Mens – Roffey Match Report

It was the late late show at The Birchwood Stadium last night as The Barrowmen scored two goals in the last seven minutes to snatch all three points from a stubborn and resilient Roffey FC. Up until that point it had been a frustrating evening for the Barrowmen as the visitors sat deep and came close to pulling off their own smash and grab raid. However after the two late goals it would be hard to argue that based on the possession and opportunities created that The Town were not good for all three points.
On a glorious late summer evening at the Shooting Field Steyning really struggled to get in to their rhythm early on with much of their possession based football looking rather languid and a bit slow. As a result our visitors swallowed up releatively comfortably most of what we could throw at them with a few half chances created and a Langford free kick thumping against the post. Most of Steynings best moments in the first half game from young Dom Johnson-Fisher with his trickery and direct running. As half time approached he was on the end of a couple of heavy fouls for which the Roffey rear-guard were lucky to escape with no yellow cards
Half time 0-0
In the second half Steyning lifted the tempo and looked more threatening and it continued to be one way traffic with the match all take place in the Roffey half and the visitors playing with ten men behind the ball. Again though Steyning failed to make many good quality clear cut chances with young keeper Thynne dealing will with everything we threw at him, especially when turning a firm low shot from Langford around the corner. Just after the hour mark however the game took a dramatic twist as Roffey made a rare foray in to the Steyning half, committing a few men forward on the break, and a low cross found its way to Maunder and his low shot rolled how past a helpless Lucas in goal.
This sparked, or should we say shocked, Steyning in to life. A series of substitutions gave Steyning fresh legs with  more energy and purpose. Downer, Rondel and Bradley all came on a were looking lively. Bradley headed a great chance over from 2 yards and Langford dragged a good opportunity wide. It really was like the Alamo now with Roffey players throwing their bodies on the line blocking shot after shot in the box and winning lots of headers . Just as Steyning were starting to think this may not be their night Langford stepped up to belt home a free kick which beat the keeper for pace as it flew in to the centre of the net.
Steyning now smelt blood and were flying forward looking for the winner. In the final minute of normal time substitute El-Hage was brough down outside the box and that man Langford stepped up again to fire home a free kick from around 30 yards making in 5 goals in 2 games. Young Thynne in the Roffey goal will feel like he should have saved it as it squeezed in low up against the post. Delight all round the ground (well in most quarters) that The Barrowmen had pulled it around and squeezed out 3 points where maybe we though the opportunity had gone. Well done lads. Never say die.
A word for our visitors with their young side who did them proud. They will be gutted to lose in such fashion but it is clear there is a work ethic and team spirit there that will surely start to reap some rewards for them soon.
Town: Lucas, Clark, Hallett, Robinson, Timms, Geal, Barnes, Radley-Martin, Langford, Johnson-Fisher, Radmore Subs used: Rondel, Downer, Bradley, El-Hage Not used: Da Costa
MOM Ryan Hallett
Attendance 102
MOM was full back Ryan Hallett and centre back Charlie Robinson also picked up his MOM from the recent win against Bexhill.
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