Davidson eventually finds way past inspired ‘keeper

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A 94th minute strike from substitute Adam Davidson rescued a point for Eastbourne United AFC after a 2-2 draw against Southwick at The Oval.

The goal was the midfielder’s first for the club and could not have come at a better time for United in a match where the home side hit the post three times and were foiled by an impressive goalkeeping display from Southwick’s Steve Allfrey.

United found themselves a goal down after eight minutes when Lewis Finney’s free-kick evaded the dive of Lee Daubeney.

United had to wait until the final minute of the half to draw level as Liam Baitup produced a sublime volley past Allfrey.

Southwick regained the lead on 60 minutes as Joshua Hewitt lifted the ball over a stranded Daubeney.

United plugged away and found Allfrey in superb form, but Davidson found a way past the visiting ‘keeper in the fourth minute of injury time to secure a share of the spoils.

The result keeps United third in the division two table on 49 points from 25 games.United are next in action on Saturday at the Oval when they take on Rustington

Elsewhere, the reserves maintained their unbeaten record that now stretches to 12 matches with a 4-2 extra time victory over Peacehaven & Telscombe in the Vernon Wentworth Cup.

United found themselves 2-0 down after Dan Rushman and Joe Slade scored in the opening 20 minutes for the hosts.

A goal from Rory Newby just before half time started the United revival and drew level on the hour through Graham Holman. Extra time strikes from Callum Legate and Jack Mclean secured United’s progress to the next round

The Eastbourne United under-18s rounded off the weekend with a 1-1 draw with Eastbourne Town at The Saffrons, Charlie Osborne with the goal.

The 18’s will be back in action on Tuesday night when they take on Eastbourne Borough in a double header at Priory Lane, 7:30 kick off.