COWFOLD swept Upper Beeding aside in the Malcolm Simmonds Cup with a dominant 3-0 win.
The visitors started brightly and were soon in control, and with great movement going forward it was Nigel Smith who gave Cowfold the lead.
The hard-working Tom Whiting headed on to Greg Brabon who showed great vision to release Smith, and he held off a defender to slot home.
The lead was deservedly extended when a great first-time ball from Ross Barnett released James Wrigley down the right and his brilliant first-time cross was finished by Brabon.
Tom Whiting came close to a third before half-time, while his brother Dave was causing problems marauding down the right, linking up well with James Wrigley.
With Simon Pike marshalling the back line, supported well by Lloyd Hatton and Ben Tucker, Beeding were struggling to get a foothold in the game.
The second half continued in the same vein with Cowfold immediately getting on the front foot. There were a couple of goal-mouth scrambles and near misses as Smith, Brabon, Wrigley and Tom Whiting all went close.
Craig Deane and Ross Barnett dominated possession in the middle of the park, and a third goal finally arrived when Brabon broke clear and calmly squared for Smith to tap home.
There was still time for Lloyd Hatton to see his header rebound off the bar and the outstanding Greg Brabon saw his shot diverted away off the line by the arm of a Beeding defender with just a corner being awarded.
An outstanding performance by Cowfold who now progress into the quarter final.
Fold: Fisher, Whiting, Tucker, Pike, Hatton, Barnett, Wrigley, Deane, Smith, Brabon, Whiting. Subs: Dalton, Lancastle, Derbyshire.
PULBOROUGH bounced back to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Rogate 08 to put themselves into the draw for the next round.
After two disappointing performances in recent weeks, Pulborough knew they had to be up for it from the start against Division 3 south table-topping Rogate.
The home side started well and it wasn’t long before they took the lead. Centre back Steve York received the ball 35 yards from goal before smashing it into the top of the net giving him his first goal for the club in two years.
Boro maintained a firm grip on the game and it was fellow centre back Sam Grove who made it 2-0 when he tapped in following good work from Shane West in the box.
It soon became 3-0 following a superb team goal that Gary Stevens finally created by beating his man and delivering for Sam Parkinson to get in ahead of his marker and headed home at the back post.
Rogate made it 3-1 late on in the second half but it was Boro who progressed.
Division 5 Central
FITTLEWORTH came back from 3-1 down to earn a hard-fought point in a 3-3 draw at home to West Chiltington.
The hosts started very brightly but it was visitors Chilt who took the lead when a fine cross from Sean Goring was powerfully headed home by top scorer James Peake, although Fittleworth were well worth their equaliser just before the break.
The second half followed a similar pattern with the hosts playing well but Chilt were always dangerous on the break and they regained the lead when Peake netted his second and they extended their advantage with a well-taken goal from Craig Streeter.
Fittleworth refused to give up and they netted twice in the closing stages to level matters and even came close to snatching a dramatic win but for some excellent late saves from Chilt keeper David Bundock.
Invitation Cup Quarter Final
IT TOOK a wonder strike from Dan Brazier to get Ajax Kings Arms’ cup quarter final with Chequers going after a dull and uneventful first 45 minutes.
Si Bryant could maybe have claimed two chances early on but the rest was turgid to watch and the only highlights were the bacon butties, brandy balls and mince pies supplied by the WAGS.
It was Bryant with a quick throw in to Brazier with 20 minutes left for him to smash in the top corner from 30 yards to set the game alight.
Soon after a run and pin-point cross from Brazier found the Birthday head of Andy Barr to score and the game should have been safe.
The introduction of Craig Marshall seemed to help the visitor’s cause and they pressed hard to get back in the game and they could have done if it were not for two excellent saves from Polson and the woodwork also coming to the rescue.
So Ajax progressed to the semis with a 2-0 win but it was not all good news as Ajax were rocked by the transfer request from Jimmy West after the game. The management have reluctantly accepted.