Swindon Supermarine 4 Beaconsfield Town 0
Two goals in each half secure comfortable victory for Swindon as Rams endure more awayday misery.
Last season, on their way to the league title, Beaconsfield Town carried all before them on the road. This term, admittedly at a higher level, they can’t buy a result away from Holloway’s Park and Saturday’s 4-0 reverse at the hands of Swindon Supermarine was amongst their most dispiriting as Gary Meakin’s men failed to register a serious effort on target in the entire afternoon.
Conditions didn’t help with a fierce swirling wind combining with a sticky surface to produce an untidy and error strewn afternoon.
Beaconsfield began brightly enough but it was the home side who settled best with the wind in their favour.
They went in front on 14 minutes when Henry Spalding and Ryan Campbell, who had already forced an early save from Charlie Burns, combined to put the home side ahead. Spalding getting to the byline on the right before pulling back a cross which picked out Campbell 12 yards from goal. The winger steadied himself and drove in a measured finish across Burns and into the bottom corner.
Four minutes later the young winger netted his second with a goal that owed as much to the conditions as the skill of the finish. Another cross from the busy Spalding was cleared by the Beaconsfield defence but the header was caught in the gale and dropped like a stone 20 yards out where Campbell met it on the volley, his strike arrowed into the net with Burns clutching at thin air.
2-0 was harsh on Beaconsfield who were enjoying the lions share of possession but struggling to create any quality openings. On 21 minutes The Rams most incisive combination of passes released Brendan Matthew on goal. As the striker drove into the area he steadied himself and prepared to shoot and appeared to be pulled back by marker Mat Liddiard, Matthew went down in the act of shooting and his effort bobbled harmlessly wide but referee Ross Martin from Bristol saw nothing in the challenge and waved away Beaconsfield’s protests.
The Rams continued to press but were unable to find the quality to prise open the Supermarine defence and it was the home side who carried the greater threat with Conor McDonagh and skipper Stuart Fleetwood giving the Beaconsfield defence as much as they could handle ably assisted on either wing by Campbell and Spalding, who was instrumental in most of the home teams best chances. Only a good block from Burns and a last ditch blocking tackle from Mayo Balogun prevented the half time score from having a very lopsided look indeed.
At half time Omar Vassell replaced Louis Stead for the visitors, slotting in at right back and allowing Jordan Ajanlekoko to move into midfield and again the visitors started brightly forcing a corner. The home side easily defended the kick and broke with devastating effect. Campbell and Fleetwood combined on the edge of the box and played in McDonagh who finished across Burn from a narrow angle to make it 3-0, effectively ending the contest after 46 minutes.
Gary Meakin introduced former Staines duo Thomas Gogo and Billy Montague, replacing Brendan Matthew and AJ but the game was gone and although the pair showed great willingness and endeavour it was difficult for them to exert any influence on proceedings. The visitors generated free-kicks and good possession but lacked cohesion and simply could not get to grips with the conditions. Crosses and through balls repeatedly flew out of play or carried harmlessly through to Josh Hill in the home goal who was barely extended all afternoon.
It was no surprise that it was Supermarine who finished the scoring on 82 minutes and similarly no surprise that Fleetwood capped a captains performance with a thoroughly well deserved goal, sweeping in from six yards after good work from substitute Brad Hooper.
An afternoon to forget for Beaconsfield who must now regroup quickly for the visit of Merthyr on Tuesday night.
1. Josh Hill
2. Dan Williamson
3. Michael Hopkins
4. Jamie Edge [Sub 15. Brad Hooper 78]
5. Mat Liddiard
6. Matt Williams [Sub16. Joe Shepherd 60]
7. Henry Spalding
8. Calvin Dinsley
9. Stuart Fleetwood ©
10. Conor McDonagh [Sub 14. Harry Williams 73 ]
11. Ryan Campbell
Subs Not Used:
12. Joe Selman
GK. Kevin Sawyer
Manager Lee Spalding
1. Charlie Burns
2. Jordan Ajanlekoko [Sub 16 Thomas Gogo 53]
3. Mayowa Balogun
4. Reece Yorke
5. Luke Neville
6. Dan Brown
7. Aaron Minhas
8. Louis Stead [Sub 12 Omar Vassell 45]
9. Brendan Matthew [Sub Billy Montague 60]
10. Marvin Morgan
11. Charlie Losasso
Subs Not Used:
14. Wes Daly
17. Jon-Jo Bates
Manager: Gary Meakin
Ref: Mr Ross Martin
Assistants: Mr Darren Hill - Mr Luke Pacock