After last weeks disappointing result against Cuckfield, the Reserves did well to hold on to the lead in this game and come away with the three points.
In a new look 4-3-3 formation, top scorer Hayter was joined up top by young Robbie Payne and the experienced Dan Powell – it was the latter of the two who had the first chance of the game; Dan hitting the outside of the post from a tight angle very early on.
Hurst had come out fighting though and within the first ten minutes they were 1-0 up, Payne slotting the ball through the keepers legs, neatly.
A swift counter attack involving six of the Blue Dogs let Payne double his tally ten minutes later with a similar finish from more of an angle – despite the opposition seemingly being on top.
Lots of positives to take from the first half despite having less of the possession – Dean Cornwall not having to get any mud on his gloves despite there being plenty available at Fairfield.
Ringmer dominated the second half and with twenty minutes to go found the back of the net with a near post corner routine.
Vinni, Lambert and Moulder came on for Payne, Kelleway and Blunnie – and the fresh legs definitely helped sustain the lead.
With ten to go Dan Powell found himself at right back and a mis-judged challenge meant a penalty was conceded – de ja vu for the Reserves as a two goal lead was lost the week from a corner routine and penalty! However, Dean Cornwall guessed correctly and saved low to his left.
Hurst organised were well organised with Stoneham wearing the armband and energetic in the midfield with Curryer and Cornwall’s consistent work rate and eventually ran out winners. A very well earned three points.
Man Of The Match: Dean Cornwall