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Sat 5 Jan 15:00 - Southern Combination Football League - Premier Division Full time

EP Beaten by a Solitary Goal at the Beacon

A fortunate goal settles a tight match as EP lost 0-1

A disappointing start to 2019 for East Preston with a defeat to in form Hassocks at the Beacon.

A poor first 20 mins from EP saw Hassocks put the away side under a lot of pressure as EP found it difficult to get a foothold into the game. The first real chance of the match came halfway through the first half when a Hassocks shot from the edge of the box struck the EP post and rebounded to safety.

The only goal of the game had a little bit of fortune about it as the ball was cleared on the EP left by Lewis Jenkins the ball hit Luke Brodie and rebounded back into the path of the Hassocks winger Littlejohn whose cross found Phil Johnson free on the edge of the six yard box the ball hitting his knee and flying into the top of the net to give Hassocks the lead.

Half Time: 0-1

East Preston were much more positive in the second half and dominated the half but were unable to create many clear cut chances. Dan Huet had a shot on 49 mins which Green in the Hassocks goal saved. Halfway through the half Brodie flicked a ball goal wards from a corner and the ball went over the bar.

Hassocks managed the game out well as EP grew increasingly frustrated and ended up collecting four yellow cards in what turned out to be a poor start to the new year.

Manager Bob Paine said ‘We didn’t start the game well and gave Hassocks something to hang onto although their goal had an element of luck about it. We were much better in the second half with much more desire and put them under a lot of pressure without creating much in the way of clear cut chances.”

Team: George Bentley, Nathan DaCosta, Lewis Jenkins, Scott Slaughter (Rafferty 76 mins), Josh Etherington, Matt Searle, Lucas Pattenden (Heryet 60 mins), Jack Barnes, Dan Huet, Asa Nicholson, Luke Brodie
Subs: Tom Crook, Sam Pidgeon, Joe Gilbey, Scott Rafferty, Jake Heryet

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Highlights

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82:00 Yellow Card
Scott Rafferty is yellow carded for East Preston
80:00 Yellow Card
Josh Etherington is yellow carded for East Preston
76:00 Sub Off
Scott Slaughter is substituted off for East Preston
76:00 Sub On
Scott Rafferty is substituted on for East Preston
75:00 Yellow Card
Lewis Jenkins is yellow carded for East Preston
60:00 Sub Off
Lucas Pattenden is substituted off for East Preston
60:00 Sub On
Jake Heryet is substituted on for East Preston
53:00 Yellow Card
Jack Barnes is yellow carded for East Preston
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As it happened

  • Hassocks
  • East Preston
  • 0
  • Jack Barnes Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Lucas Pattenden Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jake Heryet Sub On 60:00'
  • Lewis Jenkins Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Scott Slaughter Sub Off 76:00'
  • Scott Rafferty Sub On 76:00'
  • Josh Etherington Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Scott Rafferty Yellow Card 82:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
11. Peacehaven & Tels 24 36
12. Hassocks 24 31
13. East Preston 23 29
14. Lancing 25 27
15. Shoreham 25 21
16. Langney Wanderers 25 18
17. Little Common 23 17

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