Consistency key as Reid’s men come unstuck again
Ryman Division 1 South Carshalton Athletic 1 Walton & Hersham 0
A FIRST visit to Colston Avenue in eight years ended in defeat for Walton & Hersham. They never really got going in a scrappy match, struggling to create chances against opponents who were hard-working but distinctly beatable. Robins’ goalkeeper Jack Eden had just two shots to deal with in the match, the second coming three minutes from the end of the scheduled 90, as his side made it five in a row unbeaten at home. While their own recent home form has been good, Swans have struggled to score goals away from Stompond Lane, just one coming in their last four matches on the road, and three in the last six. The home side started the better against the again unchanged visitors, and after five minutes Mickel Miller crossed from the left to the far post for Ricardo Panton to get in a downward header that was easily taken by Swans’ keeper Gary Ross. Ross was then fortunate when Jordan Clarke drove the ball in from the right and it ran across goal and just wide as Joshua Silvera narrowly failed to get a touch at the near post. Swans’ first effort came when Dominic Ogun got forward on the left, but his shot from 25 yards out was too high. Tarome Hemmings then played in a free kick from deep and Gareth Chendlik was able to force a corner on the right. After 20 minutes Jahmahl King seemed to be the victim of a stray elbow and had to leave the pitch to have a cut head bandaged, leaving Swans playing with 10 men for five minutes while he needed running repairs again later.
It took until the 35th minute for Swans to muster their first effort on goal as Andrew Mensah cut in from the left to drive in a good shot that Eden saved at his near post. But it was Carshalton who scored the only goal of the contest three minutes later when Miller swung over a corner from the right and when Silvera nodded the ball on Tommy Bradford had the simple task of heading in from almost on the line at the far post. Swans forced three successive corners on the right after the break, but all, taken by Ogun, failed to create openings. Dylan Cascoe replaced Hemmings after 57 minutes and Swans soon brought on 17-yearold youth team product Jake Bedford for Chendlik. They almost went two down as Clarke was allowed to make a run in on the left, and Ross had to turn his shot wide of the near post. It was Cascoe who might have earned his team a point on another day. With 20 minutes remaining he put in a terrific cross from the left, but both Bedford and Vernon Francis just failed to get their head to the ball at the far post. And Cascoe might have done better with Mensah’s centre with three minutes remaining, his header lacking power as Eden managed to prevent it from crossing the line.