Depleted Swans crash out

Tuesday 31st January 2006 (7·40pm) – Middlesex Senior Cup Quarter-Final [tie 22]

HARROW BOROUGH (1) 4  STAINES TOWN 1 (0) By Steve Parsons.

Staines bowed out of their main county cup at a chilly Earlsmead on Tuesday night in disappointing fashion.  Reduced by injury and suspension to just four first team regulars, Steve Cordery fielded a team fleshed out with Academy and fringe players, and yet still dominated enough to have won the game.  However, a controversial penalty gave Boro the breakthrough in first half injury time, and after Swans had equalised, the home team – who will host the Final on Easter Monday – moved ahead courtesy of a defensive mix up, from which Staines never recovered.  As well as those who were missing on Saturday, Staines were also without Gordon (knee), Newton and Murphy (serving one-game bans), Currie (foot), Chaaban (’flu’) and Ifura (working).  With just one recognised senior defender, Jon McDonald was joined by young Tim Pitt who worked hard on the right, and centre-backs Adrian Browne and Ryan Hillary who have been farmed out at Burnham and Carshalton since early in the season.  Harrow were almost at full strength, although two of Saturday’s starters were named on the bench.  They fielded two ex Swans, Elliot Onochie and Marcus Campbell, but Howard Newton is a long-term injury.  The evening became very cold, the pitch was somewhat bumpy, and Staines attacked the far end in the first half.  Kick off was delayed some 10 minutes to 7:40 for reasons unknown.

Staines proceeded to dominate the first half, with Gary Sippetts having two good early chances, one bobbling just wide, the other – set up by Robin Shroot – drawing a good save from international ‘keeper Keita Karamoko.  Benson Kpaka again worked effectively coming forward from midfield, and was unlucky with a shot which just went over, as was captain André Scarlett when his shot deflected into Karamoko’s arms.  Karamoko was on fine form to deny Staines’ best chance on 15 minutes, firstly diverting Shroot’s right-wing cross away, but only as far as Sippetts. Whose header was well saved, and he was then able to get a hand on what looked a certain goal as Craig Watkins followed on to the rebound.  Staines were camping in the Harrow box, and Watkins, Sippetts and Scarlett all peppered shots in, while the home side were restricted to the occasional breakaways.  Their best chances went wide from the head of Onochie and a Campbell shot.  Watkins was then the victim of a very poor challenge, from behind, two footed and studs up, but despite ticking all the boxes, Richey Browne escaped with a yellow card.  It hardly seemed equitable that Hillary should get the same punishment for a simple shirt-pull.  In the second injury time minute, Tim Pitt and Ross Fitzsimon challenged for a ball in the corner of the box, and both slid to the ground.  Even the home supporters felt Mr Downey’s award of a penalty was harsh, but spot kick it was and Fitzsimon converted comfortably.  It was his last action, as he was subbed at the interval.

Having also begun the second half well, Staines got back on terms when Benson Kpaka sent the ball in from the left to Fiston Manuella, who hit a 20 yard screamer into the corner of the net to equalise on 55 minutes, and hopes were then high that Staines would press home their advantage.  However, this was not to be, and after Haule and Campbell had threatened, Boro quickly regained the lead when Romain Le Roux was presented with a chance following an unfortunate collision between Shaun Allaway and Jon McDonald, the Frenchman still doing well to find the target from an awkward shot on the turn.  Harrow then stepped up a gear, with James Bent, Danny McGonigle and Campbell all going close, and Allaway saving well from Le Roux, before they secured their third and decisive goal on 78 minutes.  A corner was cleared upfield, only to be pumped forward again, and Le Roux ran on and fired past Allaway.  With even extra time now out of sight, Staines conceded a fourth on 85 minutes, when Danny Leech scored with a glancing header to a Danny Blanchett corner, with McDonald on the line getting his own head to it but not quite able to keep it out.  Staines’ final push saw sub Craig Maskell’s volley on the turn go just over the bar.

Staines: Allaway; Pitt, McDonald, A Browne, Hillary (Maskell 76), Scarlett ©, Shroot (Fisher 58), , Manuella, Watkins, Sippetts, Kpaka; unused De Lisser, Currie, Phillips (gk).

Harrow: Karamoko, Nielson, Blanchett, Dogbe, R Browne (Hosaka 67), McGonigle, Campbell, Fitzsimon (Leech HT), Onochie, Haule (Bent 51), Le Roux; unused Dyer, Nicholson.  Ref M Downey (Bourne End); ARs I Jempeji (Alperton), T Power (Harrow Weald); MCFA repP Stevens. Est att 90.


Title bid on course for Women

Sun 29 Jan - Greater london Women's Lg Div 2

WEMBLEY LIONESSES 1 STAINES TOWN WOMEN 4 By Steve Parsons.

Staines Town Women kept their title push very much on course with this hard earned 4-1 away win at Vale Farm, despite being reduced to a bare eleven players by a raft of unavailabilities.  Nat Hedges' side endured some early pressure before taking the lead through Vicki Baker on 28 minutes with an audacious cross-shot.  The same player added another 6 minutes into the second half, before sub Bonnie Cullinan brought Wembley back into contention with 20 minutes remaining.  However, Staines finished the game the stronger, and two clinical finishes by Amy Baker (no relation) on 79 & 90 minutes ensured that they took all 3 points.

Next Sunday, the team travel to Hemel Hempstead for the delayed League Cup 2nd Round tie.

 


Swans move up to fourth

Saturday 28th January 2006 (3·00pm) – Ryman League Premier Division

BILLERICAY TOWN (0) 1  STAINES TOWN (0) 1 By Steve Parsons.

Staines’ 50th First Team game of all types this season saw them glean a very welcome point from what is always a difficult journey into Essex.  Billericay are somewhat underperforming this term, having flirted with full-time status for some of their players, but they can never be taken lightly, and on this occasion Staines also had to contend with their devastating injury list, and a pitch that was hard and bumpy, although passing a noon inspection brought about by a frozen area.  Staines had to do without an inordinate number of players: Popoví?, Flitter, André De Lisser and Craig Maskell all had ankle injuries, although the last two were named as subs, Cousins (and Guy) were on the bench for Colchester’s FA Cup win over Derby, with King also in the squad, Campbell was unavailable even though his Colchester trial has ended without a contract, and Scarlett was serving a one-match ban.  James and Risbridger of course remain on the long-term injury list.  Up front, Garry Sippetts was preferred to Craig Watkins.  The afternoon was very cold, and Staines addressed the clubhouse end in the first half.

This was a very disappointing game in terms of the entertainment on offer, although the conditions and injuries doubtless played their part.  Apart from a bustling effort by Ali Chaaban early on, ’Ricay shaded a first half in which neither goalkeeper had a serious save to make.  Shaun Allaway did parry a Nathan Elder header, but then watched as the home striker fired the rebound wide from a good position.  There was a yellow card for Jon McDonald – back in the side following a 3 match suspension which stretched to 5 due to cup ties – after a late challenge on Gary Henty.  Elder picked up an injury which required his substitution after only a half hour.  Staines won only one corner in the first half, which the home side enjoyed more possession but did not give Allaway any scares.

The second half was a little better, with Sippetts making a couple of good runs, and McDonald heading just wide after Michael Currie had won only their second corner of the game, which was taken by Michael Murphy.  The home side continued to enjoy the lion’s share of the possession, with Leon Hunter almost surprising Allaway with a huge shot when he was off his line, and the same player having a loud penalty appeal turned down after tangling with Murphy in the box; Murphy was then involved in a discussion with the linesman which ended amicably.  A charging run from Ali Chaaban was halted by a tackle from behind just outside the box just as he was about to release Sippetts, but the ref ruled that there was no advantage and the moment was gone when Murphy’s free kick curled just wide.  Murphy also went close after Currie had won another corner.  But with the game seemingly headed towards a deserved 0-0 draw, Tom Beech broke up a Swans move and released Tom Poole down the right, and he raced away before centring for Leon Hunter in front of goal.  Although his first strike was blocked, the ball rebounded to him, and this time he was able to fire into the net on 64 mins.  Beech himself went close when he headed just wide following an accurate cross by Henty.  Staines then suffered another worrying injury blow when Danny Gordon, the stand-in captain, was forced to limp out of the game with a very painful knee injury, and, with Staines in search of a goal, he was replaced by Watkins.  A curious incident might have given Staines a real bargain free kick: an unchallenged back pass reared up in front of the Billericay ‘keeper, who inexplicably patted it down with his arm.  Technically it should have been a free kick, but the referee waved play on.  A foul on Newton brought the second and last booking of the game, for Billericay’s sub Ross Wareham, and with 10 minutes to go Chaaban had the ball in the net, but not before a rather late offside flag had been raised.  Time was running out for Staines, who have not failed to score in an away League game since April.  But, just as in last weekend’s game, Michael Currie galloped over the horizon to save the day in the last reel once again, scoring in the 86th minute.  Staines had been awarded a throw in, which was delayed while the referee investigated an exchange of words between Currie and the assistant ref.  It transpired that this too was amicable, and when McDonald launched his huge throw into the box, Chaaban brought it down well and touched it to Currie, who banged it into the net from close range.  In fact, Staines almost stole all 3 points when ‘keeper Ricky Millard took a free kick weakly and let Chaaban in.  He was able to take the ball past the ‘keeper, but not to get it under control enough to shoot past the crowding defender.  However, Staines were glad of the point, and – on a day when only three fixtures produced winners – it was enough to move them up a place to 4th.

Staines: Allaway; Newton, Murphy, Gordon © (Watkins 74), Ifura, McDonald, Kpaka, Manuella, Sippetts, Currie, Chaaban; unused Maskell, Shroot, Phillips (gk), De Lisser.

Billericay: Millard, Henty, Kerrigan (Wareham 65), Sappleton, McSweeney, Dormer ©, Game, Hunter, Elder (Beech 31), Poole (Flack 66), Ryan.  Ref L Venamore (Kent); ARs M Cottee & K English (Essex); Att 423.


Leaders held

 Tuesday 24th January 2006 (7·45pm) – Ryman League Premier Division

STAINES TOWN (1) 1  BRAINTREE TOWN (1) By Steve Parsons.

For this visit of table-toppers Braintree, Steve Cordery was once again forced to make a number of changes, and in fact added two more players to his squad in the preceding 36 hours.  Defender Peter Barnsby, 27, came out of retirement (again) and served as an unused sub, but 22 year old Benson Kpaka, whose recent experience has been at Kingsbury Town and Yeading, came straight into the midfield, where he had an excellent game.  Colchester’s 1-0 win at Cheltenham in the LDV Trophy featured King for the first 80 minutes, Guy for the last 3, and Cousins as the unused sub goalie, thus denying their availability for Swans, so Shaun Allaway reclaimed the goalkeeper’s gloves despite still not being 100% fit.  Danny Gordon (though not McDonald) returned from suspension, and Jake Newton (but not Popoví?) returned from injury, and André Scarlett’s ankle (though not DeLisser’s calf) passed a late fitness test.  Devera was thought to be involved in an FA Vase replay for Welwyn Garden City, though this was not in fact played until Saturday.  Jermaine Hunter, just 3 weeks after leaving Staines, turned up in Braintree colours, having been sweet-talked away from Hendon by George Borg.  He match was played in very cold conditions, but thanks to the hard work of Graham Gould and his small team, the pitch was in excellent condition.  Only in the closing minutes did a strip along the far side start to freeze, and even then there were no complaints from players of either side.  Staines attacked the houses end in the first h

Both teams played their part in an exciting and entertaining game, watched by a reasonable crowd on a cold night, which was also bolstered by a fair contingent of scouts and spotters from other clubs.  As early as the 6th minute, Michael Murphy had to clear away an effort by Bradley Quinton, and the resulting corner fell nicely for Carl Griffiths, who fired wide.  But then Staines countered, and a low drive by Ali Chaaban brought loud and confident appeals for a penalty for handball, which Northants ref Peter Kirkup waved away.  Staines went on to enjoy a very promising spell, with Fiston Manuella seeing a header blocked from a long Michael Murphy free kick, and Ali Chaaban winning a corner for Murphy to send to Kpaka, only for his shot to fly just wide.  Iron skipper Alex Revell then twice went close, first beating the offside trap before firing wide, and then drawing an excellent save from Allaway.  Play once again flowed Staines’ way, with Manuella firing just wide after robbing Hunter and exchanging passes with Currie, Currie testing Danny Gay with a header, and Chaaban going close with a volley after Manuella had flicked on.  However, Murphy was soon in action at the other end, perfectly timing a tackle after Staines were caught out from a long throw.  The opening goal came with just 3 first half minute remaining, and came about after Craig Watkins had got the better of Paul Lorraine.  He worked the ball forward to Chaaban, who raced into the box, only to be upended near the penalty spot by ‘keeper Danny Gay.  There was no doubt about the penalty – the only question being whether the culprit would receive a yellow or a red card.  Mr Kirkup took the lenient option, but Ali Chaaban was in no mood for mercy striking home the spot kick.  Watkins was almost put through again by a clever Currie free kick, but – in injury time – Staines were victims of the sucker punch when a scramble in the box, including partial clearances by both Marien Ifura and Manuella, was ended by a close range header past Allaway by Paul Lorraine.

There were no more goals in the second half, but plenty of entertainment, beginning with some audacious ball juggling in the box by Braintree’s Revell.  The visitors pushed hard in the early portion, with Louis Riddle sending over a number of corners, one of which was met by Steve Parmenter, drawing a good save from Allaway, and another was headed over the bar by Quinton when well placed.  A foul on Quinton brought the second and last booking of the game, this time to Manuella, and – with the inevitable exception of the visiting manager – the game was played in excellent spirit.  Mr Borg was spoken to in the first half for roaming out of his technical area, and, after another foul-mouthed barrage, was lucky to escape with only a talking-to late in the game.  Allaway was tested again, by the head of Lorraine, following another Riddle corner, and Gordon made a fine block when Quinton curled in a free kick, and Newton also did well to clear from Revell.  In the closing stages, though, Staines might have taken all three points, but Gay dealt well with shots from Newton and Chaaban, and, considering the number of enforced changes, they could not be disappointed with a point from a side who are now pulling away in their quest for the title. 

Staines: Allaway; Newton, Murphy, Gordon ©, Ifura, Scarlett, Kpaka, Manuella, Watkins (Sippetts 79), Currie, Chaaban; unused Maskell, Barnsby, Phillips (gk), Shroot (not present).

Braintree: Gay; Burgess, Jomnes, Adedeji, Lorraine, Quinton, Hunter (Baker 85), Parmenter (Ofori 73), Griffiths (Joseph 73), Revell, Riddle; unused Wild, Martin.  Ref P Kirkup; ARs W Christie, A Piggott; Att 284.


Red hot Currie

Saturday 21st January 2006 (3pm) – Ryman League Premier Division

STAINES TOWN (0) 1  WINDSOR and ETON (0) 0 By Steve Parsons.

This tight, entertaining derby matched two sides desperate to win for differing reasons, but until the third minute of injury time it seemed that neither would leave happy.  However, Michael Currie’s close range stab in a frenzied final attack delighted the home side and dismayed the visitors.  Windsor have recently returned some long term absentees to their side, and fielded skipper Jamie Jarvis who briefly appeared for Swans, whereas he reverse has been true for Staines boss Steve Cordery, who had to sign two new 19-year old players the previous day.  Goalkeeper Mark Cousins arrived on work experience from Colchester United, and striker Craig Watkins on loan from Exeter City.  They both made their débuts from the start of this game, as Staines had to cope with a long list of injuries – Allaway (groin), Flitter (ankle), James  (knee), and Guy, plus of course Risbridger.  Also nursing lesser knocks were Jake Newton (foot), Garry Sippetts and Craig Maskell, but these three were all pressed into service as subs, alongside veteran ‘keeper Trent Phillips, and last minute Academy call-up Robin Shroot.  Also missing were the suspended Gordon and McDonald, as well as Campbell who has been on a week’s trial with Colchester.  Fiston Manuella returned after serving a suspension.  It was a mild, bright day for January, the pitch in good condition although now showing signs of wear especially down the centre, and Staines attacked the houses end in the first half.  Young Daniel Howlett (7) was the mascot, and R&R Coach Travel the sponsors.

Staines knew that if they were to maintain their push they would need to take 3 points from the relegation haunted – but steadily improving – Windsor side.  The two newcomers settled in quickly, as Staines edged the first half, but the visitors defended resolutely and there were not many scoring chances.  Manuella and Robbie King sent over a couple of telling balls that flew just wide of Keiron Drake’s goal, and the Windsor ‘keeper made a tremendous save right on the line from a header by ?eljko Popoví?.  At the other end, Cousins looked to have assured handling, and was very confident.  However, it was Windsor who might have gone in smiling at half time, after Staines’ defence was prized open down the right during stoppage time by the dangerous Jon Case, and his deep cross presented Emond Protain with a great chance, which he thumped wide of the target.  Unfortunately, Popoví? picked up a painful ankle injury, and had to be replaced by Newton at half time.

The second half saw Staines gradually rack up the pressure on the Royalists, but only after a good opening from the visitors in which Cousins twice distinguished himself with saves from Case.  The first was a great block after a cross from the left was volleyed towards goal, the second a testing high take, from which Cousins then launched a Swans attack, via Currie, to skipper André Scarlett who forced a corner.  Currie was operating more on the right flank today, and he adapted well to the role with a performance that earned him the NLP Man of the Match accolade.  There was another fine save from Cousins from Adam Wallace’s powerful shot, with Peter Holsgrove (one of three brothers in the squad) blasting the rebound over not only the crossbar, but the perimeter fence and the houses as well!  Another of the Holsgroves – Lee – had just come on to replace Paul Coyne who suffered an ankle injury.  For Staines, King was not averse to getting forward, having one shot blocked but then winning the ball back and winning a corner, from which Drake denied Currie.  King was finally withdrawn, but the introduction of Maskell was a further problem for the hard working Windsor backs to contend with, and they were soon also faced with the fresh running of Sippetts when he took over from Watkins.  In between, there were shots by Scarlett (deflected wide for a corner), Chaaban (blocked, after a good Currie ball), and Maskell (lifted over the bar following Manuella’s through ball).  Chris Cahill replaced the tired Will Dunlop for Windsor as Staines pressure mounted.  On Monday, it seemed that each time they got a free kick, they scored, but today there was an array of near-misses from set-pieces in the last 10 minutes.  A handball near the corner flag gave Maskell the chance to whip the ball over, but although Marien Ifura got a glancing header to it, it would not go between the posts.  Then Currie burned down the right and picked out Maskell, whose far post effort was turned for a corner.  Chaaban linked onto a Maskell pass and was tripped almost in the D, but Maskell’s free kick was just too high.  Cousins dealt comfortably with a Windsor free kick following Manuella’s foul on sub David Warner, and he set Sippetts away on a promising run.  He was tripped 25 yards out, and the free kick reached Chaaban, who was in turn brought down a fraction outside the box.  Once again Maskell struck the kick, but it ballooned up off a defender’s foot and went over.  The clock had ticked passed 92 minutes when Staines were awarded yet another free kick, this one out near the right hand corner flag.  Maskell curled it into the box, and in a huge and untidy scramble, both Manuella and Sippetts saw efforts blocked, before Michael Currie reacted quickly to the bobbling ball and forced it over the line with his knee.  The linesman later confirmed that a defender had tried to keep it out with his hand, but that the ball had already crossed the line.  There were still 3 extra minutes to play, during which Staines were unlucky not to score again, Maskell picking out Sippetts whose cross from the left was met powerfully by Chaaban, but Drake pulled off a point-blank save.  Staines remain in 5th place on a day when all the top six sides bar Worthing recorded narrow victories.  Finally, Surrey ref Colin Lymer had a good game in the middle, unfazed by local passions and the importance of the game, he gained the respect of the players quickly, and did not have to issue a single card.

Staines: Cousins; King, Murphy (Maskell 68), Ifura, Z Popoví? (Newton HT), Scarlett ©, De Lisser, Manuella, Watkins (Sippetts 74), Currie, Chaaban; unused Shroot, Phillips (gk).

Windsor: Drake, Protain, Tilbury, Kersey, Jarvis ©, Coyne (L Holsgrove 64), Dunlop (Cahill 82), Walsh, Case, Peter Holsgrove (Warner 74), Wallace; unused Paul Holsgrove, Edgerley.  Ref C Lymer (Mayford); ARs Sotimirin, Rigney; Att 289.


Swans gain revenge

Monday 16th January 2006 (7.45pm) – London FA Senior Cup sponsored by Hillman Contractors, Round 4

STAINES TOWN (2) 4  CRAY WANDERERS (0) 2 By Steve Parsons.

Staines won their first London Senior Cup tie since January 1987, when they battled hard to beat Cray for the first time.  After the London Senior Cup exit in 1986/7, they had not competed in this competition again until last season; the two previous matches against Cray were defeats in 1961 and this season’s FA Trophy reverse.  With Gordon beginning a one-match suspension (for which this game does not count), and McDonald likewise serving a 3-match ban which will in fact extend to 5 games, Steve Cordery was hard pressed to name a side without the injured players and unavailable loan signings.  Adrian Browne was brought back to fill in at the back, and Jake Newton, André De Lisser, and Craig Maskell were restored to the starting line-up.  The bench was to have consisted of three Academy players (Jon Coleman, Robin Shroot, and Tim Pitt), ‘trialist’ Lee Hanson, and goalkeeping coach Trent Phillips.  However, just minutes before the kick-off, Shaun Allaway sustained a groin strain while warming up, and so Phillips had to play fro the start, with Staines reduced to 4 subs.  André Scarlett captained the side for the first time.  Cray also had some selection injuries, with the shock departure of Main, hero of the last meeting, just 3 days earlier, and injuries to the likes of Abbott.  Both teams took the good, if a little scuffed, field with as strong a line-up as they could muster.  Staines attacked the houses end in the first half of a chill evening, in which the rain at least held off until the final 20 minutes.  The crowd was disappointingly small, despite the unusual day (forced because neither team could give the game preference over a League match), but there were a number of “groundhoppers” in, including 2 from Germany!

Fresh from their excellent win at the weekend, Staines started off well, putting the visitors under a degree of pressure.  On 23 minutes, there was a flashpoint which was to have ramifications later in the half, as Michael Murphy was adjudged to have committed a foul on a Cray player just outside his own box.  This annoyed Murphy – who felt his challenge was fair – and he was yellow carded, before play resumed with a free kick to the Wands.  Play had switched to the other end within two minutes, whereupon Staines moved ahead with a glorious opening goal.  A free kick just outside the Cray 18 yard box was rolled by Maskell to Michael Murphy, who hit an unstoppable low shot through the wall, past the unsighted Steve Northwood in goal, and into the far corner of the net.  Cray were then forced into an early substitution by injury to Michael Power, before Staines nearly doubled their lead through Newton, but his shot was kept out by the feet of Northwood.  However, Staines were reduced to 10 men on 37 minutes, when Murphy became the ninth player this season to receive a red card, as a result of a second caution this time for a high challenge.  Cray boss Ian Jenkins (who was also a sub still on the bench) also wanted to make a point about the incident, and he too was yellow carded for dissent.  But Staines were undaunted, and 4 minutes before the break they did hit a second.  Another free kick was awarded their way on the very edge of the box, and this time Craig Maskell hit it so sweetly himself to make it 2-0, a just reward for the hosts as the foul was well inside the penalty area!

Wands made a change at half time, and – just like Margate two days earlier – they went to all out attack against the 10 men at the start.  The tactic paid off, with two quick goals scored after 48 and 53 minutes.  Matt Woolf fired a shot from outside the box which took an awkward bounce right in front of Phillips, and cannoned back off the ‘keeper’s chest, for sub Jamie Wood to stab into the net.  An error on the right let Woolf away down the flank, and he played a great ball to Leigh Bremner, who struck it crisply into the bottom corner of the net.  Cray now looked well on top, but the home side showed great character and regained the lead just 10 minutes later, when André Scarlett played a long ball up to Ali Chaaban, and the new striker made a 30 yard run, confidently rounded the ‘keeper, and stroked it into the net.  On 71 minutes, Chaaban tested Northwood again after another clever Maskell free kick, but this time the Cray ‘keeper was equal to it.  And this confident player was rewarded with a second goal which secured Staines’ win 8 minutes from time.  Maskell set Sippetts away down the middle, only for him to be upended by Cray skipper David Gray, who was booked for his trouble.  Once again the set piece worked perfectly, with Maskell touching it to Chaaban, who made it 4-2.  Phillips then made a good save when Wood burst through on his own, and in the closing minutes both Maskell and Chaaban were withdrawn to grant rare senior outings for Academy players Pitt and Coleman.  Staines will now visit Croydon Athletic or Waltham Abbey in the Quarter-Final of a competition which is sponsored by Hillman Contractors, a company owned by Cray Chairman Gary Hillman.

Staines: Phillips, Newton, Murphy, Browne, Popoví?, Scarlett ©, De Lisser, Currie, Sippetts, Maskell (Pitt 85), Chaaban (Coleman 88); unused Shroot, Hanson.

Cray: Northwood, Lover, Baker, Gray ©, Whelan, Khan (Rawlings HT), Hall, Young, Woolf, Bremner, Power (Wood 29); unused Watkins, Jenkins, Francis.  Ref M Links; ARs M Foden, L Mills; Att 91.


Another Wheatsheaf Park record

Sunday 15th January 2006 (2·15pm) – Middlesex Women’s Cup Round 2

STAINES TOWN Women (15) 22 WALTHAM ABBEY Ladies (0) 0 By Steve Parsons.

Sunday’s match produced the highest score and aggregate of any game played at Wheatsheaf Lane in its 55 year history.  Staines, top of Greater London Division 2, took on Waltham Abbey, bottom of Division 3 North, and inflicted their largest competitive defeat of the season upon them, despite being without the two Army players at short notice, and with Bryan nursing the knee ligament injury sustained last week.  The goals came thick and fast, especially during a first half in which Staines also hit the bar five times, none of which led to a goal.  Lucy McNeil bagged her first on 2 minutes, and went on to complete a hat-trick.  Leading scorer Amy Baker made it 2-0 on 4 minutes, scoring a double-hat-trick before being withdrawn at half time: she later received a bottle of champagne for her third goal, and Staines’ fifth of the match (12 mins), as it was her side’s 100th in competitive games so far this season.  On 5 mins, defensive stalwart Katie Bond scored her first goal for the club.  Four more players achieved the same distinction in the second half.  The first was Canadian debutant Vicki baker, who bagged a hat-trick in the space of just 4 minutes.  Then came Dora Lega, a Polish catering manager at the Thames Club who had never played football before this season, but has been a willing sub on many occasions this term.  Newcomer Sarah Bell scored goal number 20 with a tremendous long shot.  And the final goal was scored by a player who has missed only one competitive game this season but rarely gets the chance to go forward, Laura ‘The Scorer’ Spooner.  With further goals by Kate Davies, Rachel Fell, and Georgie Giddings, who each scored twice, the full goal tally reads –

Lucy McNeil three (2, 35 & 44 minutes),

Amy Baker six (4, 12, 15, 23, 31 & 34m),

Katie Bond (5m),

Kate Davies two (16 & 29m),

Rachel Fell two (27 & 45m),

Georgie Giddings two (28 & 71m),

Vicki Baker three (59, 62 & 63m),

Dora Lega (64m),

Sarah Bell (70m),

Laura Spooner (83m).

Staines will be away to Colne Valley in Round 3, following their 3-1 win at Wembley Ladies.

Staines: Sarah Clutterbuck; Davies (c), Sharon Heaven, Giddings, Bond, Spooner, Hannah Murphy (Bell HT), Shona McKay, A Baker (Lega HT), McNeil (V Baker HT), Fell.

 


Swans back on track as Scarlett sees red

Saturday 14th January 2006 (3.00pm) – Ryman League Premier Division

MARGATE (1) 2   STAINES TOWN (3) 5 By Steve Parsons.

On this weekend of scoring records for the Club, Staines bagged five goals in an away Isthmian Premier match for the first time ever, as they humbled a side who were in the Conference only a year ago.  Although The Gate are now in the bottom three, this is largely due to the high number of draws they have suffered (including an amazing run of 8 in a row after losing at Wheatsheaf Lane in August).  This well-supported Club had been boosted pre-season by the return to Hartsdown Park, their traditional home, which had been brought up to grading by the addition of a new stand and dressing rooms, following the bulldozing of most of the existing structures prior to their intended move, which unfortunately hit the buffers after the death of backer Buster Bloodvessel.  They were further buoyed in the week when, at a press conference, they unveiled new 4-figure signing Danny Hockton from Billericay, who made his début in this game alongside loan goalkeeper Billy McMahon, signed as cover for the injured Mitten and Egan.  They named ex-Swan Samuel Kola Okikiolu on the bench, but he did not come on.  For their part, Staines fielded an unfamiliar looking line-up, due to the unavailability of Manuella, McDonald (suspended, and replaced by Michael Murphy), Campbell (now trialling at Colchester after Wednesday’s Reserve game for Bradford), James (who had a cartilage operation in the week), and Flitter (still nursing his ankle), whilst regular starters Jake Newton, Garry Sippetts and André De Lisser joined Craig Maskell on the 4-man bench.  This gave Joe Devera his first taste of senior action, at right back, and new signing Ali Chaaban his first start.  Also back in action were midfielder Robbie King, still with strapping on his broken hand, following several weeks with the Colchester first team, and Marien Ifura, who has had 6 weeks out of action, and yet looked strong and fresh in the centre of defence.  Michael Currie was making his first League start since 3rd December. Staines, wearing unfamiliar old gold / old gold / blue, kicked against the cold winds in the first half, with the sun in Shaun Allaway’s eyes as he faced the clubhouse end.  The pitch sloped down towards the dressing rooms, and was in good condition but somewhat ‘squidgy’ along the low flank.

The visitors could not have asked for a better start, as with only 3? minutes played, Jamie Guy tried a powerful 25 yard shot which beat McMahon, who was deceived by a looping deflection off the ankle of defender Bill Edwards.  And it got even better for Staines when, just 3 minutes later, a corner by King was not dealt with by the Margate defence, and Marien Ifura stole in and, on the volley, blasted the ball past McMahon from 6 yards for his first ever League goal for the club.  As Staines enjoyed their comfort zone for a while, Deen and Oakes made promising runs for the home side, and Allaway dealt easily with shots by Hockton and Hilaire.  And with 29 minutes played, Currie did well on the flank before being tripped for a free kick, which King took quickly to cleverly convert into a corner.  He took it himself, and the Margate defence were again unable to clear, whereas Ali Chaaban arrived with gusto, and although McMahon saved his first effort, he was right there to stab the rebound over the line and make it 3-0, Ali C thus getting his first for Staines.  Murphy then picked up a yellow card for a late challenge.  By now, Margate were working hard to try to get a toe hold in the game, and there were several corners, while Allaway saved bravely at Deen’s feet following a good move involving John Keister and Bertie Brayley, then Hockton headed just over, and Oates sent two free kicks just wide.  But they suffered a further setback when, under no pressure, goalkeeper McMahon made a routine clearance upfield and immediately went down with what looked like a twisted knee.  He received 4 minutes of treatment, but could not continue, and while he went off for x-rays, Margate brought on sub Pat Gradley, but – not having another ‘keeper named – shuffled defender Hasim Deen into the breach.  In a lively spell, Ifura fired a shot across goal at one end, and then Ian Hilaire had a close range header following a Margate corner, which Swans defender André Scarlett reflexively turned against the crossbar with his hand.  He was red-carded, and Danny Hockton stepped up to take the penalty, scoring coolly 44 minutes into his début.  There was still time for Deen to pass the test of his first saves – from Guy and Murphy – but to show some shakiness in distribution, upon which Staines would play in the second period.

Margate came out with a mission to attack in the second half, thus relieving pressure on their makeshift goalie, and trying hard to exploit the numerical advantage.  In the opening seconds, Allaway clung onto an Osman Sesay effort on the line, and then Brayley glanced a header onto the bar after another Oates free kick.  Currie’s late challenge on Sesay earned Staines another entry in the Kent referee’s notebook, and he was replaced shortly afterwards by Newton, as Staines looked to consolidate their defence.  But on 59 minutes, Devera played a super ball out of defence to the feet of Guy, who held it up well, sidestepped a defender, and – from 20 just outside the 18 yard box – clinically fired into the corner of Deen’s net for his second of the afternoon.  Margate brought on a sub of their own, Adolf Amoako, who, with his very first touch, forced Allaway to turn the ball around.  The sides might have been levelled at 10 each if the ref had spotted Brayley kicking out at Gordon, but only the original challenge was seen, and from the free kick Allaway was again equal to the pressure of numbers.  Staines then felt confident enough to bring on another forward, Sippetts coming off the bench.  His very first involvement was to go on a run which was ended by a trip 20 yard out, resulting in a yellow card for Keister and a free-kick for the visitors.  With the ref audibly giving permission for a quick one, Robbie King took full advantage to curl the ball over the dishevelled wall and into the top corner to make it 5-1.  Margate strove for respectability in the remaining 17 minutes, with  Amoako and Brayley going close, before Guy sent a shot just over the other bar in his closest approach to completing a hat-trick.  On 88 minutes, Hockton shot against the post/bar intersection, Gradley forcing a corner from the rebound.  Brayley, Sesay, and Gradley were all involved before Allaway punched clear, but Alexis Charalambous latched onto the loose ball 8 yards out, and fired in his first Margate goal to make the final score 5-2.  As Staines celebrated their second ‘double’ of the season, news came through that only themselves and leaders Braintree collected points among the top six clubs, and so they climbed back up to 5th spot.

Staines: Allaway, Devera, Murphy, Gordon, Ifura (De Lisser 79), King, Currie (Newton 57), Scarlett, Guy, Chaaban (Sippetts 71), Popoví?; unused Maskell.

Margate: McMahon (Gradley 40), Oates, Sesay, Edwards, Donovan, Deen, Keister, Brayley, Hilaire (Amoako 67), Hockton, Charalambous; unused Standen, Yiga, Okikiolu.

Ref I Gosling; Assts C Clarke, M Staveley; Official att: 593.


Young Swans ousted in local derby

Tuesday 10th January 2006 (7.30pm) – Middlesex Senior Charity Cup Round Two

BEDFONT (0) 2   STAINES TOWN (1) 1 By Steve Parsons.

After extra time: 1-1 at 90 minutes

Once again, controversy surrounded Staines’ defeat in this, the first hurdle in the Middlesex Charity Cup.  Steve Cordery handed control of the game to Martyn Spong for the night, and the team featured only five established first team players, with the balance made up of young Robert Hamling in goal, plus five Academy players (and three more on the bench), who included a pair who have signed Ryman forms, in Robin Shroot and sub Harry Draper.  There was the unlikely combination of seeing ?eljko Popoví? in action alongside young Karl Popovic (no relation) from the Academy, but the latter was an unused sub.  Bedfont included former Staines legend Jimmy Williams, plus three others with Swans experience: big goalie Lee Pearce had a short spell in the Youths under Peter Penycate, defender Gordon McAvoy and sub Mark Postins were briefly in the first team, while the latter’s father, Lennie, now Bedfont’s Assistant Manager, formerly assisted with Staines Youths.  It was a chilly night, and the pitch a little uneven, with Staines attacking the clubhouse end at the start and finish of proceedings.

Staines began in fine form, with the senior players quickly to the fore: Michael Currie shot just wide, and Fiston Manuella just too high.  However, they also found themselves on the end of a number of crunching challenges, and it was disappointing, therefore, that the first yellow card to be issued was to an exasperated Garry Sippetts for kicking the ball away after his side had been awarded another free kick.  This was evened up midway through the half, when Willis was cautioned for a late one of Popoví?.  Meanwhile, a darting break by Currie saw him beat the offside and his powerful shot drew a flying save from Pearce, and then Sippetts saw a header touched over from a Clement James corner.  Postins was introduced early by Bedfont, following a 25th minute injury to Buckle.  On 33 minutes, James fed Currie, who cut inside and centred to Sippetts, and his shot was blocked on the line by Danaher.  Just one minute later, though, Currie again got away on the left, crossed to Sippetts from the by-line, and although the Bedfont defence again did its job on the goal line, this time Robin Shroot was following up, and he steadied himself and drilled in the opening goal for Staines, his first in senior football during a very mature performance by the young midfielder.  Currie again went close as Staines continued to dominate the first half to its end.

The second half was more even, with Jim Williams reviving memories of his Staines days when he was unlucky to see a 47th minute shot blocked, with Postins driving the rebound over the bar; Williams made another run which ended in a chip just target.  But Staines started to feel that this might not be their night when two blatant infringements went unpunished.  On 54 minutes, James’ corner was punched clear by a defender in the 18 yard box, but somehow none of the officials noticed.  Eleven minutes later, Currie played a clever flick-on to Sippetts, who outsprinted the defence, but, just outside the box, he was rugby-tackled by McAvoy … the referee’s decision being a free kick to the defender and a yellow card to Currie for dissent.  Just before this, Harry Draper had come on for the limping James, who went to hospital the next day, and had an operation to repair his cartilage before the week was out!  Tim Pitt got booked for a rash challenge, as Bedfont came more into the game, buoyed by their good fortune at the other end.  Hamling did well to force Williams wide so that he could only find the side-netting, and Kevin Campanello headed a good chance over following a long throw by James woods.  However, the final kick in the teeth for the brave young Staines team came with a succession of dubious decisions as the game ticked over into injury time.  The offside decision which started Bedfont’s move was highly questionable, as the player was on the right while the move was on the left.  Pearce moved up into the box, and remained there as Bedfont forced three corners.  It is unusual that a goalkeeper in the opposing 6 yard box should be allowed to get away with an attempted overhead kick – especially as it was some distance from the ball, and Pearce is a sturdily built chap.  However, play continued, and in the ensuing scramble, Campanello nodded down to Mark Postins, who finally beat the brave Hamling from close range. 

There was little action in the first extra period, though Hamling dealt well with shots by Campanello and Lee Morley, and Manuella had one cleared off the line at the other end.  However, 5 minutes into the second period, a Morley pass set up Postins, who fired his second goal and complete Bedfont’s comeback.  Staines pressed hard to try to take the game into penalties, with Danny Fisher heading just wide after Currie was fouled and sent over a telling free kick, and then McAvoy being cautioned for a foul which ended a good move.  On 113 minutes, Shroot sent over a cross which was bundled into the net, but there was something inevitable about the decision to disallow the goal, and in the end Bedfont almost increased their lead when Hamling saved well from Morley’s point blank header, following a Postins cross.  Bedfont will now visit Harefield in the Quarter-Final, while Staines’ gloom was deepened by news that Walton’s win had knocked them out of the top five in the League. 

Staines: Hamling; Pitt, Chris Robinson, Fisher, ? Popoví?, Manuella ©, Coleman (Ronnie Vincent 82), Shroot, Sippetts, Currie, James (Draper 61); unused K Popovic.

Bedfont: Pearce; R Sherwood, Cook, McAvoy, Campanello ©, G Jenkins, A Willis, Woods, Williams (Morley 99), Buckle (Postins 25), Danaher (L Willis 61); unused Stevenson (gk). Ref S Hart; Assts T Pusey, R Was; MCFA Observer Graham Hiseman.  Est att: 77.


Who needs Ali 'G' when we got Ali 'C' !!!

Forget Ali G, the Swans have their very own Ali 'C' after signing striker Ali Chabaan from Conference South side Sutton United. The 23 year old proven goal getter has also performed for Exeter City and Farnborough Town so should be a quality addition to the side.


Depleted Women can still win

Sunday 8th January 2005 – GLWL Russell Cup, Round One

STAINES TOWN Women 2 LUTON TOWN 1 after extra time by Steve Parsons.

A gruelling encounter at cold, rainy Wheatsheaf Lane finally resulted in a narrow win for the home side, who were without several key players.  After a closely contested opening 22 minutes, Lucy McNeil fired the home side ahead from a cross by Hannah Murphy.  Lauren Bishop, in the Luton goal, kept her side in the game, until the visitors struck back 6 minutes before half time with a stunning 30 yarder by Charis Wakefield, who was playing on despite dislocating her jaw early in the game.  The second half ebbed and flowed, with Katie Bond hitting the woodwork for Staines, who also thanked their ‘keeper Sarah Clutterbuck for several fine saves, despite playing on with a painful injury.  Staines piled on the pressure in the final stages, but could not find the net, and – following the early injury to Sidoné Bryan – were then forced to use their only remaining sub, Dora Lega, when top scorer Amy Baker suffered a nasty injury on her comeback game.  The inexperienced Lega, who works at the Thames Club, twice came close to scoring with a header and a strong run.  However, the winning goal had come in the very first minute of extra time with another fine strike by McNeil.  Rachel Fell was unlucky not to add to the score when she crashed a shot against the woodwork.


Makeshift defence costs Swans dear

Saturday 7th January 2006 (3·00pm) – Ryman League Premier Division

STAINES TOWN (2) 2   LEYTON (3) 3 by Steve Parsons.

This was an exciting game for the neutral – especially the five-goal first half – but a disappointing one for Steve Cordery’s men, who have now dropped all nine points available since Christmas, and now lie fifth, having had top spot in their grasp during the festivities.  Mr Cordery was forced to make several changes to his side, with skipper Matt Flitter likely to be out for a month owing to the twisted ankle he sustained against AFC, and the talented Darren Campbell advised not to risk injury prior to his trial with Bradford City on Wednesday.  Also missing were Jermaine Hunter (who joined Hendon 24 hours earlier) and Robbie King (on 1st XI duty with Colchester), whilst Jon McDonald replaced Michael Murphy at left back.  The departure of Hunter made room in the squad for Staines’ latest signing, 23 year old Lebanese international striker Ali Chaaban (Ali C?), who joins from Sutton, and who started on the bench. The day was cold, Graham Gould’s pitch in excellent condition, and Staines attacked the houses end in the first half. 

The game actually kicked off some 3 minutes early, and any supporters who arrived dead on the scheduled kick-off time would have been surprised to find the scoreline already standing at 1-1 at 3pm!  With just 2? minutes played, Leyton broke down the right, when George Sifonios centred, and Daniel Tenkorang showed good composure to steady himself and shoot past Shaun Allaway from 7 yards.  The lead lasted only 60 seconds, as Jamie Guy set off on a diagonal run, and then stunned ‘keeper James Hasell with a powerful angled shot.  After a miserable Christmas, Staines seemed to have regained their composure, dictating the play for a while and then moving ahead on 25 minutes.  Jon McDonald picked out Garry Sippetts on the left, and he lifted it beyond Hasell for André De Lisser to head home.  But then disaster struck as Staines funnelled the ball back immediately from the kick-off, Leyton’s Simon Preddie darted in and shot an immediate equaliser.  Jake Newton had his name taken for a foul on Sifonios on the half hour, as a degree of frustration set in: Peddie pinged another shot just over the bar, while at the other end Guy fired off a good shot which Hasell got down well to hold.  But with 5 minutes remaining to half time, the visitors scored what proved to be the winning goal.  A hopeful ball forward caused confusion at the back as it got caught between McDonald and Gordon, and Leyton’s lively striker Leli Bajada showed no such hesitation by stealing in and lofting the ball into the net from just inside the 18 yard box. 

There was an early caution for Gordon as he tripped the advancing Tenkorang as he advanced towards the box 9 minutes into the second half.  Staines’ were more composed in the second period, however, but they found Leyton’s well drilled defence and tight offside trap difficult to breach, while they could not ignore the danger of the impish Preddie and his team mates inflicting further damage at the other end, and he twice tested Allaway in quick succession.  For Staines, Clement James sent in a number of crosses, two of which were met by Garry Sippetts, but both were blocked in the 6 yard box.  Sippetts was then withdrawn to make way for Chaaban’s début, and he always looked lively in and around the box.  His very first touch won a corner for André Scarlett, who found his range by picking out McDonald at the far post, only for the defence to again block.  Des Thomas, pushing forward skilfully for the visitors, whipped in a cross towards big sub Albano Correia, but as he stretched towards goal, his effort was halted for an offside decision.  Scarlett put over a free kick which picked out Michael Currie soon after he had been brought on for James, but he was unlucky to see his far post header blocked in front of the post.  As time ticked down to the last 12 minutes, Chaaban showed great skills just outside the box, but saw his Hasell get down well to save his shot from the 18 yard line.  In a final tactical move, Craig Maskell replaced De Lisser for the last 10 minutes, while the home side were preparing to take a corner.  Scarlett sent it over, Currie again saw a header diverted round, Maskell took the succeeding corner, which McDonald helped on to Chaaban, only to see the defence block his shot once more.  A final move involving Newton, Maskell, and the mercurial Guy came to nought, and then Tenkorang collected the game’s third and final yellow card for a foul on Newton.  When Estonian referee Kristo Tohver blew time for on his first senior English game, it was the Londoners who were celebrating victory, while Staines’ only consolation was that the other results saw many of the leading teams drop points, so they remained in touch in 5th place. 

Staines: Allaway, Newton, McDonald, Gordon ©, Popoví?, Scarlett, De Lisser (Maskell 80), Manuella, Sippetts (Chaaban 66), James (Currie 71), Guy; unused Murphy, Phillips (gk).

Leyton: Hasell, Bass, Soteriou (Parkyn 55), Thomas, Chandler ©, F Curley, Peddie, Sophocleous (Correia 66), Bajada, Tenkorang, Sifonios; unused Morgan (gk), Toney, Alderton. Ref K Tohver, Assts I Kitchen, C Breakspear.  Official att: 178.


Swans falter in front of record Wheatsheaf Park league crowd

Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January 2006 (3·00pm) – Ryman League Premier Division

STAINES TOWN (0) 0   AFC WIMBLEDON (1) 3 By Steve Parsons.

Staines Town completed an unsuccessful holiday double, when they were beaten 3-0 at home by fellow promotion chasers AFC Wimbledon in front of a packed Wheatsheaf Park ground in the first game of the new year.  Just as with the Hampton game, the Swans were left with the distinct feeling that a couple of crucial decisions had gone against them, but at least this time they had the consolation of a bumper crowd of 2285 – comfortably bigger than the Aldershot games in the 1990s, and believed to be the biggest at Staines for 30 years.  There was mixed team news for Steve Cordery, as Colchester retained Robbie King for their first team squad, but cleared Jamie Guy to play, and he took the place of Jermaine Hunter in the only change from the Boxing Day starting line-up.  Dons fielded Dwayne Plummer, who was signed from Staines in October, and also Chris Gell (Richard’s twin), but did not select either of their other two ex-Swans, Reilly and Beasant; they were also without the suspended Wes Daly and Michael Harvey – the latter a Blazin’ Squad / So Solid Crew rapper, was watching from the stands with his finacée Alesha, ex of girl band Mis-teeq.  Off the field, the game was very smoothly controlled, thanks to the hard work of Staines senior steward Bob Sherwood and his staff, a contingent of stewards supplied by the visitors, no less than 15 Surrey Police officers, and the general good behaviour of all spectators.  Unlike the recent cup meeting, the weather was kind, being fairly bright and mild for the time of year.  The pitch was in good condition, and Staines attacked the houses end in the first half.  The game featured one of the youngest ever mascots at Staines, Charlie Lewis, who just turned 3 on Boxing Day doing the honours: he is the son of one of the City Electrical Factors executives.  One downside was that the mobile food wagon with which Sally Edwick intended to supplement her usual “hatch” outlet was vandalised offsite in the morning, and the club apologises that spectators faced long queues for refreshments. 

There was something of a comedic start to the game, as in the second minute André De Lisser headed just wide from a good Darren Campbell cross, only for the ref to initially signal a Staines corner, only correcting himself after loud reminders from the visiting fans.  Then a long ball out of the Dons defence caught Danny Gordon on the arm – and was initially signalled as a Staines free kick before once again being corrected.  In the 7th minute, Shaun Allaway looked to have handled outside his area, but play was waved on.  In the 8th minute, visiting ‘keeper Andy Little was guilty of the same misjudgement, but again their was no whistle, and this was costly for Staines, as the ball reached Rob Ursell, who hit a stunning shot into the far top corner of the net to give the visitors an early lead.  In all three meetings this season, Wimbledon have now taken a lead inside the first 8 minutes.  Staines tried to force their way back into the game, with Little forced into a couple of saves, the more testing one being from a low, angled drive by Guy.  At the other end, Plummer skied over the bar following an excellent Dons move, and then in a huge scramble in the 6 yard box, there were vital blocks by Allaway and Gordon before Newton finally cleared off his line for a corner.  That was not the end of the danger, for the flag-kick reached Wayne Finnie, whose shot was also blocked before rebounding to Richard Butler, whose effort looped over the bar.  Once again, Staines tried to respond, and an excellent move involving Newton, Campbell and Garry Sippetts led to Fiston Manuella heading just over the bar.  A promising looking Swans free kick, from which Campbell had started to work some space, was frustratingly called to a halt when the visitors’ bench inadvertently threw a spare ball onto the pitch.  The final 10 minutes of the half were somewhat niggly and bad tempered: firstly Barry Moore and Manuella came together off the ball, then the same Don’s man was involved in crucnching challenges on both André Scarlett and Gordon.  Michael Murphy also took a knock, and in fact was replaced at half time by Jon McDonald.

The second half was only 6 minutes old when AFC doubled their lead and, with the game so tight, effectively moved out of sight.  There had been confident appeals for offside against Plummer earlier in the move, but they were not heeded, and Wimbledon’s Shane Smeltz fired off a goalbound shot.  Danny Gordon – Swans most effective defender up to that point of the afternoon – threw himself at the effort, and was penalised for handball.  Despite his claims that the ball had struck him in the midriff, and after receiving lengthy treatment to that part of his anatomy, Leicestershire referee Mark Lever waited patiently and then produced a red card.  Dave Sargent made no mistake from the resulting penalty kick.  De Lisser deputised at right back, but the visitors were now rampant, and when Richard Butler bustled through it was no surprise when he made it 3-0 in the 61st minute.  Staines tried to revitalise their attack with the introduction of Hunter and Clement ‘CJ’ James, but apart from an overhead effort by Manuella (following a McDonald throw-in) there was little that the 10 men could do to gain a toe hold in a game which the visitors proceeded to dictate the rest of the play, without seriously threatening a fourth goal.  Staines have now failed to score in just two of their last 19 games – both of them against AFC Wimbledon – and have now slipped another place in the table to 5th.

Staines: Allaway, Newton, Murphy (McDonald HT), Gordon, Flitter ©, Scarlett, De Lisser, Manuella,

Sippetts (Hunter 65), Campbell (James 69), Guy; unused Popovíc,Currie

AFC Wimbledon: Little, Finnie, Sargent, Moore, S Butler ©, Howard, Ursell (Farr 89), Gell, R Butler (Richardson 74), Smeltz, Plummer (Peters 57); unused Lennie (g/k), Sobihy. Ref M Lever, Assts David Jones (New haw), D Eaton (Brighton).  Official att: 2285.