Barley Lane, Hastings
East Sussex League Division Two
Admission and Programme: None
Attendance: 23 (head count)
Match Rating: 3
This evening I made my second visit of the season to Barley Lane, mainly due to the fact it was the only early evening kick off taking place in East Sussex and I recalled it being a pleasant enough place to watch football, in fine weather conditions at least.
There was not much riding on this game in all honesty. The JC Tackleway were already guaranteed a runners-up spot and with it a promotion berth, with ten wins and a draw from their fourteen league games. Wittersham had a little more left to play for, coming into this game in sixth place in the nine team division, with seven wins and two draws from their fourteen games but would finish in third place if they were to win their last two games. When the two teams met way back in September, the game finished 2-2.
On a sunny but breezy evening, this match started quite evenly, both teams forcing good saves from the keepers, and the only real surprise was that it took until first half stoppage time for the first goal to arrive, and it went to the visitors. A free kick looped in diagonally from the left took a deflection, and Jonjo Andrews instinctively poked the ball home to give Wittersham the lead going into the break.