CRAIG Grantham’s last-minute free kick gave Storrington FC a 2-1 win at East Preston on Tuesday evening in County League Division 2.
“I think a draw would have been a fair result” commented Swans manager Ricky Hamilton after the game, one that saw Storrington leapfrog their opponents in the league table. “After such a poor performance on Saturday I was pleased with the character of the side and the way they responded – I couldn’t really have asked for much more from them”.
After a tremendous 5-2 win at the weekend against local rivals Littlehampton, this was a game that EP really should have won after totally dominating the first half.
They were made to pay for not taking their chances in the last minute of the half when a clumsy lunge by Danny Hand on Tim Martin saw Swans awarded a penalty and Martin sent keeper Guy Souch the wrong way with what proved to be the final kick of the half.
It was Swans’ only shot of the half having watched EP hit the base of the post through Adam Wilds shortly after Andy Bainbridge’s shot had been cleared off the line by Sam Elliott and his rebound thwarted by Gary Elliott in the Swans goal.
Swans’ Kristian Harding grazed the bar in the second half before EP levelled with 12 minutes left when Wilds nodded in from a yard.
But in the final minute, Swans were awarded a free kick for handball on the edge of the area and substitute Grantham’s scuffed effort managed to sneak into the far corner. There was only time for EP’s Mark Burgess to get sent-off for what appeared to be an innocuous second yellow card.
STORRINGTON: G.Elliott, McCall, Rhodie, S.Elliott, Watton, Maymon, Cook, Humphries, Harding, Martin, Tidman. Subs: Grantham (Harding 81), Carter, Davies.