CHERRY RED RECORDS COMBINED COUNTIES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2019
SPELTHORNE SPORTS 2 (1)
Lewis Flatman (9) Graeme Edwards (85)
EGHAM TOWN 2 (0)
Luke Maguire (51), Anthony Thompson (89)
In the first ever competitive match between the clubs Spelthorne Sports and Egham Town fought out a hard earned draw that was as entertaining as the wet, blustery conditions allowed. The Sarnies had lost their last three league games and dropped to 15th place, and while the league standing has not changed the fighting spirit shown against a side in 4th was enough to encourage boss Tony Choules as the teams left the field.
The game was only 9 minutes old when a foul on home centre forward Sekani McCalmon was punished by Sports’ talisman Lewis Flatman who drilled a powerful free kick low past Luke Daley. Egham were glad to welcome midfielder Lewis Maguire back after suspension and injury, and it was his cross that gave Anthony Thompson a chance for an equaliser but the header lacked power. Thomas had the next chance for the Sarnies after Prince Mbengui’s run and pass, the shot hitting the cross bar after Henry Poole in the home goal got a fingertip to the ball. Flatman was given room to try his luck from distance, the ball hitting the right post. In the dying seconds of the half there was a bit of a kerfuffle between Maguire and McCalmon, both having their names taken.
The two clashed seconds after the restart, McCalmon needing some treatment before he carried on. Maguire took out whatever frustration he was feeling in a more disciplined way as he found the net in the 51st minute. Initially it looked as the home back four had dealt capably with an Egham attack before getting themselves in a tangle, giving the Egham man an opening to rifle the ball past Poole. Omar Hassan had his first run-out in a while as he replaced Kiemon Robinson, who was having one of his fitful afternoons. The next decent opening for either side came as McCalmon raced in on Daley before slashing his chance wide. Five minutes from time Egham were facing defeat in the face as a corner was met by Graeme Edwards from close range, the flag kick arising from Ben Peden’s miscued header, but there was a good response. Mbengui shot from 30 yards, Poole saving comfortably, then, in the 89th minute, Thomas rescued the Sarnies, cutting in from the left to fire a wonderful, low, angled shot into the far corner.
Egham travel to Krooner Park for the first time in a long time on Saturday, facing old foes Camberley Town, who are 5th. On Tuesday 12 November the Sarnies welcome Badshot Lea to Runnymede Stadium.
EGHAM TOWN: Luke Daley, Ben Peden, Andrew Whorms, Lekan Ejinwunmi, Tristan Toney (Captain), Prince Mbengui, Jay O’Connell, Luke Maguire, Anthony Thomas, Amin Belaid, Kiemon Robinson. Substitutes: Omar Hassan (Robinson, 67), Costa Rodrigues, Jake Sobolak (Belaid, HT), Craige Tomkins.