Elliott has Billingshurst firing

JPCT-Paul Elliott
JPCT-Paul Elliott

Billinghsurst manager Mark Betts has saluted striker Paul Elliott after his brace against Haywards Heath maintained their 100 percent start in the Sussex County League.

The former Worthing, Southwick and Horsham YMCA forward joined Hurst last season while in the West Sussex League, and after his goals guided them to promotion he has hit the ground running in Division 3, with three goals from their opening two games.

Hurst had to come from behind after Sean Ardley capitalised on a moment’s hesitation from keeper Tom Betts to fire Heath into an 11th minute advantage.

Billingshurst had to wait until the 50th minute to get back on level terms, Elliott finishing well after he was released by Nick Tilley’s pass. Elliott and Darren Annis were given a rough ride by the Heath defence in the second half, and when Annis hit the deck inside the box, Elliott converted the penalty to seal the win for Betts’ side - which was only secured after a fine double save from Betts late on.

“We have had some good clubs sniffing around him,” Betts said. “He is a quality player and because of his job he has found it hard to commit to senior football, which has worked out well for us.”