Louis disappointed by home defeat to EP

Ben Gray celebrates one of his goals at Shoreham on Saturday
Ben Gray celebrates one of his goals at Shoreham on Saturday
  • Shoreham ended their camapaign with defeat
  • The Mussels finished 16th in the County League Division 1 table

SHOREHAM Football Club player-manager Kane Louis was left disappointed as his side ended their County League campaign with defeat.

The Mussels suffered a final day reverse at Middle Road against East Preston on Saturday.

Shoreham took the lead on 29 minutes when Alex Laing struck. However, the visitors responded immediately as David O’Callaghan netted from the halfway line following EP’s kick-off.

Ben Gray then bagged a brace to ensure Shoreham slipped to their 19th defeat of the season and finished fifth from bottom.

Mussels finished the campaign with three successive home defeats, after six wins from their previous seven home games, and Louis said: “It was really disappointing to end the season with a defeat.

“I felt we were the better side for large periods in this one but missed chances cost us.

“We went in front and then I’m not really too sure what happened. The players went off to celebrate, I turned away and the next time I looked it was 1-1.

“I think that was quite difficult to take for a few of the players as we conceded so quickly after going ahead.

“They then scored five minutes before the break to go 2-1 up and, from then on, it was going to be tricky to get back in it.

“We gave it a good go in the second half and went close on a couple of occasions but, in the end, they added a third and it was all over.”

Shoreham took the lead on 29 minutes when Laing netted his 14th goal of the season.

East Preston’s response was imminent, though, and they were level less than a minute later. O’Callaghan received the ball from kick-off and lobbed Mussels’ keeper Nic Taylor from the halfway line.

The turnaround was complete five minutes before the break when Gray struck his first of the contest.

Gray then secured all three points 15 minutes from time when he beat four players and crashed home a right-footed drive.

SHOREHAM: Taylor; Stevens, Allan, Edwards, Gregory; Myers, Bozyigit, Rudwick, Magwidi; Laing, Bichard. Subs: Idiong (Magwidi), Goldson (Myers), Best (Bichard).