Mad five-minute spell costs Swans at Heath

Action from Haywards Heath v Storrington
Action from Haywards Heath v Storrington

STORRINGTON Football Club were left cursing a mad five-minute spell before half-time as they lost away to Haywards Heath on Saturday.

With a wealth of defenders unavailable, Swans had a makeshift back line. And they were also hampered by the loss of Marcus Robertshaw to, ironically, Haywards Heath, and Adam Bardouleau, to Selsey.

Storrington had two debutants, though, as Ali Giammattei started in midfield and Rob Matthews came off the bench.

The visitors started the stronger and made the breakthrough on 29 minutes when a good passing move between John Rhodie, Richard Ayres and Will Garrett saw the latter cross for Joe Warner, and his blocked shot was followed up by Joe Howard.

With Heath in disarray, Storrington continued to attack as Ayres shot just over and Iain Jarvie spurned a decent chance.

With just five minutes left in the half, and, from being in total control, Swans somehow shipped three goals in quick succession.

The first came through a soft free kick from Naim Rouane, the second saw Howard slice a clearance into his own net, before Jamie Wanstall poked home after a goalmouth scramble.

Swans pulled a goal back on 50 minutes when Ayres headed down a corner and Jarvie finished from close range.

Another Rouane free kick caused the visitors problems seven minutes later as it hit the bar and Mike Williamson reacted quickest to head in to make it 4-2.

As Swans pushed forward, they were caught short at the back as Williamson added his second against the run of play on 84 minutes, before Swans pulled another goal back late on through Warner.

Storrington boss Nigel Dyer said: “Strangely, for the second game in a row, we have played well but lost a game in a five-minute spell. At half-time, we could not believe what had just happened, from being on top for most of the half we came in 3-1 down.

“Obviously, a changed back line did not help matters and we need to sort that out as soon as possible. But two bad five-minutes spells in two games has cost us at least four points. That can’t happen again.”