Saturday 8th September 2018. Cherry Red Combined Counties League, Premier Division.
Walton & Hersham 3 Redhill 5.
An in-form Redhill side capitalised on another poor defensive display by Swans to run out comfortable winners, prolonging the home side’s disappointing start to the season. Swans looked like getting back into the game on several occasions, but every time they did so another soft goal was given away. After a tighter performance a week earlier at Banstead, the problems of the Spelthorne Sports home defeat returned, with goals conceded in a similar fashion.
Three changes were made to the line-up that started at Banstead, with two of them enforced. Mark Waters is now unavailable, while Bruno Tingle broke two toes in the draw at Merland Rise. 17 year-old Monty Everett came in for his first start up front after impressing in the drawn friendly at South Park, while Dariush Heravi and Michael Holliday also returned.
Redhill soon threatened, and a long throw-in from the right by Tony Halsey won them a corner-kick that was punched clear by home goalkeeper Craig Bradshaw. Bradshaw then got well behind a shot from Kery Kedze, who had cut in from the left.
Swans’ first opening came when Heravi headed the ball down to Everett, who did well to make the space outside the box to get in a shot that was blocked behind for a corner. Bailey Tanner was then brought down 25 yards out, but Craig Lewington’s free-kick into the box was headed clear.
With ten minutes played Redhill’s Lewis Taylor got into the left of the box to send the ball low across goal and wide of the far-post. Kedze then just failed to find the head of Halsey after finding space in the left of the box, and a shot was then put just wide of the home goal.
But the breakthrough for the visitors soon came after a quarter of an hour with a really soft goal. Halsey took a long throw from the left, and the ball glanced off the head of Dan Band at the near-post and past Bradshaw for an own goal.
Band tried to make amends at the other end when he got in on the left to send the ball low across goal, just failing to pick out Ryan David at the far-post.
But Redhill doubled their lead after 22 minutes, again taking advantage of poor defending by Swans. They played a short corner on the left before crossing to the far-post, and when the ball was headed back across, Halsey was unmarked by the left-post to send a header in off the bar.
It took only two minutes for Swans to get back into the game in surprising fashion when they were awarded a penalty, seemingly for some pushing. Lewington made no mistake from the spot. Everett was then just denied by a good tackle when Ali Fofanah put him clear on the left.
At the other end Bradshaw got behind a far-post header from Jon Trotter when Redhill took a free-kick from deep on the right. But after half an hour the visitors restored their two goal lead with another simple goal. A long ball down the middle completely split the home defence to find Halsey, and he had the relatively straightforward task of slipping the ball past the exposed Bradshaw.
Swans tried to hit back immediately, and Heravi got down the right, but his low cross failed to pick out Everett. Lewington then took a corner from the right for Dre Grobler to get in a terrific header from twelve yards out that was dipping just under the crossbar until Redhill keeper Juan Trivino made a fine save to tip the ball over. Fofanah then got Heravi to the byline on the right, but again no-one was in the middle to get on the end of a low cross. Band got forward to the edge of the box to drive in a shot that Trivino dived to beat away.
Swans’ spell of pressure paid off with two minutes of normal-time remaining of the half when they scored a fine goal, to again give themselves a chance. Heravi played a clever pass to send David into the right of the box, and he did well to beat Trivino with an angled drive. As the half entered stoppage-time Fofanah sent a shot just over from outside the box.
Swans came out for the second-half looking for the equaliser, and Fofanah was soon playing Everett into the left of the box, and he drove in a shot that Trivino had to push round his near-post.
Redhill responded with Kedze getting down the left to play the ball in low to the near-post, where it was put just wide.
Seven minutes into the half Everett and Trotter clashed heads, and after a period of treatment both had to come off with cuts and were substituted, Harrison Deacon coming on for Swans.
Swans continued to take the game to Redhill, and David got down the right to get the ball across. Fofanah was on the left to get in a shot that was blocked, and Heravi followed in on the right to bring a good save from Trivino with a well-struck effort. David then crossed a terrific ball from the right to pick out Conor Symon at the far-post, but he headed a great chance wide.
Just as it looked as if Swans could get something from the game, some more poor defending cost them another goal just past the hour. A free-kick was sent into the left of the box from just inside the Redhill half, and when the ball wasn’t cleared Francis Tango had the time and space to drive it into the far corner.
Three minutes later the game was effectively put out of Swans’ reach as they conceded a fifth goal. Once again a simple ball down the middle split the defence, and when Bradshaw rushed out to try to clear he could only kick the ball against Halsey, and it rolled back past the keeper and just inside the left-post to complete a very easy hat-trick for the Redhill striker.
Ross Chalke came on for Holliday, and he just failed to get to the ball at the far-post when Fofanah sent over a fine cross from the left. Tanner was also replaced by Mo Kamara, and with just over five minutes remaining he made a fine run in on the left to have a shot blocked at the near-post. The ball came out to Band on the edge of the box, and he drove a shot just wide. Chalke then had a header at the left post taken by the keeper when Lewington sent in a free-kick from deep on the right.
In the final minute Bradshaw had to make two fine saves, as Halsey got free into the left of the box and substitute Ayokunle Odedoyin the right.
Swans got some reward for their efforts two minutes into stoppage-time when Lewington drove in a corner from the right, and Chalke finished neatly at the near-post.
Swans’ Team: Craig Bradshaw, Ryan David, Michael Holliday (Ross Chalke 67’), Craig Lewington, Conor Symon, Dre Grobler, Dan Band, Bailey Tanner (Mo Kamara 77’), Monty Everett (Harrison Deacon 54’), Dariush Heravi, Ali Fofanah. Subs. not used: Krzysztof Zlocki, Dave Hill. Scorers: Lewington, penalty (24’), David (43’), Chalke (90+2’). Caution: Lewington, dissent (33’).
Redhill Team: Trivino, Stow, Taylor, Kinona, Difford, Trotter (Hill 54’), Burford, Snadden, Halsey, Tango (Odedoyin 77’), Kedze (Eshilokun 77’). Sub. not used: Ikpo-Ondo. Scorers: Band, own goal (15’), Halsey (22’, 30’ & 64’), Tango (61’). Cautions: Difford (45’), Odedoyin (88’).