Swans 3 Horley Town 1

Saturday 15 October 2016.     Cherry Red Combined Counties League, Premier Division.

Walton & Hersham 3   Horley Town 1.

Swans got back to winning ways, virtually sealing the three points by scoring three goals in the space of nine minutes to lead 3-0 at half-time. They were totally dominant in that first-half, and could well have gone in at the break leading by more than those three goals, but they failed to build on that superiority in the second-half and the visitors pulled a goal back as they came more into the game.

Olade Yusuf, who has joined on dual-registration from Hampton & Richmond Borough, came into the side at right-back, while Jake Newton returned after twice playing internationals for Guyana, against Suriname and Jamaica, in the Caribbean Cup.

Swans were on top straight from the kick-off, and after five minutes Jamil Okai turned on the edge of the box to strike a low shot just wide of the left-post. With just under a quarter of an hour played a left-side cross was met with a strong, close-in header from Howard Newton, which brought a fine tip-over save from visiting goalkeeper George Hyde. Lea Van Sullivan then got in on the left to get in a shot that led to strong appeals for handball as it was blocked.

Swans took the lead after 27 minutes when Howard Newton set up his younger brother Jake on the left, and he drove a left-foot shot into the top of the net.

Jamil Okai was soon getting through on the left to strike a left-foot shot that clipped the top of the crossbar.

The lead was doubled after 35 minutes with a terrific goal from TJ Nkoma. He turned 25 yards out before striking a superb left-foot shot that flew past Hyde and inside the right-post.

Just a minute later it was 3-0 as Okai scored with a low, left-foot shot from the left edge of the box.

Jordan Wisdom-Muir then went close to making it four with a glancing header that went just wide of the far-post when Yusuf crossed from the right.

The visitors’ only real threat had come from the huge long throw-ins of Ryan Brackpool, and with five minutes left to the break one of these from the right led to a shot being hooked over the bar.

Swans had to reshuffle for the second-half with Benoni Kabuiku coming on for the injured Sullivan.

Horley pulled a goal back just before the hour when Liam Cox scored with a far-post header when Ryan Smith curled in a free-kick from the right.

Swans did not look as assured as in the first-half, but with just over a quarter of an hour left Nkoma won the ball to get into the left of the box, but his low cross just failed to pick out Austin Gacheru, who had come on for Okai. If Swans were going to add to their lead the most likely source seemed to be Nkoma, and he made a superb run to get to the byline on the left, and his low cross had to be cleared behind for a corner. With just over five minutes remaining he got in a low snap-shot from the edge of the box that went wide.

Although Horley had more of the game in the second-half they rarely looked like denying Swans a win, and their last effort came when substitute Tate Greenway got in a half-volley that was straight at home keeper Liam Beach.

Swans’ Team: Liam Beach, Olade Yusuf, Sam Bates, Jake Newton, Lea Van Sullivan (Benoni Kabuiku 45’), Jamie Thoroughgood, Jordan Wisdom-Muir, Louis Taylor, Jamil Okai (Austin Gacheru 63’), Howard Newton (Cameron Gyeabour 81’), TJ Nkoma. Subs. not used: Elliott Simpson, Victor Asombang. Scorers: J. Newton (27’), Nkoma (35’), Okai (36’). Caution: Taylor.

Horley Town Team: Hyde, Robson, Cox, Cespedes, Brackpool, Burbidge (Jupp 77’), Barbary, Smith, Whetton (Greenway 45’), Hough, Erskine (Richards 57’). Sub. not used: Chapman. Scorer: Cox (59’). Caution: Burbidge.