Saturday 3rd November 2018. Cherry Red Combined Counties League, Premier Division.
Hanworth Villa 0 Walton & Hersham 1.
The newly re-signed Mo Kamara’s superb 10th minute goal was enough to give Swans their first away win of the season. This was a must-win match to give them three points against their fellow strugglers, and a first clean sheet since the opening day of the season helped them achieve it.
As well as Kamara, who has returned after a short spell at Redhill, midfielder Chester Clothier, signed on dual-registration from Tooting & Mitcham United, came into the starting line-up.
The home side soon won a corner on the left, and Pat Kirby had to head behind at the near-post from Alfie White’s kick. The second kick was played short and Cyril O’Cansey almost got in on the left, but the ball went behind for a goal-kick.
Home goalkeeper Terry Buss twice prevented Swans from taking the lead in the space of a few seconds. A ball in from the left picked out Sean White ten yards out, but Buss made a terrific block. The ball came to Marlon Wallen 25 yards out, and he struck a fine shot that Buss did well to tip over his crossbar.
Buss got behind Kirby’s shot from 22 yards, before Swans went ahead after ten minutes. Conor Symon’s good diagonal ball from the right picked out Kamara on the left, and he cut in to the corner of the box before striking a great shot into the far, top corner.
Villa had a weak shot from the right of the box cleared after Tom Peel had sent over a cross from the left, and O’Cansey turned to drive a shot over the far, top corner after the ball had run to him in the left of the box.
Wallen broke to the right edge of the box for Swans to lay the ball across to Ali Fofanah, but the home defence was able to clear. Peel tripped Fofanah, who had made a good break on the right, but Clothier’s free-kick was cleared, and Kirby’s low shot from 35 yards took a slight deflection off former Swan Louis Taylor to go through to Buss. With ten minutes left to the break White made a fine run from deep in his own half to get in a low shot from the right of the box, but Buss made a comfortable save.
Villa’s Pierre Morin sent a first-time shot wide of the right post from outside the box after a left-side cross had been headed away, and with five minutes remaining of the half Swans’ keeper Kavanagh Keadell got well behind a long-range effort.
The home side had two free-kick opportunities soon after the resumption. The first, from outside the right of the box, was taken high-up on his line by Keadell, the Swans’ keeper then fielding a looping header following Peel’s kick from the left.
At the other end Ajani Domingo-Carrington’s high ball from the left picked out White at the far-post, and Buss had to tip his looping header over the crossbar.
Peel got in a dipping shot from well outside the box for Villa, but Keadell got well behind the ball.
Swans were given a chance by the home defence when the ball was knocked back straight to Fofanah in the right of the box, but he shot wide of the far-post.
With just over twenty minutes remaining Villa had another opportunity with a free-kick just outside the right corner of the box, but they chose to play the ball to the byline, and the low cross was cut out by Keadell. The home side continued to see a lot of the ball, but their attacks lacked a cutting edge, and Keadell again saved comfortably a low shot from outside the box.
Swans then held on for a valuable win without too much discomfort.
Swans’ Team: Kavanagh Keadell, Frank Ngonyama, Ajani Domingo-Carrington, Pat Kirby, Conor Symon, Luke Randall, Ali Fofanah, Chester Clothier (Billy Kinona 66’), Marlon Wallen, Sean White, Mo Kamara (James Robertson (70’). Sub. not used: Monty Everett. Scorer: Kamara (10’). Cautions: Domingo-Carrington, Kamara, White.
Hanworth Villa Team: Buss, Twumasi, Peel, Morin (Curtis 87’), Taylor, Cahill, O’Regan, Cabo-Verde (Ogunlana 45’), Malembe, O’Cansey, White. Subs. not used: Williams-Junior, Darko, Medley. Cautions: Cahill, Ogunlana.