Little Common were beaten 6-4 in a 10-goal thriller at home to Steyning Town yesterday (Saturday).
The result meant that Common missed the chance to go back to the top of Sussex County Football League Division Two and, in fact, they find themselves a place below Steyning in fourth.
Common, who were forced to field defender Zack McEniry in goal, got off to the worst possible start by conceding in the first minute, but a bizarre own goal brought level in the 24th minute.
The hosts proceeded to open up a 3-2 lead thanks to goals from debutant Sam Cruttwell and Martin Denny only for Steyning to take command after the break. Mo Shugaa completed a hat-trick before Lewis Hole nabbed a late consolation for Common with his 15th of the season.
In the same division, a controversial late penalty scored by Andy Tuckey condemned Bexhill United to a 1-0 loss away to Haywards Heath Town. Heath had earlier hit the crossbar in the first half and post in the second period.
See Friday’s Bexhill Observer for full reports.
Standings (played-points): 1 Loxwood 11-23, 2 Eastbourne United AFC 9-22, 3 Steyning Town 10-22, 4 LITTLE COMMON 11-22, 5 Haywards Heath Town 11-21, 6 Broadbridge Heath 10-20, 7 AFC Uckfield 10-17, 8 Wick & Barnham United 10-17, 9 Mile Oak 9-17, 10 BEXHILL UNITED 11-15, 11 Storrington 10-10, 12 Oakwood 9-10, 13 Saltdean United 10-7, 14 WESTFIELD 9-6, 15 Seaford Town 9-5, 16 Rustington 10-4, 17 Midhurst & Easebourne 11-3.