Goal tally is a perfect ten at Midhurst

How often will you see a team at the bottom of the league score four goals and still lose? That’s what happened at Rotherfield as Midhurst beat Saltdean 6-4 in division two of the Sussex League.

Saltdean arrived with only one point to their name - that one having come from a 1-1 draw with Midhurst on the opening day.

A good crowd saw Sean Dummer give the hosts the lead on six minutes with a well-placed shot beyond Graham Leach. But Midhurst relaxed and Elliott Quant equalised - only for Rob Wimble to restore the home side’s lead on 16 minutes.

Dan Davis went close for Seaford before Quant levelled again, this time from the spot.

Martin May set up Gary Norgate to put Midhurst 3-2 up - all this with only a quarter of the game gone.

Luke Sheldrick put a shot beyond Leach to give the hosts some daylight and as the visitors wilted, Norgate and Lewis Hamilton made it six.

Saltdean weren’t giving up easily and a Davis penalty signalled another fightback, but the Stags ended up two-goal victors.

The referee showed yellow cards to four players, only one of whom was a Midhurst man.

MIDHURST: Knight, Dummer, White, Farr, Hyde, May, Sheldrick, Hamilton, Wimble, Norgate, Dormer. Sub: Dreckman.

Midhurst visit Rustington on Saturday and Steyning on Tuesday night. On Saturday the reserves host Broadbridge Heath in the league cup (2.30pm).

TED DUMMER