STEYNING have been tipped to recover from their 4-1 Sussex County League drubbing at Wick on Saturday.
Two goals in the opening 11 minutes had Steyning in trouble early on, and although Adam Burton scored a late consolation, coach Mark Currier said it was the kick up the backside Town needed. Steyning go into tomrrow’s (Friday) game against Rustington four points clear of the Division 2 drop zone.
Currier said: “Some of our defending in the first half was comical, we basically gave them three goals. We know we are better than that and I think this will act as a kick up the backside. The Rustington game is now must-win for us and I am expecting a big response from the players.”
Wick raced into a two goal lead, Callum Cutler sped clear of a flat footed defence to tuck away their opener, and Michael Asare added a second five minutes later, scrambling the ball home from close range.
When Wick’s keeper escaped with a booking after handling outside the box, Steyning knew it would not be their day, and although Burton and Ryan De Freitas went close, they conceded further goals as Gregg Jordan swept home at the end of a swift counter-attack, and Cutler smashed home the fourth early in the second half.
Burton’s strike from the sport after he had been felled in the box proved to be no more than a consolation.
Manager Richard Whittington said: “Wick must have thought Christmas had come early because we gift-wrapped three goals for them.”
Steyning: Green, Pratt, Ford, Bowles, Shelford (Hourigan 46), Harris, Beard, Duffett, Finney (Pargeter 70), Burton, De Freitas.