STEYNING Town slumped to a 2-0 home defeat to Wick last night, their second loss of the new Sussex County League Division 2 season.
For the second successive game, Town conceded a goal in the first minute to give themselves an uphill struggle from the start.
They conceded a second on the half hour, before dominating the second half and creating good chances to score.
Assistant boss Tom Gurney said: “It was very disappointing because our second half display was really good. We played with intensity, we passed the ball and we should have scored. It was very encouraging but by that time it was too late. “We took too long to get going and paid the price which is what happens at this level of football. We need to make sure we are focused from the first whistle but we will learn from this and take it into the next game.”
There was only 20 seconds gone when Scott Towers gave the visitors the lead with a close range finish at the far post. It was a massive blow for Town after they had conceded a similar soft goal in their opening game at Seaford four days earlier.
Wick were handed a second when a Luca Clark free kick skidded off the wet surface and squirmed through the hands of Town keeper Mike Abbott.
The home side rallied after the break and had a good opportunity to halve the arrears when Lewis Levoi blasted just wide following good work from Ben Shelford.
And they went close again late on when substitute Jack Goatcher and Shelford both had shots blocked in quick succession.
Gurney added: “We can take a lot of confidence in the way we finished the game. If we can start games in the same manner then I’m confident we will start winning.”