A first half brace from Jamie Hillwood sent Wick Football Club to an opening day Southern Combination League Premier Division defeat at Crabtree Park this afternoon.
Hillwood’s double looked to have given his side a comfortable win but Kieron Playle-Howard’s header on 78 minutes set up a tense final few minutes, though, Hassocks held on for a 2-1 success.
Following a flying start, Robins took a deserved lead on 20 minutes as James Westlake’s corner was headed home by Hillwood.
The same man had a second just four minutes later after smart work from Ben Bacon saw him pull back for Hillwood to slot in.
Robins looked to be cruising to a comfortable opening day away win but Wick had other ideas.
Andy Chick’s fine whipped free-kick found Playle-Howard at the back post and he headed home with plenty of time left on the clock.
Wick pushed for a leveller in the final ten minutes but Hassocks stood firm to wrap up all three points.
The game ended in fiery fashion as a late lunge from Chick on Hillwood saw several players clash, with the former booked for his tackle.
Wick make the trip to Horsham YMCA in the league on Tuesday.
WICK: Jordan Matthews; Williamson, Playle-Howard, Garnett, Eyres; Noble, Chick; Harper, Wimble, Hutchings; Hardwell. Subs: Cox (Eyres), MacIver, Joseph Matthews, Ediker (Noble), Gromett (Hardwell).
HASSOCKS: Harris; Tighe, Hawkes, Marsh, Akehurst; Price; Hillwood, J.Westlake, Stokes; Bacon, Miles. Subs: Death (Miles), L.Westlake (Price), Stevenson, Bant, Pryor.
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