Hailsham Town pick up first win of the season at Storrington
Hailsham Town recorded their first three points of the season on Saturday afternoon with a great team performance at a blustery Storrington.
After a bright start from the Stringers Joey Pout saw a 7th minute shot held, with further efforts for Tim Johnson and Rhys Taylor before the home side had even recorded a shot. Joey Pout would then come closest to opening the scoring, sending a thumping header from the excellent Jake Hoodless' free kick against the bar. It was though the home side who would take the lead on the half hour mark - a ball into the box led to a very soft penalty award which mystified even some home supporters, which Callum Bester duly converted high into the centre of the net.
After a brief scare Hailsham soon got back on track, and levelled the scores on 40 when Sammy Townsend rose highest to head home Tim Johnson's inswinging corner, and two minutes later the Stringers went ahead, when Rhys Taylor worked hard to shrug off some close attention before running on and slotting past the advancing 'keeper.
After the interval it was more of the same from Hailsham, and on 50 a third goal was added - good work on the right from Hoodless and Ellis Webster leading to a cross which was steered into the corner by Joey Pout, who had a fine game up front.
Pout had an opportunity to make it four soon after, seeing a header graze the bar, whilst Rhys Taylor was denied by a fine block after rounding the 'keeper from Johnson's raking through ball.
Storrington would rally towards the end, but rarely troubled Wester Young in the away goal, whilst only a brave stop by the 'keeper denied Taylor a fourth on 87. The efforts of the Stringers throughout were though not to go unrewarded - the victory fully deserved with excellent performances all over the park.
Hailsham return to action on Tuesday night, at home to AFC Varndeanians (7.30pm) in the League, hoping to gain revenge for the recent FA Vase exit at the hands of the Withdean-based club, before making the long journey to Selsey on Saturday (3pm).
Stringers; Young, Hoodless, S Pout, Townsend, McCann, Playford (Fox 70), Webster (Holles 83), Stracey, J Pout, Johnson (Feasey 83), Taylor
Man of the Match; Jake Hoodless - Put in a great shift in both defence and attack.