Newhaven vs Wick

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6 April 2013
Score: 2 - 1

Match Report

Newhaven moved a step closer to back-to-back promotions after a 90th minute Freddie Beale strike saw them beat Wick at Fort Road on Saturday afternoon.

The Dockers now need just four points, from their five remaining games, to seal a return to Division One for the first time since 1995.

The win also keeps Newhaven’s slim title chances alive, with Littlehampton trailing in second by three points but with an important three games in hand.

In truth the home side were lucky to walk off the pitch with three points after being given a real run for their money by a Wick side who hadn’t won in seven games.

Beale had given Newhaven a slim 1-0 half-time lead after firing in from the edge of the box.

The visitors levelled through Bradley Fletcher after a swift counter attack but it was Beale that stole the headlines as he thumped in a late winner.

Newhaven made two changes from the team that had started the win at Seaford on Easter Monday.

Dockers captain Sean Breach returned to the side, in place of the unavailable Scott Edwards, and Simon Blaxall came in for Jason Goddard.

The teams had played out a 0-0 draw at Crabtree Park, just six weeks before, and the early exchanges in this game suggested we could be on for a repeat score.

After a tame first half hour the match was brought to life by Beale, who doubled his goal account for the season with a sweet strike.

Ebou Jallow went on a run from left to right and played a pass to Simon Blaxall. His cross was cleared to the edge of the box where Beale was waiting to smash a low drive in off the post.

The visitors had two excellent chances to level but the first attempt hit the post and then the follow-up was blasted over the bar.

At the start of the second half Beale had a chance to double the lead. He found himself one-on-one with the away goalkeeper but could only place his shot straight at the stopper.

Wick were putting pressure on the home side and forcing errors. And they deservedly levelled with 20 minutes left to play.

A Newhaven corner was cleared and Fletcher was sent through. Jake Buss got a tackle on the forward but he retained possession and scored despite an attempted clearance by Daniel Murray.

Wick continued to look dangerous but the best chance fell to Lucas Mann who headed Terry Gacias’ corner marginally wide.

It looked like Newhaven would have to settle for a point but there was to be one last chance for the Dockers to take all three points.

Gacias drove forward and passed to Jallow. He weaved his way in to the box and played a ball across that Beale ran on to and drove a powerful, left footed shot high past the goalkeeper, sparking wild celebrations.

Team:
Jake Buss, Freddie Beale, Daniel Murray, Barry Knight, Luis Freitas, Sean Breach (c) (Jason Goddard), Terry Gacias, Simon Blaxall (Mark Probert), Lee Robinson, Lucas Mann, Ebou Jallow.

Man of the Match: Freddie Beale

Lineup

Freddie BealeGoalGoal
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Lee Robinson
Sean Breach
Daniel Murray
Ebou Jallow
Jake Buss
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Terry Gacias

Subs

Mark ProbertSub
Jason GoddardSub