Rottingdean Village U18 2-0 Newhaven U18 (HT 2-0)
The match on Sunday was the first meeting this season, away, against Rottingdean U18s who are currently top of our division.
We were still missing Joe in goal and have managed to get Rob Malila to cover this position and both Toby PD and Josh are still suspended.
We started the game brightly and pushed forward down the slope and caused their defence some problems without really creating too many chances although Spencer did have an effort saved for a corner.
However, after our initial pressure Rottingdean came into the match and started to dictate play and were gaining control of the midfield area.
Their pressure finally resulted in the games’ first goal after 22 minutes when the ball was played down our right flank to one of their strikers to move forward and score.
We did not really react and Rottingdean continued to control the game with any attacks by us fizzling out at the edge of their penalty area.
Just before half time they scored again when we did not clear our defensive area and the ball was crossed over and slotted home. 2-0 behind at half time.
The half time talk was around a lack of creative play and not supporting Spencer up front where he was isolated and that he needed support when the ball was played to him. We needed to up our game a lot to try to get anything from this match.
From the kick off we were much more assertive and again took the game to Rottingdean but Rob in our goal still had to make a great save from a close range effort to keep us in the game.
Just after Scott went on a run on our right flank before crossing the ball but the resulting chance went over the bar. Spencer then had a chance following a Henry through ball but his effort went just wide.
Shortly after we won a corner but the cross was headed just over the bar. The rest of the half was fairly even between the teams but no real goal chances were made by either team so at the final whistle we had lost 2-0.
Our first half performance had let us down and although we did improve in the second half overall Rottingdean probably deserved to win the match overall.
Newhaven: Louis Bass, Keddie Croft, Lewis Feltham, Alfie Haggar, Toby Hunter, Alfie Keen, Stephen Nash, Scott Pook, Henry Thompson, Drew Wain, Spencer Wallis, Aaron Winser, Harry Woodward, George Todd (c), Rob Malila, George Squires.