Town see off Wick once again

Craig Knowles netted the winner for Wick on Tuesday
Craig Knowles netted the winner for Wick on Tuesday

STEYNING Town Football Club saw off Wick & Barnham for a second in fours day following their 2-1 home success over them in the Peter Bentley Cup second-round on Tuesday.

It was double delight for Town after they saw off Wick’s challenge in the FA Vase on Saturday with a 6-2 home success in the FA Vase first-round qualifying.

Steyning boss Alan Skipper was pleased to get the victory but felt his side underperformed and said: “I am obviously happy with the result if not the performance, but we made five changes to Saturday’s side with those coming in possibly a bit rusty and short of match fitness. We’ve got a decent squad and the players did the job tonight.”

Town came into the game a little over confident and struggled for mush of the first-half.

They were given an early warning sign as Karl Westbrook tested Ben Rose in the Wick goal.

Town then fell behind on 31 minutes as Matt Noble bundled home a corner for the visiting side.

It took Steyning just nine minutes to reply as Callum Towse’s corner found its way past a couple of motionless defenders and levelled the scores.

Steyning came out with more purpose in the second period but were grateful to Rose as he somehow kept out a Westbrook header on 51 minutes.

Town did take the lead in the five minutes later, though, as the industrious Craig Knowles calmly took the ball around Billy Nash and slotted into an empty net.

Wick piled men forward in closing stages but failed to find an equaliser as Town progress in the competition.

STEYNING TOWN: Rose; Shaun Skipper, Alex Staines, Callum Towse, Ash Finch; Kerry Parsons, Bryan O’Toole, Craig Knowles, Lee Garnham; Lewis Levoi, Khalid Bilal. Subs: McMahon, Elms (Towse 80), Dodd, Hare, Clark (Bilal 65).

WICK & BARNHAM UNITED: Nash; Eyres, Ebbling, Richards,MacIver; Moore, Matthews, Noble, Miller; Westbrook, Ben Anderton. Subs: Cox (Ebbling 80), Carter, Dunlop, Menzies (Anderton 80).

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