Swans through in the FA Cup …

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A 66th minute strike [pictured] by Max Worsfold put an end to all the Drax v Devonshire pre match hype and secured a 3rd QF Round place for the super Swans. despite playing the National South league leaders in full flight, the Magpies had their wings clipped by a solid and passionate Swans side.

Drax started with Bobby Behzahdi at right back and moved Tommy Brewer into the mix at number 8 but it was a full all round display that saw the Swans secure a 0-0 half time score line that gave them the impetus to come out flying in the second half.

The Magpies could not compete as Max Worsfold continued his amazing run of form with a goal on 66minutes, enough to send Drax’s side into the next round. The draw is on Monday and the Swans are at home to Enfield Town in the Ryman Premier on Tuesday. The Swans go into that game with 4 wins in a row and unbeaten in 5 …

FULL Report … 

Staines made it four consecutive wins, the last two against sides on top of their respective leagues, but this Cup shock was especially satisfying, given that manager Johnson ‘Draxs’ Hippolyte, five of his bench staff and eight squad members were previously at York Road.  Magpies boss Alan Devonshire had two ex-Swans in his squad.  On an excellent surface, Staines took the game to the Vanarama South leaders in the first half, and were perhaps unlucky not to go in ahead.  Max Worsfold saw a good run just crowded out in the box, Tyrell Miller-Rodney’s teasing run failed to end in the shot he had made space for, and a Mo Bettamer cross just eluded both Jefferson Louis and Worsfold.  Bettamer saw a powerful header saved by Carl Pentney following a Worsfold cross, but Maidenhead had their chances, too.  Harry Pritchard applied a powerful header to a corner kick, but it went just too high, and James Comley thumped a free-kick into the arms of birthday-boy Jack Turner in the Staines goal.

The visitors were far more positive after the break, and for much of the second half it seemed a question of when, not if, they would score.  But Turner somehow tipped a James Mulley drive over the bar, and then Pritchard’s shot earned his side a corner via a combination of Turner’s hand and the post.  From the corner, Dean Inman crashed a header against the woodwork; Chinua Cole’s toe was vital in denying top-scorer David Tarpey another goal, and Turner pulled off further saves from Christian Smith’s header and a Pritchard shot.  Staines cleared upfield and closed down Maidenhead’s Inman, whose attempted back pass fell slightly short, allowing Worsfold to dart in ahead of Pentney.  He still had a lot to do, but he kept his footing well to go beyond him, and then threaded home his 66th minute shot from a tight angle.  Tarpey fired too close to Turner, whilst Mulley and sub Jordan Cox were just off target, but in between Staines almost wrapped things up in remarkable style, when Tyrell Miller-Rodney’s 35 yard strike cannoned back off the bar.  Wadah Ahmidi came close to engineering a second in stoppage time, but the home side still had some defending to do before they could celebrate a famous victory – avenging the 3-0 defeat they suffered the last time these sides met in the FA Cup back in 1911.

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