EASTBOURNE United produced a much better performance but still came away from Oakwood without a point on Saturday.
Defender Lee Jules gave Paul Daubeney’s bottom of the league side some hope with an early header but an equaliser from Toby Gilbert and second half strikes from Ryann Smith and Mark Fiest consigned United to their fifth defeat of the season.
Boss Paul Daubeney said, “We got the dream start and we had chances to go on and make the game safe but we didn’t take them and unfortunately they got back into the game.
“It’s a shame because the performance was better and we battled well. We are seriously up against it at the moment. We are struggling with injuries but we are trying to bring in new players. We hope to have a striker in time for Saturday’s game.”
United took the lead in the second minute. Callum Holles delivered a superb free-kick into the box and defender Jules thumped in a bullet header from a tight angle.
Striker Evan Archibald, who later limped off with an injured ankle, almost made it 2-0. The former Eastbourne Town striker rounded the ‘keeper but his shot was cleared off the line by the covering defender. Gilbert levelled for the home side and United held on to keep the scores at 1-1 despite heavy Oakwood pressure.
After the break Ray Collier saved a penalty and Dan Bateman was unlucky to see his effort hit the post. Jules, Jamie Bunn and Wayne Davey all spurned chances for United as Oakwood proved more ruthless in front of goal.
United are bottom of the table with one point from six games. On Tuesday night they were due to welcome Westfield to the Oval. See Friday’s Herald for match report and pictures.
UNITED: Collier 8, Stracey 6, Jules 7, Smart 8, Hughes 7, McLean 6, Davey 7, Holles 7, Whiteman 6 (Bateman 7), Archibald 6 (Bunn 6), Davey 6. MOM: Dave Smart - solid performance.
Att: 29 Ref: Bob Minty