‘Superb’ Town dominant as they beat Little Common

Dave Harris
Dave Harris

STEYNING Town Football Club boss Richard Whittington hailed a “superb” performance from his players after seeing them sweep aside high-flying Little Common on Saturday.

Goals in each half from Dave Harris and Craig Knowles sealed the victory for Town at the Shooting Field and it could have been more after they twice hit the woodwork and missed a penalty.

Whittington said: “It was a real team performance, every player was superb and played their part. Little Common were third in the table going into the game but we made them look very average. We were superior to them in every department. We played the better football, we were stronger and fitter than them and we wanted it more than them.

“It proved, once again, that on our day we can beat anyone in this league, so now we have to try and make sure we produce that sort of performance on a more consistent basis.”

Town coped better with the heavy pitch in the first half and took the lead on the half-hour. The Commoners failed to clear a cross and Harris was on hand to slam home through a crowded six yard box, via a deflection off a defender.

The lead was almost doubled soon afterwards when Phil Williamson’s close-range shot hit the bar, before the home side were handed a golden chance to extend their advantage just before half-time when they were awarded a penalty after Knowles was bundled to the ground. Knowles dusted himself off to take the spot-kick but, despite sending the keeper the wrong way, saw his effort hit the post.

The woodwork once again frustrated Town in the second half when Williamson outmuscled the visiting defence only to be denied by the bar again.

Town finally added the second goal with five minutes to go. A long ball by substitute Tyler Leggett released Knowles, who made up for his earlier penalty miss with a cool finish.

The only blot for Town was a late sending off of midfielder Michael Page, who picked up two yellow cards for late tackles.

Whittington was proud of all his players but singled out captain Alex Gathern and said: “Alex summed up the attitude of the players, he was brilliant. He shouldn’t have really played as he was ill but he insisted and he was the man-of-the-match.”