Lit­tle fes­tive cheer for base­ment-boys Swans

Surrey Herald/News - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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