On the lead up to Tuesdays Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup Final, and as we approach the last few weeks of the season, we would like to thank the supporters who has been fully been behind us from day one! We will leave no stone unturned in our effort to win some silverware for you something which you, the players, the staff and the club would fully deserve.
As you are more than aware we still have an outside chance of reaching the Bostik Premier playoffs after being in the top 6 virtually all season, however with playing 3 games a week and with a fairly small squad it is going to be very difficult trying to get the balance right. What ever happens from here ‘keep the faith’ and thanks again … we ALL appreciate it.
Just a quick line to say thank you all for supporting yesterday evening’s race night, it was a really good turnout and I hope you all enjoyed yourselves. It was a great success and raised almost £800.00 for supporters club funds as we look to raise money for the shelter behind the goal.
David Norris (Chairman STFC Supporters Club)
What a climax there is to the Bostik Premier League this is! Swans season was put to the test today by fellow play-off hopefulls Margate. After, what looked likely to be a goalless first 45 the visitors scored either side of the break to take the game by the scruff of it’s neck. Defenders Jack Evans and Liam Friend the scorers and Margate continued to force the issue. As ‘Gate’ made a double substitution taking off leading scorer John Chiedozie Swans own leading scorer Elliot Buchanan hit his 33rd of the season to pull one back on 82 minutes. As the clock ticked Mo Bettamer hit the equaliser on 89 minutes to give the home faithful yet another exciting game. The never say die attitude instilled into the Swans by Draxs this season, and so apparent on Thursday against Folkestone was in evidence again today as the boys fought back impressively.
Swans are still in it ahead of next Thursday’s trip to Met Police, following Tuesday’s Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup game against Hendon.
Results today …
With now 7 of the 8 races sponsored (including 2 by Russell Grant) the Supporters Club are looking for one last race sponsor at a cost of £25.00 … Also please remember to see John Blair or Dave Norris to buy your tickets priced at £5.00 including hot food (U17 free)
POINTS DRAW Update … 69 Mark Court 70 Roger Marsden 71 Brian Wright 72 Cheryl Wright 73 John Lane 74 Keith Tunnicliffe 75 Jessica Espley 76 Matthew Boon 77 Steve Parsons 78 Stuart Dejong 79 Steve McCarthy 80 Lee Perkins 81 Sally Payne 82 Malcolm Windsor 83 Millie Cox 84 Daniel Coker 85 Glenn Gulyas 86 Bacon 87 Simon Gough
Good luck Simon!!!!!!
Billericay Town 5 Swans 3 …
In what was a showpiece for non-league football, with probably two of the best attacks in the league, Drax’s Swans came off second best to the Blues.
With 2nd placed Folkestone Invicta and 5th placed Margate coming to Wheatsheaf Park in the same week the Swans had to gear up following the 2-0 loss at Leatherhead to keep the momentum going. Scoring 3 times at New Lodge against a buzzing Billericay side showed just where the heart is and that IMO attack is the best form of defence.
With the top 8 teams keeping an eye on the result Billericay got off to a flying start, on a surface where everyone had been wathching the weather all day, scoring twice in the opening quarter of an hour through Matt Paine and Billy Bricknell, However, with most Swans fans fearing the worst up steps the free scoring Elliot Buchanan to notch his 28th league goal of the season. This also brings to 50 the strike partnership with Mo Bettamer, a great achievement. Not to be outdone Ricky Modeste added a cracker for the Blues to restore the 2 goal difference before Swans favourite Max Worsfold pulled the Swans back into it on 41 minutes.
The second half was always going to be watchable and the Swans were always in it until Jake Robinson scored in the 72 minute … up steps Elliot Buchanan to hit his 29th on 78 minutes, where will it end. Well it was the home side in the 88th minute through a second by Jake Robinson the ensured all three points went to the Essex team.
The wans now face those two ‘6 Pointers’ at Wheatsheaf Park on Thursday and Saturday to maintain the play-off push. Well done to all the Swans fans who travelled to New Lodge … the team appreciate it.
What a climax to the Bostik Premier season this is! Take a look at the run in below and the incredible number of win/lose games to play for all the Title/Play-Off hopefulls …
BILLERICAY TOWN … [Poss 103 Points]
FOLKESTONE INVICTA … [Poss 95 Points]
DULWICH HAMLET … [Poss 100 Points]
HENDON … [Poss 90 Points]
MARGATE … [Poss 87 Points]
SWANS … [Poss 90 Points]
LEISTON … [Poss 84 Points]
LEATHERHEAD … [Poss 89 Points]
All to play for …. and it will all change Monday as the Swans head to New Lodge! #LoveNonLeague
Not the result the Swans were looking for today ahead of three important play-off chasers as Drax’s side go down 2-0 to Leatherhead at Fetcham Grove.
Swans had a good deal of the play, on a poor pitch, in the first half but had only a single effort on goal. However it was the home side who went in front from a scrambled effort put away by loanee Nana Boakye-Yiadom. Wadah received a yellow in the first half that was to prove vital in the second when a second yellow [meant a red card] just after the Swans had swapped things around a bit with Bettamer and Nembhard replacing D.Brown and Martin on 50 minutes. Tom Richards was on the back post to make it 2-0 to the hosts making it almost impossible for the Swans to get anything out of the game.
Swans will look to stand up strong as we return to action on Monday evening at top of the table Billericay Town. Monday’s hosts drew 1-1 at Enfield Town today and suffered 3 Yellows and a straight Red for Jamie O’Hara who was dismissed on 90 Minutes for dissent.
All to play for Swans!