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Both Brighton HAFC and Sussex CCC are in a period of transition. I can see some old faces departing and the younger ones taking their place.

Brighton avoided relegation but gave us a few scares on the way. Expectedly, we were well beaten by Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool but gained 5 points in our last three games v Newcastle, Southampton and Burnley.

The key moment was a second half save by Matt Ryan who tipped a ferocious Southampton shot over the bar to preserve the vital point.

A draw against Newcastle and victory over Burnley ensured safety.

With the signing of Adam Lallana who has said he does not want another relegation fight it will be interesting to see if Brighton can go to the next stage.

Personally I do not think we will.

Although Neil Maupay scored 10 goals we still lack a proper scorer.

At 35 Glenn Murray’s days must be up and Aaron Connolly looks too small.

One area where we have loads of depth is central defence with Ben White doing so well on loan at Leeds and Matt Clarke at Derby.

Shane Duffy might well be offloaded with Dale Stephens and Pascal Gross. The verdict is out on Head Coach Graham Potter but on balance he must be pleased with “job done”.

Over at Hove, Luke Wells, Danny Briggs, Laurie Evans and Paul Beer were omitted from the team to play Hampshire in the Bob Willis trophy geared around safe travel behind closed doors.

I watched the match streamed live on the Sussex website.

The group looks thin with David Wiese and Van Zyl still in South Africa, Aussie Travers Head still down under and Ollie Robinson, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and Phil Salt all called up for England.

Sussex were in pole position then lost 5 wickets for 1 run.

What I  would give to see the boys in the Players Club, down a pint of Harvey’s Ale as the sun sets over the ground.

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