Marlow FC 2 Swans 2 …

Swans took to the field for their final pre-season game prior to the opening day fixture at Dulwich Hamlet next week. With only a single defeat in the series Elliot Buchanan took his personal total to 8 goals a great marker for the Bostik campaign ahead. Acadamy star Elliot Baptiste also added his third pre-season strike to show encouraging signs for Drax as he looks to confirm his squad on Thursday.

Swans starting eleven for this fixture … Daly, Haydon, Webb, B.Brown, Martin, Gough, Driver, D.Brown, Buchanan, Bettamer, Worsfold.

More soon …

Uxbridge FC 0 Swans 4 …

Swans played out their penultimate pre-season game at fellow Middlesex side Uxbridge FC ans returned with a confident 4-0 win against a side showing some good running repairs following the loss of their manager and several players.

Uxbridge started with potential season long loan players from the Swans, Jeremy Chong and Rafiq Bettamer in their line up and both featured strong as the U’s started brightly. Chong was very active and put the Swans defense to the test on several occasions, including striking the post, before being replaced early into the second half. Rafiq added some strength to the Uxbridge back four and helped keep the score to 0-0 at half time. Swans photographer Steve McCarthy’s son Paul performing well in goal for the home side with the highlight being a Buchanan attack and the keeper making a strong 1-on-1 save to deny the Swans striker the opening goal. Wadah Ahmidi was in the mix throughout the game showing some real signs of quality and more prominent around the box than we have seen so far. With half time approaching and the Swans having had several chances Ben Martin’s towering header is touched over the bar by McCarthy.  Hal-Time 0-0 …

The second half is a totally different story with the Swans taking full control of the game. The Swans kick off the second half with goalkeeper Ashlee Jones on, along with Josh Webb and Mitchal Gough. Elliot Buchanan scores the first with a cool finish from Ashlee Jones’ huge route one goal kick. 1-0 to the Swans. 2-0 to the Swans as Lewis Driver spins and finds a cool finish following Worsfold’s cross field ball, touched on by Hippolyte 62m.  Another terrific kick from Jones releases Hippolyte. A super turn of heel, but his shot goes wide of the mark. Still 2-0 with 15 mins to go. From here on in it is the Mitchal Gough show where Goughy heads powerfully home off the crossbar and follows up with number 4 from McEwan’s brilliant corner. There appeared to be a new ‘spring in the step’ of the forwards with the introduction of Baptiste and McEwan late on which was good to see.

All round a really good night again for the Swans making it 22 goals for and just 6 against in the run up to the season. New boys Driver, Buchanan, Webb, Haydon and Gilbey showing well and Daly in goal for the first 45 keeping a clean sheet.

Our thanks to Uxbridge FC for the hosting Drax’s squad and we all wish the good luck for the season ahead. On to Marlow FC on Saturday for the final game.

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Chertsey Town 2 Swans 9 …

Swans made the short journey to Alwyn’s Lane to be put to a pre-season test by Combined Counties side Chertsey Town. On a wet, wet, wet Saturday afternoon the headlines could well have been ‘Bang On Buchs’ as new signing Elliot Buchanan scored 5 times in a 9-2 victory. With another new signing Lewis Driver scoring a hat-trick and ‘new daddy’ Mitchal Gough scoring it was a good afternoon all round for Drax.

Following Tuesday’s loss at Aylesbury FC Drax named a much stronger starting line -up and as early as the 2nd minute Elliot Buchanan slotted in at the far post to convert Worsfold’s cross after a darting run. The Curfews equalised immediately as Makudi benefits from a slip in the Swans defence. So that’s 1-1 with just 3 minutes gone! 2-1 to the Swans as Lewis Driver heads home from close range off Worsfold’s corner and then 3-1 to the Swans as Elliot Buchanan bags his second. Some great quips from Stuart on Twitter #raininggoals as the classy finisher hits home from the edge of the box and some good build up play by Max and Bayley.  A penalty converted by record goalscorer John Pomroy brings the hosts back to 2-3. Elliot Buchanan then completed his hat-trick with a cheeky, lobbed finish. With 24 minutes played, it’s Curfews 2 Swans 4!  5-2 to the Swans as Lewis Driver grabs his second, cleaning up after Buchanan’s flick from Worsfold’s cut-back ball into the box.

Half time and 5-2 to the Swans. But on 57 minutes it’s 6-2 to the Swans as Elliot Buchanan nets his fourth with a cool finish from a slide rule pass through.  Joash Nembhard replaces Gilbey on 65 minutes. Still 6-2 to the Swans. Soon it’s a hat-trick for Lewis Driver as heads home from Josh Webb’s excellent cross. So that’s 7-2 to the Swans! Haile and Hippolyte replace Driver and Collins on 72 minutes. On 74 minutes, Elliot Buchanan bags his fifth! Daniel Brown sets up the next and Elliot rounds the ‘keeper to make it 8-2! On 78 minutes, Mitchal Gough’s bullet header from another terrific Worsfold cross makes it 9-2 to the Swans.

Full time at Alwyns Lane finishes 9-2 to the Swans. Five for Buchanan, three for Driver and one for Gough.

Swans starting XI: Jones, Webb, Gilbey, B.Brown, Gough, Brewer, Driver, D.Brown, Buchanan, Bettamer, Worsfold. Swans substitutes: Hippolyte, Nembhard, Collins, Ahmidi, Haile, Daly (GK).

Next Up … Uxbridge FC [A] on Tuesday evening …

Former Swan in record move …

Former Staines Town’s striker Dom Dwyer, has joined Orlando City in a record-breaking Major League Soccer deal.

Dwyer, 26, has been traded to Orlando by Sporting Kansas City in a deal that could reach $1.6m (£1.2m). Major League Soccer operates under a structure in which player contracts are owned by the league. “Dom is a fantastic player,” Orlando City chief executive Alex Leitao said.

The MLS sets a basic amount of allocation money for each club each year, in addition to the clubs’ own salary budget, but additional funds can be given, depending on a number of factors.

These include failure to qualify for the MLS play-offs, the transfer of a club’s player to another club outside MLS, and qualification for the Concacaf Champions League, among others.

Dwyer, who played non-league football for Staines Town and King’s Lynn before moving to the United States in 2009, was traded for $400,000 (£306,000) in general allocation money, $500,000 (£383,000) in targeted allocation money, and $700,000 (£536,000) in future allocation money based on performance.

That combined total tops the previous MLS record set in January when Orlando traded Kevin Molino to Minnesota United for $450,000 (£344,000) in general allocation money and $200,000 (£153,000) in targeted allocation money.

The general allocation money can be used at any time to sign new players and pay for their wages, while the targeted allocation money works the same way, but must be used within four MLS transfer windows.

Dwyer, who was born in Cuckfield, Sussex, became a US citizen in March.  He scored 19 minutes into his international debut for the USA in a 2-1 friendly win over Ghana in Connecticut on 1 July.

Copy: BBC Sport

Aylesbury FC 1 Swans 0 …

Pic: Marc Keinch @MarcKeinch

Swans go down to a 75th minute Moles goal at Evo-Stik side Aylesbury FC and the first pre-season defeat for Drax’s squad.

Swans fielded an under strength side, resting Worsfold, Buchanan and Bettamer from the front and a host of defenders against Davis Haule’s side.  Swans Swans started with Daly, Haydon, Gilbey, Ahmidi, Nembhard, Brewer, McEwan, D.Brown, Miller-Rodney, Hippolyte, Baptiste. On the bench were Haile, Jones, B.Brown, Webb, Oram and Driver.

In the first half the Swans best effort followed a great ball in by Daniel Brown setting Jonathan Hippolyte up, but it’s a tough ask and the chipped effort went over the bar. With the scores even at half time Baptiste, Oram and Bayley Brown are on from the bench.

With little to see from either side Haile and the returning Tommy Brewer came off and Josh Webb and Lewis Driver came on.  However, a great cross from the left hand side by Cruse enabled Scott to beat his marker to it and cooly slots home giving the Moles a 1-0 victory … on to Chertsey Town on Saturday KO 3pm.

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STFC Supporters update …

Supporters Club … Thanks to all the members that have already responded and renewed their membership for the coming season.  Membership for the coming season is now open to all and applications can be made by using the following simple links.

Visit  www.stainestownfootballclub.co.uk  (enter website) Click on the Supporters Club link, then next to “Join us” click the appropriate membership level and this will take you to the payment screen.  Alternatively please see either John Blair or myself [David Norris] to pay by cash/cheque.

Thanks in advance for your continued support …

12th Man scheme …  Just a reminder that for the coming season we will continue to run the 12th Man Scheme. We ask all supporters wherever possible to subscribe to this and donate on a monthly basis to help push the club forwards and hopefully on to better things. The money will go in to a fund held by the club to be used where needed.

By setting up a direct debit to the club account you can help by donating a monthly amount to a maximum of your choice, and all donations will be greatly appreciated. For those of you wishing to subscribe to this can you please reply to me letting me know your thoughts and the amount you can donate. Any questions you have please feel free to see John Blair or myself [David Norris]