RUSTINGTON Football Club suffered a dose of the bank holiday blues as they went down to a heavy 5-0 defeat at Steyning Town on Monday.
Town moved third in the fledgeling table with a comprehensive win over Blues, who recently welcomed former Littlehampton, East Preston and Midhurst boss Trevor Waller as their new manager.
Waller, who picked up a point in his first game in charge at AFC Uckfield on Saturday, would have been pleased with his new side in patches on Monday as they started and finished the second half strongly. But Steyning were much the better side and fully warranted their victory in a match between two sides who have had contrasting starts to their seasons.
Five minutes before half-time, Mo Shuga’a had a shot deflected wide and, from Maz Williams’ resultant corner, Omar Bublek poked home from Callum Towse’s goalbound flick.
Two minutes later, Town doubled their lead when Shuga’a’s looping header evaded everyone and nestled into the far corner via a post.
Despite Blues starting the second half well, Town were awarded a penalty after Shuga’a was clumsily tripped and Webb slammed home the spot-kick.
3-0 soon became 5-0 as Alfie Gritt struck with a good finish after a swift passing move, and then Shuga’a rounded off the scoring with a low effort on 66 minutes.
Waller said: “I thought we had spells in the game where we looked decent, but overall they deserved to win, although 5-0 was quite harsh on us, to be honest.”
Full report and reaction from both games in this week’s paper.