By Derren Howard
at the crouch
The chances of an ex-player coming back to haunt Eastbourne United at the Crouch were pretty high on Bank Holiday Monday.
As it turned out it was Jamie Morgan, one of the many ex-United players now plying their trade at Seaford, who hit a hat-trick to pile further pressure on Eastbourne United boss Paul Daubeney.
There were rumours circulating the ground that one more defeat could spell the end for Daubeney who’s side are still searching for their first win of the season after relegation into County League division two.
Seaford on the other hand have produced two fine results since suffering a 5-0 home thumping to Hailsham Town last Wednesday. On Saturday they turned over Loxwood 3-0 and bagged another four goals against United with Morgan hitting three and another former United player Simon Stevens adding the fourth.
Evan Archibald grabbed a first half consolation for a United side that competed well for periods of the first half but fell to pieces in the second.
To compound their misery they lost goal keeper Paul Sargent to suspected broken ribs when he clattered into the goal post while gathering a Jamie McKenzie corner in the first half.
McKenzie himself was later forced off the pitch with an ankle injury. United defender Lee Jules not only arrived late to the match due to a punctured tyre on his car, he arrived very late on McKenzie who was left in agony clutching a badly bruised ankle.
Andrews, who scored a hat-trick on the opening day of the season, pounced to put the home side ahead on 15 minutes with an angled drive into the bottom corner.
United eased their way back into the game and equalised on 35 minutes. The impressive Jack McLean had two efforts blocked on the goal line but Evan Archibald was on hand to blast home at the third attempt.
After the break Ben Davis was in on goal after a long punt upfield from replacement keeper Ray Collier, but the striker delayed his shot and the chance was gone. From there on in it was all Seaford pressure.
Morgan had another effort well saved from Collier before Morton fired over when well placed.
Another former United player Rafa Cuipinski surged into the box and set up Stevens who finished well to make it 2-1 on 55 minutes.
Morgan had a big penalty appeal turned down after being hacked down in the box by Collier but it was soon 3-1.
A superb piece of wing trickery from Mckenzie found Morgan who made no mistake with the finish.
Morgan sealed victory for a rampant Seaford side when he coolly converted another excellent run and cross from Cuipinski.
SEAFORD: Kingston 7, Patterson 7 (Pooley 85), Cuipinski 8, Summerbell 7 (Hayward 75), Parsons 7, Mills 7, Andrews 7, Stevens 7, McKenzie (Keith 85) 8, Morgan 9, Morton 7.
UNITED: Sargent 6 (Collier 30), Starnes 6, Husghes 6, Fry 5, Lee 5, Davey 6, McLean 7, Stracey 6, Archibald 7, Davis 6, Whiteman 6 (Jules 55).
MoM: Jamie Morgan: received good service but finished chances well.