Hunter satisfied with Loxwood’s start despite Magpies remaining winless

L37671H14  Arundel v Loxwood football  Loxwood first goal SUS-140914-130110002
L37671H14 Arundel v Loxwood football Loxwood first goal SUS-140914-130110002

Director of football Barry Hunter is satisfied with his team’s start to the season despite Loxwood still being unable to register a win from their opening seven league games.

On Saturday, it looked like they were going to take all three points from their game with Arundel when they took the lead in the first minute.

Making his league debut for the club, former Broadbridge Heath player Matt Hoyte set up the Magpies’ first minute goal with a fine cross which Michael Wood tapped in.

Arundel equalised on 11 minutes through Alex Biggs and the majority of the game was then a midfield battle with neither side carving out clear-cut chances.

It remained a stalemate for most of the game until the last ten minutes Loxwood keeper Sam Smith made a few good saves to keep his side in the game.

Hunter hailed Loxwood who have, despite still searching for their first win, have been able to go one better than a number of other clubs in the division and force draws with some of the leading teams at the top of the table.

He said: “We are performing very well and we are the only team to take points off East Preston and Littlehampton.

“All our early games have been against teams in the top- five or were in the top-five last season.”

On Tuesday night Loxwood suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dorking Wanderers.

James Duff scored the winning goal for Dorking with a breakaway attack in the 47th minute.

Loxwood’s Dean Wright went close as he chipped the keeper from the edge of the area and hit the crossbar.

Tim Martin put a shot wide from the edge of the box and Craig Ranson fired a good effort from 20 yards which flew close to the post.

At the other end Smith made two good saves to prevent Loxwood from going two goals behind.