Saturday’s trip over to Hassocks brought more woe for Town, going down 2-0 to a ten man home side who were near the bottom of the league at the start of play. Steyning headed to the Beacon looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s FA Cup exit at Sutton Common. With a squad looking increasingly low on numbers Town even had to turn to the semi retired outfield player Lewis Levoi to deputise in goal. Town were up against it from the word go.
After the first few minutes, we were also hampered by the loss of Scott Murphy who had to leave the pitch, succumbing to an ongoing injury. Replaced by youngster Baptiste making his full debut as was youngster Jonny Ruiz.
The first half though swung end to end with both sides creating chances, Rob Clark, Charlie Romain and Bobby Bennett all going close for Steyning, some stout defending was required to keep them out as well as a good save with the feet by deputy keeper Levoi.
0-0 at the break and all to play for.
After the break though, despite a spirited start with Tom Bold driving hard from midfield, things went steadily downhill for us.
Despite the dismissal of home midfielder Short for a bad foul on Gathern midway through, the Robins compensated for the extra man really well and upped their game with some strong running down the flanks.
A through ball released Robins front man Bull who sprung a statuesque Town defence to lob the advancing Levoi for 1-0.
They were then awarded a rather dubious penalty for a foul by Clark which Liversedge converted to double the advantage.
After a strong start Town have hit a slump and have now failed to score in four straight matches, but a small squad, player availability and injuries are really impacting early in the season.
The group must however pick themselves up for the visit of leaders Pagham (again) this coming Tuesday. KO is 7.45pm.
Final score – Hassocks 2 Steyning Town 0
Town line up – Levoi, Clark, Sabino, Bold, Morton, Gathern (c), Bennett, Murphy (Baptiste), Cousins, Romain, Ruiz Unused subs Fitzpatrick, Anjani