NEWHAVEN recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time in 2012 as they beat Bosham 3-1 away from home on Saturday afternoon.
The victory sees the Dockers jump above rivals Saltdean United into second place in Division Three. Pease Pottage, who visit Fort Road tomorrow (Saturday), are top after their win at home against Barnham.
Newhaven led at half-time through a Gary Holmes header and the advantage was doubled early in the second half when Aaron Blackwell nodded in.
Tyler Goatcher netted his sixth goal in four games as his powerful shot squirmed in off Simon Hasted, the Bosham goalkeeper. The hosts pulled a goal back with an excellent 25-yard free-kick from Kieran Hartley but Lee Robinson added a fourth for Newhaven late on.
There were a couple of enforced changes for Newhaven from the midweek team that had beaten Uckfield Town in the Division Three Cup Semi-Final. Sean Breach and Dave Altendorff, Breach’s replacement on Wednesday night, both picked up injuries and didn’t travel.
The gap in midfield was filled by Daniel Murray and Jordan Cole filled the now vacant right back position. Darren Flynn had work commitments which meant a call-up to the first team for Blackwell.
It had been just seven weeks since the teams met at Fort Road. Bosham took all three points that day, with a hard working 1-0 win, so Newhaven were gunning for a little bit of revenge.
It was an excellent afternoon for football with the sun shining down and the pitch in reasonable condition.
The first half started tentatively with neither side able to fashion any clear cut chances early on. Newhaven went closest with shots from Robinson and Goatcher but too often the final ball was below par.
The Dockers’ defence had to be alert, especially with the threat of Marco Giambelardini in the home side’s attack.
The breakthrough came ten minutes before half-time. Newhaven won a free-kick out on the left, half-way inside the Bosham half. Daniel Murray swung in a cross and Holmes, unmarked, didn’t have to break stride to head in from eight yards out. It would stay 1-0 at half-time.
Newhaven doubled their lead just four minutes into the second half. Robinson sent in a corner from the right and Holmes volleyed towards goal. Holmes’ strike hit the bar but the rebound fell nicely on to the head of Blackwell, who sent his effort over the defender on the line and in to the back of the net.
With the score at 2-0 the next goal would always be crucial, and Bosham almost found it. The hosts got in down the right and Graham Leach had to be at his best to keep out a goal bound effort. The loose ball fell kindly for the Bosham left winger but he fired over in front of an open goal.
Goatcher made the home team pay when he found the net for a fourth game in a row.
Murray was again the provider as his through ball put Goatcher in behind the Bosham defence. Goatcher’s shot was fiercely struck but Hasted would of been disappointed to see the ball skew out of his grasp and fall into the net.
Bosham found a way back in to the game with 20 minutes left to play. The hosts won a free-kick right of centre, about 25 yards from goal. Hartley stepped up and sent an incredible right footed strike that Leach couldn’t get to and it found the back of the net, giving Bosham a glimmer of hope of a comeback.
That comeback didn’t materialise though as Newhaven found a fourth. Robinson, having been switched from the right to the left, was played in by Mark Probert. Robinson advanced in to the box and side-footed past Hasted in to the far corner to make the final score 4-1 to the visitors.
The win is Newhaven’s fourth in a row in all competitions as they go in to a big week which first saw TD Shipley visit Fort Road on Tuesday (13th March) and then Pease Pottage tomorrow (Saturday).
TYE: Leach, Cole, Knight (c), Edwards, Knight, Murray, Probert, Holmes, Blackwell (Goddard), Robinson, Goatcher.