Newhaven 3-0 Lancing (HT 1-0)
The match last Sunday for Newhaven U 18’s was the return home game against Mile Oak U18’s who are currently top of the East Division and we hoped to complete the double over them.
The squad was rather light because several players were unavailable and overnight the situation was not helped when two more players withdrew from the squad, leaving us with just 12 players at the start of play. However the U16’s match was a 10 o’clock kick off and two players, Marcus Nicholson and Sam Dunstall would be joining us when their match ends. The first half was fairly evenly contested with us making a strong start, indeed George Squires had an effort within the first minute that went just wide of the post. However M O slowly gained confidence and they forced Steve in goal to make a great save from a counter attack that kept the score at 0-0. Generally most of the play from both teams was in the mid-field area and they tended to cancel each other out without really creating much goalmouth excitement. However just after the half hour mark we scored our first goal when Toby P D threaded a great ball through to George from mid-field and he collected the ball and continued forward before slotting home. 1-0. There were no further real goal scoring efforts from either side so at half time we led 1-0.
The first half display had been fairly good but we felt that we could improve our performance by increasing the tempo but at the same time we had to expect a reaction from Mile Oak. Indeed they did come out more positively but their only real effort was a shot that went well over our crossbar. Then we were presented with a gift when their keeper mishit his clearance and the ball went straight to Louis Bass just outside the penalty box and he kept his composure to chip the keeper to score. 2-0. This goal deflated M O somewhat but gave us more confidence to press forward more and Drew had an effort fly just past the post a couple of minutes later. The pattern of play then resumed to become a tight affair with neither side really creating too many scoring chances but in injury time we scored our third goal. Sam Dunstall had come on as a substitute and he collected the ball played to him on our right flank and continued forward taking on the defence before slotting the ball under the keeper. 3-0 at full time.
This was a really solid performance from the team who could have struggled given the lack of squad depth at the start of the match but they all battled well and thoroughly deserved the 3 points.
Squad- Steve Beasley, Steve Nash, George Todd (c), Harry Woodward, Sam White, Fraser Cox, Nathan Lock, Louis Bass, Toby Potter- Drake, Henry Carey, Drew Wain, George Squires, Marcus Nicholson, Sam Dunstall.