Newhaven vs Hailsham Town

9 January 2016
Score: 10 - 0

Match Report

Newhaven 10-0 Hailsham Town (HT 6-0)
Callum Connor 5, Lee Robinson 25, 31, 40, 42, 53, 69, Olly Davies 37, Ebou Jallow 55, Kyle Woolven 90

Newhaven hit double figures in a match for the third time this season as they put ten, without reply, past Hailsham Town at the Trafalgar Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Having already beaten East Preston and St Francis Rangers 10-0 and 10-1 respectively, the relentless Dockers have shown no mercy when teams at the wrong end of the Premier Division table have visited Fort Road.

The big win keeps Newhaven in fourth place, just three points behind new leaders Lancing, and five ahead of the Dockers’ next opponents, Horsham YMCA, who currently occupy fifth.

Top scorer Lee Robinson struck six of his side’s ten, with Callum Connor, Olly Davies, Ebou Jallow and 17-year-old Kyle Woolven also on the score sheet for the home side.

Newhaven joint manager Sean Breach was pleased to see his side pick up the three points after losing at Shoreham last time out.

“The most important thing for us was getting back to winning ways,” said Breach. “We have had two weeks of stewing over the defeat to Shoreham. Everyone knows when you lose you just want to put it right as soon as possible but we haven’t been able to do that.

“Obviously it’s pleasing to score ten goals, which now gives us the best goal difference in the league, it can almost act as an extra point at the end of the season. Also, a clean sheet is always welcome with Cooky [Andy Cook, joint manager] and I.

“As the scoreline suggests we were pretty dominant throughout and were ruthless with our finishing, and this can only give the lads confidence going into a tough schedule ahead.”

The hosts were ahead as early as the fifth minute and it came in a very simple manner. Centre back Ryan Knight won the ball in his half and sent a pass over the visiting defence for Connor to run on to and lob goalkeeper Ben Head.

Twenty minutes passed before the Dockers found their second. James Rhodes swung in a corner from the right and the ball appeared to go in off a Town defender, but Robinson was in close proximity and has been credited with the goal.

There was no doubting the third goal belonged to Robinson, but the means behind it were certainly questionable as his attempted cross floated over Head and nestled in the far corner of the goal.

Newhaven were now all over their guests and it was 4-0 after 37 minutes. Connor’s run in the box was found by Rhodes and the young striker unselfishly squared for Davies who tapped in from close range. Connor injured himself in the build up and was replaced by Ryan Walton.

That change pushed Robinson back up front and he completed his hat-trick with five minutes of the half left to play. Walton was played in behind the Town defence by captain Adam Kneller and his cross found Robinson who turned and fired in his side’s fifth.

And it was 6-0 before half-time as Robinson notched a fourth. Ebou Jallow cut the Hailsham defenders open with a through pass and Robinson made no mistake finishing well past Head.

The visitor’s best spell of the match came just after half-time. They forced a number of corners and weren’t allowing the home side out of their half, at least not as easily as the first half. Buss had to deny Emmanuel Okinga from close range and Simon Stevens was also off target.

But it was the home side that got the game’s seventh goal. Buss’ massive goal kick travelled over everyone and Robinson was quickest to it, setting himself before lifting the ball over Head for 7-0.

Two minutes later came arguably the goal of the game. Kneller played a free-kick short to Rhodes who found Jallow on the left. He cut in on his right foot and from 20 yards sent a curling effort past the despairing dive of Head.

Davies should have made it 9-0 when he fired wide from close range but with twenty minutes left to play that was the scoreline. Youngster Woolven, on as a sub for Jallow, beat his man down the left and crossed for Robinson who poked home for his first ever senior double hat-trick.

The cake was iced in the last minute when Woolven cut in from the left and fired an unstoppable shot in to the back of the net to make it 10-0.

“Obviously Robbo will make the headlines, and rightly so,” continued Breach. “He’s got 29 in the league now and has 12 goals in the last four games which is ridiculous. However, I’ll be a happier man if he scores the only goal of the game on Saturday.

“Asides from Robbo, Rob Boddy was probably the best player on the pitch and young Kyle Woolven continues to get better and better and really shone in his 30 minute cameo, creating one and scoring another fantastic goal to add to his two against Worthing United.

“We have a real gem with Kyle and Cooky and I are really looking forward to seeing him develop with us. He’s another product of a very successful youth set up we have here.”

Newhaven: Jake Buss, Conor Sidwell, Scott Edwards, Rob Boddy, Ryan Knight, Adam Kneller (c) (Jason Goddard), Lee Robinson, James Rhodes, Callum Connor (Ryan Walton), Ebou Jallow (Kyle Woolven), Olly Davies. Unused subs: Scott Dartnall, Jayson Sowter
Booked: Knight

Attendance: 104
Officials: Richard Sargeant, Ciaran Fidler, Muhammed Abdulla