Town’s unbeaten run comes to an end at Oakwood

Craig Knowles

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STEYNING Town Football Club’s five-game unbeaten run came to an end when they lost 4-2 away to Southern Combination League Division 1 leaders Oakwood on Tuesday.

Town had won their previous four matches in all competitions and led 2-0 after just 22 minutes at Oakwood.

Steyning went ahead through Ashley Finch after 12 minutes, before Craig Knowles made it 2-0 ten minutes later after excellent work by Rob Clark.

Two goals in as many minutes late in the first half drew Oakwood level. Aiden Cawte got a goal back on 38 minutes, before Clive Piller equalised just two minutes later. Oakwood took the lead on the hour and the hosts then got a fourth through an own goal just two minutes later.

Oakwood remain top of the table on goal difference from Storrington, who won 4-1 at home to Selsey.

Steyning boss Alan Skipper said: “We were superb for 30 minutes and went 2-0 up playing some lovely football, which we have all season.

“Oakwood, to their credit, then really turned the screw. We were not happy as a team that we started so well, only to fall to Oakwood’s pressure. We have to learn to soak up pressure better than what we are.”

Steyning travel to Saltdean in the league on Saturday, before they entertain division-higher Pagham in the Sussex RUR Cup second round on Tuesday.

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