New Seaford Town boss Paul Harrison was brought back down to earth on Saturday following a fine victory at AFC Uckfield last week.
Pitch conditions at the Storrington Recreation Ground were extremely poor but it was the same for both sides and the home side were certainly more aware of what to expect from it.
Harrison made one change to the winning line-up from last week, bringing Craig Pook in for his first game at right back, while the bench bolstered a host of youth with three of the four substitutes currently with the under 18s.
Rob Jones had the first opportunity of the game, firing in a shot from the edge of the penalty area, which Gary Elliott tipped over the bar.
But it was Storrington that opened the scoring on 12 minutes through Kevin Hobden. The ball was played cross field from right to left to Hobden, but Liam Fenwick misjudged the flight of the ball and Hobden’s clever chip dropped inside the far post past the helpless ‘keeper.
Town were struggling to find any rhythm and the hosts capitalised on this, providing a constant threat down both flanks – with Hobden at heart of it.
An early change in the second half saw Kieran Perkins replace Pook.
However, this tactical switch made no difference as 10 minutes later the Swans increased their lead through Hobden, who clinically dispatched his shot past Fenwick.
Harrison then brought on Theo Baker in place of Matt Hayward and he quickly got into his stride – injecting some urgency in Town’s attacking play.
Fenwick then denied Hobden his hat-trick, hacking away a fierce shot at close range, while at the other end chances for George Marshall, Baker and Elliott went begging as they failed to mount a comeback charge.
Fenwick saved well again to deny Harry Jarrett, whilst Standyard brought out a superb save from Elliott at the foot of his post following a fine break by Jones down the right.
It hadn’t been a good performance, but they did show a lot more effort and commitment during the second half, and with a better bounce of the ball may have reaped some reward.
Broadbridge Heath visit the Crouch on Saturday afternoon, but before that Bexhill United Reserves are the visitors on Friday evening, kick-off 7.30pm.
TOWN: Fenwick, Pook (Perkins), Pout (S), Gacias, Hawes, Tullett, Jones, Pout (J), Stanyard, Marshall (Pout (B)), Hayward (Baker)