Swans downed by high-flying Littlehampton

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STORRINGTON Football Club welcomed title-chasing Littlehampton to the Recreation Ground on Tuesday, and the visitors were made to work hard for the three points in a scrappy, although entertaining affair.

Littlehampton started the game brightly on Tuesday, without really creating any clear-cut chances, especially with Swans fielding an inexperienced goalkeeper in the shape of Matt Chester.

Swans had a decent case for a penalty as Ross McKay clearly handled in the box but the claims were waved away in the 35th minute. The deadlock was broken with four minutes left of the half as the impressive Peter Beadle was allowed to head a Mitchell Hand corner home from under the bar with Chester flailing.

Littlehampton introduced George Gaskin and Jason Jarvis midway through the half to good effect but both players were guilty of wasting good chances as Swans pushed on in search of an equaliser.

And that equaliser almost came with three minutes of the 90 remaining but Jon Hendrick saved brilliantly from Marcus Robertshaw’s shot to keep Golds’ noses in front.

The win was sealed in the third minute of stoppage time as Gaskin raced down the left to beat Chester at his near post and move the visitors a step closer to promotion with his 26th goal of the season but first since December.

Swans boss Nigel Dyer said of the game “I thought we did well in the first half and feel that 2-0 flattered them a little.

“It was like a derby game looking at the pace of it but we lacked that little bit of quality in the final third.”