Daubeney rues missed chances in promotion clash

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Littlehampton Town 2,

Eastbourne United AFC 2

PAUL DAUBENEY was left ruing missed chances as Eastbourne United grabbed a dramatic late point in the 92nd minute.

United had to settle for a point after twice falling behind away from home in a hard fought match against a Littlehampton side, one place above United in the table.

Daubeney said “It was a pressure game for both sides, you could see both teams really wanted a win.”

“We had the better first half but just could not capitalise on our chances and good possession.”

United fell behind after Pete Featherstone conceded a penalty which was clinically dispatched past Lee Daubeney.

In the 40th minute United were level when Liam Baitup capitalised on a defensive error to slot the ball under the keeper and into the net.

The goal was nothing more than the away side deserved as they entered the dressing room level at the break.

Littlehampton started the second half brighter and re-took the lead after 60 minutes, Danny Hand scored his second goal of the game.

United rallied again applying pressure to the Littlehampton defence yet could not find the equaliser.

In the 88th minute Ben Hughes conceded another penalty which would have ended United’s hopes had it been converted.

With the home side trying to run down the clock, Eastbourne United broke and were rewarded for their hard work when they themselves won a penalty.

Simon Catt stepped up only to see his penalty saved before pouncing on the rebound to earn United a valuable point.

Daubeney said, “We had numerous chances and should have capitalised. It would have been a great result had we won, now we realistically cannot get third place.”

“Our aim is to now finish strongly, win our remaining games and build momentum for next season”

UNITED: Daubeney, Lee, Jules, Featherstone, Hughes, Del-Gaudio, Trickett, Stracey, Russell, Catt, Baitup Subs used: Bunn, Walshe