Shearing out to stop former club

STEYNING manager Dave Shearing faces his former club AFC Uckfield on Saturday, hoping to ruin their chances of lifitng the Division Two title.

Uckfield need a win at home to Steyning to win the title, but Shearing, who helped Uckfield avoid relegation just two years ago will be hoping to come back and haunt them with current side Steyning, who he also helped avoid the drop this season.

Shearing said: “We have a personal aim to finish fourth from bottom, while Uckfield are hoping to win the league, so it will be an entertaining game.

“It’s our last game of the season, and I’m delighted the game will have an edge to it, instead of a game with nothing to play for.”

Steyning, who drew 3-3 with Little Common at the weekend after conceding two goals in the last 15 minutes, will move above Midhurst & Easebourne with a win. but Shearing knows it is going to be a tough ask.

He added: “When we knew we were safe, we wanted to finish as far away from the bottom two as possible. If we can beat Uckfield, which won’t be easy of course, then we will finish in 15th, and will have achieved the aim we set once we knew we couldn’t go down.

“It’s been a tough season, but we have got more points this year than last year, so that is a positive to come away with.”

It will be a fitting end for Shearing, who leaves his role as Steyning boss after the game, if he can stop his former employers from winning the title.