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By Tempest Ward


Tommy Ward 3 (22, 35, 45)
Brandon McCarthy (53)

Egham Town are relegated. The 2012-2013 Combined Counties League Champions will return from whence they came. Predictable and preventable are two words that spring to mind, the downward trend being set early in a campaign that has seen the Sarnies go through four different management combinations at least, 109 players (including 8 goalkeepers) and racked up 16 straight away league defeats. There have been high points; none of the current top five sides have done the double against them. The FA Cup win against Staines Town was somewhat eroded in its lustre given the horror show The Swans have suffered since, but it was results such as Molesey and South Park winning home and away that have sealed Egham’s fate.
There was perhaps some surprise that there was, even at this late stage, a faint glimmer of hope for the Runnymede Stadium side, that being down to Carl Palmer taking the lead on the bench, initially with Francisco Ramos and then, for Tuesday’s win against Bracknell Town, former Uxbridge coach Dennis Koranteng. The latter ran the team single-handed at Hertford, Egham still buzzing after an excellent performance at home midweek when defeating the second placed Robins. Since Dickson Gill was relieved of his duties and Tuesday Egham have lost at home to South Park, won at Northwood and drawn at home to Bedfont Sports. Seven points from nine had the fans smiling; they hadn’t seen the like since December 2017, just before Chris Moore was sent packing. Unfortunately Egham were more like their old, less incisive selves at Hertingfordbury Park. Kiemon Robinson, scorer of the winner on Tuesday, was out injured. On the bench Harrow Borough Under 23s player Tommy Cole became the 109th player on an Egham team sheet.
Hertford have also had a difficult season, and have twice made changes to their management, the first after a 1-8 home battering by Hayes & Yeading United on 2 February. When that change failed to work they took decisive action and had another go. Even so, this was their first win since January and their first at home since December. This game was Egham’s last hope; a win here would have them five points adrift of Hertford with three games left. That Molesey and South Park also lost was irrelevant; Egham ran out of games.
Hertford left the field at half time 3-0 up, Egham’s defence suddenly as porous as it had recently been resolute. Tommy Ward scored a hat-trick, finishing off neatly as the ball pinged across the box, capitalising on a loose ball after Egham keeper Ryan Sandford had saved well from a free kick routine and lobbing Sandford just before the break. Brandon McCarthy had fired over early on, and underhit a shot after a 1-2 with Greg Wright, and Ashley Carew whipped in a free kick that home keeper Charlie Mann saved at the foot of his left post. Carew’s last action of note was a free kick that Mann saved easily just before the third goal went in. The Egham skipper was subbed at half time by Ibrahim Kehinde, the armband going to Connor Channon. Six minutes into the second period it was from Channon’s pass that McCarthy was able to outpace the home defence before sidestepping Mann to score, but it failed to lead to any hint of a comeback against a defence in which Matthew Thompson and Tommy Fletcher dominated in the middle of defence. It was not until the 78th minute that Egham mounted another noteworthy attack, McCarthy hammering in a cross shot from the right. The ball was cleared to Kildane Tesfu, whose powerful shot left a home defender flattened as it crashed into his head. The
Egham have a home game against Ashford Town (Mx) (eight defeats on the spin) on Saturday, Bank Holiday Monday sees them travel to Cheshunt’s ground to play FC Romania and the season ends on 27 April with a home game against Chipstead. The best Egham (18 points) can hope for now is that they can, with those three games, overhaul Molesey (24, and with a game in hand) and not finish bottom.
EGHAM TOWN: Ryan Sandford, Jack Hatcher, Kildane Tesfu, Ashley Carew, Luke Randall, Joseph Morrison, Brendan McCarthy, Greg White, Anthony Thomas, Connor Channon, Joe Adoo-Peters. Substitutes: Samir Bajja (Wright, 67), Morgan Cooper (Thomas, 74), Tommy Cole, Ibrahim Kehinde (Carew, HT), Alexandre Miranda Antomim.

Updated 11:14 - 14 Apr 2019 by Tempest Ward

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Sat 27 Apr
First Team Chipstead
League 1 – 4
Mon 22 Apr
First Team FC Romania
League 3 – 1
Sat 20 Apr
League 1 – 2
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First Team Hertford Town
League 3 – 1

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