Match Report
Swindon Supermarine 1-1 Windsor & Eton

Posted By: Mark Digby

On: 2nd October 2010

Comp: Great Western Suburban League

The Royalists travelled to Wiltshire on the back of a superb three match winning streak in the league, all against the Premier Division's supposed big guns in Brackley, Chesham United and Halesowen respectively.

A team that was brought together only about a month before the start of the season proper, and one that many had written off before the first ball of the new campaign was kicked in anger, were starting to turn heads and make many realise that they were not the guaranteed three points that some had predicted.

Waiting for them was a similar rising phoenix from beyond the shadows of the giant Honda car plant on the outskirts of Swindon. Supermarine had started the current campaign somewhat downbeat following both 3-1 and 5-1 defeats in their first three games. Since then their defence had tightened up with five clean sheets (three in the league and two in the FA Cup) leading up to today's meeting.

Windsor named an unchanged first eleven, with new singing Alex Sunasky on the bench, whilst fellow new boy Leon Soloman had a potential debut denied due to a problem with his registration. 'Marine' could only name three substitutes, with their squad hit by either, tonsillitis, flu or suspension.

The opening ten minutes gave an early indication of how the second half was to turn out due both sides playing out the start of the game predominately in the middle of the fine Webbs Wood Stadium pitch.

Suddenly the game sprang to life in the twelfth minute when a Swindon corner met the header of Centre Half Leigh Henry, with his effort being cleared off the line by the perfectly placed Jeff Brown. From this clearance, Windsor surged forward and within a minute, a David Pearce cross was met by Royalists' Captain David Woozely, whose header just edged wide of the left post.

Four minutes passed when Delroy Preddie pulled of his first top class save when he tipped an edge of the eighteen yard box from Nick Stanley over the his bar, however Preddie's stoic defence was breached in the 22nd minute when a 20 yard daisy cutter from Marine's Ben Wells just eluded his fingers and tucked the ball into the right hand corner of the Windsor goal. 1-0.

However, the visitors were to show the never say die approach that has been the backbone of it's climb up the league table, when three minutes later, the ever energetic, hard working wing play of David Pearce made a perfect low cross into the Marine six yard box, only for Fiston Manuella to brush the ball just the wrong side of the near post.

Windsor's positivity was finally rewarded in the 31st minute when a David Pearce free kick from the right side touchline floated over Swindon Town loanee Mark Scott into the marine goal. Surely this could an early nominee for goal of the season? Did he mean it? Was it intended for the penalty box only to be caught in the wind? Only David can tell us the answer to this one. 1-1.

From there, the play had swung in Windsor's favour and in the 38th minute a long lob to Pearce put the diminutive winger in sight of goal, only for Scott to deny him and put the ball out for a corner. A minute later, the first yellow card of the game was delivered with Jeff Brown penalised for pulling back Marine's Sam Morris.

Again both midfield units controlled the play, with only a driving effort from Swindon's left winger Nick Stanley sailing over the Windsor goal.

The second half was often a turgid affair with a midfield battle ensuing and Marine swopping their neat passing game for long balls down the middle of the park to striker Kyle Tooze, of which Justin Clayton dealt with confidently and maturely.

The home side had a penalty appeal waved away on 47 minutes by the referee when Clayton tangled with Tooze and appeared to bring him down, and in the 60th minute, the Swindon front man's frustration got the better of him, when he was booked for a late hit on Chris Owens.

Their best effort to that point came nine minutes later when Tooze flashed an effort straight across the Royalist's goal and on the 90th minute a point blank header, following a corner, again from Leigh Henry, was denied by a match saving, brilliant stop from the excellent Preddie.

This had been the pinnacle of Swindon pressure in the final minutes of the game, as Windsor found themselves down to ten men following the dismissal of the otherwise superb Jeff Brown for a second yellow card after he clipped Stanley from behind on 80 minutes.

Michael Chennells also saw yellow in stoppage time when his protesting at the referee led to a booking for dissent.

Whilst the second half did not match the open passing game employed by both sides in the first, it was a fine game played out two sides who seemed to settle for a draw. A good and fair result away from home for Windsor against, like themselves, a talented young team.

10 Men Royalists Held At Swindon

Posted By: Mark Digby

On: 2nd October 2010

Comp: Southern Football League Premier Division

The Royalists travelled to Wiltshire on the back of a superb three match winning streak in the league, all against the Premier Division's supposed big guns in Brackley, Chesham United and Halesowen respectively.

A team that was brought together only about a month before the start of the season proper, and one that many had written off before the first ball of the new campaign was kicked in anger, were starting to turn heads and make many realise that they were not the guaranteed three points that some had predicted.

Waiting for them was a similar rising phoenix from beyond the shadows of the giant Honda car plant on the outskirts of Swindon. Supermarine had started the current campaign somewhat downbeat following both 3-1 and 5-1 defeats in their first three games. Since then their defence had tightened up with five clean sheets (three in the league and two in the FA Cup) leading up to today's meeting.

Windsor named an unchanged first eleven, with new singing Alex Sunasky on the bench, whilst fellow new boy Leon Soloman had a potential debut denied due to a problem with his registration. 'Marine' could only name three substitutes, with their squad hit by either, tonsillitis, flu or suspension.

The opening ten minutes gave an early indication of how the second half was to turn out due both sides playing out the start of the game predominately in the middle of the fine Webbs Wood Stadium pitch.

Suddenly the game sprang to life in the twelfth minute when a Swindon corner met the header of Centre Half Leigh Henry, with his effort being cleared off the line by the perfectly placed Jeff Brown. From this clearance, Windsor surged forward and within a minute, a David Pearce cross was met by Royalists' Captain David Woozely, whose header just edged wide of the left post.

Four minutes passed when Delroy Preddie pulled of his first top class save when he tipped an edge of the eighteen yard box from Nick Stanley over the his bar, however Preddie's stoic defence was breached in the 22nd minute when a 20 yard daisy cutter from Marine's Ben Wells just eluded his fingers and tucked the ball into the right hand corner of the Windsor goal. 1-0.

However, the visitors were to show the never say die approach that has been the backbone of it's climb up the league table, when three minutes later, the ever energetic, hard working wing play of David Pearce made a perfect low cross into the Marine six yard box, only for Fiston Manuella to brush the ball just the wrong side of the near post.

Windsor's positivity was finally rewarded in the 31st minute when a David Pearce free kick from the right side touchline floated over Swindon Town loanee Mark Scott into the marine goal. Surely this could an early nominee for goal of the season? Did he mean it? Was it intended for the penalty box only to be caught in the wind? Only David can tell us the answer to this one. 1-1.

From there, the play had swung in Windsor's favour and in the 38th minute a long lob to Pearce put the diminutive winger in sight of goal, only for Scott to deny him and put the ball out for a corner. A minute later, the first yellow card of the game was delivered with Jeff Brown penalised for pulling back Marine's Sam Morris.

Again both midfield units controlled the play, with only a driving effort from Swindon's left winger Nick Stanley sailing over the Windsor goal.

The second half was often a turgid affair with a midfield battle ensuing and Marine swopping their neat passing game for long balls down the middle of the park to striker Kyle Tooze, of which Justin Clayton dealt with confidently and maturely.

The home side had a penalty appeal waved away on 47 minutes by the referee when Clayton tangled with Tooze and appeared to bring him down, and in the 60th minute, the Swindon front man's frustration got the better of him, when he was booked for a late hit on Chris Owens.

Their best effort to that point came nine minutes later when Tooze flashed an effort straight across the Royalist's goal and on the 90th minute a point blank header, following a corner, again from Leigh Henry, was denied by a match saving, brilliant stop from the excellent Preddie.

This had been the pinnacle of Swindon pressure in the final minutes of the game, as Windsor found themselves down to ten men following the dismissal of the otherwise superb Jeff Brown for a second yellow card after he clipped Stanley from behind on 80 minutes.

Michael Chennells also saw yellow in stoppage time when his protesting at the referee led to a booking for dissent.

Whilst the second half did not match the open passing game employed by both sides in the first, it was a fine game played out two sides who seemed to settle for a draw. A good and fair result away from home for Windsor against, like themselves, a talented young team.

Teams

Swindon Supermarine - Windsor & Eton
Mark Scott1Delroy Preddie
Kyle Lapham2Jeff Brown
Matt Robinson3Chris Owens
Ben Wells4Justin Clayton
Leigh Hendry5David Woozley
Gary Horgan6Ashleigh James
Sam Morris7Jake Parsons
Jamie Gosling8Fiston Manuella
Kyle Tooze9Sam Wadieh
Chris Taylor10Michael Chennells
Nick Stanley11David Pearce
Subs
12Jordan Dowdican
Josh Ford14Ryan Bernard
Danny Allen15Michael Ewang
Luke Hopper16Tom Mudge
17Alex Sunasky

Timeline

1' Sam Wadieh
Windsor & Eton

22' Ben Wells
Swindon Supermarine

31' David Pearce
Windsor & Eton

39' Jeff Brown
Windsor & Eton

52' Ashleigh James (off)
Michael Ewang (on)

Windsor & Eton

61' Kyle Tooze
Swindon Supermarine

71' Sam Wadieh (off)
Alex Sunasky (on)

Windsor & Eton

80' Jeff Brown
Windsor & Eton

86' Sam Morris (off)
Luke Hopper (on)

Swindon Supermarine

90+3' Michael Chennells
Windsor & Eton