Rejuvenated Staines Town recorded back-to-back Ryman Premier wins for the first time since August with a 2-0 home success against Merstham.
Inspired by a double strike from superb midfielder Daniel Brown – his first goals for the club and encouragingly from a Staines player in amongst the many borrowed loanees – Swans prevailed and look a wholly different proposition .
Boss Johnson Hippolyte was concerned about hamstring victim Devante McKain and the impending absence of Bishop’s Stortford’s Ben Martin but both men were in the heart of the hosts defence and looked solid.
With Sutton United’s Tommy Wright buzzing around up front for Swans alongside Pat Cox, the home team had an edge while central midfielders Harry Taylor, on loan from Barnet, and Ahmed Abdulla were creativity personified.
Both goals were Taylor made.
After nine minutes he crossed from the right and after Tyrell Miller-Rodney had swiped and missed his shot, the ball ran free for Brown who cracked in a deflected shot left footed.
In the 21st minute Swans doubled their advantage despite the visitors having enjoyed the better spell.
Taylor’s sniping tenacity saw him nick the ball from right full-back Michael Abnett, skirt along the byeline, before pulling back for Brown to smash into the bottom corner from 12 yards.
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