Friendly: Maidenhead United

Saturday 6 August 2011. Pre-Season Friendly.

Walton & Hersham 1 Maidenhead United 2.

Two pieces of poor defending by Swans late in the match gave their Blue Square South visitors the win in an entertaining friendly at Stompond Lane. Maidenhead had a good chance after a quarter of an hour, but an attempt to lob goalkeeper Gareth Williams from the right of the box was deflected over. Reis Stanislaus soon had a chance for Swans as he was played into the right of the box, but his low shot passed just outside of the near-post. The visitors looked the more likely and Anthony Thomas cut across from the left 22 yards out to drive a low shot wide. Alex Wall then got plenty of power behind a free-kick from 30 yards and the ball flashed wide. Martel Powell got his head to a cross from the right, but fortunately for Swans the ball went straight to Gareth Williams.

Swans took the lead with ten minutes remaining of the half, somewhat against the run of play. Stanislaus got the ball out to Phil Williams on the left, and he made space before crossing to the right of the box, where Chamal Fenelon volleyed superbly into the far-corner. Fenelon was soon making a clever run inside from the right before striking a low, left-foot shot that the keeper took down by his near-post. Swans had come well into the match, and in the final minute of the half Victor Kiri got the ball to Stanislaus on the left, and he cut inside past his marker to get in a low shot that the keeper took.

Early in the second-half Maidenhead got into the right of the box, but Jon Munday did well to get his body in the way to deflect the shot wide. Phil Williams had two chances to double Swans’ lead, firstly putting the ball over at the far-post when Fenelon drove the ball across low from the left, and then lobbing a good chance over after being played in on the right. Graeme Purdy then got in on the right, but drove his shot over the bar. With 20 minutes left Ashley Quashie made a good block when Maidenhead got into the left of the box, but the visitors soon equalised. A complete misunderstanding in Swans’ defence presented Maidenhead with a chance they could not miss.

Swans had a chance to regain the lead, but the Magpies’ keeper came out to save at Kenny Ojukwu’s feet after he had been played clear by Roberto Avanzeni. The visitors had a chance to win it with just a minute remaining when a ball over the top sent a player clear, but he put a low shot just wide from the edge of the box. But with two minutes of stoppage-time played, Maidenhead were allowed to get to the byline on the right, and when the ball was crossed in low, Swans dithered, leaving a simple tap-in.

Swans’ Team: Gareth Williams, Courtney Warren (Sean Bradley 79’), Shaun Elliott (Ashley Quashie 55’), Russell Pym (Steve
Betancourt 55’), Jon Munday, Richard Taylor (James Nicholls 53’), Tommy Williams (Chaz Goodchild 70’), Victor Kiri, Chamal Fenelon (Graeme Purdy 61’ [Kieran Lataille 79’]), Reis Stanislaus (Kenny Ojukwu 61’), Phil Williams (Roberto Avanzeni 63’). Scorer: Fenelon (35’).

Maidenhead goals: 73’ & 90+2’.