Albion's under-21s kickstarted pre-season with a win.
- Albion’s under-21s begin pre-season with a victory
- Vahid Hambo, Jack Harper and Max Sanders all on target
- Ben Hall and Tyler Hornby-Forbes make their Brighton debuts
- Brighton’s next pre-season fixture is away at Dorchester next Wednesday
Brighton & Hove Albion’s under-21s began their preparations for the new season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Hastings United.
Goals from Vahid Hambo, Jack Harper and Max Sanders ensured victory over their Ryman Premier League South opponents.
The game also saw Tyler Hornby-Forbes and Ben Hall make their Brighton debuts, following their arrivals from Motherwell and Fleetwood Town respectively.
Albion created their first chance of the game when Joe Ward’s cross was met by Jayson Molumby inside the box, but the young Irishman saw his shot blocked.
The deadlock was broken with only six minutes on the clock when Jesse Starkey’s in-swinging corner was headed home by Hambo at the far post.
Henrik Bjordal then broke forward down the left-hand side and the ball fell to Starkey, whose attempt was comfortably saved by Hastings keeper Joe Taylor.
Simon Rusk’s side continued to dominate proceedings, as Seagulls keeper Robert Sanchez played a terrific long ball towards Joe Ward, who was denied by Taylor.
Ward was in the thick of the action again when he was played through down the right-hand side, but was thwarted once again by Taylor.
Both sides made a host of changes at the break, with only Jonah Ayunga remaining from Albion’s first-half line-up.
But the Scotsman doubled Brighton’s advantage in emphatic fashion with 66 minutes gone, as he showed a superb piece of skill inside the box and fired home past Taylor.
Sanders added a third goal for Albion with his speculative strike from 25 yards beating substitute Hastings substitute keeper Dan Rose.
The hosts made a rare foray towards the Seagulls goal when Liam Foster forced Bailey Vose into a strong two-handed save.
Rusk’s side saw out the closing stages with relative ease to claim a well-deserved victory ahead of the next pre-season fixture away at Dorchester next week.