ASHINGTON Cougars have retained their status as one of only 14 FA Charter ‘Development’ clubs in Sussex following an annual FA health check.
The achievement comes on the back of their nomination in the Sports Club of the Year category at the Sussex Sports Awards last year.
“This has been another excellent year for the Cougars,” said Paul Ames, Ashington Cougars Chairman. “But the best measure of a club is the extra effort that is put in to benefit the players. The last 12 months have seen us attend England under-21 and under-19 games, host an inter-club tournament with Worthing Dynamos, run our own tournament and visit the Chelsea Academy over the Christmas period.”
“Meeting Daniel Sturridge and the England under-21 squad at the pre-match training session was a fantastic experience”, said Joe Brooker, captain of Ashington Cougars under-15s.
TEN-MAN Southwater suffered at Worthing Rebels as they went down to a 3-0 defeat.
Kicking off a player short, Southwater held out for 20 minutes before the Rebels went in front when Josh Skipper’s goal saving tackle fell into the path of another striker. Cam Miskin, who should have missed the match through injury, came on to give Southwater 11 players but was powerless to stop Rebels going further ahead when Southwater failed to clear their lines.
Going two behind stirred Southwater into action, and Fabio Sarlo went close before the break and thanks to improved displays from James Amankwaa and man of the match Kieran Neil and the attacking threat from full backs Nick Robins and Jack Morgan the second half was more competitive.
But Southwater were caught on the break, and were unable to net themselves.
WILL Kerr’s hat trick sunk Summerly Park Rangers in a valuable 4-0 win on Sunday.
In a bright start, Oliver East’s fizzed cross gave notice of the Hornets’ intent before Andrew Roberts dragged his shot wide and Callum Nash was denied by a smart save. Horsham finally broke through when Roberts cut in off the right and fired in a shot which although parried fell for Kerr to stab home the rebound.
Rangers’ showed their frustration with a few untidy tackles which earned two bookings, and Nash’s whipped free kick hit the bar. The lead was extended before the break when a Roberts corner was only half cleared by the Rangers keeper and Kerr was on hand again to poach his second.
It got better for the young Hornets early in the second half, when Nash curled a free kick right on to the head of Alex Moore to make it 3-0, and seconds later Kerr wrapped up the scoring with a spectacular long range effort after the ball fell kindly.
Horsham then used their bench to see the game out, which allowed Rangers to enjoy more possession, and they had a goal contentiously disallowed for offside before Tom Auston made two comfortable saves in the Horsham goal.
HORSHAM Sparrows Girls clinched the Sussex County League A Division crown with an astonishing 100 per cent record.
The all conquering Sparrows have won all 18 games this season and have reached the County Cup final to be played at the Holbrook Club in April. A 5-0 defeat of Worthing Rebels to wrap up the title took their goals for column to 122, with only 11 conceded.
Sparrows: Zoe Moore, Fiona McMartin, Grace Perkins, Kathryn Otley, Emily Budinger, Jazmine Younger, Alexandra Malzer, Felicity Love, Bronwen Thomas, Amy Henson, Daisy Fitton, Megan Collis.
The club plan to run another one evening a week “introduction / development” course for girls currently in school years 3,4 and 5 at the end of this season and details will be issued shortly to local schools. If anyone would like to know more about this, or playing football for Sparrows in any of their age groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOE MURPHY and Zac Massey hit a brace each as Horsham Tigers claimed the Horsham & District Youth Football League Division D title with a stylish 5-2 defeat of nearest rivals Greenway.
A coolly taken breakaway goal from Alfie Hinchey gave Greenway the advantage, but that early goal soon cancelled out by a fine left foot strike from Zac Massey. Sam Howard then put Tigers in front before a Murphy free kick gave Tigers a 3-1 lead at the break. Greenway came back strongly after the break, but Tigers defended strongly with Soul Buckman and goalkeeper Callum West outstanding at the back
Both sides made a number of changes before Murphy bundled in a fourth for Tigers. Alfie Hinchey then scored a second late on to give Greenway an outside chance but Tigers sealed it when Howard and Ben Whiteley combined to set up Zac Massey for his second and Tigers fifth.
IN-FORM Henry Browning hit four goals as Chesworth Rovers extended their 100 per cent record with an 11-1 defeat of Hurstpierpoint Colts.
Chesworth dominated, and despite the scoreline, Hurst defended for their lives at times with a string of brave interceptions and fine saves.
Browning’s goals was the highlight for Rovers, while defender Jack Woolgar-Leith scored his first of the season with an exquisite chip.
GOALS from Maddie Davies and Charlie Simpson secured a 2-0 win against Crawley Wasps for Horsham Sparrows Girls.
PULBOROUGH Pythons are on the hunt for new players to join their new under-11 team next season.
The Pythons will be joining the under-11 league in September; and want players who are going into school year 6 in September 2012 and available to train on Friday nights 5-6pm at Pulborough.
Contact team manager Nick Zalesny on 07884 370476 for more information.
RUDGWICK Juniors under-eights and under-nines are looking for new players and have coaching from four years old to school year four (under nines). If you would like more information about the Juniors football club, go to www.rudgwickjfc.co.uk or call Steve on 07810 543251.
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