Common edge closer to promotion

Jared Lusted scored Little Common's second goal in the win over Wick
Jared Lusted scored Little Common's second goal in the win over Wick

Little Common continued their quest for promotion from Sussex County Football League Division Two by beating Wick 2-0 at home on Saturday.

Steve Morris set them on their way with an early strike before Jared Lusted doubled their advantage a minute before the break. Ricky Mote produced a goal-line clearance in the second period as Common held on to take all three points.

Common remain in fourth place - one point behind an Eastbourne United AFC side which occupies the third and final promotion place - but with a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

Elsewhere in Division Two, Westfield will feel justice was done with a 2-1 win at Storrington having been 3-0 up in the fixture when it was abandoned in the second half just two weeks ago due to a waterlogged pitch.

Bradley Owens opened the scoring on 38 minutes and although Liam Humphreys levelled before the hour, Danny Woodley hit the winner with 25 minutes remaining to leave Westfield needing four points from their last two games for a top five finish.

Bexhill United began life after Darrol Parris with a creditable 1-1 draw at lowly Rustington. Interim boss Nick Grant took charge for the fixture and Dom Bristow’s 50th minute equaliser sealed a point after Steve Kirkham had given the hosts a half time lead.

In Division One, Rye United fought out a 0-0 draw with strugglers Dorking Wanderers in a ‘home’ fixture played at Ringmer FC with The Salts now in the hands of Rye Cricket Club. Olly Lockyer came closest to scoring for Rye with a free kick that was tipped onto the post by the visiting goalkeeper.

See Friday’s Observers for full reports on each of these matches.