Friendly: Harrow Borough

Tuesday 9 August 2011. Pre-Season Friendly.

Walton & Hersham 0 Harrow Borough 1.

For the second match running Swans created most of the chances, but failed to take them, and were beaten by a last minute goal. This was an entertaining match, with plenty of good football played by both sides, but Chuck Martini will hope his side can find their scoring touch once the season starts in earnest.

Chamal Fenelon was played in after just two minutes, but put his shot over, and some clever play by the big striker after ten minutes put Phil Williams into the right of the box, but his shot was deflected behind for a corner. Ashlee Quashie made a terrific, surging run down the left before playing the ball inside to Fenelon, who drove a low shot wide. Midway through the half Swans’ goalkeeper Gareth Williams had to make a superb save to prevent the visitors from taking the lead against the run of play. Just before the half hour a scramble in the Harrow box ended with Richard Taylor hooking the ball against the top of the crossbar. Inside the last five minutes of the first-half Tommy Williams got the ball to Shaun Elliott on the left, and his cross just failed to find the head of Quashie in front of goal.

Harrow had a rare chance to take the lead just before the break when some neat play on the left ended with a low ball in that was sliced well wide. Soon after the resumption Graeme Purdy was played clear into the visitors’ box, but just as he was about to score, a last-ditch tackle denied him. Gareth Williams had to take a good strike from 25 yards by Harrow, but Tommy Williams was soon sending in a free-kick from the right that just failed to find Mario Fernandes, one of two Portuguese trialists on for Swans, at the far-post. Just before the hour a ball over the top sent Purdy running clear, but he was again denied, this time by a good block by the Harrow keeper.

A typical, jinking run by Phil Williams got him to the line inside the box on the left, but his cross was cut out. With three minutes remaining Swans had a late chance to win the match when they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box, but although Tommy Williams’s kick beat the wall, it went straight to the Harrow keeper. The visitors had hardly mounted an attack in the second-half, but in the final minute they broke forward into the box on the left, and Sean Bradley was adjudged to have tripped a Harrow player, the winner being scored from the penalty-spot.

Swans’ Team: Gareth Williams, Sean Bradley, Shaun Elliott, Ashlee Quashie (Josh Webb 67’), Jon Munday (Mario Fernandes 48’), Richard Taylor, Tommy Williams, Victor Kiri (Patrick Viki 45’), Chamal Fenelon (Kenny Ojukwu 56’), Graeme Purdy (Reis Stanislaus 62’), Phil Williams.

Harrow goal: Penalty, 90’.