Half time ‘discussion’ aided stunning Seaford Town recovery

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Derek Pout said a lively half time ‘discussion’ was behind a superb second half comeback that saw Seaford Town come from three goals down to seal a point in their first game of the season on Saturday.

Seaford were 2-0 down at the break at Haywards Heath Town thanks to an own goal and a Kieron Purkis effort, both scored within a minute of each other and before the first 15 minutes were out.

A second Purkis goal, two minutes into the second half, seemed to have sealed all three points for the hosts.

But a sensational comeback from Seaford then saw them snatch a draw.

First, Stef Richardson-Webster pulled one back on 52 minutes, then Matt Hayward made it 3-2 on 65 minutes.

And a minute after that, Russell Ayliffe ensured Town would return to East Sussex with a share of the spoils.

Seaford boss Pout said: “The first 10 minutes or so were brilliant. We were all over them. They made a goal out of nothing – an own goal – and our heads dropped a bit and they got a second.

“We had a ‘discussion’, shall we say, at half time!

“But then we let in another straight after half time which wasn’t meant to happen.

“We were just resilient really, we didn’t stop, didn’t give up. We played decent football too but once we got the first goal – which came out of nothing, it was a decent strike – the belief was there and we took the game to them.

“First half we probably gave them a little bit too much respect but second half we went at them. They were a decent team but I always believed we could do it.”

Seaford take on Oakwood in the first round of the John O’Hara League Cup today (Saturday) and host Little Common in the league on Tuesday evening.