Newhaven Reserves were soundly beaten at Middle Road on Wednesday night by a Shoreham side looking to win the league.
Four first half goals including a controversial penalty reflected a very one sided first half as the Dockers put in a shocking display.
Another equally mysterious penalty ten minutes into the second half quashed any feint hope of a comeback and the game was over.
With yet again many changes to the team the first half display was poor and disjointed. Shoreham took an early lead within the opening ten minutes when a ball over the top of Tom Mason filling in at right back was chased down by the Shoreham winger and he ran on place past the helpless Harry Stewart.
A second goal followed shortly after when a cross was not cleared as the Shoreham attack glided unchallenged into the area and eventually tapped home to make it 2-0.
Then the first of two controversial penalties was awarded by the referee. A corner was swung in and when the ball was cleared the referee pointed to the spot to the surprise of both teams. The reason, as discovered after, was for an apparent push? (3-0).
By now the Dockers’ confidence had all but disappeared and another sloppy goal was conceded with only half an hour played to make a sorry scoreline 4-0.
Half time could not come quick enough and a few harsh words brought about a far more spirited second half performance.
However the controversy from the man in black continued as a second penalty was awarded when Joe McTiffen committed a foul outside the box. The Shoreham attack placed the free kick but to everyone’s astonishment the referee ran over and awarded a penalty!
Both dugouts were confused as were the players. Bookings for McTiffen, Cullinane and O’Donnell followed as did the resulting penalty in the back of the net, 5-0.
The Dockers were now convincingly beaten but at least kept the score the same for the rest of the match.
A game to forget for the Dockers and perhaps the referee.
The last match of the season on Saturday at Ford Road is against Haywards Heath.
Harry Stewart, Tom Mason (c) (Luke Chatterley), Fenton Boaks, Calum Burnett, Joe Mctiffen, Harrison Cullinane, Tom O’Donnell (Rob Brown), Sam Leppard, Harry Millar (Ben Smith), Tom Stevenson, Luke Duchossoy.