Tuesday 10 October 2017. Cherry Red Records Premier Challenge Cup, 2nd Round.
Walton & Hersham 6 Badshot Lea 1.
A Swans’ side showing several changes registered their first win at their new home by convincingly beating their Division One opponents. With the goal frame being struck three times, twice from chances with just the goalkeeper to beat, and there being many other near misses, their goal tally could well have been higher. They have now scored an average of five goals per game in cup ties this season, and that includes just two in two matches against Carshalton Athletic. That average could well have ended up greater, but for some wasteful finishing in this match. The visitors did put up a fight however, particularly in the first-half, and for a while it looked like Swans’ failure to put the match to bed could prove costly, but once a two goal cushion was established there was only one likely outcome.
Four players made their first starts of the season, new signing Francis Quarm, Louis Taylor, now recovered from his injury incurred in pre-season, Dave Musendo and Dwade James. James went on to score a second-half hat-trick, the sixth time this feat has been achieved by a Swans’ player this season, which is still just into its second month. Swans’ second goal also saw them pass the fifty mark for the season.
Swans went close to taking the lead after just three minutes when the ball was played through to Sanchez Benali forty yards out. With keeper Mo Nyumunga out of his goal the ball took a deflection to roll slowly just wide of the left-post and behind for a corner. Benali was soon whipping in a superb cross from the left that was just too high for both Jake Newton and Taylor coming in at the far-post. TJ Nkoma then turned 25 yards out to hit a strong shot that Nyumunga beat away. Swans should have taken the lead with just under ten minutes played when Quarm was set up inside the left of the 6-yard box, but with just the keeper to beat he struck the outside of the near-post.
A fine run by Nkoma was stopped with a foul, and from Benali’s free-kick into the box the ball was headed behind for a corner, leading to Swans going ahead after 13 minutes. The corner-kick was taken short by Benali on the right, and this led to Jake Newton being brought down inside the right of the box. Jim Fenlon had the honour of scoring Swans’ first goal at their new ground, as he drove the penalty past Nyumunga.
Nkoma tormented visiting right-back Alistair Gill to win a corner on the left, and from Benali’s corner Julian Hornby put a strong header wide at the near-post.
With twenty minutes played Badshot Lea won a corner on the right, and from Leke Somule’s kick the ball was blocked on the line. Cameron Blackie followed up with a well-struck shot that Swans’ keeper Brendan Norris got behind.
Swans broke quickly and Benali sent a shot just over. Musendo then worked the ball to Hornby on the right, who drove a low shot wide of the far-post. James was soon laying the ball back to Hornby on the right, who this time put a shot just the wrong side of the near-post. James should have doubled Swans’ lead after 24 minutes when he was sent clear, but with just the keeper to beat he drove the ball against the right-post.
Instead of being 2-0 up Swans were pulled level three minutes later. The ball was given away, allowing Somule to be played into the right of the box, where he was brought down by Taylor. Brad Smith drove the penalty into the top of the net past Norris.
With just under half an hour played Swans were again guilty of some wasteful finishing. Nkoma played Hornby clear in on the right, but Nyumunga saved his shot, and following a goalmouth scramble Nkoma was left with a clear sight of goal from the left of the 6-yard box, but he put his shot just wide of the far-post. Hornby got in a good strike from the right that the keeper took high up, and a clever back-heel on the left by James set up another chance for Nkoma, but his low shot was again inches wide of the far-post.
Swans finally found the net again with two minutes of normal-time left of the half. Nkoma crossed from the left to pick out Hornby in the right of the box, and this time his shot was too strong for Nyumunga, who could only help the ball inside his near-post.
With just a minute played of the second-half Hornby was just denied close-in at the far-post when Nkoma drove the ball across from the left, and from Benali’s corner on the right James put a header wide.
Swans were soon made aware the tie was not yet settled when Badshot Lea won a corner on the left, and from Kurt Greenaway’s kick Norris failed to gather the ball and it was cleared from the line.
Nyumunga got well behind a low shot from Nkoma, who had cut in from the left, before Swans virtually made the game safe eight minutes into the second-half. Benali sent in a deep cross from the right, and James cleverly took the ball down before clipping it past the keeper.
With an hour played Nkoma nodded the ball on to Benali, who made room before getting in a shot that was straight at Nyumunga, and James drove a low shot just wide of the far-post from the left. Nyumunga was soon making a superb save from Hornby, who had cut across from the right to get in a shot.
Swans were now simply queuing up to score, but from one attack the visitors broke away and Greenaway put a chance wide.
Nkoma had a close-in shot saved after he was played into the box, before Swans made it 4-1 with just under twenty minutes left. Badshot Lea just could not handle Benali, and he was again the provider, playing James clear to slot past the keeper.
Jamil Okai replaced Hornby, and five minutes after coming on he was striking a terrific shot into the far, top corner from the left of the box to make it 5-1.
Jake Newton thumped a shot against the crossbar, before Swans scored their sixth goal, and their third in a ten minute spell. It was again Benali who set up the goal, driving the ball across from the right for James to score at the far-post and seal his hat-trick. It was then a question of how many Swans would score, but they could not add to their goal tally.
Swans’ Team: Brendan Norris, Howard Newton (Chris Onoufriou 57’), Jim Fenlon, Dave Musendo, Jake Newton, Louis Taylor, Julian Hornby (Jamil Okai 71’), Francis Quarm (Elliott Simpson 57’), Dwade James, Sanchez Benali, TJ Nkoma. Sub. not used: Jamie Thoroughgood. Scorers: Fenlon, penalty (13’), Hornby (43’), James (53’, 71’ & 81’), Okai (76’).
Badshot Lea Team: Nyumunga, Gill, Borishade, G. Smith (Patterson), Flounders, Jennings (Alongi), Somule, Blackie (Macallen), B. Smith, Graham, Greenaway. Subs. not used: Ogunsey, Broad. Scorer: B. Smith, penalty (27’).