Staines hon­our de­parted club­man with a five-star show

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STAINES Town paid a glow­ing tribute to club­man Gra­ham Gould with a 5-0 trounc­ing of Kingsto­nian in the Isth­mian League Pre­mier Divi­sion on Satur­day.

The fans had ear­lier hon­oured Gould with a minute’s ap­plause and marked his cor­ner in style with a ban­ner.

The club di­rec­tors, man­age­ment, staff and play­ers were deeply sad­dened by the loss of a club stal­wart at the age of 65 and he will for­ever be re­mem­bered as the man re­spon­si­ble for ar­guably the best play­ing sur­face in non-league foot­ball.

On Gra­ham’s beloved pitch Staines took their home tally to 11 goals in two games [12-1 for the cam­paign] to send the Swans charg­ing into sec­ond place be­hind Har­row Bor­ough in the ta­ble.

Swans started with Lewis Driver and Tom Gil­bey in a change from the pre­vi­ous Tues­day evening, show­ing the strength in num­bers man­ager John­son Hip­polyte has achieved this year.

Mo Bet­tamer opened the scor­ing on 20 min­utes and Max Wors­fold and El­liot Buchanan added one each just be­fore the break to put the Swans in com­plete con­trol at half-time.

As the sec­ond half started fans were won­der­ing if it would be a car­bon copy of the pre­vi­ous Tues­day’s 6-0 de­mo­li­tion of newly-pro­moted Toot­ing & Mitcham. But it was not quite to be.

It was not un­til the last few min­utes that sub­sti­tutes Tom Collins and Jonathan Hip­polyte added to the score­board to put the gloss on a five-star per­for­mance at home.

Jake Dar­ling

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