Town tame Tigers with three second-half goals

Action from Steyning's win against Saltdean
Action from Steyning's win against Saltdean

A COMFORTABLE home win for Steyning Town Football Club on Saturday had manager John Suter hailing debutant Marcus Robertshaw and the returning Mo Shuga’a.

Three second-half goals from Robertshaw, Rob Clark and Lewis Levoi helped Steyning return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats in County League Division 2.

The Tigers made a bright start but were unable to find the net, while Robertshaw and Chad Milner combined well, but the latter’s shot was saved from close range by Saltdean keeper Steve Allfrey.

The lively Shuga’a, who had just returned to the club from Crawley Down Gatwick, blasted just over the bar from the edge of the box.

The score remained 0-0 until the early stages of the second period. A neat through ball from Matt Dodd sent Robertshaw racing clear to clip the ball over the advancing Allfrey.

It was Robertshaw’s seventh goal of the season, after he had scored six times for Division 1 side Lancing before joining Town.

Clark got the second with a rasping drive high in to the net and the third came when substitute Levoi headed home a precise Milner free kick.

Suter was delighted with the impact of his newcomers and said: “It was a good performance, a well-deserved win and satisfactory debuts for our three new players, who played well. But then everyone played well, it was a team effort.”

Steyning remain ninth in the table after the win, although they have games in hand on the three sides immediately above them.

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