Newhaven went back to the top of county league division two after enjoying a perfect Easter weekend that saw them score TEN goals without reply in their two games.
The Dockers first hit a magnificent seven against promotion rivals Eastbourne United AFC on Saturday to return to the top of the table.
They then beat Good Friday’s Division Two Challenge Cup Final heroes, Seaford Town, 3-0 on the cup winners’ own Seaford turf.
With that morning’s leaders, Littlehampton Town, sitting out league duties on Saturday due to their 2-0 defeat to Seaford the day before in the Div 2 Cup Final, Newhaven went back to the summit when thrashing promotion rivals Eastbourne United 7-0.
Lee Robinson hit five goals, including a first-half hat-trick, as the Dockers recorded their biggest win of the season. There were also first goals of the season for Jason Goddard and Harry Millar as the home side ran riot.
Robinson opened the scoring when he squeezed the ball in from a tight angle, and scored from two similar shots to give the Dockers a comfortable half-time lead.
Goddard volleyed in from a corner before Robinson swept home a loose ball for four and five.
Millar then scored his first senior goal before Robinson wrapped up the scoring when racing clear and putting the ball in from the goal line.
The Dockers then went to the Crouch today, where early goals from Lucas Mann, on six and 22 minutes, again gave them a cushion at half time, before the prolific Robinson hit his sixth goal of a suberb weekend for him, on 74 minutes, to round off the scoring and seal back-to-back wins.
With Littlehampton bouncing back from their cup final shock on Friday by beating Rustington 2-1 away from home today, the Dockers are now three points ahead of their title rivals, having played three games more (27 to Littlehampton’s 24).
Elsewhere in division two, bottom side Saltdean couldn’t quite keep their superb revival going with two narrow 2-1 defeats over the Easter weekend.
First they lost by that score away to Southwick on Saturday, when Danny Davis’s 51st minute strike was book-ended by goals from George Turrell on 43 minutes, and Sam Blundell with just seven minutes of the 90 to go.
They then suffered that same reversal this morning, with the goals going in in the same order and practically at the same time. First hosts Oakwood took the lead via Sam Cane on 42 minutes, then Matt Fleming equalised for the Tigers – again on 51 minutes. But their hopes of picking up at least a point were dashed when Cane scored again with just 12 minutes of the game to go.
In division three, Uckfield Town went down heavily 8-1 away to Ferring on Saturday. Ben Elsey’s 13th minute opener was the prelude to a torrent of goals from the hosts. Barney Boutwood scored four, while Scott Towers, Sean O’Reilly and Pete Christodoulou all got one each. There was also an own goal.
This morning Town lost again, 3-0 at home to Haywards Heath Town, the visitors’ goals coming from Danny Mobsby (5), Andy Tuckey (63) and Kieron Purkis (86).
Despite the two defeats, Uckfield remain in a fairly comfortable eighth place in division three.