Edit: News has since emerged that Sidley United played an ineligible player in this game and therefore Newhaven continue in the cup. The report has not been amended.
Newhaven’s participation in the Sussex Principal RUR Charity Cup came to an early end at Sidley United on Tuesday evening.
Goals in each half from Kenny Pogue and Dom Clarke gave the hosts a 2-0 win and a safe passage through to the third round, where they will meet Lancing.
Dockers manager Paul Harrison used the game as a chance to rotate the pack, making five changes from the weekend win against Storrington. Gary Holmes, Freddie Beale, Matt Harrison, Ryan Walton and full-debutant Harry Millar replaced Dave Altendorff, Jason Goddard, Lee Robinson, Naim Rouane and Ebou Jallow respectively, with the latter four joining Mark Probert on the bench.
Sidley started the game well and Pogue rattled the crossbar with a fierce early drive that deflected off Daniel Murray. The hosts also missed the target with a couple of decent chances.
Newhaven weren’t without chances though. Walton got on the end of a Beale cross but sent his back post effort off target. Home goalkeeper Tashpulatov kept out a Millar shot and also thwarted Walton.
The hosts took the lead around the half hour mark through the lively Pogue. Sam Willett crossed in to the Newhaven box and Clarke jumped with Graham Leach. The ball fell kindly for Pogue who fired in to the unguarded net.
Newhaven had a chance to level early in the second half but Harrison couldn’t find the goal when played in down the left.
United doubled their advantage just before the hour mark. The Sidley strike duo combined as Pogue’s cross found Clarke at the back post and he made no mistake powering his header past Leach.
Leach was largely untroubled for the rest of the game as Newhaven searched for a way back in to it. Millar was off target on a couple of occasions and also had a strike cleared off the line by the upper arm of a defender.
But the best chance fell to Walton, who, after beating Tashpulatov to the ball, screwed his left foot shot wide with the goal gaping.
Newhaven gave a good account of themselves but came unstuck against Division One opponents for the second time this season.
Graham Leach, Freddie Beale, Daniel Murray, Scott Edwards, Jason Edwards (Jason Goddard), Sean Breach (Mark Probert), Gary Holmes, Richie Watton, Matt Harrison (Ebou Jallow), Ryan Walton, Harry Millar.