Saturday 20th October 2018. Cherry Red Combined Counties League, Premier Division.
Walton & Hersham 4 Chertsey Town 1.
With several departures from the club in the past few days, and other players unavailable or injured, it was a somewhat scratch Swans’ squad that took on an unbeaten Chertsey Town side leading the league with nine wins and a draw out of ten matches, and with just six goals conceded. But they pulled off a remarkable win over a big, strong, physical side, scoring four goals inside the first hour and securing a result that finally put an end to a winless run that had stretched to fourteen matches.
There was the welcome return to league action of one of Swans’ recent favourite sons, Howard Newton, while at the other end of the experience scale seventeen year-old Sid Dack came into midfield.
There was a scare with just a minute on the watch when a slack pass from Conor Symon, who went on to have a fine game, gave the ball away, and this led to him conceding a free-kick by the right corner of the box. Dale Binns’ kick was met with a header at the near-post by Lubomir Guentchev, but home goalkeeper Kavanagh Keadell was well-placed to save.
Swans quickly got to the other end, and Frank Ngonyama got in on the left to drive the ball in for visiting keeper Nick Jupp to save at his near-post. Marlon Wallen was soon being fouled outside the left of the box, and from Sean White’s free-kick Symon got his head to the ball at the far-post, and it looped into the gloves of Jupp.
Chertsey had a chance when Guentchev played Andy Crossley into the right of the 6 yard-box, but Keadell got well behind his low shot.
At the other end Ali Fofanah sent Wallen into space in the left of the box, but he stumbled over when well-placed.
The first half hour had been evenly contested, with Swans looking solid, and Symon made an excellent tackle to deny Jake Baxter, who had got into the left of the box. Swans replied with White playing Fofanah through on the left to drive in a low shot that forced a good save from Jupp and win a corner.
For Swans to go in at half-time with the score 0-0 would probably have exceeded pre-match expectations for most home supporters, but two goals in as many minutes for their side left them dreaming of an unlikely win.
With six minutes left to the break Fofanah made an interception just inside the Chertsey half and got forward before sending a clever through ball to White in the left of the box, and he set himself before driving a fine shot into the top of the net.
Two minutes later Keadell’s kick-out found Fofanah, and he got just inside the left of the box before driving in a low shot that Jupp got to, but could not keep out of his bottom, right corner.
Swans started the second-half on the offensive, and Ngonyama soon won a corner on the right after being played in by White. White then got Wallen free into the right of the box, but his shot was just the wrong side of the near-post.
Symon was penalised just outside the left edge of the box to give Chertsey an opportunity from a free-kick in a promising position, but Guentchev drove the ball wide of the near-post.
Just six minutes into the half Swans made it 3-0 with a well-taken goal. Dack knocked the ball down from the left of the box to find Ngonyama, and he cleverly set himself before clipping it past Jupp.
Five minutes later it was 4-0 to the home side. Wallen was played clear into the box before being dragged down by keeper Jupp, who conceded a penalty, but found the referee in somewhat lenient mood by only being shown a yellow card. White was unerring from the spot to notch his second goal of the game.
Guentchev got in on the right for Chertsey to have a shot defected wide, and from the corner on the right Keadell got behind a close-in header. Midway through the half Chertsey substitute Dalson Ernesto got in a cross from the left that sent the ball just wide of the far-post. Michael Peacock then got in a far-post header from a cross from deep on the right, but Keadell made a comfortable save.
With just under a quarter of an hour remaining Fofanah was tripped just outside the right edge of the box to give Swans a free-kick in a good position. Fofanah took the kick himself, but sent the ball dipping just over.
Chertsey’s other substitute Oliver Davies got in a cross from the left, but again the ball drifted wide of the far-post. Guentchev then drove a shot over from the edge of the box after the ball had been played in low from the right.
With three minutes of normal-time remaining Keadell sent a free-kick into the Chertsey box from just inside Swans’ half, and when Fofanah got his head to the ball Peacock almost headed into his own goal, but the ball went just over the top, right corner and behind for a corner.
The visitors finally got on the scoresheet two minutes into stoppage-time with a somewhat soft penalty. The ball was driven in from the right, and the referee judged it had struck the arm of a Swans’ player. Baxter drove the spot-kick past Keadell.
Swans’ Team: Kavanagh Keadell, Luke Randall, Ajani Domingo-Carrington, Howard Newton, Dan Choules, Conor Symon, Ali Fofanah, Sid Dack (Billy Kinona 90+1’), Marlon Wallen (Monty Everett 87’), Sean White, Frank Ngonyama. Sub. not used: Richard Tabi. Scorers: White (39’ & 57’ [pen.]), Fofanah (41’), Ngonyama (51’). Cautions: Newton, foul (26’), Wallen, foul (37’).
Chertsey Team: Jupp, Kinsella, Welch-Turner, Taylor, Peacock, Bennell, Guentchev, Murphy, Baxter, Crossley (Davies 60’), Binns (Ernesto 60’). Subs. not used: Pomroy, Jackson, Gallifent. Scorer: Baxter, penalty (90+2’). Cautions: Kinsella, Jupp, Peacock, Bennell, Baxter.