Cocoracchio gave half-time dressing down to spur on Loxwood in FA Vase

Football. County League Division 1. Loxwood v Chichester. Action from the match. Picture Liz Pearce. LP270914FL01 SUS-140927-190645008

Football. County League Division 1. Loxwood v Chichester. Action from the match. Picture Liz Pearce. LP270914FL01 SUS-140927-190645008

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A few choice words from Loxwood boss Dave Cocoracchio at half-time helped his side win their first ever FA Vase match against local rivals Steyning on Saturday.

After being held by division-lower Town with the scores at 1-1 at the interval, Cocoracchio laid into his players at the break.

That helped spur them onto victory, helped by Town goalkeeper Aaron Jeal giving away a penalty and picking up a straight red card early in the second half with the score at 2-1.

Cocoracchio said: “They got a bit of a dressing down at half-time to say the least. Having won three games I didn’t want us to get sloppy and keep our discipline and did not want us to get complacent and not give them the respect they deserved.

“The second half was a much better performance. We got a goal fairly early in the half and that put us on the front foot.

“It did us a favour after the goalkeeper was sent off and after they went down to ten men I would have expected nothing less than the result we got.”

The Magpies’ afternoon was made all the more impressive by two of Mark Beard’s under-18 academy featuring in the match.

Cocoracchio added: “We have brought another youngster into the squad, Mitch (Casselman) is 17 and came on, while Ollie (Gill) got another 90 minutes and both have scored in the FA Vase.

“It’s nice for the club to see youth coming through to step up to the first team and I am delighted for them and for Mark Beard.”