Newhaven U18 3-1 AFC Uckfield Town U18 (HT 0-1)
Alfie Haggar (65), Spencer Wallis (70), Josh Silva-Carvalho (80); Oliver Rust (PEN 11)
The match this Sunday was the return home fixture against AFC Uckfield Town, where the hope was for another victory against a very good footballing side.
For a change there were no changes to the squad so expectations were high that we could get a positive result, thus keeping the pressure on all the other teams in the division.
However, it was Uckfield who started the better and we were soon on the back foot and after seven minutes they were awarded a penalty. The ball was played down our right flank and the attacker got past our defence and was fouled in the area, the penalty was converted.
This did wake us up somewhat but we were still were not playing as well as we wanted and it was not until the 19th minute that we really threatened their keeper.
Josh sent in a great shot that the Uckfield keeper did very well to get to and save and the same player had a repeat situation just before half time from close range but again the keeper made an excellent save. 1-0 down at half time.
The half time talk was that the team was second best in most areas of play and that the players had to increase their tempo and get at the Uckfield players to overturn the deficit and win the match.
From the kick off we did press more but initially without much success but on the 65th minute mark we did equalise. Spencer took the ball into the area and Alfie H connected to send his effort goal-ward, and although a defender touched the ball he is credited as the scorer. 1-1.
The goal at last really woke us up and for the first time took control of the game and we scored again 5 minutes later. Aaron played a great ball forward, on the flank, to Josh who went forward taking on the defenders before crossing to Spencer who converted his effort. 2-1.
10 minutes later we scored our third goal from a move started by Spencer playing a through ball to Josh who went on and shot past the keeper 3-1.
There were no further chances from either team so when the final whistle went we had secured a 3-1 win and a double over one of rivals for the top spot. Overall not one of our better performances, some of it down to Uckfield’s standard of play and some of it down to ourselves but a win is a win.
Newhaven: Joe Still, Louis Bass, Alfie Haggar, Toby Hunter, Alfie Keelin, Rob Malila, Stephen Nash, Scott Pook, Toby Potter-Drake, Josh Silva-Carvalho, George Squires, George Todd (c), Drew Wain, Spencer Wallis, Aaron Winser, Harry Woodward.