Shoreham 0-2 Little Common
Common grab historic win in season opener.
A brace from Lewis Hole was enough to give Little Common a perfect start to life in the Southern Combination Premier Division and secure a 2-0 win against Shoreham on Saturday. The Commoners included two new faces in their starting line-up with Sam Willett and Kane Penn coming into a squad comprising mainly of those who had helped Common to the Division One league and cup double back in April. On a blistering hot day, the Commoners were unsure what to expect against opponents who were playing in the Bostick League last season but nevertheless began the match in a positive fashion, passing the ball well and keeping possession for long periods of the opening quarter. Neither keeper was called into action in the early stages and it was the first effort on goal which broke the deadlock in the eleventh minute. A Wes Tate corner flicked off the head of Ryan Paul before landing at the feet of Hole on the edge of the area, the Common hitman took one touch before firing a superb effort back across the goal and into the top corner of the net. Common may have expected an onslaught from the home team as they looked for a way back into the match but it never materialised and the Common defence coped well with the aerial presence of the Shoreham front line. Common came closest to adding to the score first through a Russell Eldridge free kick which just cleared the cross bar before a lovely passing move released Jamie Crone in the area but Hole was unable to sweep home his cut back. It was the home side, as expected, who came out with more impetus at the beginning of the second half but without really troubling Matt Cruttwell in the Common goal. A free kick flashed wide of the far post and a well timed Ryan Paul interception prevented a home striker from getting a shot away as he bore down on goal. Arguably the turning point of the afternoon came on the hour when the hosts were reduced to ten men following two yellow cards in quick succession for the Shoreham striker. Growing in confidence the Commoners were able to revert back to their passing game and enjoy longer spells of possession and almost doubled their lead in the 70th minute when a sweeping move saw Hole unable to connect fully with a delightful Paul delivery into the box. The home side saw a rasping effort beaten away low to Cruttwell’s right before the match was all but sealed ten minutes from time when Penn’s delivery into the area was controlled by Hole before applying a calm finish into the bottom corner of the net. Common saw out the final minutes without too many scares to clinch their first points of the season and first ever in the premier division.
Squad: Cruttwell, Paul (Ryan), Parsons, Ward, Willett, Eldridge, Tate, Penn, Hole, Crone (Ellis), Smith (Maynard).