Hamilton to leave Storrington

STORRINGTON Football Club manager Ricky Hamilton is to step down at the end of the season.

Hamilton confirmed his desire to hand over the reins following his side’s 6-1 thumping of fierce local rivals Steyning Town on Easter Monday. Saturday’s game against Westfield will be his last at the Swans’ helm, and Hamilton believes he has done the job he set out to do three years ago. Storrington are set for a top half finish in County League Division 2 and reached the Division 2 Cup final, which they lost to AFC Uckfield in extra time.

He remarked: “I wanted to make Storrington a force in the league rather than whipping boys.

“And I wanted them to beat Steyning – I have not lost to Steyning in my time here.

“I would like to think that I have got the club on a solid foundation and the players are there.”

Hamilton admits he has become frustrated with Swans’ league position and is looking forward to taking a break from the game while dispelling the notion he is ready to walk into the vacant position at neighbours Steyning.

He said: “I do not want to do something at another club and poach all the players from Storrington, I am not looking for another club.

“I’m just looking forward to going away for a holiday with my family in August and not having my phone to my ear the whole week.

“I need to recharge my batteries.

“Storrington are a fantastic club and they deserve all the credit.”

In Monday’s game, Tim Martin’s hat-trick destroyed a tired Steyning – who were confirmed as safe from relegation thanks to Oakwood’s defeat.

Martin made it 1-0 when he raced on to a through ball and slotted past Mark Oldroyd, and it was 2-0 when Jake Cockerton’s lobbed cross found Craig Grantham.

Town’s Dave Harris floated a corner straight into the net to halve the arrears at the break but Steyning could not capitalise on that and Martin scored Swans’ third with a carbon copy of his first, and completed his hat-trick with a lob.

Kristian Harding scored the fifth from Stuart McCall’s super pass, and it was six when substitute Jake Mead-Palmer pounced after Martin’s initial shot was saved.

STORRINGTON: Elliott; Davis, McCall, Carter, Rhodie; Tidman, Maymon, Harding, Cockerton; Grantham, Martin. Subs: Ayres (Maymon 65), Mead-Palmer (Tidman 80), Davies (Cockerton 85).