Steyning boss stays positive after opening day defeat

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Steyning Town boss Richard Whittington says his side proved they can compete against the best in County League Division 2 - despite Saturday’s 4-2 defeat to Eastbourne United.

Whittington is focusing on the positive after a first half horror show against Eastbourne Town.

The Reds found themselves 4-0 down by half-time of the 4-2 defeat.

Whittington said: “We were the better team in the second half and proved we can compete with the best.

“I feel positive for the next game because if we play as well again and cut out errors then we’ll win.”

Whittington was goalkeeper due to regular stopper Matt Neocleous’ unavailability and Town’s boss had little to do in the first half, other than pick the ball out of his net, Steyning’s defence repeatedly caught napping by United’s Liam Baitup.

The frontman was unmarked on 17 minutes to head home before firing in his second soon after. Seven minutes later, Baitup completed his hat-trick, reacting quickest to shoot under Whittington. Baitup was again left alone, scoring from close range.

Town had their opportunities and should have scored prior to Baitup’s opener as Murat Aslan and Phil Williamson wasted chances.
Williamson scored a header on 48 minutes and Sonny Williamson reduced the arrears ten minutes from time.