Town returned to league action on Saturday with a credible draw against a Crowborough team who had started the season well. On a steaming hot day approaching 40 degrees on the pitch Town had taken the lead midway through the first half via a first competitive goal for the club for Josh Rondel and this was cancelled out on the stroke of half time by the visitors.
Like many other games this season Steyning started really well and it took a desperate goal line clearance from a Chalmers strike in the 3rd minute to stop Town going ahead. This set the tempo for a lively end of end first half where both sides could have, and probably should have scored a few each. Lucas, as has become the norm, was in good form in goal as was his opposite number Grant in the Crows goal.
The deadlock was broken on 23 minutes as Rondel slid in to finish well from a tight angle after a dipping shot from Rob Clark was parried by the keeper. Rondel was missed a good headed chance a few minutes earlier, but this time he made no mistake. Minutes later there was a let off for town as Timms cleared off the line.
Town continued to move the ball well on the whole, but were the masters of their own downfall on the stroke of half time as they conceded possession in their own third, and three passes later the ball was expertly despatched by the lively Funnell from the edge of the box.
During the second half the tempo of the game dropped somewhat as the heat took its toll. There were few chances at either end and the main talking point was a red card for Crows Mayhew for two bookings in quick succession. The first for what was deemed to be a dangerous challenge and the second as he clipped Santos minutes later.
The Crows had been on top until this point since half time but going down to ten men put them naturally a bit more on the back foot but to their credit their hard work did not really allow Steyning to make the most of their numerical advantage . Fresh legs were introduced, including a debut for Dayvarn Downer, a recent signing from Haywards Heath. The one big chance fell to man of the match Ryan Timms in the final minutes as he manoeuvred some space well in a crowded box, but his low drive was brilliantly saved by Grant in the Crows goal.
Overall a good avert for SCFL football and a keen, competitive and entertaining game. Full credit to both sides.
Town 1 Lucas 2 Ryan Hallett 3 Rob Clark 4 Joe Radley-Martin 5 Nathan Da Costa 6 Ryan Timms 7 Josh Rondel 8 Charlie Meehan 9 Callum Chalmers 10 Grant Radmore 11 Ramon Santos
Subs used: Mayckol Sabino, Aryan Sirjani, Charlie Robinson, Dayvarn Downer Not used: Tom Atkinson
Next up: Loxwood at home on Tuesday 16th Aug. 19:45 KO