Goatcher is Steyning’s hat trick hero

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STEYNING Town moved off the bottom of County League Division 2 and out of the relegation places on Saturday with a 5-1 win at fellow strugglers Clymping.

The win was Town’s first since August and ended their 19-game winless run in the league and Steyning assistant manager Richard Whittington said: “This was a much-needed win for us and I am very pleased with the result. We worked hard as a team and took our chances, which I think was the difference today.”

With a lot riding on the relegation scrap, a lot of passes went astray early on as neither team took control until Steyning opened the scoring on 39 minutes.

Tyler Goatcher, signed recently from Seaford, got the ball inside the box, took it outside two defenders and slid the ball across for Sean Pickup to tap into an empty net.

Steyning then doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time. Goatcher again rounded a few defenders and this time finished the job himself after taking it past Clymping keeper Steve May.

Clymping were missing top-scorer Steve Duffin, who was injured in the warm-up, but got a goal back on the hour through Josh Garvey’s well-placed volley from the edge of the box.

But, after that glimmer of hope, Clymping then allowed a long throw-in to bounce inside their box and Pickup tapped home his second.

Clymping heads then dropped and Goatcher struck twice on the counter attack to complete his hat-trick.

Steyning manager Dave Shearing, who missed the game because of business commitments said: “I think it’s something that’s been coming for some weeks now.