There are no Rye smiles for Selsey

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Selsey’s magnificent away league form came to a sudden halt at Rye United, where they lost 3-1 in division one of the Sussex League.

The Blues were out to record a fifth consecutive league victory on the road, but two early goals from the Quaterboys were enough to end their storming run.

Manager Adam Hinshelwood was disappointed with the manner of the defeat, saying: “To go 2-0 down within 15 minutes was always going to make things hard for ourselves.

“We’ve got to work hard on defending set-pieces because all three of their goals came from corners or long throws - it’s been the same all season.

“But we had periods of good possession and made a few good chances. It’s a shame we couldn’t take them.”

The home side took the lead just four minutes in when a poor clearance from a Rye corner left Andy Atkin with a free header from close range.

The Quaterboys struck again just ten minutes later when Olly Lockyer found space following a long throw and scored.

The Blues sparked into life shortly before half-time but could not capitalise on their possession.

Rye soon made it 3-0 in the 49th minute when another long throw found Ben Billings, who netted from just inside the area.

Selsey did pull one back in the 71st minute when Dan Martin latched on to a cross shot from striker Rob Wimble leaving Martin with a tap-in at the far post.

The Blues go to Uckfield in the Sussex Senior Cup this Saturday and Hinshelwood believes they should take nothing for granted.

Hinshelwood said: “It’s another tricky away fixture against a good side. They are a division below us, but if the team go in thinking we can just turn up, we might well be in for a shock. That’s something we have to make sure doesn’t happen.”

JAMES ROBINSON