Billingshurst held by Ifield

Billingshurst were held to a 1-1 draw away to third from bottom Ifield in a game which had an end to season feel about it on Tuesday night.

With neither side expecting to either get promoted or relegated from County League Division 3, there were few good chances created.

Billingshurst were suffering from absences caused by the early 6.30pm kick-off which is difficult for players to arrive in time for following a working day.

They were missing: Ash Lewis, Paul Elliott and Marcus Strevens while Nathan Stepney is out long-term after fracturing his foot.

Billingshurst manager Mark Betts said: “Ifield went ahead with a quality finish from a player (Tom Bold) who looks like he can play at a higher level. His distribution and general play was good.

“We got back with a terrific solo goal from Luke Hickling.”

Bold gave Ifield the lead in the 69th minute when Bold, who is a dual-signed player from Ryman League club Crawley Down Gatwick, moved the ball in from the right and struck from 25 yards, which beat unsighted keeper Tom Betts on the way to the corner of the net.

Hurst replied six minutes later with a wonder-goal when Hickling cut in from the right and curled a superb shot into the corner of the net with his left foot.

‘Hurst expect an almost full squad available for this Saturday’s home game against Uckfield before they travel to Rottingdean Village on the May Bank Holiday, kick-off 11am.

Billingshurst: T.Betts, Geary, Lampkin, Proto, R.Carse, Hickling, Simmons (J.Carse 65), Tilley, Groves, Saunders, Annis. Unused sub: M.Betts