Loxwood face early season injury crisis

An injury crisis is hurting Loxwood FC as they continue to search for a first win in Sussex County League Division 2

After four draws and a heavy loss to Littlehampton in their first five games, the Magpies went down 1-0 at home to Bexhill United on Saturday. And manager Miller Julian admits injuries and suspensions are taking their toll.

JPCT 010912  Loxwood v Bexhill. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 010912 Loxwood v Bexhill. Photo by Derek Martin

Talismen Damon Aston (bruised shin) and Ben Bissett (ankle) were missing, while Grant Miller and Ollie Moore hobbled off during the loss. Centre back Ross Hirschfield is playing through the pain barrier, while Paul White and Sam Smith are both still to serve suspensions.

It all leaves Miller with a major headache. “I was down to 13 fit first team players on Saturday.

“And we lost two of them in the first half. At one point I had to put six defenders on the pitch as that was all I had.”

Despite the mounting injury problems, Loxwood did manage to carve out some chances however as the Bexhill keeper saved well from Matt Hoyte and White, before Hoyte lashed a long-range effort narrowly over the crossbar.

But the visitors staged a smash and grab when Steve Morris escpaed the attentions of a Loxwood defence marshalled by Eddie French, and produced a neat finish past unsighted keeper Smith.

Loxwood looked dangerous coming forward but without the likes of Bissett and Aston, lacked the end product.

Miller added: “I wish we couple play rubbish and win a game. If there was going to be another goal in the game it would have come from us. The boys are doing everything that is asked of them but we are getting down to the bare bones now.”