A sigh of relief as Seaford finally have point to cheer

John Foley
John Foley

25 defeats in a row had Town staring down the barrel of a pointless season but 26 proved to be the magic number in a game where few had given the home side so much as a chance.

And when Matt Noble hit a speculative 30-yard effort into the top corner that familiar feeling returned.

But Foley has got this side believing in themselves. He even turned physio for the day, helping players nurse some pre-game knocks, and the solidarity with which this side has become synonymous with over the last few weeks was evident when Craig Pooley turned home in the 61st minute.

Billy Pout, who has been unlucky not to score himself the last couple of weeks, whipped in a tempting cross for Ollie Jones.

Jones headed back across goal for John Pullinger and his goal-bound effort was poked in by Pooley.

They had to hold on for parts of the final half an hour but created some chances of their own and might have taken all three points on another day.

That didn’t matter, though, as the final whistle was met with relief and delight in equal measure.

In claiming a point they denied Wick and Barnham the chance to clinch promotion. And in a strange turn of events they handed Worthing United - Foley’s former club- the Sussex Division Two title.

Seaford Town boss John Foley said he was absolutely delighted with how his side responded to his tactical instructions and said they executed his plan perfectly.

“We got it spot on,” he said. “I was sure with how they were going to play and we tried to make life really difficult for them. I know when you play at home you’re meant to attack, but when you try and attack a team like that you end up getting turned over. We needed to keep it tight and we’ve done really well.

“It was such a great feeling, we celebrated it like we had won the Champions League at the final whistle. It was all a bit crazy and it was an amazing time. We actually did it with a lot of reserve players on the pitch so I have to give a lot of credit to them.

“It is a fantastic result. They showed great character, they were attentive and they all played for each other. Beckham (Pout) came off the pitch with a bust lip, Robbie (Sewell) came off with a black eye and that typifies the team we should have been all season. If we had played like that all season I think we would have been comfortable if I’m being honest.”

Town team: Fenwick, Flynn, Pooley, Pullinger, Smith (Chatterley, Billy Pout, Hayward (Jones), Perkins (c), Beckham Put, Sewell, Courtnage (Howitt). Not Used: Aldroyd.