After last weekend’s washout, all three Newhaven teams are back in action this week.
Newhaven vs Steyning Town
Saturday 1st December, Fort Road, 3pm kick off
Newhaven welcome Steyning Town to Fort Road on Saturday, as they look to extend their lead at the top of Division Two. Littlehampton and Eastbourne United, 2nd and 3rd respectively, are playing each other in the Division Two Cup, so a win would give the Dockers a six point cushion over their rivals. That won’t come easy against a Steyning side that is just one of three teams to have taken points off Newhaven this season. A 3-3 draw at the Shooting Field, at the end of September, only tells half the story as Newhaven fought back from 3-0 down to claim a point. Since then Newhaven haven’t dropped a point – winning six out of six. Steyning have only won one league game since – a 7-0 hammering of Rustington – but have progressed in two cups. They beat Midhurst 3-0 to set up a Division Two Cup quarter-final with Newhaven.
Little Common Reserves vs Newhaven Reserves
Saturday 1st December, Little Common Rec, 3pm kick off
Newhaven Reserves head east on Saturday as they travel to Little Common. Two points currently separate the sides in Reserve Section East – Common currently 4th and Newhaven 7th – although the Dockers have three games in hand on Saturday’s hosts. Newhaven enter the game on the back of some rather inconsistent form – their last six games, in all competitions, reads WLWLWL. The last of those six games was an extra-time defeat against Southwick in the Vernon Wentworth Cup. Little Common have already been to Fort Road and won this season – an entertaining game finishing 2-4 – and haven’t lost since that match in October. Their most recent outing was a 3-1 home win against lowly Sidley.
Driving instructions to Little Common Rec can be found here.
Newhaven Youth vs Sidley United Youth
Sunday 2nd December, Fort Road, 11am kick off
Newhaven Under 18s are back in action after a couple of weeks off from competitive football. One of those weeks, however, was used constructively, with a friendly at Haywards Heath. The Dockers are looking to bring to an end a run of six games without a win, the last of which was a 4-2 defeat at Eastbourne United. Sunday’s opponents have struggled so far this season – losing all seven of their league games so far and conceding 26 goals in just the last three. Sidley’s last game was also against Eastbourne United, but they lost 9-0 to the team that currently sit second in Youth East. Like the First and Reserve teams games, these two have already met this season. Newhaven won 2-0 at the Gullivers thanks to two goals from Harry Millar.