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A curate’s egg of Brighton sport

Brighton HA FC opened their account with a thumping 4-1 victory over new boys Luton.  The Seagulls sit proudly on top of the Premiership.  Probably not for long as it’s the opening weekend.

When I composed my post on their prospects, Moises Caicedo to Liverpool looked a done deal but Alan Tanner is right – everything is subject to the finality of the player’s wishes as no doubt influenced by his agent and his family.

It looks like Caicedo favours Chelsea and a London location. Tony Bloom will no doubt drag another £5 million from Chelsea.

Brighton still have a strong midfield without Caicedo and Alex Mac Alister – with James Milner slotting in alongside Solly March – Kouru Mitoma, Steven Alzate, new boy Mahmoud Kaboud .

Evan Ferguson, just 18, scored – as did £30 million Watford signing Pedro. Lewis Dunk is still a rock at the back but, perhaps surprisingly, new summer signings Igor and Dutch keeper Verbrugge remained on the bench.

I cannot be so sanguine about Sussex Sharks who were well beaten by Glamorgan in the One Day Cup on Sunday at Hove.

I’m hearing that coach Paul Farbrace is unhappy.

He has denied he wants a move to his home county of Kent.

It’s a very young side aside from the superb Chet Pujara as James Coles and Dan Ibrahim are just 18: they – and Tom Clark and spinner Jack Carson – will go doubtless go onto bigger and better things (or Surrey) but the team lacks the winning habit.

Our best hope is promotion from division two of the Championship but it looks like another season of non achievement. The natives are restless!

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About Ivan Conway

Ivan Conway will be reporting on Sussex sport. He is a member of the 1901 club at Brighton HAFC, Sussex County Cricket Club and an enthusiastic horse race goer. After selling his freight forwarding and conference business he settled in Hove. His other interests are bird watching, brass rubbing and bridge. More Posts