Newhaven Reserves lost for their fifth consecutive game at the hands of local rivals Seaford on Saturday at Fort Road.
After two weeks off due to the weather the squad for the match was much changed due to injuries and players unavailability. In came two Under 18s in Fenton Boaks and Max Stevens, Harrison Cullinane started his first game of the season and Bradley Keith returned to the bench after a lengthy absence. Also on the bench was goalkeeper Marc Hildersley appearing as an outfield substitute.
Early exchanges were dominated by the Dockers, however with ten minutes on the clock a Seaford corner was not dealt with by the Dockers defence. Newhaven left four up in the hope of a quick breakaway but failed to clear the corner and Adam Sully steered a loose ball into the net.
The Dockers went back up the other end and came close from three corners with Simon Blaxall and Josh Tomkins sending free headers over the bar. Youngster, Max Stevens then came very close to equalising when he found space in the penalty area but his shot was cleared when it looked destined for the goal.
Then on 35 minutes, against the run of play again, Barry Knight was adjudged to have clipped the Seaford right winger in the box and referee Mark Lidbetter pointed to the spot. Up stepped Steven Doughty and he made no mistake to make the score 0-2.
The second half continued in the same manner with Newhaven on the attack and dominating possession. However there was again a lack of killer instinct in front of goal and chances for Duchossoy, a free kick from Lambert, and a corner which couldn’t be bundled over the line meant that the game seemed to be heading for another Dockers defeat.
Harry Stewart was rarely troubled until called on midway through the second half when he smartly pushed a rising shot round the post to keep the score at 0-2. Bradley Keith was introduced for Max Stevens who had made a good debut. Keith slotted into the midfield with Mason and Cullinane, who were playing well.
However the clock ticked away and with one last throw of the dice Hildersley came on for Mason with 5 minutes to play and nearly scored when he met a cross at the far post but couldn’t steer the ball inside the post and the game finished soon after.
Southwick are the next visitors on Saturday 2nd February when the Dockers will be hoping for a much needed change of fortune.
H.Stewart, J.McTiffen, F.Boaks, J.Tomkins, B.Knight, T.Mason (M.Hildersley), H.Cullinane, L.Duchossoy, M.Stevens (B.Keith), D.Lambert, S.Blaxall unused subs: L.Chatterley, A .Cook