Wickers return to winning ways

JORDAN SAUNDERS' first goal since returning to Southwick FC gave his side all three points with a 1-0 win over promotion-chasing Wealden on Saturday.

Monday, 5th March 2007, 1:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:44 pm

It also ended in-form, fourth-placed, Wealden's seven-game unbeaten run, which started before Christmas and brought to a close Southwick's three-game losing run. Wickers are now unbeaten in seven home matches in all competitions.

After both sides had missed early opportunities, Wickers went ahead on 29 minutes. Harry Constable took a quickly-taken corner and Saunders, who rejoined Wickers at the start of the year, following a spell at Shoreham, volleyed home from 12 yards, giving Wealden keeper Simon Davey no chance.

That could have been Saunders' second of the afternoon. He had earlier hit the underside of the bar from an angle, six yards out, after Davey had saved Grant Bean's shot.

Player-manager Dominic Shepherd had also gone close before the goal. Nick Green went in to challenge Davey and Shepherd's follow-up was cleared off the line by Pete Christodoulou.

At the other end, Southwick keeper Keith Cheal was in excellent form. He made one great save from Wes Tate at 0-0 before saving a Tobi Hutchinson free kick low to his right.

In the second half, Shepherd had two chances to double Southwick's lead. The best came when he turned a defender but fired his shot too high.

The venue of the match had been changed to Southwick's Old Barn Way, instead of Wealden's home ground, on Friday because Wealden's pitch was waterlogged.That game was due to take place on March 31, but Wickers will now travel to Wealden on that date instead.

SOUTHWICK: Cheal; Rahaman, T.Timms, Thompson, Lipscombe; Saunders, Green, Bean, J.Elliott; Shepherd, Constable. Subs: Stideford, Steele (Bean, Elliott 75), Ricky Timms (Rahaman 88), Porter, Benn.