|22nd September 2018||3:00 pm||Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South||2018-19|
Those in attendance at Wheatsheaf Park were treated to a rollercoaster ride as the Swans were defeated 5-3 at home to Hartley Wintney.
It was all change for the Swans with interim manager Adam Wicks taking charge for the first time.
Alfie Fleming, a 17-year old scholar on loan from Leyton Orient made his debut for the Swans.
Hartley took the lead after 28 minutes with Liam Eagle heading in from a right-side corner kick.
After 34 minutes, the Swans found themselves two down after a goalkeeping error with Nic Ciardini’s strong free kick bursting the keeper’s hands and flying into the net.
It remained a deserved 2-0 scoreline to Hartley Wintney until the break.
The Swans came out of the trap fast in the second half and in the 52nd minute, the team fashioned a brilliant chance which was inexplicably cleared off the line by two Staines players attempting to score and the brilliant follow-up from Harry Agombar clipped the top of the bar.
In the 60th minute, captain George Barker provided a pinpoint cross from a corner which was met by a bullet header from centre-back Ryan Handelaar.
Barker turned goalscorer in the 65th minute, slotting past the keeper after a fantastic run beating several players.
Just six minutes later, the Swans found themselves ahead as the comeback seemed to have been completed. Andy Ali’s shot was parried by Dubois into the path of Barker, whose shot was saved back into Barker and rolled over the line.
The lead lasted until the 81st minute, when a long throw wasn’t dealt with by the Swans defence and Josh Webb volleyed to bring the scores level.
It was on 87 minutes when Handelaar gave away a penalty after bringing down Cook in the box, which was subsequently converted by Smith.
Just two minutes later, the Swans conceded another as Handelaar failed to deal with Cook and he finished with aplomb to make it 5-3 to Hartley Wintney.
The game finished Staines Town 3-5 Hartley Wintney, as the Swans succumbed to another defeat.