Loxwood fitness concern after draw

Damon Aston scored Loxwood's opener
Damon Aston scored Loxwood's opener

Loxwood FC manager Julian Miller admitted he was disappointed with his side’s fitness levels after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Mile Oak.

The Magpies failed to capitalise on a dominant first half as they were held in their Division 2 opener, and faded in the heat during the second half.

Damon Aston applied the finish to a slick move involving Ben Bissett and Grant Miller to put the Magpies ahead on 37 minutes, with what was arguably the hardest chance of a whole host they created.

Mile Oak punished those missed opportunities when Aaron Ransom scored a scrappy 56th minute leveller, and it took two good Sam Smith saves to preserve the point.

Manager Julian Miller said: “We could have been four ahead.

“It was a hot days, it was the first game without the rolling subs you get in pre-season. In the last 15 minutes we were struggling a little bit with fitness. I thought we were up there, but it might be because of the heat.”