Hailsham well beaten at Midhurst

One of Hailsham Town's longest SCFL division one trips of the season ended with a 4-1 defeat to in-form Midhurst & Easebourne.

Hailsham had a tough afternoon at Midhurst
Hailsham had a tough afternoon at Midhurst

The Stringers started brightly, with good work by Sam Pout teeing up Rhys Taylor inside the opening minute, with his cross just unable to find a target in the middle.

After further half chances for both sides, the hosts gradually got on top, and opened the scoring on 36 when a fine crossfield ball found a lurking forward, who scored on the half volley with a very well taken goal. The home side would then bag a second on 42, before Taylor's shot over reminded Midhurst they were still in a game.

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With Hailsham kicking down the slope in the second half there was still hope, but a third on 56 for Midhurst, a well struck effort which went in off the post, followed soon after the interval, with Wester Young then making a fine save, before the scoring was completed in the 70th minute with Midhurst adding a fourth from close range.

It looked as if it would be one of those days for Hailsham, but at the death there would at least be a consolation for the Stringers, with Rhys Taylor, a tireless runner as always, scoring with a peach of a strike in the 90th minute, a jinking run ending with a fierce drive off the underside of the crossbar.

Hailsham look to bounce back next Saturday at home to Epsom & Ewell in the league (3pm)

Stringers: Young, Hathaway, S Pout, S Townsend, J Pout, Guest (Fox 57), Webster, Playford (Feasey 65), C Townsend, Madelin, Taylor. Stringers goalscorer: Rhys Taylor (Sponsored by Gym-Vintage)