Hurst happy to be the County League’s newest club

JPCT 12-06-12 S12242010X  Mark Betts. Billingshurst FC -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 12-06-12 S12242010X Mark Betts. Billingshurst FC -photo by Steve Cobb

Billingshurst FC will not be going into the Sussex County League just to make up the numbers.

The club was accepted into the County League for the first time in its 121 year history, after passing the ground-grading requirements, and manager Mark Betts has set his sights high.

After winning the West Sussex League Premier Division title, new dugouts and an alteration to the pitch dimensions at Jubilee Fields allowed Hurst to join the SCFL. Betts said: “We are going into it with the intention of doing well in Division 3. The massive step is into senior football and Division 2, it’s whether the club or specifically the local council want us to progress to that level.

“After last year’s Centenary Cup triumph, we retained the playing squad and management team of Mark Betts and Malcolm Saunders who were determined to give it their best shot at gaining promotion. It became clear early on in the campaign that Sidlesham were going to be the side to beat and after a decent start in the league we also found ourselves progressing well in all four cup competitions we entered. The signings of Ollie Lambkin, Darren Annis and Jamie Groves added to the quality we already had and gave us the impetus to push on. Losing our top goalscorer Paul Elliott who had already bagged an impressive 29 goals just before the run in was going to ask questions of our goal scoring ability but the lads stepped up to the plate and saw us through.

“We are ready to give it our best shot once again as we haven’t gone into the County League with the intention of just making up the numbers.”