A Tale Of 2 Halves
By Mick Webster
A decent first half was sadly followed by a disastrous opening 12 minutes in the second.
After the disappointment of going out of 2 Cup competitions in the previous 7 days it was back to League action for Seaford Town on Saturday, when they travelled to the Shooting Field to take on Steyning Town.
As usual Paul Harrison was forced into changes with the line-up, this week it was Sam Carrington, Matt Hayward, Mitch Ellingham and Paul Oldroyd who were missing, new signing Carrington having returned to Crowborough after just one game for Town.
Hopes were high after a first half which saw the visitors dominate possession, something they have rarely managed so far this season and indeed had a number of good opportunities to open the scoring.
Steyning had their ‘keeper to thank for keeping their goal intact as Michael Flynn and Rob Jones made him work, and Jones had 2 excellent chances which he spurned, one after goalkeeper Ben Head spotted him in space and he found him superbly with a kick from inside his area, but with the ‘keeper rushing off his line he fired well over.
Those hopes were dashed in dramatic style just 20 seconds into the second half after Town had taken the kick off. One mishit pass, one short pass and some poor control allowed Steyning to drive into the Seaford area where a rash challenge upended the striker and referee Neil Saxton was left with no choice but to award a penalty which Lewis Levoi smashed past Head to give Steyning the lead.
Head was forced to make a fine save 2 minutes later, pushing the ball round the post for a corner but when the ball was played into the area Kerry Parsons was given a free header to double the tally.
Town could have pulled a goal back 3 minutes later when Harry Brown fired in a shot from the right which the ‘keeper could only parry, but he was quick to recover and prevented Tom O’Donnell from having a simple tap in from the rebound and Town’s skipper shot wide.
It was a costly mistake as Levoi cut inside on 57 minutes and fired past Head to put Steyning 3 goals up. It was a real blow after a positive first half and there was no way back once the third goal went in.
Reece Ayliffe hit the post with a fine shot and somehow Jones contrived to hit the rebound wide with an open goal at his mercy.
With teams above them picking up points Seaford no find themselves 7 points adrift at the foot of the table and desperately in need of a change of fortune or their season could well be finishing before Christmas!
Team: Head, Brown, Thornton (Milligan), O’Donnell (B.Knight), Hawes, Pullinger, Flynn, Le Cras, Jones, Ayliffe, Stannard.