Depleted Swans downed at Little Common

13/9/14- Little Common vs Storrington football action. SUS-140913-171539002
13/9/14- Little Common vs Storrington football action. SUS-140913-171539002

An injury-hit Storrington suffered a 5-0 humbling away at Little Common in Division 2 on Saturday.

With the Swans flying at half-strength with seven players missing, they were forced to play a number of players out of position.

Josh Gibbons and Rob Head started at centre-back, with Ash Minter left-back and Rob Matthews in central midfield. Richard Ayres started up front with Kelvin Lucas on the wing.

Storrington manager Nigel Dyer said: “It was the same old story as unavailability hit the squad again, not helped by Common being given a double header for what reason is hard to understand.

“The first half was going ok on the whole and we were defending well and playing on the break. We had our fair share of the ball but without really troubling the keeper.”

Swans had been limiting their hosts to shots from distance and attacking on the counter, but Common opened the scoring on 26 minutes as James Naylor was caught out of position and Lewis Hole went through on goal to score.

The visitors enjoyed a good 20-minute spell in the second half, but against the run of play Hole netted a second.

Substitute Harry Jarrett was then hauled down in the area, although to Dyer’s disbelief no penalty was awarded.

To rub salt in Swans’ wounds, Common then quickly added a third as Casey Ham netted from what the visitors felt was an offside position.

The home side then added another two goals in the final five minutes through Steve Morris.

Dyer added: “A two minute part of the game should of seen us at 2-1, but somehow we found ourselves at 3-0 down.

“After that we lost our way, we finished the game poorly where we seemed to give up and let in another two goals.

“Not a great day to be a Swan, but one we will have to bounce back from.”

Storrington: Elliott, Naylor, Head, Gibbons, Minter, Rhodie, R.Matthews, J.Matthews (Jarrett), Lucas, Ayres (Suter), Garrett.