Goodchild ‘desperate’ for success at Selsey

Hailsham Town FC
Hailsham Town FC

Hailsham boss Andy Goodchild is confident his side will pick up their first league win in seven matches when they travel to struggling Selsey on Saturday.

The Stringers have seen their previous two fixtures fall victim to the wet weather but hope to bounce back with a bang - and three points - against Division One’s bottom club.

Goodchild said, “I went to watch Selsey against Eastbourne United last Saturday and I didn’t see anything there that scared me. Their striker didn’t look that great and while their left winger was a little pacey, I don’t think there’s anything we can’t deal with.

“It was encouraging and I’m really hoping we can get a result so long as the game goes ahead.

“Postponements are a double-edged sword because while it gives the players a bit of a break and a chance to overcome some niggling injuries, they do lose a bit of sharpness and fitness. I am disappointed Tuesday’s Sussex Senior Cup match at Steyning didn’t go ahead because I think we could have got something there and it would have been nice to go into this weekend’s game with a win under our belts.”

Selsey have conceded 19 goals in their last three domestic fixtures without finding the back of the net once - form that has haunted them for all of the current campaign, leaving them winless and languishing at the foot of the table with just one point to their name.

Hailsham, meanwhile, have not seen recent results go their way, despite some reassuring displays. However, Goodchild is hopeful the tides will turn sooner rather than later if the club are to avoid slipping into troublesome territory for the rest of the season.

He said, “Our performances haven’t been as bad as our results suggest. We have a very young side who like to get the ball down and play football. Sometimes, we come up against teams that are a bit more physical and like to play route-one football and we can’t play the way we would like to.

“While it’s disappointing to lose in the cup, I’m desperate for some points in the league because I don’t want to lose touch with Hassocks above us. If we finish fourth from bottom, we’ll have achieved our aim. Anything above that would be considered a bonus.”