After two very good victories we were looking to build on those against East Preston who we beat earlier in the season 3-1 away.
We were slightly depleted through injuries, but still started the game with enough experience to be able to continue our good run – oh how wrong you can be!!!
We started the game on the front foot and pegged our visitors back for long periods and then inevitably from their first attack our visitors scored from a long throw in which was nodded on and put into the net at the back post unmarked. Within a few minutes we were level after a dangerous corner which bobbled around in the six yard box and George Owusu was on hand to score his second goal for the club to make it 1-1. This is how the half finished.
The second half was a mirror image of the first with us dominating play but with little end product; it was clear that our visitors were keen to salvage a point from the game and then an innocuous ball that was not cleared ended up in the back of our net with a few minutes to play – there was simply not enough time to recover and we suffered a 2-1 defeat at home.
It must be said that we would once again have to question a lot of the officiating which was not very good with some very strange decisions from the ‘man in the middle’ who appeared to lose control of the game. Having said that, we only have ourselves to blame by not beating our opponents who had only two chances and scored both of them – as one of their management team was heard to say after the game ‘we were very lucky and it was a total smash and grab’.
We remain in 3rd place and have a very tough game against the second placed team at home against Dorking Wanderers reserves on Tuesday – this is followed by a tough away fixture at Selsey.