A weather enforced three week break took its toll on Steyning in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Wick.
After a succession of matches were called off due to waterlogged pitches, Saturday’s was Town’s first since December 8, and it showed as a brace from Michael Frangou sealed the points for Wick.
Steyning boss Richard Whittington said: “We were sluggish from the start and never really got going. We let in two soft goals in the first half and I had to give the players a bit of a rollicking at half time to try and wake them up but, although we played better in the second half, we still didn’t really get out of first gear.
“I can’t be too hard on the players because it is very difficult to get back into things after such a long break. It doesn’t matter how much you train, you can’t replicate matches and you could see that we were just not at the races.
“It is disappointing because we were doing well before the break and I’m hoping it won’t take us too long to get back up to speed again.”
Frangou put Wick in charge in the eighth minute with an overhead kick after Steyning failed to clear a corner, he then doubled the lead when he tapped in from close range. Steyning’s best chance saw Phil Williamson shoot over when clean through.