It’s been raining goals for Steyning Town over the past eight days.
It’s been three wins in that time for the mens first team with 18 goals scored and two conceded firmly establishing a return to form for the side.
The team had hit a bit of a sticky patch before Christmas, but have come back all guns blazing over the Christmas period and in to the New Year showing the kind of goalscoring form that had been part of her make up in the early part of the season.
The last week has been a good one. It started last Saturday away to Bexhill United and the side dominated from start to finish running out 5-1 winners with a very strong second-half performance. The goals coming Chalaye x2, Francis, Goldson & Towning.
Next up was a home tie on Tuesday night in the last 16 of the Peter Bentley cup against AFC Uckfield. Again Town didn’t really have a great deal to show for the first half efforts with a single goal from Chalaye edging them in front at half time . It was a totally different story in the second half as they ran riot with five unanswered goals and a rare clean sheet. The passing and movement of the side simply wore the opponents out and they had no answer.
Two further goals from the in form Chalaye, completed his hatrick and Shooman, skipper Barnes and Rance were all on target as goals rained in late on.
Confidence was therefore high as the Barrowmen hosted AFC Varndeanians in the league on Saturday. However, a really sluggish first half performance was again on display. A well taken go by Charlie Weller after a neat one-two put Steyning in front. However, minutes later a well taken header by Marley Bigg bought the visitors level. A number of great saves from the young Vs keeper kept the scores level until the stroke of half-time when Chalaye turned swiftly in the box and produced fine low finish with the ball coming off the post to put the Town 2-1 up at the break.
Not sure what is in the half-time drinks these days however, the team came out once again for the second half fully pumped up and put on another great second half display. And when things click for this team they really click!!
Well taken goals early in the second half from Goldson, against his former team, and Harry Shooman put the game beyond doubt. After this it became a case of how many Steyning would score.
In fact, it was three more goals as Radley-Martin swept home at the far post soon after this Chalaye added a second for himself sliding home after great work by Rance down the left-hand side. And the icing on the cake was from Rance himself who thundered home a cracking volley from a deep cross shortly before the end to cap off another fine cameo performance from the youngster returning from a long-term injury.
It was also great to see Charlie Meehan returning to the side after injury and looking sharp. We wish Charlie Towning a swift recovery as he hobbled off after a knee injury.
What this last week has shown is the side still have tremendous firepower and goals from them this season have not been in short supply.
Its really encouraging that the goals are coming from a variety of players & consistently shared around the team. Eleven players have scored more than 5 goals this season and five players are in double figures. 114 goals in 41 games. One thing is never in doubt; this side give value for money.
Well done to manager Kev and all the back room coaching staff.
Next up Pagham away on Tuesday night in the league. KO 7:30pm at Nyetimber Lane.