The Swans entertained Swindon Supermarine on a cold and sodding wet Remembrance Weekend Saturday. Both sides marked 100 years since the end of World War One with a minute silence and wreath ceremony in the centre circle.
Easom made one change from the starting lineup that faced Tiverton, with Barker replaced by Andy Ali.
The Swans made a sharp start to the game with a half-chance being fashioned in the opening minute, with Abrahams’ effort routinely saved.
In the 23rd minute, Will Henry saved Harry Agombar’s pinpoint free-kick from just over 25 yards out.
However, the home side were not to be denied from the resulting corner as Agombar found Abrahams, who beat the goalkeeper to the ball, nodding it home.
The lead just lasted 5 minutes, with Conor McDonagh fired past Dixon in the Swans’ goal.
Andy Ali scored the decisive goal in the first half, being put through by Odetola and volleying emphatically to put the Swans up 2-1.
In the 39th minute, the Swans got the benefit of a marginal call for a penalty, with the referee adjudging a foul to have taken place just outside the box; much to the away side’s disappointment.
The Swans had the opportunity to increase the lead with the first chance in the second half as Agombar’s ambitious looped shot was tipped over the bar by the Supermarine keeper.
Khanye spurned another chance for the Swans as Wilson Changoka’s through ball fortuitously fell to him, only for the shot to be blazed over the goal.
The final ball would be the issue for Staines’ next opportunity, as a blistering counter-attack from Ali ended in a poor ball from Gogo that harmlessly went over the dead ball line.
With three quarters of the game gone, Thomas Gogo’s curling shot from the edge of the box went agonizingly wide.
In increasingly slick conditions, Louis Dixon in the Swans’ goal made a couple of very good saves to keep Staines in the ascendency.
Gogo had yet another chance to put the game to bed when Andy Ali squared the ball to him for a one-on-one with the keeper; with the keeper stopping his shot with an outstretched foot.
A minute later, the away side almost made the Swans pay for their profligacy as a header went inches wide.
The Swans managed to hold on and record a much needed league win, our next game is a trip away to Hendon on Tuesday 13 November.
|10th November 2018||3:00 pm||Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South||2018-19|
|Omnitel Ltd, 18 Penton Hook Rd, Staines TW18 2PF, UK|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Staines Town FC||2||2||2||Win|