STCFC 5 – 1 Crowborough Athletic FC
Steyning despatched Crowborough in the Sussex Senior Cup this evening with an excellent 5-1 win and all-round performance against a strong side.
The visitors came out the stronger side and fired over twice in the first 15 minutes when well-placed.
Steyning grew into the game and played some terrific football during the first half; some of the best of the season. They were lively in possession and creative and strong in the tackle showing a desire to win the ball every opportunity and break with the speed. Radmore was lively throughout the half and opened the scoring when he prodded home from close range at the third time of asking. He was a menace throughout the half and linked well with Andrade who continues to impress leading the line.
Steyning’s second goal on 35 minutes was a terrific solo effort from Radmore, he escaped down the right and sensing there were no options to cross the ball thumped home a stunning drive from an acute angle.
Skipper Gathern set the tempo and example with some strong tackles and Faber and debutant 16-year-old Ben Spano provided an effective shield in front of the back three.
During this period Levoi nodded wide from a Weston corner and the visiting keeper made a couple of smart saves
In the minutes before half-time, Crowborough grew back into the game but Steyning stood firm to take a two-goal lead in at the break
We stunned the visitors early in the second half. Just as everyone was finishing their halftime teas and coffee, Maher broke down the left swinging a cross from deep but somehow it found its way into the far corner of the net eluding the keeper in the process. Josh was more stunned than anyone. 3 nil to Steyning.
Bull and Romain came on for Spano and Weston with around 30 minutes to go and soon after Faber headed over from a Romain freekick and Maher continued to impress with some great runs down the left-hand side.
Soon after Radmore got involved in some unnecessary fisticuffs with the opposition number 11. The referee calmed all down with a couple of bookings. It was just handbags.
Soon after the visitors started to come back into the game and number 11 thumped JJs crossbar with a stinging drive.
This spurred the Barrowman back into life and Radmore went on another fine run before pulling back to Andrade for a fine finish into the top left-hand corner.
And Radmore missed another fine opportunity when he dispossessed the center-back and raced through and fired straight at the keeper when trying to lob him and straight down the other end JJ made a fine save at the feet of an onrushing attacker. End to end stuff.
This pattern continued as Radmore once again had another one-on-one to complete his hat-trick but again shot tamely at the keeper when he seemed destined to score.
With 10 minutes to go the visitors pulled a goal back when Steyning lost possession on the right-hand side and the forward raced through to finish well into the bottom corner. Surely just a consolation.
And so it proved as Radmore finally completed his hat-trick breaking the offside trap from a through ball, rounding the keeper and finishing calmly. Hat-trick man.
There was still time for JJ to make a fine low save to keep the scoreline at 5-1.
The ref blew for full time soon after and Town can be proud of a really strong performance, being clinical with their chances and now hoping for an exciting draw in the next round.
Team: JJ, Clark, Gathern, Maher, Levoi, White, Weston, Spano, Andrade, Faber, Radmore
Subs: Bull, Romain, Withers
Not used: Kent