Magpies taking flight as players’ hard work is producing results

Loxwood FC V East Preston FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150914-155810008
Loxwood FC V East Preston FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150914-155810008
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Mark Beard says his Loxwood players are starting to see the rewards of their hard work as they hit their stride in the Premier Division.

After an indifferent start, The Magpies completed a 4-1 triumph at home to East Preston on Saturday for their third straight win in all competitions.

Loxwood FC V East Preston FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150914-155759008

Loxwood FC V East Preston FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150914-155759008

EP, who went into the game with six successive league losses, began brightly and went ahead through Dan Huet.

That lead lasted until 24 minutes from time when Michael Wood levelled, before Mark Cave’s spot-kick put them ahead on 76 minutes.

Charlie Pitcher converted another penalty five minutes later before completing his brace late on.

Beard said: “The fact that we went 1-0 behind against the run of play, mean we had to be really patient. It took us until 65 minutes to get our goal and after that the confidence rose.

Loxwood FC V East Preston FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150914-155654008

Loxwood FC V East Preston FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150914-155654008

“It is much better and we are creating good stuff and lot of chances which is pleasing.

“It has been coming and the boys are starting to see it more. We are getting there and have to keep going and doing the right things.”

Huet gave the hosts the lead on 15 minutes as they broke efficiently from a Loxwood attack and converted.

After the break, Wood finished a bouncing ball from a corner and Cave put them ahead ten minutes later from the penalty spot after Wood was tripped.

Sam Beard was then felled in the box on 81 minutes as Pitcher converted before adding a second five minutes later from open play.

Beard added: “Lewis Scally the back with Eddie French has done brilliantly since we put him back there.

“We have Ryan Richefond to come back into the midfield, Ollie Gill and Monty Gimple, so every area is looking strong.”

Loxwood travel to Pagham tonight in a league clash.