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United Review of The Year - July to December

By Dean Allchin

Part two of the review of 2012 starts with pre-season preparations and the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion in July...


Preparations for the 2012/13 season continued in July with the appointment of Ryan Light as First Team Coach and the arrival of Calum Sherriff from Brighton and Hove Albion.
In addition to the signing of Sherriff, Paul Daubeney was able to retain all bar one of his 2011/12 squad, with Billy Trickett the only player to depart The Oval for Division One side Sidley United.
Also joining EUAFC during July was defender Matt Godly and midfielder John Summerbell. Godly has subsequently joined AFC Uckfield and Summerbell has moved to Division Two rivals Bexhill United.
A glamour home pre-season friendly against a Brighton & Hove Albion XI was arranged to mark the official reopening of the redeveloped Oval.
A bumper crowd of 361 were inside The Oval to witness a narrow 3-2 victory for The Seagulls, but Liam Baitup scored an early contender for goal of the season as he took control of a Mark Goodwin cross slightly behind him and with his back to goal, flicked the pacy ball around an Albion defender and fired home into the roof of the net to the applause of everybody inside The Oval.


United’s pre-season preparations ended with home defeats to Walton Casuals and Eastbourne Town, but despite losing both fixtures, United looked in good shape going into their first match of the season against Storrington at The Oval.
Liam Baitup ensured that United had a successful start to the season as he plundered four goals in two successive matches against Storrington and Steyning Town as United hit the ground running in their pursuit of promotion to Division One.
Midfielder Luke Denton signed on a dual-registration basis from Eastbourne Town and made his debut in the 4-2 defeat of Steyning Town.
United’s third home game of the season saw Division Three Champions and second placed Newhaven visit The Oval and EUAFC produced one of their most impressive all-round displays of recent times to secure a 5-1 victory to head into the August Bank Holiday weekend at the top of Division Two.
Bank Holiday Monday saw Bexhill United visit The Oval and with both sides unbeaten, nothing could separate the sides as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.


United began September with their first FA Vase fixture since 2010 as they travelled to recently promoted First Division side Dorking Wanderers and left Surrey with a 1-0 defeat after extra-time, despite playing for over 100 minutes with 10 men after the dismissal of ‘keeper Adam Sargent.
United looked to put the disappointment of their FA Vase defeat behind them the following Wednesday night when they travelled to Peacehaven & Telscombe, many peoples pick for promotion to the Ryman League this season, in the John O’Hara League Cup.
A first minute goal from Callum Saunders saw United chasing the game form the word go, but United never gave up and matched their hosts for much of the game before conceding a second goal and losing the tie 2-0.
Prior to the Peacehaven & Telscombe fixture, United re-signed target man Drew Greenall from AFC Uckfield and the striker went straight into the starting line-up for the home fixture with Wick in SCFL Division Two.
A third successive defeat and first league defeat of the season followed as Wick returned to West Sussex with three points after a 2-1 victory.
Greenall scored his first goal in United colours in a 2-2 draw at Mile Oak, before United’s squad was boosted with the signing of Danny Simmonds from Eastbourne Town.
Simmonds made his United debut at Loxwood, but was unable to stop his new side from slipping to a 4-2 defeat.
The final fixture of September saw high-flying Little Common visit The Oval and United produced a strong performance to secure a 3-0 victory.


United began October with renewed optimism following victory over Little Common and defeated Southwick 2-1 the following Saturday after Pete Cooper and Simon Catt struck either side of half-time in a hard fought victory.
Club captain Lee Jules called time on his second spell at EUAFC due to personal and work commitments having made 113 appearances for the club – the defender subsequently joined AFC Uckfield the following month.
Fellow centre back Pete Featherstone took stepped up from his role of vice-captain to become the new captain of Eastbourne United AFC.
Danny Simmonds was installed as vice-captain
Featherstone’s first match as the permanent captain of EUAFC saw Oakwood visit The Oval in the RUR Cup as United triumphed 3-1 (after extra time) to set up a home tie with Lingfield in the next round.
United began their Sussex Senior Cup campaign against Midhurst & Easebourne the following Saturday with the prospect of a trip to Ryman League Lewes awaiting the winner in round two.
Four first half strikes effectively sealed the victory as United set up a trip to The Dripping Pan after a 6-1 victory.
October ended the signing of Jack Divall from AFC Uckfield before making the tough trip to Broadbridge Heath and coming away with an impressive 3-0 victory.
An unbeaten month saw United named as the SCFL Division Two Team of The Month for the first time.


A trip to Rustington was first up in November as United let a 2 goal lead slip to finish 3-3 at Jubilee Avenue.
Bottom of the league Saltdean United were the next visitors to The Oval as United secured a 5-0 victory, that could have been a lot more without an outstanding goalkeeping display from Saltdean’s Craig Salvage who saved numerous chances and two EUAFC penalties.
The club took delivery of the second covered stand at The Oval the following week to provide further sheltered cover at The Oval and moved the club closer to reaching the required standard to host SCFL Division One football again.
EUAFC gained revenge over Wick with a 5-2 victory that included two goals for new signing Jack Divall.
The first of two cup games against higher level opposition saw Lingfield take on United in the RUR Cup.
Despite the Division One side taking an early lead, United took the game by the scruff of the neck to win 4-2 against a side 18 places higher than them in the league pyramid.
A trip to Storrington was scheduled the following Saturday, but fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.
Attention now turned to a trip to The Dripping Pan and Ryman league Lewes in the Sussex Senior Cup.
And United produced one of the cup upsets of the season to win 2-1 after a Liam Baitup double secured United’s passage to Round Three and a home tie with another Ryman Premier League side Bognor Regis Town in January 2013.
For the second consecutive month, United won the SCFL Division Two Team of The Month award after extending their unbeaten run.


A first defeat in 10 games saw United bow out of the Division Two Challenge Cup following a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Littlehampton Town, despite two goals from Pete Cooper and one from Ben Farrant.
Former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Stuart Myall joined the club at the start of the month and made his debut as a substitute in a 3-2 victory over Seaford Town.
United’s final fixture of 2012 proved to be against Oakwood, as the Crawley based outfit visited The Oval for the third time of the calendar year and despite taking a shock early lead found themselves on the wrong end of a rampant EUAFC who despatched the visitors 7-1.
After a period of torrential rain, fixtures with Little Common and Westfield were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
United end the year in a strong position with 33 points from their opening 15 games and still have many of the sides around them in the league left to play.
Confidence is high at The Oval following a strong start to the 2012/13 season and the prospect of a successful 2013

League Record (1st January to 31st December)

Goals Scored:74
Goals Conceded:37
Goal Difference:+37

All Competitions

Goals Scored:92
Goals Conceded:49
Goal Difference:+43

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