Eastbourne United are still searching for their first win of the County League two campaign after suffering a home defeat against Little Common at the Oval on Tuesday night.
United took the lead through a deflected Callum Holles strike but first half goals from Callum Wooller and Jamie Crone coupled with a disputed second half penalty converted by Wooller means United have just one point from their first three matches.
It completed a miserable week for United after they suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Storrington on Saturday. Tony Russell was on target that day but he misses the next five games due to a ban carried over from last season.
Boss Paul Daubeney said, “I am really struggling for a settled side. We have so many players, suspended, injured, on holiday or working. I’ll be making a few phone calls between now and the weekend to piece together a side, that’s for sure.
“The performance on Tuesday was better. The commitment was there from lads and we were unlucky to go into half-time 2-1 down. We were getting back in the game but then the penalty decision went against us and that was that.”
United began brightly and took the lead on 23 minutes when a Callum Holles shot took a deflection following good work from Evan Archibald.
Little Common levelled when playmaker Wooller nipped in front of the defence to head home a near post corner and they took the lead before halftime when Crone beat Jack Fry for pace and finished well.
United competed well in the second half and introduced Marcus Whiteman, Gwaine Archibald and Wayne Davey as they searched for an equaliser but it was Common who scored next from the spot to leave United second from bottom after three games.
UNITED: Sargent 7, Fry 6, Lee 7, Newby 7, Hughes 7, Russell 6, Holles 7, Archibald 7 (G Archibald), Stracey 6 (Whiteman), O’Reilly (Davey), Bateman 6. MoM: Ben Hughes.
Ref: Alexander Hall. Att: 77
Bank Holiday derby
On Saturday they are back in league action when they host Wick at the Oval before a crunch Bank Holiday derby with Seaford Town at the Crouch. Daubeney said, “We are struggling for a team this weekend but I hope to bring in three of four. I have my eye on two strikers, a wide man and a defender.”