Match Report: Horsham YMCA 2 v STCFC 2

By September 25, 2021Uncategorized

Steyning followed up Saturdays heavy defeat to Bexhill with a point on the road in a 2-2 draw with Horsham YMCA. This draw ended a run of four straight league defeats, however it will feel like a loss for Town who threw away a 2 goal lead in the last 12 minutes after dominating proceedings up until that point.

Town had gone close through Josh Bradley and Bobby Bennett before taking the lead. Bradley, a real threat all night, was brought down in the box and the reliable Tom Bold thumped home the resulting penalty. Minutes later before half time Steyning extended their lead with a goal of the highest quality. The ball was worked out wide on the left to Cousins, who played in the overlapping Sabino with a clever back heel and the Brazilians whipped in cross was thundered home with a flying header from Bradley. 2-0 Steyning at half time and the Barrowmen in complete control.

The second half was slightly more even and the hosts started to threaten the Town goal, mainly through a succession of set pieces and corners. Town weathered the mini storm and looked set to see out a comfortable nights work, and maybe even extend the lead, however poor shooting resulted in easy saves for Jeal in the YM goal throughout the second half.

The turning point came after captain Gathern and Bennett were withdrawn from the action on 77mins. Firstly a deep Horsham free kick was bundled home by centre back Cousins after hesitation in the Town defence, and then with minutes to go a long ball over the top was not dealt with and Tolfrey picked up the ball, waltzed past three tackles and finished low in to the corner. 

Town were stunned but pushed on in injury time but some excellent last ditch defending denied Farr on a couple of occasions. As the game came to an end and Town certainly looking at themselves critically knowing that two points had been dropped in rather sloppy fashion.

Town: Hawkins Clark Howell Bennett Cousins Gathern Bold Murphy Kiabalenga Sabino Bradely Subs  used Faber Farr Oloko Not used Fitzpatrick Darby