Steyning fall to sixth successive reverse

Chad Milner went close for Steyning Town in their County League Division 2 defeat at home to Westfield on Saturday
Chad Milner went close for Steyning Town in their County League Division 2 defeat at home to Westfield on Saturday
  • Steyning are without a league victory since December
  • Town have now gone nine games without a win

STEYNING Town Football Club’s dismal run in County League Division 2 continued on Saturday.

Their home loss to Westfield was the sixth straight game that they have suffered a defeat.

Town’s last league success was back in December, when they won 2-1 victory at Rustington.

Since that triumph, Steyning have played nine times in the league and collected just two points.

Town boss John Suter felt his side were just not good enough on Saturday and said: “If you do not take the chances that you create in football, then you will be punished.

“A really sloppy error has cost us and we came away from the game with nothing.

“At the end of the day, if you make mistakes you will be punished and that is what happened to us.

“That makes it six straight defeats for us now. Anything that we seem to do at the moment just does not come off.

“I have said to the players that, like winning, losing can become a habit and it is one that we need to kick quickly.

“We started the season really well but, since Christmas, we have slumped in form. It needs to be turned around.”

Steyning began the game well and could been two goals ahead early on.

Chad Milner and Kristian Harding both had one-on-one opportunities but neither found the target.

The home side were made to rue those misses as Westfield took the lead on the half-hour.

Aaron Jeal took a back pass under his control but a heavy touch allowed Gordon Cuddington to slot the ball into the empty net.

Steyning could have levelled five minutes before the break but Milner saw a shot saved.

Town struggled to find any intensity or rhythm in the second period and a comeback did not look likely.

Jeal was called into action on a couple of occasions but he was equal to the task.

A bad day for Steyning got worse late on as substitute Gareth Dutton received a straight red card.

Steyning host Haywards Heath in the league on Saturday.

STEYNING: Jeal; Hare, Parsons, Pickup, Early; Boxall, Towse, Knowles, Clark; Harding, Milner. Subs: Gritt (Clark), Dutton (Harding), Dodd.