores B: Greg Adinna scores ST: Charlie Brown scores B: Roy Syla scores ST: Arberi Bregu misses B: Antonni Vasiliou misses ST: Elliot Baptiste scores B: EJ Mensah scores ST: Nebay Haile scores B: Rio Connell scores ST: Julian Schwarzer scores B: Dan Emovon scores ST: Joe Tuck misses B: Kofi Anoyke-Boadi scores

Barnet win 6-5 on penalties.

Lineup: Julian Schwarzer (GK), Hector Earley, Jack Vincent, George Smith (c), Milos Vukasinovic, Joe Tuck, Rhys Jones, Michael Dwane-Holden, Nebay Haile, Elliot Baptiste, Charlie Brown. Subs: Arberi Bregu (Jack Vincent 76′), Sam Woolford (GK), Miki Kaladjski (Rhys Jones 105′), Mack Miskin (Michael Dwane-Holden 116′), Drilon Ibrahimi

Swans 0 Harrow Borough 0 …

Swans go 7 [Seven] unbeaten with another clean sheet for Jack Turner as fellow Middlesex club Harrow Borough force a scoreless draw. On a night that sees Tyrell Miller-Rodney return to ensure the the continuation of a solid improvement in the defence the Swans were looking to take all 3 points. The first half could have seen the Swans 3-0 up but on a night of heavy rain following a sunny day the spoils were shared. The Swans meet Borough again next and the challenge moves on to the Earlsmead Stadium for the return on Saturday. Swans now have 52 points, 6 more than last season’s total, with 6 games remaing. #FollowtheSwans

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Burgess Hill Town 3 Swans 3 …

Swans have now gone 6 games undefeated as they bounce back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3. Tom Collins gave the Swans the lead but the Hillians hit back with 3 before halftime. Starting for the first time since his move Collins struck again immediately after the break. It was Mo Bettamer who sealed the draw and secured Swans 12th position in the Ryman Premier ahead of Tuesdays game where Drax’s boys entertain Harrow Borough. 

Chelsea Ladies v Doncaster Belles …

Chelsea Ladies play Doncaster Rovers Belles at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup at Wheatsheaf Park, Sunday 19 March with a 2pm kick off!.

The two teams have been paired together at this stage of the competition for the second year in a row. In last season’s encounter, which took place away from home, we progressed courtesy of a comfortable 4-1 win.

Emma Hayes’s side will be looking to reach a third consecutive final having won the competition in 2015 and been beaten finalists last year. We also reached the final of the competition in 2012 when we lost on penalties to Birmingham.