Swans twice hit back to draw at Rustington

L46125H13 Sussex League Football - Rustington v Storrington
L46125H13 Sussex League Football - Rustington v Storrington

STORRINGTON Football Club twice fought back from two goals down to draw 4-4 away to Rustington on Saturday.

The visitors even had a late couple of chances to grab all three points as the game was the only match in County League Division 2 to go ahead.

Rustington started the first half positively and went ahead in the sixth minute when Steve Kirkham scored from the penalty spot.

Storrington almost responded immediately as Adam Bardouleau put through Joe Howard, who saw his effort come back off a post.

Blues doubled their lead on 12 minutes when Storrington failed to cut out Liam Waller’s pass and Kirkham tapped home his second.

Swans pulled a goal back on 19 minutes when Richard Ayres put through Marcus Robertshaw, who slotted the ball past Rustington keeper Jimmy Punter.

Four minutes later, Storrington were level. A Bardouleau long ball forward beat two defenders and found Robertshaw, who chipped a well-weighted ball across the face of the goal, which gave Richard Ayres an easy header to level the game.

Storrington then gave away another penalty as James Bennett was brought down and Kirkham completed his hat-trick, which gave Blues the lead going into half-time.

The second half did not begin as explosively as the first but Rustington went 4-2 ahead on 58 minutes when Kirkham’s cross was turned home by Tiago Futada.

On 80 minutes, there was a wonder goal from Swans substitute Harry Jarrett, who beat two defenders with ease and slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Storrington were soon level as Rustington failed to clear and substitute John Rhodie poked the ball home, despite Rustington appealing for offside.

Swans then had two chances to win the game in the last two minutes. Robertshaw blazed over on 89 minutes, before Will Garrett shot wide a minute later.

Swans boss Nigel Dyer said: “It was a good game for the spectators, not for the managers, the game was too open which is not what we want to see from the Swans.

“We need to tighten up as a team, but the character we showed, with not giving up on the game at any time, was good to see.

“At 4-2 down we would have taken a draw, but to miss two great chances in the last few minutes was disappointing.”