Forest Row (A) Rearranged

Our abandoned league fixture away to Forest Row last week has been rearranged after a serious injury to Andy Hall.

The original game was abandoned in the 77th minute after a lengthy break to tend to Andy, who has since announced his retirement due to the injury.

3 More Points & 3 More Goals

We travelled to the very picturesque ground of Worthing United for our fourth game of the season last Saturday.

Before the match started our players joined in a very respectful moment of silence to remember the two Worthing United players who were so tragically killed in the Shoreham Air Disaster in 2015. The two players concerned Jacob Schilt and Matthew Grimstone will always be remembered and it was a privilege to be at the ground for this act of remembrance.

Back to the match, we made one change from the team that beat Forest Row on Wednesday evening, with Athan Smith-Joseph dropping to the bench with Jaevon Dyer making his full debut after coming on as a second-half substitute in midweek.

We began the match very much on top and it was a bit of a surprise that it took us until the 17th minute to take the lead. Richard Pingling set up the goal after beating two defenders and then crossing for Adam Grant to register his first goal of the season with a header into the corner of the net. The next notable incident was when Steve Springett went down after a clash with one of his own teammates and we learnt that he had dislocated a thumb; after lengthy treatment, Steve was not able to continue and was replaced by Louis Chin. Some better news was to follow as Jaevon Dyer scored his first goal for the club on the stroke of halftime; the scoreline was a fair reflection of the play in truth.

In the 55th minute, we made the game safe with Jaevon’s second goal after good work from Brad Peters in the penalty box. We were never troubled again in the half and ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

The only other incident of note was the sending off by the referee of Richard Pingling after he had been substituted; it was not clear what for but something was said to the referee’s assistant on that side of the pitch which the referee adjudged to be a red card offence. Some supporters near the incident were incredibly perplexed by the decision.

Be that as it may, this result took us to 2nd in the table and 3 points behind Wick. We take a rest from league action next Saturday when we travel to Redhill FC for a cup tie in the FA Vase. We follow that with a quick turnaround to play Oakwood on Bank Holiday Monday with an 1100 kick-off.

We need your support more than ever as we try to consolidate our position in the league

‘Up the Salts’

A Peter’s Brace Seals The Win

We entertained Forest Row at Fetcham Grove for our first home league game of the season in front of a good crowd for a Tuesday evening. There was one change from the Epsom lineup that played at Seaford the previous Saturday with Adam Grant replacing Tiago. Our opponents on the evening registered a fine 4-1 victory against one of the last years off teams, only 11 days before.

After the opening exchanges, we took the lead in the 10th minute through Richard Pingling’s first goal for the club with a perfect finish which curled around the keeper’s desperate effort and nestled into the net. In the next 30 minutes, there were very few chances for either team and then our opponents scored an equaliser in the 42nd minute with an unstoppable shot. This setback appeared to galvanise us and we retook the lead in the 4th minute with Jabril Adamson with a low try that beat the goalkeeper. The halftime whistle sounded and we were leading 2-1.

No sooner had the second half started, we again increased our lead with a fine finish from our marauding left-back Steve Springett; it was a good goal after some excellent build-up play. We looked comfortable for the next 10 minutes until an in-swinging corner from our opponents was headed into our net, 3-2.

We expected to face an onslaught from the visitors from that moment on when in fact the case was that we did most of the attacking and created various chances. As we all know 3-2 is never a safe scoreline, however with 13 minutes to go Brad Peters rose at the far post and headed in our 4th goal of the evening- shortly afterwards in a repeat of the move he headed our 5th goal this time from a free kick and not a corner.

The final whistle sounded and we had won convincingly 5-2; it was a good performance but still with room for improvement which we hope to do in our next match which is away against Worthing United next Saturday.

‘Up the Salts’

Cup Tie Dates Announced

Our cup tie dates for the Peter Bentley Cup and the SCFL Division One Cup have been announced.

We will face Crawley Down Gatwick (SCFL Prem) away on Tuesday 6th September whilst we will have to wait until Saturday, December 3rd to face Dorking Wanderers ‘B’ in the SCFL Division One Cup.

More information on those fixtures will be available closer to the time.

Next at the Grove

We host Forest Row in our next SCFL game this Wednesday at Fetcham Grove, Home of Leatherhead FC.

After playing ‘The Frow’ three times last season, you would say we are familiar opponents, but like us, with several changes coming in and out of their squad this should be a great game.

Why not join us at the Grove for our first mid-week game under the lights?

Up and Running

Up and Running

Another difficult fixture faced us today with an away game at last year’s play-off semi-finalists, Seaford Town. And for our supporters the second long journey in a week. When we arrived a similar pitch awaited us with hotter temperatures than last week.

Our formation changed slightly from last week’s defeat and we found ourselves behind after 6 minutes to a goal from Seaford after a smart turn and finish from their striker; it was not the start we were looking for. However, we were soon back on level terms after a great finish from Jubril Adamson who beat their central defenders for pace and left the goalkeeper flat-footed as the ball nestled in the net. Only a few minutes later we were ahead after a superb volleyed finish from Tiago Andrade; the ball fell to him on the edge of the penalty box and his finish was sublime, again the goalkeeper had no chance with the shot. 

For the rest of the first half, no team really got into the ascendency and it was being played out in searing heat even though there were plenty of opportunities for the players to take water breaks either official or unofficial, the game took on an attritional sense.

We entered the dressing room at halftime with that precious halftime lead. The heat never dissipated throughout the whole match and with the hard pitch, there was little chance of a free-flowing game. The second half produced very few chances for either side and all the players who took part should be congratulated for playing in the intense heat.

So we registered our first win of the season at a very tough place to go. The team played well and showed incredible game management to see the game out in the latter stages. 

We move to our next fixture at home to Forest Row this coming Wednesday; it would be great to see a good attendance as we try to build on this success. Come on you Salts

Tiago Andrade looks to add to our lead in the first half.