Steyning Town ultimately earned three valuable points on Tuesday night with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Alfold FC.
A good game all night really exploded in the final 10 minutes after it had looked like Town would be seeing out a comfortable victory.
Steyning were leading 3-1 on 80 minutes when Hawkins in the Steyning goal slipped after controlling a back pass allowing the visitors to nip in to make it 3-2 . After this he redeemed himself with one stunning point blank range save but the best was yet to come. In the final minute a penalty was awarded to Alfold after Clark was unfortunate to handle from point-blank range. Fender stepped up to take the penalty but Hawkins dived low to his right to palm away the shot and the three points were in the bag.
It had been an equally exciting start to the night as well as Josh Bradley scored within 14 seconds to put Steyning ahead. Straight from the kick-off Steyning were on the attack and George Cousins, lively all night, nipped in between two defenders and squared for Bradley to bundle home from close range.
Steyning were well on top in the early exchanges and it was just reward when Faber scored a second for time with an excellent left foot strike.
This seemed to stun Alfold into action and as the half wore on they started to get a foothold in the game and got their passing game together.
They got the goal that had been coming as a corner was spilled by Hawkins and the ball was lashed home on the stroke of half time.
The second half started with Town sitting deep and allowing the visitors to have plenty of possession. This was the pattern for most of the second half as Steyning soaked up pressure and looked to hit all Alfold on the break. The tactic worked well as Bradley, Cousins and Howell asked questions all night of the visitors defence. The back five were working well together and were well covered by Gathern and Bold the defensive midfield pairing.
Chances came and went at both ends, including a terrific Alfold save from a Bold free kick, before Faber was put through one on one and as he raced clear of the defence he finished high into the net with a great right foot finish. A great finish to a smart move.
After this Steyning seemed pretty comfortable and it looked like they were going to see out the game easily before that amazing final 10 minutes which left everybody in the ground breathless.
Overall this was three really important points gained and now we look forward to another tough encounter at home on Saturday against an in form Newhaven FC
Town : Hawkins; Clark, Faber, Murphy, Younger, Fitzpatrick, Gathern, Bold, Howell, Cousins, Bradley
Subs used Bennett Not used Proto- Gates, Farr, Westlake, Kiabalenga