U18s take positives from draw.
A 103rd minute equaliser saw points shared in an entertaining game at The Crouch. Theo Baker’s goal put Seaford ahead, but goals from Joss Slowey and William Herriott looked to have won it before Dan Stannard popped up with just minutes remaining to pinch a point.
Newhaven started the game the better side, and could have been two goals to the good within a couple of minutes when Alfie Major & Joss Slowey went close, with Ian Robinson looking particularly threatening down the Dockers right hand side.
The game began to settle down and neither team began to get any kind of momentum, the closest for the hosts being Theo Baker’s chance which Luke Vidler got down smartly to save. Ian Robinson teased the back line with a flurry of crosses, but none were converted as the half fizzled out at 0-0.
Again, Newhaven were faster out of the blocks but didn’t make it tell and, slightly against the run of play, Theo Baker beat the offside trap and slid the ball past Vidler to open the scoring. It took a while for the visitors to compose themselves and had the defensive partnership of Daniel Green & Kieran Austin to thank as Seaford began to exert pressure of their own, with Vidler making a couple of smart saves to thwart them.
Ian Robinson and Max Stevens were replaced by Jonno Bennett and William Herriott respectively, and it was the latters physical ability which was the catalyst for a change in the game. The home pressure began to fade as Seaford ran out of ideas and when Toby Cane was brought down 25 yards from goal on 75 minutes, the Dockers were level as Joss Slowey bent his free kick over the wall and into the corner of the goal.
The game was completely changed when William Herriott saw his speculative 20 yard strike squeeze under the keeper and into the bottom corner to give Newhaven the lead.
Newhaven wasted good chances to kill the game off and were punished in the 103rd minute when Dan Stannard stole in at the front post from a corner to prod the ball past Vidler. Home captain Craig Pooley had suffered a serious looking head injury which caused the majority of the time added on, and Newhaven switched off to allow Seaford an equaliser. Credit must go to the hosts for their battling performance, but they were certainly the happier team with the result.
Dockers: Luke Vidler, Tom Turner, Fenton Boaks ©, Jay Thornton, Daniel Green, Kieran Austin, Ian Robinson (William Herriott 60), Toby Cane (Sam Baker 85), Alfie Major, Max Stevens (Jonno Bennett 55), Joss Slowey.
Subs note used: Frazer Johnstone, Rhys Williams.
Man of the Match: Jay Thornton.