Late Littlehampton Town equaliser denies Seaford Town first win of the season
Littlehampton left the Sportsfields undoubtedly with a sigh of relief, after they needed a 90th minute equaliser to deny Seaford Town what looked destined to be their first win of the season.
Two goals either side of half meant that the points were eventually shared, with Seaford's performance showing that they are clearly unwilling to be defined by their poor start to the campaign.
It was the home team who enjoyed the best of the action to start the game, with Dave Herbert coming close to the opener after going one-on-one with Josh Measor in the Seaford goal after just two minutes.
The fast-paced approach of the home side was an immediate issue for the visitors, who looked susceptible to the directness of the league leaders' attack. The away side continued to play with fire, when a last ditch goal-line clearance from captain Shaun Skipper denied an inevitable opening goal just before the 35 minute mark.
However, it was Seaford who took the lead just five minutes later, when forward Jack Langford was given too much space to drive towards goal, and was able to finish coolly to give the away side the lead. After beginning to show more signs of life going forward, Seaford looked to extend their lead before half time against a Littlehampton side who grew visibly more passive as the half progressed.
Seaford's lead was doubled in added time at the end of the half, when a corner ball eventually found attacking midfielder Charlie Morley on the edge of the box who hit a smart first-time volley into the bottom right corner.
Littlehampton knew they had to improve in the second period in order to maintain their unbeaten start to the season, which had seen them take 5 wins from their opening 5 matches. Seaford, on the other hand, knew that getting a result in this game would be invaluable in kickstarting their season.
The home side expectedly had the majority of the ball in the second half as they searched for avenue back into the game, with Seaford sitting in the hope of withstanding the oncoming onslaught. Littlehampton's cause was helped significantly after 60 minutes, when striker Joe Benn was brought down in the area, leaving Jordan Layton with the task of finishing from the spot, which in doing so left half an hour for his side to find an equaliser.
In retrospect, Seaford might be more than happy with their share of the result, given the barrage of opportunities created by Littlehampton towards the end of the game.
With only minutes to play, Littlehampton found the equaliser they had been looking for, when a ball into the box was met by Lucas Pattenden, whose headed goal was tough to take from a Seaford standpoint, who believed they had done enough to secure all three points.
Despite the disappointment of conceding late, Seaford Manager Paul Wise remained very optimistic following his side's performance, claiming it was enough to prove 'that we can compete in this league'.