Newhaven’s Sussex County Football League Division One match at Rye United last night (Tuesday) was abandoned due to a floodlight failure at the Salts.

The lights went out at half-time, meaning a delayed start to the second half, and then failed again with just over an hour of the fixture played.

The game was nicely poised with the hosts leading 1-0, having gone ahead just minutes after they were reduced to ten-men following a reckless two-footed lunge by Jordan Woodley on the Dockers’ Sean Breach.

It is the second time a match at the Salts has been abandoned because of floodlight failure this season, with Shoreham suffering the same fate just ten minutes in to their fixture at the venue in October.

It is also the second time Newhaven have seen a long midweek away trip be abandoned after their FA Vase first-round replay at Cove came to a premature end when heavy rain forced the players off the pitch.

The match will now be rescheduled in an already packed fixture list which sees the Dockers play at least twice a week until the end of the season.

Newhaven are next in action on Thursday night when they travel to the Caburn Ground to take on Ringmer in the rearranged John O’Hara Cup quarter-final.

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