Newhaven U18 2-7 Lewes U18
Photos from the match can be found at the following link: Newhaven U18 vs Lewes
The match on Sunday for the U18’s was a home fixture against Lewes U18’S in the Dennis Probee Cup and this was expected to be a tough test for the team because Lewes were in the Bostik League.
There were several players missing from the squad because they were cup tied but the team was still a good one and we hoped to give Lewes a good game. The players were given a game plan which it was hoped would give Lewes problems but this could only work if all the players kept to it. The early play was fairly even and we created our first effort after 3 minutes but the shot went harmlessly over the bar. However it was Lewes who opened the scoring after 8 minutes with a shot from the edge of our area but defensively we gave the player too much room. 0-1. We did react to this setback and Henry delivered a great cross to the far post but Marley’s shot went wide of the post. Lewes scored again after 19 minutes from a corner and again we failed to defend properly and the player headed the ball home unchallenged. 0-2. Lewes were in control of the game at this point but Henry did nick the ball from a defender on the edge of their area but his effort was saved by the keeper. However Lewes did create a couple of chances, one shot being deflected for a corner and another one going just over our bar. Then just after the 30 minute mark we were awarded a penalty which Marley took and converted.1-2 and we were back into the match at this point and hoping for another goal to draw level. This was not to be because Lewes were awarded a free kick just outside our area and the shot was an excellent one that went into the top corner. 1-3 at half time.
At half time the thoughts were that we had not kept to the pre match plan and, although we had a mountain to climb, we could get something out of this game if we took the game to Lewes and play to our strengths. The players did listen because we scored within the first minute from the kick off from an attack where the ball was crossed and was collected by Henry who slotted home. 2-3. At this stage we were taking the game to Lewes and over the next 10 to 15 minutes we created several chances. Marley hit the bar with his effort and Fraser fired his effort just over the bar. However Lewes survived this period and reasserted themselves and scored again from a cross and tap in. 2-4. They further increased their lead from another free kick that again was a good one into the top corner.2-5. We were now tiring and Lewes punished us with two further goals in the final few minutes so at the final whistle had won 7-2.
The score perhaps was not totally representative of the game but Lewes were deserved winners but our players did not disgrace themselves and if they can put as much effort into League matches we should be able to maintain our very good start.
Squad – Steve Beasley, George Todd (c), Jacob Nunnery, Harry Woodward, Sam White, Aaron Winser, Fraser Cox, Nathan Lock, Louis Bass, George Squires, Henry Carey, Drew Wain, Marley Ambler.