After treading water above the relegation zone for what seems like an age, Staines Town finally made a splash by beating a team outside the bottom four for the first time since December 5.
Only VCD Athletic and Farnborough have lost to Swans since Canvey Island were edged out three months ago and Tuesday’s 3-1 win against Met Police marked the end of a sorry period.
It was only the club’s third win in 17 matches to accompany 14 defeats.
With two more new players in their ranks, commanding centre-back Ben Martin – short term from St Albans – and Sutton United forward Tommy Wright – signed on a dual registration – Staines were ahead after seven minutes in front of a poor crowd of just 130.
When Dan Brown slipped in Pat Cox, it looked like he might be offside but, allowed to race in on goal and calmly slot past Oliver Pain for his 26th goal of the campaign.
It seemed Swans would move into a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute when skipper Tommy Brewer’s excellent pass set Cox free again.
He clipped the ball goalward and all Tyrell Miller-Rodney had to do was slide in to make sure the ball made it over the line but he inexplicably hesitated and the ball was somehow cleared from danger.
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