Newhaven returned to winning ways in Sussex County Football League Division One with a 2-0 win at Chichester City on Saturday afternoon.
The Dockers had gone three games without a league victory but never looked likely to give up the points at Oaklands Park, against a side who had only lost one of the their last seven.
Joint manager Andy Cook commented: “This was a very good performance away from home against a side who were in form and have recently had some excellent results. We were very tight at the back and took our chances at the other end. We were really pleased with the lads and it was nice to control a game after recent weeks.”
A tight first half was largely controlled by the visitors. They failed to take advantage of a flurry of corners – Adam Kneller coming closest when he stooped low to send a header just wide.
City striker James Temple had a chance to give his side the lead but his touch let him down at the crucial moment and Jake Buss was able to sweep up the danger.
Ryan Knight had a cross-turned-shot hit the bar, but with just seconds of the half left Newhaven took the lead.
Jayson Sowter’s pass to Ollie Davies looked set to be comfortably cleaned up by home ‘keeper Anthony Ender, but he dropped the ball in to Davies’ path and the winger finished from a tight angle.
The second half continued in the same fashion. The hosts, however, looked to push on and search for an equaliser, but were unable to seriously test Buss.
Joe Gromett had the home side’s best chance of the afternoon when he raced in behind an otherwise excellent Newhaven defence, but he could only fire wide of Buss’ post.
The points were wrapped up with fifteen minutes left to play when Scott Marshall finished off a sweeping Newhaven counter-attack, after being found by Sowter on the edge of the area.
Joint manager Sean Breach said after: “I felt we controlled the game from the first minute and put in a really solid performance. Although we didn’t create a great deal of chances, we never looked like conceding, which after the past few weeks was most pleasing! We were all delighted with the clean sheet and it was well deserved as the back four were excellent.”
Dockers: Buss, D Murray, Knight, Marshall, Edwards, Kneller, L Robinson, Geer (Walton), Bunch (Connor), Sowter, Davies (I Robinson). Unused: Breach, Goddard