Bedfont & Feltham 1 Swans 4

Saturday 19 November 2016.     Cherry Red Combined Counties League, Premier Division.

Bedfont & Feltham 1   Walton & Hersham 4.

Three goals up inside the first half an hour, Swans were in total control of the match, and with more clinical finishing that lead could easily have been doubled by half-time. The home side came out fired up for the second-half however, and within a minute had pulled a goal back, and for a while Swans’ lead looked less than secure. But they gradually snuffed out any chance of an unlikely comeback, and restored their three goal margin in the final minute.

There was a double change at full-back following the FA Vase match during the week, with Olade Yusuf returning for just his second game following his debut in mid-October, while Alex Filipe came in for the injured Sam Bates. There was also a welcome return for Jamie Thoroughgood, who had missed the Glebe match.

Swans took the lead after just seven minutes. Jamil Okai got in on the left to have a shot blocked, and when the ball came out to Billy Marshall outside the left corner of the box, he drove it just inside the far, top corner.

Swans soon had a free-kick just outside the box on the right, and Marshall’s kick won a corner. The kick was played short, enabling Marshall to cut in before crossing to the near-post, where Jordan Wisdom-Muir headed a good chance wide.

But, with a quarter of an hour played, Marshall played a clever ball to put TJ Nkoma down the left, and when he crossed to the near-post Okai neatly tucked the ball in first-time from the left of the six-yard box.

It should have been 3-0 when Howard Newton played Nkoma clear into the left of the box, but he put a poor shot over the near, top corner.

Swans did not have to wait long to score their third goal however, as in the 27th minute Marshall stole the ball off the home side’s Ellis Jones-Aryeh on the left to get into the box and send a low, left-foot shot across goalkeeper Triston Thomas and just inside the far-post.

Marshall was soon sending a free-kick from the right to pick out Wisdom-Muir at the far-post, but he headed wide. With half an hour played Okai made a good run forward, and when the ball came to Newton just outside the box he drove a left-foot shot just over.

The home side had their first effort on goal when Aaron Morgan got in a shot from 22 yards, but Swans’ keeper Liam Beach took the ball comfortably.

With three minutes left to the break Nkoma made a good run on the left before sending a fine cross to the far-post, but Wisdom-Muir just failed to get on the end of it. Swans should have gone in at the break leading 4-0, but Lea Van Sullivan drove a great chance over after the ball had run loose following Marshall’s right-side corner.

The home side had barely created a chance in the first-half, but they came out after the break in a positive fashion and pulled a goal back in the first minute. Joe Ataro was allowed to cross from the right, and when Swans failed to get the ball clear Cyrus Vanterpool stabbed home at the far-post, although there was more than a little suspicion of handball.

Swans suddenly looked disorganised, and they could well have found their lead whittled away in the opening minutes of the second-half. Just after they had conceded a good chance was driven over, and Shakell Morris was then brought down just outside the box, but his free-kick over the wall was easily taken by Beach.

Thoroughgood had a glancing header from Marshall’s free-kick cleared away, but the game had become much more even, and the home side’s Morris turned 22 yards out before driving a shot over. Melchi Emanuel-Williamson then got into the left of the box but shot over.

With just over a quarter of an hour remaining former Swan Ashley Quashie was shown the first yellow card of the match for a poor challenge in the away box.

Swans had effectively seen off the home side’s challenge and Wisdom-Muir made a clever run into the left of the box to set up substitute Cameron Gyeabour, whose low shot was saved by keeper Thomas.

Ataro was somewhat fortunate not to be shown a straight red card for an awful tackle on Newton, but became the second home player to be cautioned.

New signing Malachi Thomas, had replaced Nkoma just before the hour, and in the final minute he set up Swans’ fourth goal. The former Raynes Park Vale player made a fine surging run down the right from his own half before laying the ball low across the box for Newton to slot home at the far-post.

Swans’ Team: Liam Beach, Olade Yusuf, Alex Filipe, Louis Taylor, Lea Van Sullivan, Jamie Thoroughgood, Jordan Wisdom-Muir (Joe Grant 76’), Billy Marshall (Cameron Gyeabour 71’), Jamil Okai, Howard Newton, TJ Nkoma (Malachi Thomas 58’). Sub. not used: Scott Todd. Scorers: Marshall (7’ & 27’), Okai (15’), H. Newton (90’).

Bedfont & Feltham Team: Thomas, Emanuel-Williamson, Quashie (Benson 85’), Farah (Bernard 45’), Ward, Ataro, Vanterpool, Pinnock, Morris, Morgan, Jones-Aryeh (Putman 45’). Scorer: Vanterpool (46’). Cautions: Quashie, foul (73’), Ataro, foul (81’).