Loxwood target New Year charge

LOXWOOD are plotting a charge up Division 2 of the Sussex County League after last night’s 3-1 defeat of Littlehampton Town.

The win was the Magpies’ second in a row away from home and after the addition of new signings Mark Beard and Josh Perkins, manager Barry Hunter has promised more. Asa Pearson, Ben Bissett and Damon Aston netted as Loxwood claimed a sixth win of the season at the St Flora Sportsfield

Hunter said: “Mark and Josh have added a bit of depth and we will not stop there. We want to start going in the right direction and getting into the right half of the table post-Christmas. We want to push on , and players want to come to the club, which is a good sign.”

Former Tooting & Mitcham midfielder Beard started alongside ex-Fareham man Perkins in the Loxwood midfield at Littlehampton on Tuesday and they helped provide extra solidity to a defence which has conceded 46 goals this season, the second worst in the division.

After a goalless first half, Towering striker Pearson gave the Magpies a 1-0 lead when fired home from close range after Bissett’s corner was drilled in low and hard.

Bissett himself then got on the scoresheet as Loxwood were rewarded for a spell of pressure, his low shot from 20 yards nestled in the bottom corner.

Littlehampton struck back, but Aston made sure of the points in the closing stages with a neat one-on-one finish as Loxwood broke out of their half.

After shoring up their defence, Hunter’s men have now started to make an impression at the other end, especially after last season’s top scorer Aston’s recovery from injury

Hunter added: “We didn’t concede on Saturday and I think defensively we are in good shape, we are creating a number of opportunities and players are starting to convert.

“Littlehampton are a good side, it was a good performance and we deserved it.”