Golds miss opportunity to go top

George Landais netted in Littlehampton's 3-3 draw at St.Francis Rangers
George Landais netted in Littlehampton's 3-3 draw at St.Francis Rangers
  • Littlehampton would have gone two points clear at the top with a win
  • Tom Sauders late strike ensured a share of the spoils
  • Golds boss Mark Bennett felt a draw was a fair reflection

LITLLEHAMPTON Town Football missed the chance to go top of the County League Division 1 after they were held to a 3-3 draw at St.Francis Rangers last night.

The Golds fell behind twice in the contest but levelled on both occasions, before Joe Shelley struck 11 minutes from time to give them a 3-2 lead.

However, the home side netted through Tom Saunders a minute into stoppage time to ensure a share of the spoils.

Littlehampton remain second in the table after the draw, they trail league leaders Dorking Wanderers by a point, though, they do have a game in hand.

Golds boss Mark Bennett felt the draw was a fair result and said: “If I’m honest we probably did not deserve the victory.

“St.Francis were the better side in the first half and took the lead twice. We came back twice, though, which shows the great character that we have.

“Joe Shelley then put us ahead ten minutes from the end and we should have gone onto win.

“But we have struggled defensively all year and they got a late leveller.

“I still feel that there a number of twists and turns to come in the run-in.”

Saunders fired the home side ahead on 12 minutes, before Dave Herbert levelled 23 minutes later.

St.Francis went ahead for a second time in the contest when Josh Perry netted on 53 minutes.

The Golds responded well, though, and George Landais made it 2-2 13 minutes later.

Joe Shelley thought he had secured all three points for Golds when he struck ten minutes from time.

However, Saunders denied Littlehampton the chance to go top with his second of the contest late on.

LITTLEHAMPTON: Morrish; Peters, Bates, Zydonik, Hand; Boswell, Shelley, Swain, Herbert; Gaskin, Landais. Subs: Packer (Boswell), Stone (Gaskin), Wiggans, McKay.