At half-time Lovett decided it was time to introduce more changes in the form of Jay Popham, Sam Wright and Olly Munt. Popham made a big impact coming on against Essex and this was to be no different only minutes into the second-half when he beautifully chested down from the edge of the box and volleyed into the near corner.
Now 3-2 up Sussex looked the more dangerous and finally were able to take control of possession. The momentum of the game was brought to a halt however on the hour mark with back-to-back injuries, firstly from Sussex’s Taylor Seymour and then Jersey’s Dan Burton.
With play continuing Sussex looked to kill the game off with 10 minutes plus injury time remaining, charging at Jersey in numbers.
They were almost made to pay, however, when Jersey countered, and Jan Bentley forced a fantastic reaction stop from Seymour.
But, in stoppage time, Sussex were able to kill the game when Veneti played in Jay Popham who, one-on-one with Le Lere, coolly slotted past the Jersey ‘keeper.
Following the match Jay Lovett had this to say: “Jersey did make us work for it today but at the same time we made hard work of it ourselves we didn’t create as much as we would have liked but that’s obviously credit to Jersey as well.
“We’ve got lucky with the first couple of goals, but we got back into the game, yes we have played better but we came through and got the result in the end.
“Against Essex we were putting balls into the box and creating many chances. We still tried to play good football, but we struggled in the more advanced areas.
“The sign of a good team, however, is that you still come away with the points even when you haven’t had a particularly good day at the office and that’s what we did today.”