Lancing vs Newhaven

26 September 2015
Score: 0 - 3

Match Report

Lancing 0-3 Newhaven (HT 0-1)
Lee Robinson 40, Connor Jones 85, Joe Dryer 87

Newhaven are the new leaders of the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division after beating previous leaders Lancing 3-0 at Culver Road on Saturday afternoon.

The sides went in to the fixture placed first and second in the division, but it was the Dockers that ended the day on top thanks to some late, clinical finishing and a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Jake Buss.

Lee Robinson continued his recent fine form by heading his side in front late in the first half. Connor Jones marked his return to the Newhaven first team with a goal off the bench with five minutes of the match left, and Joe Dryer’s excellent individual effort two minutes later sealed the three points.

Joint-manager Andy Cook labelled the performance as a “satisfying afternoons work” but refused to get carried away with his side’s lofty league position.

“Saturday’s performance and result was excellent,” said Cook. “To go to an in form team and beat them 3-0 is very pleasing.

“Breachy and I made it clear to the lads before the game that there was no pressure at all despite it being first vs second. As it’s so early in the season we felt this wasn’t a decisive match, however, we stressed it would be nice to keep the run going. And we did just that.

“We were relaxed and confident and despite a ten minute wobble in the first half we showed what a good team we are. We were tight at the back and looked a threat every time we went forward.”

It was the visitors that threatened first on the new 3G surface at Culver Road. Ryan Walton tested Lancing goalkeeper Callum Fidler with a firm shot, and moments later a Conor Sidwell cross from the right was turned towards goal by Robinson, but Fidler was equal to it.

At the other end Rich Greenfield shot straight at Buss, after receiving the ball from a Naim Rouane free-kick, as the home side looked to get a foothold in the game.

Newhaven’s Ebou Jallow had two good chances to break the deadlock, twice receiving passes from Robinson, but got the ball caught under his feet on the first occasion, before being denied by an alert Fidler on the second.

Robinson was next to test Fidler, after being played in by James Rhodes, but his left footed attempt across goal lacked pace and Fidler was able to get down to it in time.

Then came a five-minute spell where the hosts turned the screw and applied some heavy pressure on the Newhaven defence, with striker Alex Fair particularly wasteful.

His first chance came after an error in midfield by the away side. He found himself one-on-one with Buss who got a hand to the ball as the Lancing man tried to round him, then kept out the follow-up with his outstretched foot.

Mike Williamson was also denied by Buss, after a one-two with Fair, before Fair himself rattled the goal-frame with a powerful strike from the best part of 25-yards.

And Fair’s forgettable first half continued a minute later when he was again one-on-one with Buss. This time he successfully rounded the Newhaven number one, but got his shot all wrong and fired high and wide.

The miss was to prove costly as just three minutes later Newhaven put themselves ahead. Dryer’s cross from the left found the head of an unmarked Robinson who’s effort crept under Fidler’s body.

The Dockers had one more chance before the break but captain Adam Kneller’s header from a Walton corner was kept out, before the same player sent the rebound flying over the crossbar.

The second half contained less chances than the first, with the Dockers happy to soak up any Lancing pressure and hit the hosts on the counter attack.

Lancing’s Dave O’Callaghan warmed Buss’ hands early in the half with a comfortable save, and then midway through the second period saw a well hit long-range strike expertly tipped on to the bar by the seemingly unbeatable Dockers keeper, and Greenfield sent the follow-up in to the neighbour’s garden.

Back at the other end Dryer sent a firm strike towards goal that was moving all over the place as Fidler palmed it behind for a corner.

With ten minutes to play Jones saw a curling effort easily held by Fidler, but five minutes later got the better of him as he doubled the Dockers advantage.

Buss held on to a shot at one end, and within seconds Jones was in on goal at the other. Jallow’s long pass forward was missed by a defender and Jones set himself before slotting under Fidler for 2-0.

And the game was made safe just two minutes later with an excellent solo goal from Dryer. He picked the ball up on the left before making his way past three Lancing players and coolly poking past Fidler.

The last chance of the half again fell to Kneller who’s free-kick marginally evaded Fidler’s far post.

“We could have been three up after half an hour and that wouldn’t have been unjust, but we settled for just the one from Robbo’s head/shoulder,” continued Cook.

“There were a couple of tactical adjustments at half-time with Ebs dropping a little deeper and it worked very well. We were very good second half as well and when Connor Jones came on to give us fresh legs in the number ten role it worked and he scored a fine second.

“But the best was saved for last when Joe Dryer cuts in from the left, beats three or four and knocks it in at the near post. Top class. So a satisfying afternoons work but as me and Breachy keep saying one game at a time and now we look forward to AFC Uckfield Town in the cup on Tuesday night.”

Newhaven: Jake Buss, Conor Sidwell, Scott Dartnall, Jayson Sowter (Harry Eyre), Ryan Knight, Adam Kneller (c), Lee Robinson, James Rhodes (Rob Boddy), Ebou Jallow, Ryan Walton (Connor Jones), Joe Dryer. Unused subs: Scott Edwards, Ian Robinson.
Booked: Sowter, Sidwell, Dartnall

Attendance: 129
Officials: Barrie Small, Andrew Hinton, Tom Latter