Oak beat Steyning to claim derby-day win

Andy McDowell celebrates netting the opener for Oak against Steyning on Saturday

Andy McDowell celebrates netting the opener for Oak against Steyning on Saturday

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MILE OAK Football Club came out on top against in-form local rivals Steyning Town in County League Division 2 on Saturday.

Strikes from Andy McDowell and Danny Curd ensured Oak came out on top against a Steyning side, who had won three successive games.

Mile Oak boss Anthony Whittington was pleased as his side picked up their third successive win – and clean sheet – to move up to fifth in the table.

He said: “It was a good performance from us and I felt we deserved the three points. The first half was not the best that we have played all year but, as we had not played for two weeks, it was always going to be tricky to start.

“But once we got into the game, we began to improve and I was really impressed with the second-half showing.

“Once we went ahead, I felt we were the better side and dominated proceedings.It was nice to get the three points after two weeks without a game.

“I am just hoping that our game against Uckfield goes ahead this week, so we can continue the momentum.”

The first half proved to be an uneventful affair, with neither side creating any clear-cut opportunities.

However, both sides improved in the second period and McDowell put the home side a goal ahead on 55 minutes with his 14th goal of the season.

It was 2-0 just nine minutes later as Curd netted his 13th goal of the campaign to secure all three points.

Steyning boss John Suter was disappointed with the loss and said: “It was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show, after we went into the game on the back of a really good win against Hailsham in the Sussex Senior Cup.

“We just failed to find the same level of performance and Mile Oak were worthy winners in the end.

“We have had a really inconsistent season and we need to try to be more consistent in the second half of the year.”

MILE OAK: Stenning; McDonald, French, Hall, Marsh; Koroma, Watts, Howard, Pulling; McDowell, Curd. Subs: Garrod (Halll), Bridge, Loughlin.

STEYNING: Jeal; Hare, Finch, Parsons, Pickup; Early, Dodd, Kennett, Warr; Milner, Shuga’a. Subs: Clark (Warr), Robertshaw (Shuga’a), Boxall (Dodd).