Debutant Boutwood helps Swans soar to third with victory over rivals Town

Barney Boutwood, who netted on his debut for Storrington on Tuesday night, in action for Arundel last season
Barney Boutwood, who netted on his debut for Storrington on Tuesday night, in action for Arundel last season

Storrington secured the Old Farm Derby honours against Steyning Town on Tuesday night - leaving boss Alan Skipper to do some soul searching.

Second-half goals from Ian Jarvie and new signing Barney Boutwood on his debut gave Swans a 2-0 victory that lifted them back up to second in Division 1.

I have been very pleased with how the season has gone so far but, at times, we have been a little inconsistent.

Peter Matthews

Town meanwhile, despite a number of fine cup runs are left languishing in fourth from bottom, something Skipper is taking responsibility for.

The visitors were left aggrieved at a couple of decisions they felt went against them in the build-up to Jarvie’s opener on 65 minutes and a second from substitute Boutwood 11 minutes later, which saw Swans get back to winning ways.

Those goals came after Town - who had not played since a 3-1 loss to Haywards Heath on December 12 - failed to find the net after a number of chances in the first half.

Swans boss Peter Matthews was pleased with the victory and said: “I was delighted to beat our local rivals in Steyning. I felt the first half was very even but we just edged the second.

“Barney Boutwood, who signed for us earlier this week, came on as sub and scored with his first touch. He is a proven goalscorer and he will definitely add something to the squad I have here.

“I have been very pleased with how the season has gone so far but, at times, we have been a little inconsistent.”

Skipper said: “The result wasn’t due to lack of commitment from our players, but more the lack of being able to take any of the numerous chances we created particularly in the first half.

“That said, it’s not often I bring the officials into the equation, but I was very disappointed with their performance and I felt their two goals came about from poor decision made by the officials.

“Their decisions in such a tight game had an affect on the result, I have no doubt about that. But Storrington are a hardworking side, which we knew they would be, and in the end they ground a result from the game.

“Maybe the differences in the league positions suggests they can grind out results where we fail to.

“I feel I need to take responsibility for the lack of league form. Maybe I have focused on the amazing cup runs we have had.

“So I will have to take a deep look at myself have a chat with my management team and ensure we get it right in the league. I am confident we have the squad to push on in the league. That said, we do need a goalscorer to add to our squad and for that the search goes on.”