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Hampton & RB
Swansea XI
Tue 22 Jul 19:45 - Friendly Full time Attendance 350

Beavers held off by Swans

Swansea City's under 21s were made to work hard against the Beavers, yet just about deserved their victory.

Both sides had chances in the early part of the half; Corey Francis forced a fine save from Milan Stojsavljevic on 14 minutes; then on 19 minutes, Luke Wanadio popped up on the left, his teasing cross found Richard Butler in space, but he was stretching to make his header and it looped wide.

After James Loveridge forced a save at the near post from Stojsavljevic, it was Francis who was proving to be a thorn in the side of the Beavers and his 33rd minute shot hit the angle of post and bar with Stojsavljevic stranded.

It was the Swans opened the scoring just before half time as Henry James converted a free kick from just outside the box, curling the ball around the wall in an exquisite manner, leaving Stojsavljevic with no chance.

After the break the Swans doubled the lead as Alex Samuel was bundled over in the area. He picked himself up and coverted the kick to Stojsavljevic's left.

The Beavers came back with a Tommy Brewer strike at Cornell in the Swans goal but Loveridge made Stojsavljevic dive to the left to hold onto another well taken free kick on 56 minutes.

5 minutes later, Alex Samuel's fierce shot from the angle of the box saw Stojsavljevic palm the attempt clear but it was the Beavers that had the final word, as Ben Harris chased a long ball into the box with just 5 minutes left.

Cornell mistimed his challenge and brought the striker down by the byeline. Harris stepped up to drive the penalty to the keepers left, Cornell going the other way.

Credit to both sides for a great game of football as both teams played open, passing football on a warm evening that was a good advertisement for the way the game should be played.

Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
Ben Harris (p) 84

Swansea City XI 2
Henry James 44
Alex Samuel (p) 49

Att 350

Hampton & Richmond Borough
1 Milan Stojsavljevic, 2 Tommy Brewer, 3 Jerome Federico, 4 Jesse Kewley-Graham, 5 Billy Jeffreys (c), 6 Justyn Roberts, 7 Michael Bryan, 8 Karle Carder, 9 Richard Butler, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Luke Wanadio

Subs
12 Paris Mason, 14 Reece Brewster, 15 James Simmonds, 16 Ben Harris, 17 Stuart Lake, 18 Hassan Ibrahim, GK Tyler Tobin

Swansea City XI
1 David Cornell, 2 Liam Shepherd, 3 Raheem Hanley, 4 Corey Francis, 5 Joseph James, 6 Scott Tancock (c), 7 James Loveridge, 8 Henry Jones, 9 Alex Samuel, 10 Kurtis March, 11 Ryan Hedges

Subs
12 Conner Roberts, 13 Gregor Zabret, 14 Kris Scott, 15 Kyle Copp, 16 Kenji Gorre, 17 Alex Gogic, 18 Curtis Obeng

Image (C)Andy Nunn

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