New-look Staines Town suffered their 13th defeat in 15 Ryman Premier matches as they failed to back up their vital midweek win against VCD Athletic . Johnson Hippolyte ‘s side lost 1-0 against Enfield Town at Wheatsheaf Park in an uninspiring game contested mainly in midfield.
For this clash, Swans boss Hippolyte made more alterations than a seamstress during a time and motion study, adding a further four players to his squad, making eight in total since his arrival . They showed signs of knitting together and as well as this group looking like a side too good to go down, thankfully for them there are other teams around Staines who certainly seem incapable of staying up, leaving grounds for optimism. Assistant manager Dereck Brown’s son Daniel arrived from Wingate & Finchley to make the starting line-up while Barnet loanee Harry Taylor joined him in midfield.
With Devante McKain looking solid in the heart of the defence alongside the revitalised Joe O’Cearuill, Staines looked solid and defended well in a scrappy first half of few chances. Had full-back De’Reece Vanderhyde controlled Jack Bennett’s free-kick with more finesse, he might have put Swans in front after 14 minutes but his heavy touch proved costly as keeper Nathan McDonald smothered. Pat Cox too was sent clear and suffered from a poor touch while Swans keeper Jack Turner saved well from Corey Whitely.
Enfield started the second half with renewed urgency and centre-back Harold Joseph twice nodded wide from free headers, while Vanderhyde bravely headed clear from Mickey Parcell’s rasping drive. Hippolyte urged his players to respond but after Erivaldo Felix had replaced the limping O’Cearuill, the visitors went ahead in the 73rd minute. Whitely was given far too much room to turn after receiving a throw on the right and he curled a beauty past Turner from outside the box.
It was a blow for Swans who were certainly a match for their 10-placed opponents. Another Barnet loanee, Ryan Gondoh, as well as Tyrell Miller-Rodney, replaced Adrian Clifton and Brown as Hippolyte’s side went for the equaliser in a frantic finale.
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