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ALL RATHER TIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE PREMIER DIVISION.

ALL RATHER TIGHT AT THE TOP OF THE PREMIER DIVISION.

Malcolm Boyes31 Mar - 08:30
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Wins, a draw and a loss for the top four sides makes it all still to play for.

Goals and good crowds for the Easter Saturday Premier Division fixtures.
Here we go then, AFC Uckfield Town v Eastbourne Town ended up with Town running riot in the first half by scoring five goals, they were 4-0 up in the first 28 minutes with the Uckers contributing one of the goals for the visitors. Two further second half goals saw the final result end up 7-0.
The six Town goals were scored by Murphy, Hull, Warren, Davies, Groombridge and Greig in front of 102 spectators.

AFC Varndeanians v Crawley Down Gatwick finished with a 1-0 win for the home side in front of 137 spectators. Marley Bigg with the all important goal in the first half. The home side are safe from relegation and with CDG sitting in mid table the result was perhaps a reflection of the game overall.

Eastbourne United Association v Crowborough Athletic was not a classic by any means for the 158 watching and the 0-0 result was a fair one in the end. The match itself was a very competitive affair from start to finish and perhaps too much physicality was allowed in the first half which made it difficult for the match officials in the second half.
United had two players sent off near the end and cards were shown to their bench as well, one at least was a red. Chances were few and far between for both sides but the Crows will be happy to have left with a point in the end, whilst United’s play off hopes have slightly diminished.

Haywards Heath Town v Loxwood went the way of the home side, 3-0, which was perhaps predictable and the result maintained the home sides push for a play off birth in front of 569 fans, the biggest crowd of the day in the division.
The Town goals were scored by Napper, Finney and Minty which sees them in 6th spot in the table, 4 points behind Eastbourne Town but with a game in hand and a far better goal difference.

Horsham YMCA v Hassocks finished 1-0 to the visitors in front of 80 fans. Gunn was the scorer for the Robbins, his first for the club and it puts them third in the table with 72 points, which equals their best ever tally in the Premier Division.

Little Common v Peacehaven & Telscombe ended up as a 2-1 away win, Hole scoring the Common goal after 36 minutes to make it 1-1 after the visitors took the lead in the 30th minute. The visitors scored their second, and as it proved to be the winning goal, in first half added on time in front of 112 spectators.

Midhurst & Easebourne v Steyning Town was a rather one sided affair it would appear as the visitors came out on top to the tune of 5-0, thus remaining in top spot in the table.
79 fans saw the away side take a 3-0 lead at half time and two further second half goals further improved their goal difference over the clubs around them.
The Steyning goals were scored by Goldson (2), Barnes (2 pens) and Shooman.

Perhaps the surprise result of the day saw Newhaven lose 2-1 at home to Bexhill United in front of 264 fans. United took the lead in the 36th minute, Curran scoring from the edge of the area, so 1-0 to the visitors at half time.
It became 2-0 after 55 minutes when Evan Archibald slotted the ball home after a flick on by Cook. Keith then halved the deficit in the 61st minute but despite numerous chance the Dockers could not get an equaliser so the points all travelled east with the Pirates.

Saltdean United v Lingfield finished with the home side taking the points with a 3-2 win. The home side went 2-0 up early on, Edmeads scoring after 13 minutes and Patching scoring in the 16th minute. Lingfield pulled a goal back in the 32nd minute when Hill scored but Saltdean restored their two goal advantage in first half added on time, Edmeads getting his second from a free kick.
In the second half Lingfield were awarded a penalty in the 58th minute, Robinson took the penalty which was saved by the home ‘keeper but the taker put the rebound home to make it 3-2 and that was how it finished, much to the delight of most of the 147 spectators.

Finally, Shoreham v Pagham rather surprisingly saw the away side take the points with a 4-2 win, I say surprisingly as Shoreham have been in good form of late, and Pagham have been the divisions draw specialists, mainly with 0-0 or 1-1 scorelines.
The home sides goals were scored by Howell and Santos, whilst the Pagham scorers were Simmonds (3) and Johnston.

So after all of Saturday’s results, the table looks like this:
1. Steyning Town - Played 34, Points 76, Goal Difference 64
2. Newhaven - Played 33, Points 72, Goal Difference 50
3. Hassocks - Played 34, Points 72, Goal Difference 39
4. Crowborough Athletic - Played 32, Points 71, Goal Difference 34
5. Eastbourne Town - Played 34, Points 70, Goal Difference 30
6. Haywards Heath Town - Played 33, Points 66, Goal Difference 42.
All still to play for, some have top spot in their sights, others have one of the play off spots to go for. Let’s see the results for Easter Monday and how they might affect the final outcome.

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