Manager praises Loxwood maturity

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LOXWOOD’S hopes of a top five finish in County League Division 2 have been given a boost.

The Magpies have been in terrific form since the turn of the year and have put together six straight wins in recent games.

And that upturn, which continued with a 2-0 defeat of Oakwood on Saturday, neatly coincides with the arrival of some promising youngsters.

Manager Barry Hunter said: “There is no doubt that the arrivals of Tony, Adam Hutchings, George Magnus and Steve Newman have added some strength to the squad. But our issues were conceding goals after the injuries to Eddie French and James Bird.

“But we have stability now and since January we have played 16 gamesm, winning ten of them. Some of the more experienced players such as Oli Lambkin, Matt Hoyte and Phil Awcock have raised their games and their experience in the side has made a big difference.”

Nwachukwu gave Loxwood the lead after just 27 seconds and Damon Aston doubled that in the second half, while Oakwood could turn possession into attempts on goal.

Hunter added: “We showed maturity and defended very well with a good shape.”