Kris Harding 61 mins, 74 mins
Macron SCFL Div 2 Supplementary Shield Semi Final
Sat 8 May 21
Our season came to a disappointing end when we were well beaten by the better team, and League leaders, Rustington.
The atmosphere was flat playing a semi final behind closed doors with just 5 committee members from each club present. However there was nothing flat about Rustington’s start to the game. Pumped up by Manager Jon Tucker and with the wind, they pressed, harried and forced error after error out of a Beeding side caught on the back foot unable to get out of our own half.
3 up inside 27 mins and effectively game over.
A hotly disputed disallowed goal for Beeding on the stroke of half time might have offered hope for a second half revival, but it wasn’t given, move on.
Changes at half time saw Rowland and McGill introduced for Warner and O'Sullivan and a switch to 4-3-3. Playing with the wind, it was a more even second half with Beeding taking the game to Rustington. Our opponents generally were able to defend in numbers and continued to look threatening on the break knowing we had a mountain to climb.
A thumping Kris Harding free kick into the top corner from 30 yards on the hour Mark, and a scrambled effort on 74 mins looked to have got us back in the game. Sadly, soon after another catalogue of errors presented Rustington with another goal to restore the 2 goal margin. A deflated and despondent Beeding were done for, and Rustington deservedly were on their way to the Final where they will meet Montpelier Villa.
UBFC Line Up: Banks Spence Gunn Trower Lawrence Towse Warner Ward Warr O’Sullivan Harding
Used Subs: Neatherway, Spinks, Rowland, McGill
Scorers: Harding x 2