Chilt and Cowfold suffer - West Sussex League round up

Premier Division - A RESHUFFLED Cowfold side lost to three first half goals against top of the table Sidlesham.

With several players missing, Fold were grateful third team keeper Ed Morley-Smith stepped in at the last minute, and the young stopped impressed in a difficult first half for Cowfold.

Cowfold did half their chances, Nigel Smith firing straight at their keeper and then the same player nearly converted Tom Whiting’s fine cross.

Despite a great performance from Ross Barnett in midfield, and tireless performances from Whiting and Dan Dalton on the flanks, Cowfold couldn’t find a way through as they lost 3-0.

WEST CHILTINGTON slumped to a disappointing 4-2 defeat at local rivals Billingshurst in one of their worst performances of the season.

The game was evenly balanced at 2-2 at the end of the first period, with the Chilt goals coming from a Craig Pulling penalty and a superb shot into the top corner from Gary Weedon.

However, Billingshurst dominated the second half and netted twice more to end up comfortable winners.

Division 2 North

IN A GAME Alfold dominated, they took all three points with a 4-0 win over Upper Beeding to remain on course for a good finish as they hunt down their other promotion rivals week by week.

After a scoreless first half despite heavy Alfold pressure, the floodgates opened after 65 minutes when Adam Saunders cooly finished. Karl Bearryman scored from the spot, then a lovely team move resulted in sub Kyle Jordan crossing to the back post for Pat Szmanski to head back across goal, where Sean Lee’s first touch picked out Bearryman to tap home a third. Jordan netted his second and Alfold’s third late on.

Division 4 North

ALFOLD Reserves notched up another three points as they overcame a determined Rudgwick side 2-1.

Alfold’s opener came when a superb Dane Mitchell cross was headed in by Dan Murphy. Tom Hayes blocked on the line before Mitchell made it 2-0. Rudgwick did claw one back late on but the win moves Alfold up to fourth with some big games to come in the next few weeks.

Division 5 Cup

WEST Chiltington Reserves won through to the Division 5 Cup Final with a thrilling semi-final win against Felpham Colts.

The hosts were hot favourites and despite going ahead in extra-time after it was 0-0 after 90 minutes, Craig Streeter slotted home the equaliser to take it to penalties. Sam Brook pulled off an excellent save and Alfold goals from Dave Ackerly, and Joe Joiner with the winner sent them through to the final against Arundel on April 16.

Worthing & Horsham District Sunday League

Invitation Cup final

WHEN Chris Osborne latched onto a missed-placed back pass in the first minute to score, it looked like being Ajax’s day in their final against Fresh FC.

For 20 minutes Ajax dominated but Fresh still looked quality, and equalised through Dadashi. After the break Ajax’s Dan Brazier sent a lob inches over the bar, and it proved vital as Fresh scored twice out 3-1 winners and lift the cup.

Hoyte and Wroe both came close to salvaging something, Ajax’s effort not to be faulted but on the day the better team won.