Hassocks Match Report

There are days when it clicks, and there are days when it doesn’t click. Thankfully for Steyning Town Saturday was the day when it clicked. They headed over to the picturesque Beacon on a damp Saturday for an eagerly anticipated 3rd v 4th clash and put on one of the best displays of the season in the first half in which they dominated and effectively sealed the three points.

They went in at the break three goals to the good and which in all honesty could’ve and should’ve been more. Town added one more goal late on in the second half after a display in the second period that was professional, but a bit ugly in all honesty, but very effective and didn’t give the hosts any opportunity of getting back into the game. All-round another great performance against a promotion rival, after beating Crowborough and Newhaven (in the cup) in recent weeks, which has set the stall out that the Barrowmen are serious about a promotion push this season.

If there was concern that Steyning may have one eye on Tuesday evenings historic Sussex senior cup semi-final with Horsham these fears were quickly eradicated. The team were on it from the start and started attacking the hosts with pace from the outset.

It didn’t take long for the breakthrough to come as the ball was worked across from the right hand side , and a low pass across the edge of the box found Chalaye who stepped on to the ball beautifully and curled a low first time shot from the edge of the box into the bottom right hand corner, giving Trigwell in the Hassocks goal no chance; a really cracking goal.

Hassocks looked to muster an immediate response and started to find a bit of ball in the middle of the park and started to come at Steyning, but we are limited to pot shots from outside of the box that caused Lucas no concern. The defensive shape was fantastic and the midfield were working hard to snuff out space, often winning ball and giving Town the platform to break at speed.

Town we’re looking very dangerous, going forward and forced a number of corners, and on 22 minutes from one of these corners, that man Cooper, an ex Hassocks player, was there to stick out a long leg and sidefoot home from a corner as it dropped in the box. 2-0 and well and well in command.

From this point, until half-time, Steyning sensed blood, and realised this game could effectively be killed off before half-time as Edwards and Barnes were getting on top in the midfield engine room. Weller was impressing at right back linking well down the right. However just as it looked, there would be no extra score before half-time Meehan made a terrific run down the right cut into the box near the byline, and was brought down rather clumsily from behind for a stonewall penalty. Skipper Barnes stepped up at the spot, as he has done all season, and sent the keeper the wrong way rolling it home to the centre of the goal. 3-0.
The second half in all honesty was a rather forgettable affair. Steyning were quite content to sit in and try and pick the hosts off on the break. Hassocks themselves, although playing with energy, really struggled to find a cutting edge upfront. Any half chances they had were quickly snuffed out by the back four. Hassocks did create a few half chances. However the fact that Lucas in the Steyning goal didn’t have a save to make all afternoon showed the quality of the performance in front of him.

Late on hitman Chalaye put the icing on the cake, as he broke down through the left channel after a move involving Rance and the impressive Francis, rounded the keeper and prodded home at the near post ahead of the recovering defenders. Full time and 4-0. What a tremendous result for the Barrowmen as they edge into second place in the league and the run in looks like it might go the whole way.

A big confidence booster ahead of Tuesday nights senior cup semi-final at Lancing at 7:30 pm against Horsham. We hope all of our friends in the football world in Sussex will come along and support us on Tuesday night.

Hassocks as always were great hosts. The pitch was in good condition despite all the heavy weather and seeing so many young Hassocks players at the club enjoying the afternoon shows what a great community club they are and they are deservedly having a great season.

Steyning: Lucas Fuller Cooper Da Costa, Weller Edwards Barnes Francis Shooman Meehan Chalaye

Subs used : Remfry Rance Clark Rondel Goldson

Goalscorers:

  • Tom Chalaye 5, 90+8
  • Nathan Cooper 23
  • Jack Barnes 45+4 penalty
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