I’m happy with way things are going on and off pitch, admits Dockers boss

Paul Harrison admits he is happy with the way Newhaven are performing both on and off the For Road pitch.

The Dockers are currently riding in a fairly high eighth position in SCFL Division 1 following their back-to-back promotions from Division 3.

Of their 2-0 home defeat to Crowborough on Saturday, when the Crows’ goals came from Sam Carrington in the 53th and final minutes, he said: “The first 25 minutes we played them off the park. They didn’t get a look-in. But then we got an injury to one of our midfielders who was dominating the game, and we lost control of the game after that.

“To be fair to Crowborough they had a structured game plan and hit us on the break.

“But we had a few chances in the first half that we should have taken, and had we taken them it would have been a different story. We were pushing for the goal to be honest. Either get the draw or lose, you might as well lose 2-0 as 1-0. The last 20 minutes we went for it and we got caught on the break. But I’m very happy with the way things are going, both in the club and on the pitch.”

Newhaven, who drew 1-1 with Hassock on Tuesday thanks to a late leveller from Lee Robinson, face Southwick away in the next round of the FA Vase tomorrow having despatched Horley in style in the last round two weeks ago. Having trailed 1-0 and 2-1 the Dockers pulled it round to lead 3-2 at the break – and three unreplied goals in the second half led to a whopping 6-2 win.

“That was a very good result,” said Harrison. “We dominated the game and were in control right the way through.”

“Southwick are a potential banana skin. We’re not taking them lightly. It will be great to have a good cup run but my aim is to stay in this league.”

Captain Greg Manton is out of tomorrow’s Vase game due to work commitments but Newhaven have brought in two players from Eastbourne Town: striker Dominic Cole and defender John Trotter.