Newhaven pinch a point after Magpies’ flying start

JPCT 181014 S144441109x Football. County League Division 1: Loxwood v Newhaven -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141018-173119001

JPCT 181014 S144441109x Football. County League Division 1: Loxwood v Newhaven -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141018-173119001

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Loxwood threw away a 3-0 half-time lead as Newhaven capped a remarkable comeback to pinch a point at Plaistow Road on Saturday.

The Magpies led at the interval and looked well on their way to their fourth league win of the season.

The visitors however, had other ideas as they scored three goals in the second half to level the scores and make Loxwood settle for their seventh draw of the campaign.

Eddie French headed the hosts ahead after just 38 seconds and Tim Martin finished off a fine move to make it 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Gary Pritchard added a third eight minutes later, before the hosts spurned further chances to extended their lead.

After the break, Newhaven’s Lee Robinson pulled a goal back on 50 minutes, before Craig Bunch tucked away a contentious penalty to make it 3-2.

The visitors then levelled with five minutes left through Callum Connor, with a goal Loxwood felt was offside.

Magpies boss Dave Cocoracchio said: “I was absolutely gutted at the end result to be honest. We knew they had been involved in some high-scoring matches and we knew what their strengths and weaknesses were.

“We said at half-time that if anyone was capable of coming back if we had any complacently, it was them.

“I could see it from the first minute and five minutes later we gave them a goal to get back into it and from there they got their tails up and on the front foot.”

Full report and reaction in Thursday’s paper.