Horsham Crusaders and Holbrook gear up for final showdown

THE final of this season’s Tony Kopp Cup takes place on Monday night at Horsham YMCA’s Gorings Mead ground.

Pitted together are local rivals Horsham Crusaders and Holbrook Reserves in what promises to be a tasty first final in the West Sussex Football League calendar.

Division 4 North young guns Horsham Crusaders comfortably beat Ockley 3-0 with goals from Matt Probin, Ryan Taylor and Luke Higham to reach their first final in adult football, and despite being underdogs manager Steve Greening says they go in with plenty of belief.

He said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be in the final. They are a league above us - we are mid-table in Division 4 and they are third in Division 3 - so we go in as big underdogs, but you never know.”

Holbrook Reserves are currently challenging for the Division 3 North title, and continued their free-scoring cup form with a 5-1 win over Horsham Baptists to reach Monday’s final, the goals coming from Shaun Beales (two), Neil Wenham and Mark Adams.

Holbrook will be looking to joint top scorers Beales and Ben Brooker, with 34 goals apiece, to fire them to cup glory, but manager Neal Jannels reckons the league difference will count for nothing on the night.

He said: “We can’t wait, it’s a great opportunity for us to win a cup final. We are a league above them but that means nothing really, there’s not that much of a gap between the leagues any more.”

The final takes place this Monday, April 11, and kicks off at 7.30pm. The trophy will be presented by Horsham YMCA chairman Mick Browning.