First home defeat is painful for United

Eastbourne United v Loxwoood at the Oval - picture: Mark Dimmock
Eastbourne United v Loxwoood at the Oval - picture: Mark Dimmock

Eastbourne United AFC suffered their first league defeat of the season after a disappointing 3-0 home loss at the hands of Loxwood.

United found themselves behind to the first attack of the match after five minutes, when Shaun Findlay crossed for Mark Cave to place across the returning Russ Tanner.

The Magpies doubled their lead on the half hour as Michael Wood and Oliver Gill combined in the centre of the park, with Gill placing a left footed strike past the outstretched dive of Tanner.

United struggled to find any rhythm to their play, with any attacking play muted by the visiting defence before it reached an area of danger.

Paul Rogers was introduced to the action at half time in a bid for a bit more attacking physical presence, but the game was effectively over before he could even touch the ball as Loxwood scored inside the first minute.

A long ball was miscontrolled by Andy Corrigan and pounced upon by Findlay, who crossed the ball to the back post for Wood, who rifled a volley past Tanner.

In the 66th minute, United had their first and only shot on target of the match as a quick free kick saw Lucas Mann put through on goal, but Sam Smith was equal to the strikers drive. Further chances fell to Loxwood, with Tom Familton and Gill both seeing efforts saved by Tanner as United will look to put the defeat behind them and forget a bad day at the office.

United are now third in the table on 14 points from seven matches played.

On Tuesday night United welcome Newhaven to the Oval in the league. On Saturday Simon Rowland’s side travel to league leaders Littlehampton.