Tuesday 27 October 2015. Ryman League, Division One South.
Walton & Hersham 1 Worthing 3.
Although they suffered another defeat this was a much improved performance by Swans, but after having the luxury of scoring the opening goal for only the third time this season, they conceded one poor goal, one highly dubious one and one that came out of nothing. They did create other goal-scoring opportunities, which is something that has been sadly lacking in recent games.
Unfortunately they have now lost two strikers; new signing Moses Ashikodi, who could miss several matches after suffering a hamstring injury on his debut, and Myles Powponne, who has left to join Walton Casuals. There was further misfortune when Regan Mendes had to pull out during the warm-up, although John Oyenuga was fit to return after missing four matches. André Scarlett and Jack Battie were also able to return after serving one-match suspensions.
The visitors put Swans under early pressure and Omar Bugiel had a shot deflected over following a left-side corner, and this led to two more corner-kicks.
It was Swans however who took the lead after eight minutes when Battie got into the right of the box to send a shot into the far, top corner.
The visitors soon won another corner on the left, goalkeeper Jack Howard taking the ball well.
Swans had another chance when James Richmond’s long ball picked out Andre Mensah in the box, but after turning well he drove his shot over.
Worthing’s Will Hendon drove a low, left-foot shot wide of the right post from 25 yards before his side equalised after 19 minutes. Corey Heath took a free-kick from the right and Lloyd Dawes was totally unchallenged beyond the far-post to head home.
Some fine play by Battie on the right led to him driving the ball low across the six-yard box, and Hendon just denied Watson in front of goal to concede a corner. Watson then got the ball to Harry Mills on the left, and he drove it low across goal. Just past the half hour Battie and Watson combined well on the left to get the ball into the box, but several attempts to force it home were denied. Kadeem Ajeon then played Mensah into the left of the box, but his low shot took a deflection to go wide of the far-post.
With five minutes left to the break the visitors took the lead with a highly suspect goal. Dawes looked at least a yard offside when he was found by a through ball on the right, but he was allowed to run on and slot the ball into the far-corner from the edge of the box.
Swans responded with Mensah doing well on the left to cut inside and get in a shot that was blocked.
Worthing’s Brannon O’Neill picked up the first yellow card of the match when he ended Watson’s run with a crude challenge.
In first-half stoppage-time Swans played the ball in low from the right, and when it came to Watson on the edge of the box he tried to guide home a low shot, but it failed to get through a crowded goalmouth.
Eight minutes after the resumption Swans built-up a good move for Ajeon to drive in a low shot from 22 yards, but the ball took a deflection to run through to keeper Rikki Banks.
With an hour played Worthing took a free-kick from the right and this led to a scramble in the six-yard box before Swans were able to clear.
Swans still looked capable of getting back into the game, but midway through the half they went 3-1 behind to a strange goal. Callum Overton struck a speculative shot from outside the right of the box that keeper Howard appeared not to see, and it was sometime before it was realised the ball had found the goal and not the side-netting.
With just over a quarter of an hour left Mensah sent in a good strike from the left corner of the box, and Banks did well to dive and push the ball round his right-post. The corner from the left picked out Mills in close at the far-post, and he will be disappointed to put his header wide. Swans continued to attack, and Battie did well on the right to cut inside and get in a shot that was blocked. In stoppage-time Mensah was in the box to hook in a shot that took a deflection to go wide, and from the corner on the left the ball was just cleared behind at the far-post.
Swans’ Team: Jack Howard, John Oyenuga, Dominic Ogun, C-J. Williams-Agunabor (Shaquille McIntosh 86’), James Richmond, Harry Mills, André Scarlett, Kadeem Ajeon, Andrew Mensah, Jack Battie, Aaron Watson (Sam Pledger 81’). Subs. not used: Shawn Lyle, David Koduah, Shannon Wallace. Scorer: Battie (8’). Caution: Richmond, foul (89’).
Worthing Team: Banks, Hendon, Metcalf, Bugiel, Elphick, Heath, Dawes, O’Neill, Pope (Piper 79’), Newton (Sparks 16’), Overton (Barnes 90’). Subs. not used: Quirke, Fagan. Scorers: Dawes (19’ & 40’), Overton (67’). Caution: O’Neill, foul (42’).