Billingshurst eye cup success

JPCT 080912 Football,  Billingshurst v TD Shipley. Photo by Derek Martin
JPCT 080912 Football, Billingshurst v TD Shipley. Photo by Derek Martin

Billingshurst FC have targeted success in the Sussex Intermediate Cup after cruising into the second round in style.

Darren Annis scored twice as last year’s quarter-finalists brushed Worthing & District league opposition GSK Sports aside 4-1. And manager Mark Betts is keen to go on a cup run.

“It’s a good competition,” Betts said. “We lost to the eventual winners last season (Newhaven) the league is smaller this season and we are going to go all out. It will prolong the season and we feel we have a good chance in the three cup competitions we have entered.”

Billingshurst went ahead after 20 minutes, when Nick Tilley fired home after he exchanged passes with Paul Elliott.

Tilley then turned provider to set Annis away to slot in the second shortly before half time.

GSK hit back early in the second half, with a good header from a free kick, but that did not fluster Hurst, who went 3-1 up 20 minutes from time when gull back Nigel Geary crossed for Annis, who took a touch before an emphatic finish.

Elliott then made it 4-1, converting a Ryan Carse cross.

Betts added: “It was not a case of if we win, but by how many.”