|3rd November 2018||3:00 pm||Evo-Stik League South Premier Division South||2018-19|
The Swans made the long trip down to the south-west to face off against high flying Tiverton Town in the Evo Stik Southern League South.
New manager Robert Easom took his first game in charge and included two debutants in his starting lineup, Wilson Changoka and Tanasheh Abrahams.
Staines got off to the perfect start as Changoka got his first goal for the Swans, latching onto a long pass from Agombar and poking over the keeper in the 5th minute.
The lead last just 4 minutes as the Swans defence was opened by a long through ball from the centre back to Levi Landricombe who finished passed Dixon with aplomb.
The Swans found themselves in the lead again after 19 minutes with Changoka getting his second goal of the game. Tanasheh Abraham’s dangerous cross was not dealt with by the Tiverton defence, allowing Changoka to back-heel the ball into the goal.
The Swans made two early substitutions in the game as both Louis Dixon and George Barker succumbed to injuries.
Ruudi Clarke had the opportunity to extend the lead for the Swans as an error by Tiverton goalkeeper Armstrong just outside the box gave a glimmer of a goalscoring opportunity; however Armstrong was able to recover to pounce on the ball just as Ruudi attempted to fashion a chance.
Tiverton equalised in the unlikely fashion after 35 minutes. They were fortuitous to have a corner after substitute keeper Harris fumbled a routine catch, with this being compounded as Tom Bath scored directly from the corner.
The Swans’ defence was really under the cosh as half-time approached with Max Harris making an impressive save in the 44th minute.
Just two minutes left however, Harris would find himself extremely unlucky as Agombar ducked at the near post from a corner, resulting in the ball striking Harris and into the net for an own goal.
At half-time the score was Tiverton Town 3-2 Staines Town.
The second half started a scrappy affair, with the first chance of note falling to Tiverton in the 60th minute as Harris was forced into a double save from a Josh Key long range shot and a rebound from Bath.
Harris was called into action again in the 68th minute as he made a diving save from a curling effort from Landricombe.
The chances were now coming with greater frequency as the home side attempted to put the game to bed when Jordan Rogers’ powerful header was parried over by Harris.
Abrahams made a stunning goal line block in the 93rd minute as he busted a gut to get back and deny Landricombe.
The game finished 3-2 to the home side, with the bright performance coming from debutant Changoka.