STEYNING Town are gunning for revenge against rivals Storrington in Tuesday’s Sussex County League Division 2 derby clash.
Town host the Swans at the Shooting Field still smarting from a humiliating 5-0 defeat in the reverse fixture just after Christmas.
And manager Richard Whittington wants to use the pain of that low to inspire a win which would ensure Steyning have bragging rights at the end of the season.
Whittington said: “That defeat was one of the lowest points of the season for us, we just didn’t turn up on the night. We haven’t had too many games like that and it was just unfortunate it came against our local rivals in front of a big crowd. We can go some way to putting that nightmare to bed by winning on Tuesday and I’m expecting a big performance from my players.
“The game might not exactly be like the Old Firm Derby but for those involved it is almost the same. We joke that it is the ‘Old Farm Derby’ and I’m expecting it to be the sort of a competitive game you would expect against two local rivals.
“In terms of league position then the game doesn’t matter but in terms of pride and local bragging rights, it is massive.”
Whittington has strengthened his squad ahead of the game with the signing of attacking midfielder Murat Aslan from Lancing.
“It says a lot about how we have progressed that players want to join us at this stage of the season and it shows that we’re not just going to let the campaign fizzle out,” Whittington said.
“Murat is a very good young player who I have known for a few years. He is quick, skilful and has a good goalscoring record and will be a handful for any defender in this league.
“He is very direct and can play up front or on the wing and has the ability to be a match-winner on his day.”
Town have been boosted with the news they have passed their ground grading inspection, which allows them to compete in Division Two for the foreseeable future and enter the FA Cup and FA Vase next season.
The work that needed to be completed included increasing the size of the pitch by four metres and increasing the size of the dug-outs.
Whittington said: “A lot of people behind the scenes worked very hard and gave up their free time to ensure we got the ground grading and everyone on the football side of things are grateful to them. “Everyone at the club wants to keep progressing and it is another step in the right direction that we will be playing in the FA Cup and FA Vase.”