Lingfield 0 – 2 STCFC
Town made the long trip to Lingfield FC on Saturday looking to win their sixth game in a row. They were still without Parazo, Timms, and Hands. The popular Mayckol Sabino, however, returning to the squad after a midweek transfer from AFC Uckfield, and no Zach Haulkham who completed a midweek move to Mile Oak FC.
It was an even start at Lingfield on a reasonable playing surface however grass was left slightly long.
To be honest it felt like neither team was really at the races early on. The best chance fell for the hosts as the ball flashed across the face of the Town goal after a good run from no11 Wilford. Steyning had a number of corners and free-kicks into the box that were well defended by the hosts. All in all the opening 15 minutes was a scrappy and forgettable affair.
As the half and Steyning continued to give away rather needless free-kicks which put them under unnecessary pressure. However, the hosts struggle to deliver any real quality into the box during this period.
Steyning’s best chance continued to come from set-pieces Sabino fired one over the bar and Faber headed straight at the keeper from another freekick.
On half an hour Radmore missed Steynings best chance when firing wide after being put through one-on-one on the angle with the keeper, the low shot going wide of the far post.
Five minutes later Levoi made an impressive clattering challenge, unfortunately, it was on his own player Maher, but fortunately, Josh after lengthy treatment was able to continue.
Clark made a good run into the opposition box, cut inside and fired straight at the keeper with his left foot as Steyning started to get on top towards the end of the half.
Half time 0-0
Early in the second-half Steyning had a great chance as Faber drove in a low shot but the ball was cleared off the line, the ball came back in from Sabino but Levoi could not keep his header down.
Not a lot else happened until around the hour when Weston fired just wide with a half-chance from just outside the box. That was the last bit of action for Weston as he was replaced by Romain. Seconds later Radmore latched onto a knockdown from Andrade but could not keep his shot down.
Finally, the goal that Steyning had started to deserve came on 68 minutes Sabino escaped down the right and evaded the onrushing keeper, he pulled the ball back to Clark who crossed for Andrade who turned his man superbly and thumped a shot high into the net.
Radmore was subbed off on 72 minutes to be replaced by youngster Ben Spano in a bid to shore things up and preserve the lead.
However far from sitting back on 78 minutes, Steyning scores the second goal. Romain escaped down the inside right channel and then unselfishly squared the ball for the returning magic Mayckol Sabino to slam home from 12 yards and wrap up the points. A well deserved second goal on the balance of play in the second half.
87 minutes and Andrade was replaced by Conor Bull as Town player out the remainder of the game with minimum fuss.
That’s now six wins on the bounce which is a credit to the whole side and good to get another clean sheet. Rose had a relatively quiet afternoon in the sticks. It was a good time to play a depleted Lingfield side missing some kept personnel however we are missing a number of players as well, as the strength of the squad starts to take effect for all sides.
Good fun to watch the match afterwards on the big screen in the clubhouse . Some of it was not great viewing first time round however a good service on offer from Lingfield and a good idea to get more people in to the club afterwards.
Next up is a local-ish derby with Broadbridge Heath FC at home next Saturday.
Final score Lingfield 0 Steyning Town 2
Team | Rose Clark Maher Gathern Levoi White Faber Weston Sabino Radmore Andrade
Subs | Romain Spano Bull