Little Common – Match Report

See SCFL photos here – By Chris Gregory

Steyning Town 1 Little Common 1
Last Saturday’s match with mid-table Little Common finished honours-even from a hard fought 1-1 draw at the Birchwood Shooting Field.
We came into this fixture hoping to bounce back from Tuesday’s disappointing defeat to AFC Uckfield but expecting a hard game against a Common side who have had some decent results in recent weeks.
With the sun shining (really!) the match started end-to-end.
Early on, Jack Langford came close to putting us ahead and down our end a superb point-blank save by Lucas from Common talisman Lewis Hole kept them out.
However, on 25 minutes it was the visitors who broke the deadlock when frontman Sam Ellis swept a low ball in from the left wide of Lucas for 0-1.
We regrouped and pressed to get back into the game but things were a little slow and scrappy at times with a lot of stoppages making it difficult to find fluidity going forward.
Near the break we won a free-kick on the edge of their box which Langford struck into the wall.
Half-time 0-1
We came out for the second half very determined.
Throughout, we had the lion’s share of possession, applying most of the pressure with Charlie Meehan and Dom Johnson-Fisher working hard down the flanks.
On 60 minutes we were aided by the dismissal of Common defender Feakins for a second yellow.
However, the East Sussex side compensated well and remained resolute at the back and hard to penetrate.
When we did, Johnson-Fisher shot just wide of left after a strong run into their box and minutes later Jack Barnes struck a low one that shaved the right post.
Langford and sub Max Howell also went close with good attempts.
Just when it looked like time was running out and it just wasn’t going to be our day, on 92 minutes (injury time) we finally got our reward.
After another strong run into their box, Johnson-Fisher was scythed down and Jack Barnes stepped up to drill the resulting spot-kick into the bottom right corner to level the score(and spark some silly theatrics from their goalkeeper!).
Final score – Steyning Town 1 Little Common 1
Town line up – Szendela-Gletzke, Hallett, Clark (Robinson), Barnes (capt), Da Costa, Downer, Meehan, Baker (Howell), Langford, Djemali, Johnson-Fisher     Unused subs – Maguire, Fatuda, Bant
Looking ahead we have four matches remaining as follows:-
(Easter)Saturday 8th April – away to Lingfield – KO 3pm
(Easter) Monday 10th April – home to Hassocks – KO 11am
Saturday 15th April – home to Crawley Down Gatwick – KO 3pm
Saturday 22nd April – away to Eastbourne United – KO 3pm
Report by Dave Perret
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