…. could have been so much more.
Steyning unbeaten over the festive period but feeling frustrated.
The Barrowmen completed four matches over the Christmas and early 2024 period and won one of them & drew three of them. With three of the games being away from home on the face of it, this would look like a decent return for the matches given.
However, given how these matches played out Steyning will have an overriding sense of frustration at the points dropped.
The latest game of these four matches came on Saturday away to Peacehaven. Town dominated long periods of the game, especially in the first half, when in all honesty they should’ve scored three or four goals and been well out of sight. Towning, Chalaye and Francis all wasting excellent opportunities. A shame for these three as otherwise they were three on the stand out players in the first half. Remfry also crashed a drive against the bar.
The combination of the poor finishing and good goalkeeping meant Town only had one early goal from Radley-Martin to show for their dominance.
The second half was a slightly less one-sided affair. However, with Lucas in goal only making one save all afternoon, it was the impressive Stroomberg in the Peacehaven goal who was far busier; great handling all afternoon.
Again Steyning wasted a number of very promising opportunities in the last third and a miss by Chalaye in the final couple of minutes after a great move summed up the afternoon for the team.
In other games over the festive period town started off with an away game at Crawley Doen Gatwick, where they raced into a three-goal lead through goals from Cooper, Chalaye & Barnes. On the hour Town were so much in control that you couldn’t see anything other than them returning home with the three points and more goals coming. However, a woeful defensive display in the final 30 minutes from the whole team let in the hosts with three goals when they hadn’t threatened the Town in the whole first hour. Credit to them for capitalising, but really the game should have been put to bed.
On Boxing Day at home Town we’re determined to make amends and they did exactly that with a fine display against local rivals Shoreham FC, and a cracking hat-trick from Tom Chalaye and an extra goal from Nathan Cooper meant they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners. Ex town hitman Ben Bacon notching for Shoreham.
On the 30th of December Steyning travelled to in from Haywards Heath. On paper, the toughest game of the whole period and a game in which Town probably performed best again, creating the better chances in the first half and being the better side for 45 minutes.
Around the hour mark , they took a vital lead with great work by Lloyd Francis who had his shot parried and it was followed up by Chalaye who slammed the ball home. However, Town could not hold on with the equaliser from Finney meant the shares were spoiled.
So overall, not a terrible run of results over the New Year period but there were definately were some points that got away. However Steyning will look forward to the upcoming games in January with excitement.
This all starts on Tuesday night with a Sussex senior cup quarter-final away to Burgess Hill FC and we look forward to seeing you all there to see if the lads can take a step closer to the dream of an AMEX Stadium final.