Litlington's poor form continues

PUBLISHED: 14:04 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

Hempstead United 3 Litlington 1 LITLINGTON started 2009 as they ended 2008 - with another demoralising defeat. Ashley Hawkins' side have now lost three games in a row and find themselves sixth in the league. They must now turn things around quickly if th

Hempstead United 3 Litlington 1

LITLINGTON started 2009 as they ended 2008 - with another demoralising defeat.

Ashley Hawkins' side have now lost three games in a row and find themselves sixth in the league.

They must now turn things around quickly if they are to maintain a challenge for promotion.

This was a game that Litlington would have been expected to pick three points from, against a team in the lower regions of the table, but a frozen pitch and some erratic refereeing ensured Litlington's losing run continued.

Although they lost, the visitors did get off to a flyer and took the lead after just 15 seconds when the Hempstead keeper missed his attempted clearance and James Evans scored his eighth of the season and possibly the easiest goal of his career.

They had a chance to double their lead soon after, but this time Paul Harris was unable to find the back of the net with only the keeper to beat and instead scuffed his shot after Matt Kingsley had pulled the ball back to him.

Any hopes of a Hempstead collapse were quickly dashed however as they took the game to Litlington with some splendid attacking football.

The equaliser soon followed when Kristian Farrant beat the offside trap and lifted the ball over stand-in keeper Mark Briggs to score the first of his three for the afternoon.

Things quickly went from bad to worse for Litlington when only minutes later a poor pass-back by Gary Reader was intercepted by Farrant who punished the mistake to make it 2-1 to the home team.

Litlington had chances to equalise but the usually prolific Harris was unable to beat the Hempstead keeper as two chances went begging, and minutes later Hempstead were 3-1 up after the referee awarded them a penalty for a challenge by Ashley Hawkins in the box.

The score could have been even more cruel on Litlington were it not for a last ditch Andy Orton interception as the first half drew to a conclusion.

Litlington improved in the second half following a tactical change from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2, but they were unable to claw their way back into the game despite some good work by Liam Butler.

In the end it was the defensive mistakes from the first half that cost Litlington.

Ashley Hawkins' side now face eight away games in their next 11 matches as they look to halt their bad run and climb up the league.

There is some good news on the horizon for Litlington as influential midfielder Gary Chapman, who has been missed of late, is due to resume playing in two weeks.

Litlington: Briggs, Orton, Cottiss, Reader, Hawkins (Norman), Choudhury, Kingsley, K. Butler, L. Butler, Harris, Evans.

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