Steyning Town men’s first team made it nine games unbeaten and four wins in a row as they snuck into third place in the southern combination football league with a late late win at Pagham on Tuesday night.
Full credit to the hosts for getting the game on and the picth was in reasonable condition if not a bit heavy. However, the game was played in driving wind and rain with the wind blowing from one corner to another, making decent football in short supply.
Town played with the wind at their backs in the first half and had an early breakthrough as Lloyd Francis went on a dinking run from the right cutting in and beating Kelky with a low shot that took a deflection into the corner of the net.
Town continued their fast start and missed a number of chances to extend their lead as Goldson and Chalaye both had good chances. As the half wore on the hosts came back into the game and there was a big let off as a pile driver from 40 yards came back off the Steyning post. As half-time approached, Pagham were knocking hard on the door more and more, and missed a few good chances before a free kick on the stroke of halftime eluded Lucas in the Town goal and he could only get a hand to it as a ball looped over him and into the net.
The second half was a really scrappy affair with neither side really able to create chances of a bit of a slog in the middle of the pitch. Town were really struggling to break down the Pagham regard, and likewise, Da Costa, Cooper, Clark & Shooman were in resilient form at the back for Town. However, this squad has strength in depth and the substitutions off the bench made all the difference as substitutes Meehan and Rance gave fresh legs up top. Town were suddenly looking dangerous again and Rance put in a great deep cross that caused a header to be cleared off the line and shortly after Meehan crossed for Francis to volley just wide.
However Town we’re not to be denied and in the final minute Meehan latched on to a beautiful through ball, raced pass a defender and slotted home the winner. Jubilation in the rain.
There was still time for another goal as Rance escaped down the left flank, cutting in and finished low in to the bottom right hand corner with a crisp finish. 3-1 to Town; an almighty battle and a big challenge ticked off. The scoreline may have flattered the team a bit but they showed real resolve by digging in and grinding out to win at a really tough place to go.
Next up is an away league game on Saturday with Lingfield FC played at Horley FC