Tuesday 19 September 2017. Cherry Red Combined Counties League, Premier Division.
Walton & Hersham 7 Chertsey Town 0.
The very least the historic old ground deserved after over 8 decades of memorable football occasions was a good performance by the current Swans’ team, and hopefully a win. And as Stompond Lane hosted a senior match for probably the last time Swans did not disappoint, as they put on a terrific display to crush their near neighbours and delight the crowd, that included many old supporters and players taking one more chance to visit the ground and rekindle old memories.
It was also fitting that the last goal scored at The Lane should match some of the best seen there. There was also a third hat-trick, and ten goals in all, in four games for Abdeen Abdul.
The opening ten minutes were evenly contested, but a Swans’ side unchanged for the fourth match in a row went close when TJ Nkoma was put away down the left by Jim Fenlon, and after cutting inside drove a fine shot just over the far, top corner. Abdul then robbed Medie Nsubuga by the left corner flag to force a corner. From Elliott Simpson’s kick Jamie Thoroughgood had a far-post header blocked, and Abdul followed up with another header.
Swans took the lead after twelve minutes when Fenlon and Abdul combined on the left to send Nkoma racing clear. Julian Hornby was at the far-post to meet his low cross, and although Chertsey goalkeeper Matthew Carr blocked his first shot, Hornby scrambled the ball home.
Abdul beat Steve Newman on the left to get in a low cross that was cleared behind for a corner, leading to successive kicks from the left by Simpson.
The visitors posed a rare threat when Dan Price got in on the right, but he was denied by some fine covering play by Thoroughgood.
Hornby got in a dangerous cross from the right for Swans that was deflected wide of the far-post, before he was instrumental in their second goal after 23 minutes. Hornby made a clever run in on the right to have a shot blocked, but Abdul collected the ball in the right of the box before calmly slotting it past Carr.
Chertsey put a header wide at the far-post when Marcus Mealing took a free-kick from out on the right touchline, but Carr fielded a header from Abdul at the other end when Nkoma crossed from the left.
With a quarter of an hour left to the break Swans’ keeper Brendan Norris was tested for the first time, saving a snap-shot from Joe Jones after Price had crossed from the right.
Thoroughgood put a far-post header wide from Simpson’s left-side corner, before Swans went close to scoring a third goal following a superb piece of one touch passing involving several players. The move was deserving of a goal, but Nkoma was just denied in the left of the six-yard box.
But it was a brief reprieve for the visitors, as just before the break Jake Newton thumped a header home from Hornby’s corner from the left.
Just under ten minutes into the second-half Nkoma was just wide with a terrific shot from 25 yards.
But with the hour mark approaching Swans made it 4-0. Abdul was sent racing clear, and after taking the ball to the left of keeper Carr he rolled it into an empty net.
Swans were rampant now, and Abdul put a superb volley over after being picked out by the penalty-spot by Jake Newton’s fine cross from the left. Abdul then robbed Mealing on the right before cutting inside and sending a low shot just inches wide of the far-post.
But Swans made it 5-0 with just under twenty minutes remaining. Simpson took a free-kick from deep on the right, and when the ball ran to Nkoma 25 yards out he struck a terrific left-foot shot that flew into the bottom, right corner.
Jamil Okai, who had come on for Sanchez Benali, was then brought down on the edge of the box by Joe Blendell, but Fenlon drove the free-kick over.
With just over ten minutes remaining Swans scored their sixth goal of the evening, and with it yet another hat-trick for Abdul. The goal was almost a carbon copy of Abdul’s second, as he was again played clear to roll the ball in after taking it to the left of the keeper.
But the best moment of the game came when Howard Newton sent over a fine cross from the right to the left of the box, where Nkoma met the ball on the volley with his left foot to send it flying past keeper Carr, a fitting goal to bring the curtain down at Stompond Lane.
Swans’ Team: Brendan Norris, Shaun Smart, Jim Fenlon, Chris Onoufriou (Howard Newton 62’), Jake Newton, Jamie Thoroughgood, Julian Hornby (Bilal Benali 73’), Elliott Simpson, Abdeen Abdul, Sanchez Benali (Jamil Okai 54’) TJ Nkoma. Subs. not used: Lea Van Sullivan, Dwade James. Scorers: Hornby (12’), Abdul (23’, 59’ & 79’), J. Newton (44’), Nkoma (71’ & 83’).
Chertsey Team: Carr, Newman, Desagurante (Shortland 64’), Nsubuga (Wadmore 64’), Batten (Onieva 45’), Blendell, Price, Jones, Mealing, Mukudi, Gooden. Subs. not used: Pomroy, Brown. Cautions: Blendell (77’), Mealing (87’).