Rowland x 2 43 mins, 78 mins, Warr 58 mins, Gunn 75 mins, Trower 86 mins, O’Sullivan 88 mins
Macron SCFL Div 2
Sat 17 October
A fit again Leo Trower returned to the starting line up to partner Lewie Jamieson in central defence, Gunny, Callum Towse and Ryan Warr were back in midfield, and Micky Neatherway deserved his start after a scoring role last week.
It took time for things to click for Beeding against a hard working Village, and sloppy defending of corners could have cost us dear as clear headers went over the bar. A disallowed effort for offside against Gunny was all we had mustered before a defensive error let Jamie Rowland in one on one with the advancing keeper, and displaying the near forgotten art of taking the ball round the keeper to roll it home into an empty net, gave Beeding a 0 v 1 lead at half time.
Manager Tom Warren encouraged patience, greater composure greater use of our creators, and made no changes. The Warr-hammer was at it again with a left foot rocket in the top corner from a 25 yard free kick, 6 in 6 games for the popular no.10. Rottingdean weren’t finished and a defensive mix up led to a soft penalty that pulled it back to 1-2 on the hour mark, and when a sweeping move down the right, a delicious cross from Justin Gregory and header to finish from Pat O’Sullivan, was ruled out offside after a long chat between the Ref and lino, things could have got tricky.
However, fitness and quality in the final 20 mins prevailed as Callum Towse became an increasing creative presence in the middle of the park mobilised a strong finish to the game from Beeding. 4 goals in quick succession for Gunny (not a header !), Leo, Rolo and Pat secured a win that looks more comfortable on paper than was reality. A much changed youthful Rottingdean worked hard and proved tough opposition for 70 mins.
It proved an important 3 points as a defeat for Rustington in the local derby with Littlehampton Utd, Worthing Town with a late late equaliser against Montpelier Villa, and a draw for Jarvis Brook at Brighton Electricity, combined to see us move up to 3rd in the table, 2 points off early leaders TD Shipley. We remain unbeaten in 7 games for the season. Next up, a trip to Worthing Town where Ryan Warr will be particularly looking forward to it !
UBFC Line Up: Banks Gregory Jamieson Trower Ward Gunn Towse Neatherway Rowland Warr O’Sullivan.
Used Subs: Harding, Cockerton, McGill
Scorers: Rowland x 2, Warr, Gunn, Trower, O’Sullivan
The UBFC Reserves bounced back from last weeks disappointing defeat with a massively improved team performance to make the long trip back from Stedham with another 3 points on the road. Scorers Dan Phillips, Chris Barnett. Immense performances from Parge, Rob Hare and Fordy to get us over the line, and move us to 3rd in the early WSX Premier table. Another long away trip to Newtown Villa to prepare for next Saturday.