The Chopbacks were in action over the weekend in their first fixture after the Christmas break, The weather was cold and the pitch was muddy but South Coast got off to the better start
Within minutes Connor Easton had sent Lee Finnigan through on goal but he was unable to convert the chance to put the Chopbacks in front. South Coast seemed to handle the conditions better of the two and again inroads were being made
A Connor Easton free kick bounced around the 6 yard box before it was eventually cleared away, It seemed the goal was destined to come.
On the 41st minute it was Cranbrook and not the home team who took the lead, Failure to clear 2 corners previously resulted in the third being converted.
Manager Neil Sutcliffe read the riot act at half time and made changes, Harry Jackson made his debut in the midfield and a positive start by the home side bought optimism on the side lines, but conditions on the pitch didn’t allow for a smooth passing game and the mud slowed the game right down.
Cranbrook played the conditions perfectly and limited South Coast to half chances around the box, with 15 minutes to go a rash tackle just outside the South Coast box allowed Cranbrook to extend their lead to 2 goals and put the result beyond doubt, A disappointing return to the league means the Chopbacks will need to be at their best next weekend in order to salvage something in the league.