Eastbourne United Match Report

Steyning Towns remarkable recent run of 14 matches unbeaten was brought to an end at home on Saturday with a 1-0 home defeat to Eastbourne United AFC in a 4th v 5th clash in the SCFL Premier division.
The match was a feisty and competitive affair throughout which saw players from both sides on the end of some thumping challenges and niggly fouls. Overall the referee did manage just about keep a lid on it all but in the end the experience of the visitors saw them over the line.
The damage was done for Town in the first half as  Eastbourne had the better of the early exchanges and Lucas in the Town goal as called in to action on quite a few occasions including one stunning finger tip save and another miraculous scrabble off the line. At the other end Langford was looking dangerous and went close twice and Johnson Fisher fired wide after a typical mazy run and cut in from the left side.
The defining moment of the game came when Lucas was eventually beaten in the 40th minute as Town were loose in possession in their own third and Capon was on hand & played in, and made no mistake with a good low finish.
Steyning never really good in to their passing groove all afternoon as United jostled, harried and worked hard to shut down space. It wasn’t really until the last 20 minutes, as the visitors sat deeper protecting their lead, that Steyning looked like they may nick a point. The introduction of Rance and Downer gave Town some fresh impetus in midfield and allowed them to control possession in more dangerous areas. Clark and Meehan came on to bolster the attacking thrust.
However despite throwing everything at them during that last 20 minute spell the United keeper was never seriously tested. Our best chances fell to Rondel who thumped over from 12 years after a fine move and Langford heading in to the arms of the keeper. The big talking point was a strong shout for a penalty as Langford was clipped running in to the box at speed, however the ref decided there was not enough in it, and to rub salt in the wounds booked Langford for a dive; which it clearly never was.
Full time 0-1
Overall a frustrating afternoon but the fantastic run was always going to end at some point. Congratulations to United for what they will no doubt view as a classic, resilient away performance. No time for negativity as we dust ourselves down and look forward to testing ourselves against Horsham FC in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
Town: Lucas Hallett Rondel Robinson Timms Barnes Radley-Martin Bradley Johnson-Fisher, Langford Howell Subs used Clark Downer Rance Meehan Not used : Sirjani
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