Scoreline isn't whole story for Stags... Blues see off Seaford

Midhurst and Selsey both kept clean sheets in their latest SCFL division-one games and that brought a win for one and a draw for another. Here are the latest reports.

Action from Midhurst's draw with Steyning / Picture by Steve Robards
Action from Midhurst's draw with Steyning / Picture by Steve Robards

Midhurst 0 Steyning 0

SCFL division one

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A well-fought game between two good footballing teams saw an entertaining 0 - 0 draw at the Rotherfield.

Dave Berkowitz made a couple of changes from the 4-0 midweek East Preston defeat, with Joel Stevens returning at right-back, Paul Grantham and George Hotson in as centre-backs, Scott Dormer returning into centre midfield with Lewis Hamilton on the left.

Although the 4-0 defeat had looked bad on paper, Berkowitz was more than pleased with the team’s work ethic and never-give-up attitude – and more was needed against Steyning.

The Stags duly obliged. From the outset they set out to press high on the visitors who liked to play from the back.

Luke Sheldrick caused several problems down the right, setting up a couple of chances for Gary Norgate. Both chances were narrowly hit wide by the stags forward.

Midhurst’s resolve was true to see and Steyning were guilty of missing two gilt-edged chances to go in front at the interval. Both times the visitors’ No 9 missed sitters from several yards out.

The second half produced good football from both teams on a difficult surface.

Apart from a fine save by Patrick Cowell on 80 minutes, there were no real goal threats – both teams cancelling each other out.

Midhurst visit Bexhill on Saturday.

Midhurst: Cowell, Stevens, Hotson, Grantham, Castleton, Kemplin, Dormer, Hyde, Sheldrick, Norgate, Hamilton. Subs: Hunt (Dormer 70), Martin (Sheldrick 38), Broughton.

Selsey 2 Seaford 0

Things continue to look up for Selsey, who enjoyed another victory in front of their own fans.

Blues boss Steve Bailey said a few weeks ago he had high hopes for a run of games in which most were at home – that after a glut of away matches in which Selsey had more than their share of bad luck.

Joe Clarke and Morgan Forry put them in command against Seaford with two quick first-half goals and the result rarely looked in any doubt.

It was Selsey’s third win in five division-one games and left them ninth in the table.

This weekend they visit Oakwood looking to keep their good form going.

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