Swans satisfied to share the spoils

Swans celebrate their second-half equaliser on Saturday
Swans celebrate their second-half equaliser on Saturday
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STORRINGTON Football Club boss Nigel Dyer felt his side’s 1-1 draw against Wick & Barnham United on Saturday was a fair result.

Swans were looking to build on the previous week’s win, but were hit by player unavailability and a bumpy surface after the recent weather.

W08190H14-FootballStorrington''Football. Sussex Division Football. Storrington FC v Wick & Barnham FC. Action from the match.

W08190H14-FootballStorrington''Football. Sussex Division Football. Storrington FC v Wick & Barnham FC. Action from the match.

Wick started the better side with a bit more energy in their play and, with Swans looking lethargic, they struggled to get any consistency in their passing.

On 25 minutes, United took a deserved lead after a defensive and goalkeeping mistake let in Ash Harper, who calmly slotted past Gary Elliott.

Storrington reacted well but found it hard to get their normal passing game going, especially in their own half. When they did, debutant John Langridge worked hard up front to hold on to the ball while he waited for support.

Swans looked to get more energy into their play in the second half and defended the better half of the pitch with the wind and sun at their backs.

The introduction of Kelvin Hobden and Harry Jarrett off the bench seemed to spur Swans on as the Wick defence began to stretch. Hobden went close after beating two players and Callum Bester shot just wide.

On 64 minutes, John Rhodie put Hobden through. His shot from distance was deflected and dropped down to Jarrett, whose cultured volley lobbed the keeper to level.

Hobden broke through again only for the ball to take a nasty bobble as he was about to shoot, much to the relief of the Wick defence.

An Ash Minter cross again gifted Hobden another good chance late on, but his lobbed effort went just wide, when one-on-one with the keeper.

Dyer said: “Overall, it was a fair result as Wick were the better side in the first half and we were the better team in the second half.

“Rhodie earned himself the man-of-the-match award with a good hard-working display, especially in the second half.

“It was also good to see John Langridge stepping up to the first team and doing a good job. And it was nice to see Rob Matthews get his first start and, although he was a bit rusty from lack of game time, he will only get better the more he plays.

“Hopefully, there will be a couple of new signings coming in to strengthen the squad soon.”

Storrington host Seaford on Saturday.