Relegation-threatened teams cancel each other out as Seaford Town v Oakwood ends goalless

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SEAFORD TOWN’s final home game of a difficult season was played on Saturday, when Oakwood provided the opposition for what is popularly termed a ‘six-pointer’, with both sides fully embroiled in a relegation battle at the foot of Division Two.

he visitors were propping up the table, while Town were only one point better off, but three places higher.

Town were looking to complete the double over their opponents after their 2-0 victory at Tinsley Lane back in November, but only four of the players in that side were on duty – which shows the massive change in the side during the season.

Unfortunately both sides have struggled this season and, with so much resting on the game, there was little quality on display during a disappointing 90 minutes which brought very little goalmouth action for the spectators.

Tiago Andrade had the first chance to make a breakthrough after 20 minutes when the ball was played through to him, but, with only Town keeper Sheldon Levett to beat, he delayed long enough to allow the keeper to save bravely at his feet.

At the other end Town had claims for a penalty turned down by referee Paul John after John Summerbell had been challenged in the area. With the assistant indicating a penalty by hold the flag across her chest, the man in the middle just waved play on – much to the home side’s disappointment.

After the interval Seaford showed a little more endeavour and had the lion’s share of possession but again chances were very much at a premium. Dan Bateman fired across goal when in a good position, a fierce Tom Morton volley flew inches wide and a Harry Mills strike was deflected for a corner. Perhaps the best chance fell to Summerbell who beat the offside trap only to shoot straight at the keeper when he should really have done better.

In the end neither side find a goal and had to share the spoils, and with Midhurst losing and Little Common not playing it meant Oakwood climbed two places while Town moved an extra point away from the bottom three.

This Saturday Town travel to Wick who have been in turmoil in recent weeks, then on Easter Monday travel to Westfield – before rounding off the season at Midhurst & Easebourne the following Saturday.

TOWN: Levett, Pooley, Barnett, Morton, Parsons, Porter, Lee, Mills, Summerbell, Bateman, Dartnall (Hayward).