Result is as bad as the weather for Selsey

Action from Selsey's defeat at East Preston
Action from Selsey's defeat at East Preston

Miserable conditions matched a miserable result for Selsey as they suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to league leaders East Preston.

The game was the only one played this week in the Sussex League in widespread bad weather and it was a minor miracle from East Preston’s groundstaff that saw the game go ahead.

The Blues must have been wishing otherwise after going 1-0 down inside the first ten minutes and later conceding three in less than six minutes.

See Liz Pearce’s video highlights of the game here

Despite the heavy defeat, however, manager Ryan Pharo believed his side showed promise, saying: “We played well in the first half and matched them but we fell behind to a set piece and our heads dropped a little bit.

“Then in the second half we conceded three goals in six minutes - it was similar to the Lingfield match and that was game over really.

“They are a good side but we’ve played them twice now and they said we were the only team this season to go there and give them a game - I’m proud of that.

Asked if the conditions on the pitch played a factor, Pharo responded: “The groundstaff pulled out a miracle to get this game on and I’ll give them credit for that - but there was a lot of water lying on the pitch during the first half and I still think it was dangerous for the players.

“There was a game up the road (at Lancing) that got called off after 20 minutes and I thought maybe we should have been postponed too but by the second half it had sorted itself out.”

Selsey started brightly but fell foul of defending set-pieces once again when Darren Boswell’s delivery from a free-kick left Mike Huckett with a free header at the near post.

The Blues responded well and Ryan Morey went close to levelling the score ten minutes later when his shot stung the hands of East Preston goalkeeper Joel Harding.

Selsey started brightly after the restart but poor defending from set-pieces proved costly yet again when a sloppy clearance from a corner allowed Huckett to thunder home his second of the match.

Liam Baitup made it 3-0 just a minute later with a superb chip over the on-rushing Sam Joyce before Shaheen Sadough wrapped up the scoring in the 66th minute with a tidy finish.

Selsey visit fourth-placed Horsham YMCA on Saturday and Pharo believes they will have to work on defending dead balls.

He said: “We’ll definitely work on that in training because we’ve conceded goals from three set-pieces this week and two against Chichester last week.

“I’ve said before we can beat anyone on our day and we’ll go there looking to win as always.”