Shoreham get back to winning ways

Alex Laing bagged a hat-trick for Shoreham on Saturday.
Alex Laing bagged a hat-trick for Shoreham on Saturday.

SHOREHAM Football Club ended a nine-game losing run with a comfortable victory at home to Newhaven in County League Division 1 on Saturday.

A hat-trick from Alex Laing, who is on loan to Mussels from Ryman League Worthing, and a Wes Millis strike meant Shoreham halted their recent slide.

Shoreham player-manager Kane Louis was delighted as his side secured all three points and recorded their first win since September.

He said: “It was great to finally get a victory after such a poor run.

“I said to the players beforehand that I would have been happy with a point, just to try to halt the run that we had been on but we managed to get all three, which was absolutely brilliant.

“I’m just really pleased that we have got back to winning ways and, hopefully, we can take this form into the coming games.

“I said to the players after the game that just because we have won it does not mean anything unless we follow it up with some positive results in the next few weeks.

“Newhaven are a good side and were a couple of places above us in the table going into the game.

“But it just goes to show the quality in our side when we put in a performance like that – it shows exactly what we can achieve.”

Shoreham were awarded a penalty three minutes into first half injury-time when Laing was felled by Daniel Murray, who was red-carded.

Laing stepped up to score from the spot and give Mussels the half-time lead.

It was 2-0 midway through the second half when a Craig Anderson cross found Laing, who got his second.

Millis then made it 3-0 just five minutes later to put the game beyond the away side.

There was still time for Laing to complete his hat-trick as he beat the offside trap before slotting past the Newhaven keeper on 78 minutes.

The win moved Mussels up a place to 15th in the table.

Shoreham will be hoping for a second successive victory when they host Loxwood in County League Division 1 on Saturday.

SHOREHAM: Betts; Anderson, Gregory, Allan, DeMario; Myers, Millis, Rudwick, Goldson; Laing, Best. Subs: Parris (Best), Louis, Laughlin.