Ten-man Swans suffer derby defeat at Wickers

John Rhodie was left disappointed after seeing Storrington Football Club fall to defeat at rivals Southwick on Saturday.

Tuesday, 10th January 2017, 2:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th January 2017, 2:17 pm
Action from Storrington's clash ay rivals Southwick on Saturday. Picture: Derek Martin DM171222

Ross Petts, Joe Bidwell and substitute Thomas Donnelly all struck as Wickers recorded a 3-1 victory.

With Swans trailing 1-0, Jack Piner reckless challenge on Josh Warner saw him receive a straight red after 25 minutes, before Adam Bardouleau was also dismissed following his reaction.

Storrington player-manager Rhodie felt going down to ten was a turning point and said: “We didn’t start well then got into it and began to control things. I didn’t feel Adam should have been sent-off. After both teams go down to ten, it’s then difficult for us being a goal down and having to chase it. They caught us on the counter a couple of times and we couldn’t find a way back into it, despite having most of the ball.”

Wickers went ahead inside three minutes as Joe Bidwell picked out Petts, who was on hand to fire home.

A key moment in the game then came on 25 minutes. Piner’s late challenge resulted in him being shown a red, while Bardouleau was dismissed for his reaction.

With both teams down to ten, Southwick coped better and Joe Bidwell made it 2-0 20 minutes from time.

Matthew Searle headed home a minute later to give Swans hope but Southwick substitute Donnelly sealed the win five minutes from the end.

Storrington travel to second-placed Saltdean United on Saturday.

STORRINGTON: Elliott; Setchell, Bardouleau, Jarvie, Clarke; Searle, Gilmour; Josh Warner, Shoebridge, Gray; Joe Warner. Subs: Moyo (Joe Warner), Boxall (Gray), Naylor, Meeney.

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