Steyning Town produced arguably their best result of the season with a 4-1 win over 2nd place Broadbridge Heath in the SCFL Premier division on Saturday. A hattrick from Jack Barnes and another goal from youngster Dom Johnson-Fisher was enough to ultimately earn a well deserved win against strong opposition.
Town were missing a number of regular personnel as Rondel, Timms, Langford and Clark were all missing through injury. This lead to a shuffle in formation by manager Kev Green as he moved to a different formation with Johnson- Fisher spearheading the attack and a back central three of Da Costa, Potten and Robinson for the first time.
The match had an explosive start as Johnson-Fisher broke down the right in the first half, he squared to Barnes just outside the box and he thumped home in t the top right hand corner. 1-0 Steyning and barely a minute on the clock. This provoked a response by Heath who we clearly stung in to action and they had a number of good chances to equalise in the next period, however Town weathered the storm and gradually took the game to the visitors again and themselves went close of a few occassions. Johnson-Fisher and Meehan causing havoc with their direct running.
As half time approached there was a sucker punch as Broadbridge Heath equalised from a half cleared corner despite the calls for offside it looked like a deflected shot fell in to the path of Croal who made no mistake from close range.
Half time 1-1
The second half began and the afternoons outcome seemed very evenly poised as the game ebbed and flowed from end to end. However the next key moment came near the hour and fell in Towns favour as Johnson-Fisher was bundled over rather clumsily in the box and Barmes stepped up to first the penalty home hard and low. After this Steyning really got on top of their visitors and looked the more likely to score and the next goal duly came as that man Johnson-Fisher cleverly slipped the ball round the centre half and raced clear to finish with aplomb. Minutes later the icing on the cake came as Barnes completed a fine hattrick with another fine strike from the edge of the box on the half volley after being teed up by Johnson-Fisher again with an awkward bouncing ball.
The Steyning back line repelled the visitors well all afternoon Robinson and Da Costa were on good form again and Potten started to look more settled in the Steyning colours with a strong performance. Special mention to Dan Geal who was excellent in midfield after a long injury lay off and Downer was really effective in the engine room all afternoon. There was also time for 16 year old Ronnie Baker to come on as one of the subs for the last 15 minutes. Also special mention to ref Peter Lindsey who reffed well getting all the major decisions spot on and controlling the game well. Best wishes to Max Howell and an opposition who both left the field after a nasty clash of heads.
Final score Steyning Town 4 BBH 1
Town: Lucas, Meehan, Radmore, Potten, Da Costa, Robinson, Barnes, Radley-Martin, Downer, Geal, Johnson-Fisher Subs used: Baker, Bradley, Hallett, Howell, Sweitlik
MOM Johnson-Fisher / Barnes / Downer
Next up Newhaven away on Saturday at 3pm