The first fixture of the new season was against Eastbourne Town at the Saffrons. The team selection had to be changed because of injuries but the team was still a strong one.
The early exchanges were fairly even with a lot of the play in midfield where we competed very well.
On 19 minutes Frazer Johnstone played a good ball to Tom Turner who took the ball up the wing to the bye line and crossed it and a defender deflected it into the goal.
Then a couple of minutes later William Herriott won the ball mid way in the Eastbourne half and went on only to shoot wide of the goal. The home team took control of the game towards half time but we managed to hold out to lead at the break.
The instructions during the break were to press the opposition early to maintain our momentum but fate decided otherwise.
Two minutes after the restart the home team equalised following a cross although there was a suspicion of a foul on our keeper.
The team reacted very well and again competed and on 62 minutes Daly Tucknott sent a cross over for William to head towards goal but the keeper made an excellent save. Max Stevens was substituted by Mike Baker on 69 minutes with instructions to attack on the wings.
Then on 74 minutes the home side was awarded a free kick some distance out and the resulting shot flew into the net.
Again the team reacted well and on 83 minutes Harry Millar picked up a loose ball, advanced and chipped the keeper to equalise again. Shortly afterwards Toby Cane was substituted by Rhys Williams whose job it was to tidy up in midfield.
Time was running out and both sides went for the win but it was Eastbourne who got the winner in the 92nd minute.
This was a good opening match which could have gone either way and which neither team really deserved to lose.
Vidler, Austin, Boakes, Tucknott, Cane (Williams), Stevens (Baker), Green, Turner, Miller, Johnstome, Herriott.