Tooting & Mitcham United 1 Swans 1

Saturday 29 November 2014.                             Ryman League, Division One South.

Tooting & Mitcham United 1   Walton & Hersham 1.

With two minutes of stoppage-time played Dominic Ogun swung over a corner from the right and Vernon Francis headed home at the far-post to give Swans a deserved share of the points at Imperial Fields. Up until then they had looked like paying the penalty for not capitalising on their almost total domination of the first half an hour of the match. After then falling behind to a penalty they never quite recaptured that early control, and they struggled to create further openings against a home side that had regrouped after looking a distinct second-best during the early stages.

Manager Tony Reid had to make an enforced change, Dylan Cascoe coming into the side to replace the injured Andrew Mensah.

Swans settled immediately and Francis’s through ball almost got Gareth Chendlik in, but home goalkeeper Luke Badiali was quickly out to claim the ball. Tarome Hemmings then stole the ball off Bashiru Alimi and got forward to the edge of the box to drive a shot just over.

Tooting’s first opportunity came when Dan Summers got away on the right to drive the ball across the goal-face.

Swans responded with André Scarlett putting Chendlik away on the right, but his cross was cut out. A good build-up then led to Cascoe trying to play Scarlett in on the right, but his pass was just cut out and the ball went behind for a corner. Ogun swung the kick over and Badiali just got hands to the ball and tipped it against his crossbar.

The home side’s threat was on the break, and when Tom Jelley got away down the right he struck a shot that Swans’ keeper Gary Ross turned round his near-post.

But Swans continued to dominate the play, and Ogun did well on the left before crossing to the far-post, where Tooting left-back Nathan Gordon just got his head to the ball before Scarlett. Just past the quarter of an hour another fine move set Chendlik free on the left to get in a shot that Badiali could only push away. Cascoe followed up in the right of the box to drive in a low shot that was blocked on the goal-line. Ogun then won another corner when he left Jelley trailing on the left.

The home side then began to come more into the game and Sol Pinnock drove a shot over from 30 yards out. Frankie Sawyer then crossed from the right, and when the ball was headed away Francis Quarm struck a shot wide of the right post from 25 yards. With half an hour played Pinnock drove the ball across from the left to find Summers in the right of the box, and he thumped a shot against the near-post.

The reprieve was short-lived however, as a minute later Gordon was judged to have been tripped by Jahmahl King as he just got into the box on the left, and Sawyer drove the penalty past Ross. Although the lead was against the general balance of play Tooting had taken advantage of their spell of pressure.

Things almost got worse for Swans minutes later as Ogun failed to deal with Sawyer’s run on the right, and he got into the six-yard box to drive the ball against the inside of the far-post. Summers somehow failed to turn the loose ball in, and it was finally cleared off the goal-line. As the half entered the final five minutes Tooting were awarded a free-kick 30 yards out, but Summers’ effort went straight through to Ross.

Swans then won a free-kick out by the left touchline, and when Hemmings sent the ball across Badiali flapped at it and it went off his gloves and behind for a corner.

Swans had a chance soon after the resumption when Cascoe worked the ball to Chendlik on the right, and he made space before crossing to the far-post, but he failed to pick out the unmarked Scarlett and the ball went wide.

Tooting then had the chance to double their lead as Summers was played clear, but he was denied by a terrific saving tackle by King. Jelley then put in a curling shot from the right, but Ross was well placed to keep it out of his far-corner,

Just before the hour Swans had their best opportunity to equalise as Scarlett’s astute through ball sent Cascoe clear into the left of the box, but his shot was pushed away by Badiali, and the home keeper was fortunate as the ball evaded any players following in. A fine move then led to Nathan Daly driving the ball in low from the right, and it was cleared over his own bar by a home defender. Midway through the half Swans almost repeated the goal that had given them the lead at Hastings as Ogun swung in a free-kick from the right, but this time Harry Mills’ glancing header passed just wide of the far-post.

Ross was forced into a save as Summers was played in, but Swans replied with another good move that ended with Cascoe sending a shot dipping over from 25 yards.

With ten minutes remaining Swans were almost punished on the break, as from their free-kick the ball was pumped forward, but after pulling it down superbly Summers rolled it wide of the left-post.

Swans were pushing hard for the equaliser and Badiali had to punch the ball away as Hemmings sent over a free-kick from the right, but at the other end, with three minutes of normal-time remaining, Sawyer set up Summers for a shot that Ross got behind.

As the match entered stoppage-time Cascoe did well inside the six-yard box, but Hemmings just failed to turn the ball in at the near-post. Swans’ final chance came with a corner on the right, and when Ogun curled his kick to the far-post Francis was there to head home the last gasp equaliser.

Swans’ Team: Gary Ross, Nathan Daly, Dominic Ogun, André Scarlett (Kadeem Ajeon 79’), Jahmahl King, Harry Mills, Tarome Hemmings, Vernon Francis, Gareth Chendlik (Siao Blackwood 72’), Dylan Cascoe, Anthony Oaks. Subs. not used: Daniel Ranger, Ashley Thompson, Julian Bartos. Scorer: Francis (90+2’). Cautions: Scarlett (66’), Oaks (69’), Francis (74’).

Tooting Team: Badiali, Jelley, Gordon, Graves, Gonsalves, Alimi, Knock (Marshall 58’), Quarm, Summers, Sawyer (Khan 90’), Pinnock. Subs. not used: Nkoma, Aiken-Simon, Cheadle. Scorer: Sawyer, penalty (31’). Cautions: Knock (53’), Gonsalves (66’), Pinnock (84’).