Late strike costs men first point of season

Eastbourne just missed out on a point as they suffered a 2-1 defeat in London
Eastbourne just missed out on a point as they suffered a 2-1 defeat in London

Eastbourne men are still searching for their first victory after they suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at London Wayfarers last week.

It was the closest Eastbourne have come to securing a point in this extremely demanding division.

William Francis was on target for Eastbourne but goals from Christian Kortlang and Simon Yeo sealed victory for the home side. The rsult leaves Eastbourne rooted to the bottom of the South Premier Division One table on zero points from their opening 11 matches. It proved a painful day allround for the men as nearest rivals Sutton Valence secured their third win of the season to open up a nine point cushion between the two sides. They beat Milton Keynes 4-1 thanks largely to the division’s leading scorer David Matthews who scored twice.

Spencer remain top of the table despite having their match at Sevenoaks postponed. Chichester applied pressure on the leaders thanks to a 3-1 victory at Oxford Hawks.

The men will need to deliver a huge improvement in their form, if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

However, It does not get any easier for their opening fixture in 2014. David Adelston’s men will travel to title chasing Chichester on January 18, 2014, while their relegation rivals Sutton Valence will face mid-table Old Georgians.

The seconds are enjoying better fortunes in Sussex Division one. They finish the year in fourth place on 16 points after 10 matches. Last week they enjoyed a thumping 6-0 victory against Mid Sussex seconds. Their next game is at home to Brighton & Hove thirds on January 18.