By Derren Howard
at the beaconsfield
Hailsham Town boss Kenny McCreadie was delighted to see his side record their first win of the County League division two campaign at the Beaconsfield on Tuesday night.
The Stringers certainly didn’t make life easy for themselves and twice had to come back from behind to record their narrow victory against a decent Little Common side.
Danny Leach scored a goal in each half with influential skipper Ash Jarvis also on target to cancel out strikes from Callum Wooller and Jordan Wood. McCreadie is determined to bounce back into division one following their relegation for failing to meet FA ground regulations. He believes he has assembled a squad that could challenge for promotion and believes striker Leach will play a key part in their revival.
He said, “He does what he always does and finds the net. He scored twice today and as long as we create chances he will continue to do so.
“We did make it hard for ourselves. We gave away two soft goals and that is something we need to improve on. There second has from a set-piece. He was the smallest man on the pitch and had a free header. That was too easy and not something I want to see again.”
Hailsham began life in division two last Saturday with a 1-1 home draw with Littlehampton.
Ryan Fletcher scored the goal that day and once again he impressed alongside Jarvis in the Hailsham midfield.
Hailsham began well and Jamie Salvidge, operating on the right of midfield, headed narrowly over the bar from a Craig Ottley corner. Salvidge and Shane Saunders then combined to tee-up Jarvis but the midfielder dragged a left footed shot wide of the post when he should have scored.
Little Common rode their luck early on but took a 22nd minute lead when Wooller capitalised on a defensive mistake from StuartLewis and blasted beyond Russ Tanner.
Leach restored parity 10 minutes later when he finished well after a long punt forward from Tanner.
Fletcher fired over the bar as Hailsham pushed forward after the break but once again they were caught out by a Little Common sucker punch. O’Callaghan pinged over the corner and the unmarked Wood rose and thumped a header past Tanner.
Once again the lead didn’t last long. On the very next attack Lewis launched a long throw into the box and Jarvis swivelled and fired home the equaliser.
Saunders missed a good chance from Alex Attiel’s corner before Common defender Thompson clattered into Leach in the box. Leach dusted himself down and despatched the spot kick.
The former Eastbourne Boro’ and Town striker then saw a shot beaten away by the keeper and Saunders’ follow-up effort was also blocked.
McCreadie added, “Saunders was unlucky today. He had a few chances but it wasn’t his day. He just needs a bit of luck but I’ve no doubt that he will come good.”
Forster FA Cup test for Stringers
On Saturday Hailsham open their FA Cup campaign at home to Lingfield for whom former Brighton favourite Nicky Forster will be making his debut. Lingfield also expect to field former West Ham and Blackburn defender Ian Pearce.