Newhaven 2-1 Saltdean United (HT 0-0)
Tom Cooklin (55), Lee Robinson (75)
Newhaven continue their good league form and remain 2nd following a win against local rivals Saltdean.
With these two sides having met only two weeks ago in a tense cup game that had to be decided on penalties, another close game was expected here, and so it turned out.
The first half was a dogged midfield battle with no real chances to speak of for either side, and unsurprisingly the interval arrived with the score still 0-0.
Right from the restart, the game seemed much brighter and the Dockers were edging the early exchanges.
Ten minutes into the second half Newhaven made the breakthrough, Kyle Woolven’s whipped free kick was only half cleared by Saltdean and dropped to Tom Cooklin on the edge of the area, Cooklin took a touch to set himself before shooting low into the bottom left corner, 1-0.
Newhaven began to grow into the game and it wasn’t long before they deservedly got their second, Harry Docherty played a lovely ball through the middle of the Saltdean centre halves for Lee Robinson to run onto and place his shot across the keeper into the far corner, 2-0.
Saltdean weren’t done yet though and less than 20 seconds from the restart they had halved the deficit, breaking down the right and crossing low before firing home from the edge of the box, 2-1.
Newhaven went close to increasing their lead on a couple of occasions, firstly Woolven’s curling free kick was acrobatically saved by the Saltdean keeper when it seemed destined for the top corner, and then Ian Robinson’s cross to the far post was met by Lee Robinson but his header flew over the bar.
So the game ended in a 2-1 win for the Dockers, which was no more that their second half performance deserved.
Next up, Newhaven welcome Arundel to the Trafalgar Ground on Saturday.
Newhaven: Jake Buss, Freddie Beale, Ian Robinson, Jayson Sowter, Matt Gunn, Rhys Smith, Seb Saunders, Harry Docherty, Lee Robinson, Kyle Woolven, Tom Cooklin (Ryan Knight 88).
Unused Subs: Ben Earle, Ben Dartnell, Jack Hayward, Callum Connor
Officials: Ian Homewood, Duncan Brooker, Steve Walker