FERRING Football Club made it four wins on the bounce on Saturday with a 4-1 victory at home to Southwick in County League Division 3.
Ferring began the brighter of the two sides and took the lead with a stunning strike by Joe Matthews after just five minutes. Matthews volleyed the ball from distance with the outside of his foot over despairing Southwick keeper Chris Kelsey.
The home side continued to dominate the half but were met with stubborn resistance as Kelsey made fine saves from both Josey Stakim and Ross Fraser, before a second goal was added just before the break.
A fine move ended with a deep cross from Fraser being delicately headed home by Stakim.
Southwick pulled a goal back early in the second half when Ferring keeper Charlie Gammons left Dean Lipscombe’s shot, thinking it was going wide, but it struck the inside of a post and rolled into the goal.
Southwick then pressed Ferring back, but a third goal for the home side – a penalty from Barney Boutwood after Stakim was fouled – prevented any form of Southwick comeback.
Ferring added a fourth in the closing stages when Stakim’s cross was handled and Stakim scored from the resulting spot-kick
Ferring boss Pete Matthews said: “Despite the scoreline, we were not always at our best today but this was another great result.
“The game seemed to be slightly disjointed and it did not suit our passing game.
“It was good to get the three points as we have cup games for the next three weeks and our league position is important to us. We need to maintain our momentum and continue to work hard as a team.”
Ferring are at Uckfield Town in the first leg of the Division 3 Cup on Saturday.
FERRING: Gammons; Gibbons, D.Heward, A.Heward, Da Costa; Fraser, Hardy-Harris, J.Matthews, Barnes; Boutwood, Stakim. Subs: Cave (Barnes 70), Christodoulou (Heward 75), O’Reilly (Boutwood 80).