Little Common FC v Midhurst & Easebourne – Saturday 25th March 2023 – Little Common Recreation Ground

So on the day the clocks went forward and we finally felt as if Spring was here, I chose to return to the Southern Combination Premier Division, to the home of Little Common FC, on the edge of Bexhill on Sea. The weather chose to be cold, windy and wet, to remind everyone that winter still has a sting in its tail!

Match Day Programme

Little Common play at the Little Common Recreation ground. They had to enclose the ground and add stands when promoted to this level, having moved to share with Eastbourne United, before returning home in 2021. The ground is in a nice setting and has decent covered standing and seating behind the goal, as well as a large clubhouse.

Main Stands at Little Common Recreation Ground

Today’s fixture looked to be a mid table tie with both sides having little, except pride, to play for. Little Common, managed by Russel Eldridge, have had some success this season but sit, eight points off the play offs, with seven games to play.

Southern Combination Premier Division Table at kick off – Courtesy of
Southern Combination Premier Division Table at kick off – Courtesy of

Midhurst & Easebourne, managed by Andrew Ewen, play in Midhurst, near Chichester, West Sussex. They are seventeen points behind Little Common but still fourteen points clear of relegation worries.

Match Day Teams

Lewis Hole has top scored for Little Common this season, with seventeen goals, supported by Sam Cruttwell, with twelve goals. The goals for Midhurst & Easebourne, this season, have been provided by Marcus Bedford (eight goals) and Jordan Stallibress (four).

Little Common in the Burgundy kit with light blue trim. Midhurst in the blue kit with red trim.

The game kicked off in strong wind and persistent rain. As early as the fourth minute, a long ball, played through in the wind, broke for Little Common’s Lewis Hole, who stabbed it past Callum Fewell in the Midhurst goal, to make it 1-0.


In the eleventh minute Midhurst’s Harry Giles received a straight red card for handling to stop a headed goal effort. The resulting penalty was hit well by Sam Cruttwell but Callum Fewell saved well, to keep the score at 1-0.

Giles is dismissed
Penalty Save

On thirty two minutes, Little Common were two goals to the good, when JJ Walker finished from the edge of the six yard box, with a neat downward header, to send the home fans some joy and celebration, to warm them in the wind.


At the break the sides went in with Little Common two nil ahead. Halftime saw the wind drop and the sun replacing the rain.

In the 60th minute it appeared to be game over, when the home side went 3-0 up, with Sam Ellis heading emphatically home.


Just nine minutes later drama erupted and the game sprang back into life, when Midhurst won a penalty. The lively Finn Evans was pulled down by Little Common’s keeper Matt Cruttwell, when apparently through on goal. The failure of the referee to issue his second red card of the game, despite awarding a penalty infuriated Callum Fewell, the Midhurst keeper and he became abusive towards the referee and was sin binned, sending the away side temporarily down to nine men, before Will Essai despatched the penalty, to make it 3-1.

Callum Fewell sin binned.

There was still time, in the 89th minute, for Lewis Hole to score his second (a real poacher’s goal) to make it 4-1 and round off an emphatic win for the home team.

Handshakes at full time.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. No play off at Step 5 Matt! I think as well referee’s are instructed to only book when giving away a penalty and not to send off.

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    1. mattbritt69 says:

      That’s clearly not what the players thought as that’s what caused the problem!! The handball on the line rightly got a red so pulling a player down when past the keeper would seem to require the same outcome…. But that explains why the referee held back. 👍👍

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  2. john says:

    Reluctant handshake better than nowt!

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