Steyning Town 1 Langney Wanderers 0
Town got back to winning ways in the League on Saturday with a 1-0 win at home to Langney Wanderers.
This match was by no means a classic but never the less, we earned 3 much needed points against another side who have not made the best of starts to their League campaign.
There was also a debut in midfield for our manager’s son, Scott Murphy.
On a pretty soggy afternoon at Birchwood@Shootingfield the game was overall an uneventful affair with the two sides sparring with each other and the pattern of play swinging.
For much of the first half our visitors were on top, with our keeper Sam Marsden tested on several occasions.
We tried to get forward with plenty of long balls down the park but we lacked penetration and it was some what against the run of play that we went ahead just before the break.
Some hesitant defending by Langney allowed George Cousins to take the ball down in the box and deliver a superb finish, firing the ball low into the bottom left corner to send us in at the break a goal to the good.
In the second half the goal inspired us but it seemed more a case of us working to sit on the advantage rather than build on it.
However, a great 30 yard drive by sub Cieran Tilly struck the Langney upright and a good attempt from Toby Bloomfield cutting in was tipped away by their keeper.
Langney seemed to lose their cohesion and despite a late rally did not really threaten much.
Yes, 3 points in the bag, easing the pressure and hopefully will restore some confidence going forward.
This coming Tuesday it’s Cup football again and another trip up to Crawley Down Gatwick in the SCFA Senior Cup and an early chance to avenge last Tuesday’s defeat! (KO at the Haven 7.30pm)
Then next Saturday it’s FA Vase time again and a home tie with fellow SCFL Premier side Lingfield (KO 3pm).
Final score – Steyning Town 1 Langney W 0
Town line up – Marsden, Faber (Hards), Clark, Bold, Boiling, Gathern (c), Bloomfield, Murphy, McGrath (Spano), Cousins (Tilly), Heath
Unused subs – Coulson, Maxwell