Although there were times Midhurst made hard work of their Southern Combination division one game at Seaford, it was a well-deserved 1-0 victory they came away with.
With a lot of players arriving late because of an accident on the Lewes by-pass, preparation was seriously disrupted and this was reflected in an uninspiring first half.
On a bone-hard pitch and in hot conditions it was not easy for either side to play fluent football and it was easy to feel sympathy for the paying spectator.
There was just one goalscoring opportunity for either side in open play – for Seaford when Connor Jones broke through the middle only to send a tame effort straight to keeper Aaron Jeal; and for Midhurst when Gary Norgate, stretching for the ball, could not get a strong enough touch to worry Ben Head, Seaford’s keeper.
There was a free-kick for Seaford on the edge of the box that Jeal did well to save low down to his left, diverting the ball for a corner.
There was a distinct improvement for Midhurst in the second half which led to them scoring the only goal, to the pleasure of manager John Suter.
Norgate did well to get to the byline on the hour and his angled pass led to George Morris gleefully smashing in. Midhurst looked likely to score again and would have done if goalkeeper Head had not produced an excellent double save from Norgate and then Morris.
Seaford threw men forward looking for an equaliser but the defence held firm and Jeal’s handling was exemplary. At the other end substitutes Luke Sheldrick and Ant Kirby caused problems with their pace.
Midhurst’s winning start did not continue at East Preston in midweek - they lost 3-0.
This Saturday Midhurst visit St Francis Rangers in round two of the RUR Charity Cup.
Lavant FC are preparing for the upcoming season and need new players. They are also looking for a new manager to take over the recently-promoted reserves.
Anyone interested can get in touch via the club website or on Twitter – @Lavantfc
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