STORRINGTON Football Club never quite recovered from a disastrous start on Saturday, where they found themselves without a goalkeeper and two goals down within minutes.
Swans – possibly lagging from their Christmas festivities – started slowly and were 2-0 down within five minutes as AFC Uckfield’s Sammy Bunn followed up to convert a saved spot-kick, before Steve Major headed in from a corner.
Storrington stopper Gary Elliott was then stretchered off following a tackle and Joe Howard took over in goal.
Marcus Robertshaw was denied a penalty after Swans felt he was brought down in the box by the last man, but instead a free kick was awarded just outside the box and no card shown.
In the second half, Swans were awarded a soft penalty which Joe Warner converted on 68 minutes. However, a soft back-pass minutes later from James Naylor saw Aaron Capon nip in and round Howard to make it 3-1.
Swans spent the last 20 minutes camped in Uckfield’s half and Ayres headed home on 83 minutes from Harry Jarrett’s cross, but they failed to find an equaliser despite plenty of pressure.
Swans boss Nigel Dyer said: “We were really disappointed not to win the game today, but we gave ourselves too much to do after the first five minutes where we really lost the game. In the second half especially, we were by far the better side, but were still far from our best.”