Patched-up Wickers pick up a point

Southwick Football Club boss John Kilgarriff was pleased his side ended a four-game losing run on Saturday.

Southwick manager John Kilgarriff was forced to start in goal on Saturday. Picture: Derek Martin DM1610682

Ross Myers’ superb free kick 20 minutes from time was cancelled out by Mthoko Moko’s effort ten minutes later as Wickers sealed a 1-1 Southern Combination League Division 1 draw at Storrington.

Southwick were without nine first-team regulars for the clash, with manager Kilgarriff forced to go in goal with Brad Stevens unavailable.

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With all things considered, Kilgarriff was impressed with the steel and determination shown by Wickers.

He said: “We dominated for large periods and could have easily won this game. With nine players missing and myself in goal, a point is a good return but on another we could well have won it.

“I had very little to do in goal, the defence was superb and protected me really well.

“It’s a second week running we’ve conceded in the final ten minutes, we must learn to cut lapses in concentration out but this was a pleasing performance. Storrington had some kind words for us after as well, which was nice.”

Wickers produced a dominant display in the opening 45 minutes but failed to break the deadlock.

Myers was denied on a couple of occasions, while Ross Petts failed to make the most of a clear opening.

Dean Smith thought he had fired Wickers ahead five minutes after the restart only to see his effort ruled out for a foul in the build-up.

There was more frustration ten minutes later as Myers saw a strike disallowed following a foul prior to his finish.

Wickers finally went ahead with 20 minutes to go. Myers curled a superb free kick over the wall and into the net.

With Wickers on course for a first win since October, Moko was on hand to fire home ten minutes from time and earn Storrington a draw.

Southwick host league leaders Saltdean United on Saturday, with Kilgarriff seeing the game as a free-hit.

He added: “We’ve played well against the top teams this season and hopefully we can do the same on Saturday.

“They’ve got a great deal of quality and we’ll have to play well to get anything but I know what this team is capable of.

“We’ve got a few coming back in from injury and, after re-joining last week, Thomas Donnelly is back and available.”

SOUTHWICK: Kilgarriff; Josh Bidwell, Dunk, McLennan, Tucker; Piner, Smith, Myers; Satchell, Petts, Groom.Subs: Joe Bidwell (Groom), Locke (Petts), Gardener-Lowe.

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