Little festive cheer for basement-boys Swans
PUNCH-DRUNK Staines Town will enter the festive period rock bottom of Vanarama South following their 3-0 reverse at tabletoppers Boreham Wood. Marcus Gayle’s side don’t play again until Boxing Day, away at Basingstoke Town, and the boss has vowed to bring a defender into the squad in the next 10 days to try and shore up a leaky back-line. A mistake from youngster Luke Neville led to Matt Whichlow scoring after just two minutes to give the hosts the lead. Swans’ fans might have feared another rout following the midweek 5-1 mauling at Hemel Hempstead but it took until the 36th minute for Junior Moraisto to score Wood’s second. A much better showing in the second half failed to produce a goal for Staines – Calum Willock, on as a sub for Neville just after half time, having three good chances without being able to take one. Lee Angol’s 90th minute goal came with Staines still chasing the game and Gayle said: “We need to start games in a much better vein. We can’t afford to keep making mistakes and giving teams an early goal. “Boreham Wood looked a good side but this time last year we were that team who passed the ball around well. “We got back to being that team in the second half. We got the ball wide, produced better balls in and created chances which unfortunately we weren’t able to take. “If we had scored then it would have been a different game. We gave them a scare. “Now we don’t play again until Boxing Day and we have three players suspended for that game, with Tommy Brewer, Bajram Pashaj and Chris M’Boungou all out. “It’s not going to help us and I need to do something in the meantime to change it. We need to conjure up a defender or two.” Gayle remains upbeat of Swans’ chances despite this being a 15th defeat in 19 matches. And following a week where he questioned whether he wants to continue in the job he indicated he is not about to quit. “We all have to get on with it. I have my days when it becomes emotional like anybody else.
“It’s an uphill battle for the players but if we face it together we can pull a rabbit out of the hat.™
After their trip to Basingstoke, Staines host Chelmsford City on Sunday December 28 before hosting Basingstoke in a return clash on New Year’s Day.
Willock: Missed chances.