Loxwood v Littlehampton Town

7.45pm  22 September 2015

Southern Combination League, Premier Division
Loxwood 3 Littlehampton Town 2 (att 65)

What was the Sussex County League, a competition I've always enjoyed, is now the Southern Combination League, and my overdue visit to Loxwood means I've finally ticked off all the grounds in the top two divisions.

Loxwood isn't far from the Surrey border, and as little more than a village they're doing well to maintain a team at this level of football.

The ground is a rural delight, part of a what appears to be a thriving sports and social club, and an enclosed pitch fringed by trees. There's a small seated stand on one side, and a covered standing area behind the near goal towards a corner.

It was a great game too, Loxwood scoring two first half goals against the league's reigning champions, before Littlehampton pulled one back before the break. Loxwood looked to have paid a price for easing off when, early in the second half, Littlehampton scored again to level.

After that the game could have gone either way, but it was Loxwood who scored the game's decisive goal, continuing what's been a very average start for the champions.

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