Steyning shoot to thrill in Midhurst thrashing

L05145H13-FootballRustington - L05164H13-FootballRustington 260113 'LP''Local Football. Rustington FC  V Steyning Town. Pictured is Steyning Town FC manager, Richard Whittington.

L05145H13-FootballRustington - L05164H13-FootballRustington 260113 'LP''Local Football. Rustington FC V Steyning Town. Pictured is Steyning Town FC manager, Richard Whittington.

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Steyning Town rounded off their home campaign in style with a 5-0 thrashing of out-of-form Midhurst.

Town bounced back from two consecutive defeats to move to eighth on goal difference.

Manager Tricky Whittington said: “We were excellent tonight, played some great football and scored some great goals.”

The loss of their main goal threat Rob Wimble to injury seemed to affect the mindset of the visitors.

It took Steyning only 12 minutes to take the lead as Phil Williamson was fouled by Liam Dreckman and Dave Harris swung over the set-piece and Williamson scrambled home his 25th goal of the season.

After Luke Sheldrick lashed an effort over the bar for Midhurst, Steyning quickly struck again through a poacher’s goal from Williamson, when he followed up a parried Craig Knowles drive on 17 minutes.

The visitors missed a chance to pull a goal back when Hamilton was fouled in the area by George McMahon and Hamilton’s ensuing penalty hit the woodwork.

Steyning went 3-0 ahead 18 minutes from time when Ryan DeFreitas’ brilliant angled finish from the corner of the penalty area.

Burton made it four with his 18th goal of the season, before Murat Aslan rounded off the scoring with an exquisite lob in stoppage-time.

Steyning: Evans; Mills, Gathern, McMahon, Parsons; Harris, Hourigan, DeFreitas, Knowles; Burton, Williamson. Subs: Page (DeFreitas 73), Aslan (Burton 79), Dawes (McMahon 81).