FERRING Football Club boss Craig Stuart said his side “were not sharp enough” as they slipped to their sixth league defeat of the season, 2-1, at home to Broadbridge Heath in County League Division 3.
Ferring lost Marcus Robertshaw through injury early on, and fell behind through Heath’s lively Jamal Sultan a minute before the break.
Miles Hamilton doubled Heath’s lead midway through the second half, but Ferring’s late surge led to the excellent Jordan Clark slamming in from close range after a good team move on 80 minutes. But, despite late pressure, Heath held out and Stuart blamed the early injuries and a lack of recent match practice for the defeat.
He said: “They shaded it, we weren’t sharp enough due to a lack of match practice, although it was the same for them.
“The early injuries disrupted us, and this sort of match is a learning process for us. Our form has been up and down, but that’s always going to be the case with a young side.
“It was the right result, but there were positives to take from it and we’re still on course to consolidate.
“Everyone’s beating everyone, so if we can go on a run then maybe we can get in the top six.
“We’re still ninth as we’ve been a bit up and down. Newhaven on Saturday is a tough game, but we’ll go there and give it a go.”
FERRING: Westwater; Giamattee, Cave, Yeo, Gibbons; Clark, Nally, Rapps, Barnes; Robertshaw, Charman. Subs: Corona (Robertshaw 12), Gettings (Rapps 47), Warr (Charman 60).