Ten-man Mussels pick up long-awaited first point

Scott Packer (left) scored a stunner as Shoreham picked up their first point of the season last night. Picture by Stephen Goodger
Scott Packer (left) scored a stunner as Shoreham picked up their first point of the season last night. Picture by Stephen Goodger

Shoreham Football Club picked up a first-ever Bostik League South point last night.

Lloyd Cotton put through his own net then Scott Packer’s stunning strike earned Mussels a 2-2 draw with rivals Lewes at Middle Road.

Shoreham, who were without a point from five league matches going in to the clash, finally got off the mark this season.

Jamie Brotherton – who got both goals from the penalty spot for Lewes – fired his side ahead.

Mussels fought back through a Cotton own-goal and Packer’s effort to turn things around.

Brotherton second spot-kick meant it finished all square, then Lee Denyer was sent off after picking up a second bookable offence late on.

Mussels manager Sammy Donnelly was left a little frustrated his team didn’t collect a first win this season and said: “I’d have taken a point before the game but, after the 90 minutes, I’m disappointed we didn’t win. We’re giving away poor goals, this time two penalties, it was a game we should have won.

“Having said that, it’s a point and we are continuing to move in the right direction.”

Ashley Nazala hauled down a Lewes player in the area with a spot-kick awarded three minutes after the interval. Brotherton slammed the penalty home to put his side ahead. Mussels responded immediately as Cotton put through his own net less than a minute later.

A fine move was finished off by Packer just after the hour to complete the turnaround.

Centre-half Ryan Timms was adjudged to have pulled back a Lewes attacker with 15 minutes left and a second penalty was awarded. Just as with the first, Brotherton fired home.

Denyer picked up a second yellow in stoppage-time to leave Mussels seeing out the remaining minute or so a man light.

Shoreham go to East Grinstead in the league on Saturday, then host division-higher Bostik League Premier Division Worthing in the Velocity Trophy first-round on Tuesday (7.45pm).

SHOREHAM: Broadbent; Gathern, Timms, Denyer, Whitehead; Packer, Hand, Simmonds; Nazala, Archibald, Tan. Subs: Goldson (Hand, 65), Caplin (Tan, 65), Quadri, Burton, Nayee.

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