Aston’s goal haul inspires first Loxwood win

Four goals from striker Damon Aston gave Loxwood a long-overdue first victory of the new season against Eastbourne Utd AFC.

Having failed to win any of their first eight league games, Aston struck all his goals in a much-improved second half as The Magpies came from behind to win.

“It was very welcome,” a relieved boss Julian Miller said. “We’ve had some hard fixtures, we’ve played all the top eight so it was good to get that win, and although we weren’t good in the first half, the second half was probably the best we’ve played all season.”

The hosts trailed at the break to Jamie Bunn’s 12th minute goal and Miller admitted they should have been further adrift at the interval. But Loxwood came flying out of the blocks and when Asa Pearson nodded a ball down his fellow strike partner Aston reacted quickest to find the net.

Two minutes later Loxwood had the lead, Pearson again the provider, playing Aston through and a deft chip over the keeper made it 2-1.

A defensive error allowed Eastbourne to level, but late in the game Lee Thomas picked out Aston to finish at the back post, and having also had a goal disallowed Aston capped a fine individual display with a fourth goal on the bounce. “We have players coming back so hopefully this will be the turning point for us,” Miller added.

Loxwood: Smith; Hancock (Bissett 22), French, Hirschfield, Awcock; Hoyte, Bird, Merridew (Hoole 88), Thomas (Pett 70); Pearson, Aston.