|16th October 2018||7:45 pm||Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South||2018-19|
The Swans made the short trip to Walton Casuals on the evening of Tuesday 16 October and succumbed to a 3-1 defeat.
Staines had the first chance of the game after 12 minutes when a raking pass from Agombar put Ruudi Clarke through one-on-one with the keeper but his shot was saved by Gerrar in the Casuals goal.
Taureen Roberts would prove to be problematic for the Swans from Walton’s left side and he had a good chance which passed by the front post after utilising good skill to break free from defenders.
In the 37th minute the Swans spurned a huge chance to take the lead. Barker put through Odetola through for another one-on-one with Gerrar and the goalkeeper made yet another important save at his near post with an outstretched foot.
The missed chances came back to haunt Staines in the first half as Walton took the lead after 41 minutes. Roberts mounted a counter-attack from halfway and showed strength to beat Odetola and crossed for James Ewington to finish and make it 1-0 to the home side.
The Swans were almost two-down at the break as Handelaar almost put past his own keeper with a glancing header in injury time but the scoreline stayed 1-0 at HT.
The first chance of note in the second half came from Staines in the 54th minute as Agombar slid Barker in through on goal with Gerrar proving to be a formidable opponent, thwarting George with another outstretched leg.
However, Barker was not to be denied his goal, as only two minutes later Staines equalised through a long range free kick that was too much for Gerrar.
The Swans’ big chance to go 2-1 up happened on 75 minutes when a deflected through ball put Barker through on goal. Barker was pushed wide after rounding the keeper but was denied by an outstretched hand from Gerrar when trying to lessen the angle.
Again missed chances from the Swans would come back to bite as after 88 minutes, Walton took a late and decisive lead when Hustwick put Ewington through with a defence-splitting pass. Ewington’s shot hit the base of the post but luckily for him rebounded straight back to him to slot into the empty net.
The result was put to bed in the 93rd minute when a clumsy Swans challenge in the box resulted in a converted penalty by Ewington for his hat-trick.
Staines Town now face Basingstoke on Saturday, trying to snap a 7-game losing streak.