Brighton & Sussex Medical School 3-1 Hurstpierpoint Firsts

All hope of a league title this season was crushed with this result – Hurst with a lacklustre performance meaning teams lower in the table will catch up thanks to their games in hand.

McFadden came back into the side in place of the suspended Oecken and Hayter started just behind the front two with Will Maltby unavailable.

The first half was a 0-0 bore, neither side really testing the others keeping with anything other than crosses. Simon Blaxall did have the ball in the net only to have it dubiously ruled out by the BSMS linesman for offside.

Medical scored early on in the second half after a deep free kick wasn’t dealt with and a free header looped over the oncoming Smith in goal.

The Brighton side doubled their lead later on when the Hurst defence let the number 10 through their line to slot home.

Changes were made as young Robbie Payne came on for Hayter and the long awaited return of Craig Mallon, from his long term injury and stint in the reserve side, replaced best friend McFadden. Sam Tester also made his first team debut coming on for Lambert.

Stu Ritchie was sin-binned late on for dissent and Medical took advantage and went 3-0 up with less than ten minutes on the clock.

Mallon marked his return with the consolation goal, side footing and effort into the bottom left but it wasn’t enough.

Man Of The Match: Not awarded

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