COWFOLD put in an excellent performance before going down 2-1 after extra time in their Mid Sussex Senior Charity Cup semi-final with County League opposition Ifield.
Cowfold looked the more threatening early on with a couple of fine Ross Barnett free kicks causing problems, one of which Lloyd Hatton just struck wide. After Mark Derbyshire had replaced the injured Dave Whiting, Cowfold took the lead, Nigel Smith drifting away from his defender and released to slot the ball home.
Ifield started the second half strongly, and although Fold’s defence of Simon Pike, Hatton, Derbyshire and Ben Tucker was outstanding, Ifield hit them on the break to level. Cowfold’s James Wrigley and Greg Brabon had chances, before Ifield had a late penalty saved, Fold stand-in keeper Mark Halsey producing a fantastic stop to force extra-time.
Halsey produced another fine save and Cowfold had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down before Ifield broke their hearts with a goal as the match looked set for penalties.
Division 3 Cup
COWFOLD III progressed to the cup semi-finals with an impressive 2-0 win at home to Division 3 South leaders Graffham FC.
A tight first half ended goalless, but in the second half man of the match Rhyse Nash netted a quick-fire brace to turn the tie in Cowfold’s favour. He first headed home Ali Harvey’s cross and then converted brother Mike Nash’s corner, and Fold keeper Ed Morley-Smith made a good save late on.
A DEPLETED West Chiltington side fielding several reserve players produced their best performance of the season to inflict league leaders Sidlesham a first defeat of the season (pictured).
Chilt recovered from a shaky start to create several chances with debutant Craig Streeter twice going close. The longer the game went on the more Sidlesham’s frustration grew, and it boiled over when they had a player red carded for an off the ball incident.
Child stand-in keeper then produced an outstanding save to keep the score goalless and the hosts broke the deadlock when Tom Freeman’s excellent corner was helped into the net by the Sidlesham keeper.
With Kieran Leogue enjoying his best game in the middle of Chilt’s midfield and the defence well marshalled by captain Ryan Ashley, Chilt held on to the 1-0 win to throw the Premier Division title race wide open.
Division 4 North
FOREST Reserves recovered from a slow start to eventually overcome league leaders Slinfold in convincing fashion, running out 6-1 winners.
Despite going a goal down after 28 minutes, Forest responded brilliantly and got themselves back into the game to take a 2-1 lead at half-time following a brace from Russ Harwood, one being a well-taken penalty
It was all Forest after the break with further goals added from Oli Smith, Warren Sweatman and Barry Ashton as Forest took complete control. Harwood completed the scoring with a deserved hat-trick and his 30th goal of the season
ALFOLD Reserves got their relationship with major sponsor TalkTalk off to a flying start with a 7-1 thrashing of Horsham Trinity Reserves.
Despite some early pressure by the visitors it was Alfold who excelled and found themselves 3-0 up at the interval with goals from Dane Mitchell, Luke Bishop and Captain Marvel Dale Miliam.
The second half started the same as Trinity pressured but after some really sublime football from the home side, Aran Brown sent Ben Smith through to make it four after 70 minutes.
Top goalscorer Dane Mitchell made it five with a stunning finish.
Trinity did get a deserved goal but a Tom Hayes free kick found itself into the net to make it six, whilst an own goal topped Trinity’s afternoon off and saw Matt Best’s side notch up their 14th goal in two leagues matches.
Division 5 Central
WEST Chiltington Reserves stayed in the promotion hunt with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Billingshurst Athletic.
The first half was very even with the Chilt midfield of Dan Holden, Sam Davis and Stuart Miller all playing very well but unable to create any significant threat to the Athletic goal.
The only goal of the game came late in the second half when top scorer James Peake won the ball outside the penalty box, managed to turn and fire a low shot into the bottom right of the goal to nick the points.