Chipstead 1 Swans1

Saturday 24 January 2015.                             Ryman League, Division One South.

Chipstead 1   Walton & Hersham 1.

Swans drew 1-1 for the third away match in a row in an error-strewn, scrappy game, the highlight of the afternoon being a superb equalising goal from Dylan Cascoe.

With Andrew Mensah sitting-out the last game of his suspension, and to try to improve the goals-for column, new signing James Cottee, who made two substitute appearances in a previous, brief spell at Swans in October 2011, was introduced up front alongside Gareth Chendlik. André Scarlett returned to the starting line-up, he and Anthony Oaks looking the pick of Swans on the day.

Despite Ben Dyett having left and Will Turl unavailable Chipstead still fielded five former Swans in their side. It was however to prove to be the last match in charge of The Chips for former Swans’ boss Steve Baker before he leaves to take up the manager’s role at Harrow Borough.

Swans had an opportunity in the first minute when Chendlik was fouled just outside the right corner of the box, but although Dominic Ogun swung over an excellent free-kick no-one attacked the ball at the far-post and it drifted wide.

The home side broke with Tre Mitford getting down the left, but Nathan Daly got across to force him to put the ball behind. But Chipstead were gifted the lead after just six minutes. Jahmahl King lost the ball to Kofi Quarty and Scarlett was forced into bringing him down to prevent him getting through, and was duly shown a yellow card. Robert Webbe sent the free-kick into the box and the ball was allowed to run loose, and when it was driven in from the right of the six-yard box by former Swan Louis Glace-Palmer Vernon Francis diverted it into his own goal.

Fortunately Swans hit back to equalise just seven minutes later. Oaks put in a fine cross from the left to pick out Cascoe just inside the box, and he pulled the ball down superbly before volleying low into the right corner.

Swans went close to taking the lead after nineteen minutes when they won a corner on the right. Ogun sent the kick to the far-post where King got in a strong header, but another former Swan James Crichton was on the goal-line to head away.

Steve Betancourt, became the second player to enter the referee’s notebook following a crude challenge on Cottee by the former Stompond Lane defender.

The lively Quarty was causing Swans to make errors at the back, and when he got into the right of the box Daly had to head away from in front of goal.

Swans felt they had been denied a penalty after 33 minutes when a ball down the right was superbly pulled down by Chendlik, who then burst into the box before going down as he appeared to be pushed by Betancourt from behind. Chendlik injured his shoulder in the challenge and had to leave the pitch for treatment.

As the half entered the final five minutes Chipstead’s Glace-Palmer crossed from the left and Quarty headed wide at the near-post.

Soon after the resumption Cascoe made a clever run down the left for Swans, beating several defenders, but his final cross went weakly behind. Daly then took a long throw from the right, and when the ball came out to Scarlett his volley was deflected wide. Ogun’s corner from the right was well taken under pressure by home goalkeeper Milan Stojsavljevic.

With ten minutes played of the second-half Chipstead were awarded a free-kick close to the right corner flag, and from Webbe’s kick Michael Kinsella got in a far-post header, and King had to head off the line.

King was soon active at the other end when Ogun took a corner from the left, driving in a low shot from outside the box on the right that forced a save from Stojsavljevic. Scarlett then put over a fine cross from the right, and both Chendlik and Cottee just failed to get a head to the ball. With a quarter of an hour remaining Oaks put a fine ball through to put Chendlik into the box, but Stojsavljevic went down to save his low, first-time shot. With just over five minutes left Ogun took a free-kick from deep on the right to pick out Chendlik in the left of the box, but his looping header was taken by Stojsavljevic.

Swans were almost undone three minutes into stoppage-time when Quarty made a run on the right, and indecision between King and keeper Gary Ross led to King bringing the Chipstead player down right on the edge of the box, but fortunately Webbe’s free-kick came to nothing.

Swans’ Team: Gary Ross, Nathan Daly, Dominic Ogun, André Scarlett, Jahmahl King, Louis Clark, Anthony Oaks, Vernon Francis, Gareth Chendlik, James Cottee (Sam Pledger 77’), Dylan Cascoe (Harry Mills 77’). Subs. not used: Kadeem Ajeon, Tarome Hemmings, Kwabena Osei. Scorer: Cascoe (13’). Cautions: Scarlett (5’), Clark (67’), King (90+3’), Daly (90+3’).

Chipstead Team: Stojsavljevic, Mensah, Crichton (Murphy 77’), Betancourt, Kinsella, Webbe, Mitford (Willis 64’), McLeod, Glace-Palmer, Quarty, Moody. Subs. not used: Bidgood, Tieku. Scorer: Francis, own goal (6’). Cautions: Betancourt (21’), Glace-Palmer (88’).