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Loxwood 'punished' in defeat to East Preston

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Alex Walsh admitted his side were ‘massively punished’ for a costly defeat to East Preston last Saturday, after two of the three other struggling sides also picked up three points.

It was an afternoon to forget for Walsh, who indicated the game was a proverbial ‘six-pointer’ in the build-up, as the Magpies went five goals down, only grabbing a consolation in added-time.

Jack Williamson opened the scoring after 30 minutes and the visitors doubled their lead after half-time through Chris Darwin.

Daniel Simmonds added a third just five minutes later while Ryan Barratt made it four in the 67th minute.

Simmonds grabbed his second on 76 minutes before Tim Bennett got one back for the hosts just before the final whistle.

With Pagham and Lingfield also winning, it drops Loxwood even further away from safety, with Walsh’s side now nine points behind the Lions.

Speaking on another defeat, the Loxwood manager said: “We got punished massively based on the fact that the teams around us all won. It was a very bad weekend for us.

“We were miles off the levels that I would expect. We just weren’t at the races and definitely deserved to lose the game. We’ve all got to put our hands up and say we were not good enough.

“It’s a shame really because every other game we’ve shown fight and guts but we just couldn’t get anywhere near those levels.”

He continued: “When East Preston were up against it, we couldn’t punish them and then when they were on top, they were clinical, so it comes down to game management.

“We know we’ve got a massive task now with other teams winning around us. It adds to the challenge but we know we’ve got to beat the teams in and around us. East Preston were in and around us but now they’ve got a lot more daylight.”

On where these wins will come from, Walsh added: “I’m just hoping we can have a little bit of luck on our side and get over the line.

“Scraping out a victory will hopefully give us the incentive and ammunition to go into the remaining games and get ourselves above water.

“We’ve got to start believing more in ourselves, have a bit more confidence, and go out and get the first goal instead of chasing games all the time. It’s easier said than done but we are working hard to do that.”

Loxwood travel to Langney Wanderers this Saturday.

Loxwood: D’Cruz, Frankland, Beda, Webster, Elmellas, Slaughter, Hawkes (Colbran 70’), Goldson (Bennett 46’), Magrath, Karl, Brodie. Unused: Dunningham

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Horsham YMCA take full advantage of AFC Uckfield Town implosion for victory

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Horsham YMCA assistant manager Julian Miller admitted AFC Uckfield Town’s second-half implosion ‘made it easier’ for his side in their 3-1 win over the Uckers on Saturday.

Tayler Maddock and Sam Cooper both received red cards while Dean Stewart-Hunter and Ellis Cormack were both sent to the sin-bin in a tumultuous second half which saw the visitors playing with just eight men for a short period of the game.

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Johden De Meyer (centre) looks to jink through the Uckers defence

Miller said: “It was a really funny game because we missed a lot of chances and let them back in, and then, once we got going again, they got ill-disciplined and it was a lot easier than it could have been.

“Once we were playing against ten, then nine, then eight, we just kept the ball really well, stretching them.”

Miller also believes his side had a big impact on the visitors’ two red cards. He added: “We were putting them under so much pressure so we caused a lot of it.

“That made it easier for us but we pressured them into making these tackles because they couldn’t get anywhere near one or two of our players.”

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

Guy Harding looks to win the ball in an aerial duel

The tenth-placed Uckers began relatively well, handling the threat of a home attack with the best scoring record outside of the SCFL Premier Division’s top five without too much early trouble.

YM broke the deadlock in the 29th minute as Maddock felled a home forward and Dean Carden fired the resulting penalty into the top right corner.

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The hosts exerted their control before the break, but the Uckers still went close as Maclean almost met a Bailo Camara cross on the stroke of half-time.

The introduction of Dee Okojie at the restart proved pivotal when his 60th minute cross found Cormack who prodded a header home to equalise.

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

Adam Hunt battles with an AFC Uckfield Town player for the ball

While the Uckers would’ve expected to push on, the events of the next ten minutes removed all hopes of winning.

The away side self-combusted when Maddock was first shown a second yellow, then Matt Daniel put the hosts 2-1 up in the 65th minute, and Cooper was also awarded a second booking to add to Stewart-Hunter’s sin-bin soon after.

YM had full control thereafter and confirmed victory as Daniel bagged his second – and 21st of the season – in the 83rd minute, before Cormack was also placed in the sin-bin in the final few minutes.

Horsham YMCA: Jeal, Carden, Evans, Donaghey (Lovegrove 82), Harding (Gibbs 50), Hunt (Gedling 74), Lemon, Dugdale, Daniel, De Meyer, Clarke. Unused: Pavlovic, Eales.

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Birmingham City recall goalkeeper from Crawley Town loan spell

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Crawley Town goalkeeper Michael Luyambula has today (Monday) been recalled by his parent club, Birmingham City.

Luyambula has been recalled by the Blues in order to obtain more game time this season.

The 20-year-old joined the Reds on a season-long deal on July 12.

Crawley would like to thank Luyambula for his historic performances in a Reds shirt, most notably against Walsall, Norwich City and Stoke City in the Carabao Cup.

The Reds wish Luyambula all the very best in his future career.

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