|17th November 2018||3:00 pm||Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South||2018-19|
Staines made the trip down to Wimborne Minster on the south coast for a critical Southern League South game against Wimborne Town.
The Swans went into the game in 21st in the league table and their opponents not far above them in 17th position.
Manager Rob Easom started MK Dons loanee Finn Tapp in the centre of defence in a starting lineup that didn’t feature a recognised striker, due to injuries to George Barker and Andy Ali.
The bench featured three new players for the Swans; Russell, Obisanya and Folkes, who signed in midweek.
The pitch at Wimborne was a surprise to many at Staines, with a significant slope side to side and lengthways down the field.
Staines had the first opportunity in the game in the 5th minute, when some neat interplay between Valentine and McEvoy resulted in Valentine forcing the keeper to parry behind.
In the 23rd minute, Gogo put through Khanye through, for Makhosini to hit the outside of the post from a relatively narrow angle.
Debutant Tapp almost produced a moment to remember for the Swans just a few minutes later, with a marauding solo effort. Finn dispossessed the opposition striker on the edge of the Swans’ box, played a one two with Lavender on the halfway line and continued on inside the box with his shot hitting the outside of the post from a tight angle.
It was then Wimborne’s turn to attack on 31 minutes, as Dixon was forced to make a very good save to keep the scores level.
Just two minutes later Dixon came to the rescue again with a comfortable parried save from a shot from the edge of the box.
Khanye sparked an attack with a long run on the left flank with him squaring to Gogo; who was denied by the Wimborne goalkeeper.
In the 40th minute, Wimborne almost took the lead through Davidson, but his header went wide of the Staines post. The away side would have been aggrieved to concede as there were complaints for a foul on Valentine in the build-up.
On the stroke of half-time, Wimborne took the lead through Stokoe with a glancing header from a left-sided in-swinging cross.
Staines made one change at half-time as Obisanya replaced Valentine to give the Swans more of a presence up front.
In the 52nd minute, Agombar’s neat through ball found Valentine who calmly slotted past the keeper, but much to his (and the travelling Staines supporters) he was adjudged to be offside.
Wimborne almost extended the lead in the 56th minute when a free header in the box inexplicably missed the target.
Valentine had a guilt-edged chance to equalise just minutes later as an error from the right-back put him through one-on-one with the keeper, only to miss the target with his chipped shot.
For the next 20 minutes, the Swans would huff and puff but a series of tame half-chances failed to test the keeper significantly.
On 80 minutes, Dixon would come to the rescue again as he kept Wimborne out and Staines in the game with a low save.
In injury time, McEvoy’s long distance volley was brilliantly tipped round the post by Gerard in the Wimborne goal.
Despite the improved performance from the previous game, Staines succumbed to a 1-0 defeat.
The team goes again in search of three points with a home match versus Kings Langley on Tuesday 20 Nov.