New-look County League Division 3 ‘will be tough’

JPCT 18-08-12 S12330645X  FOOTBALL: Roffey v Clymping at Bartholomew Way  -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 18-08-12 S12330645X FOOTBALL: Roffey v Clymping at Bartholomew Way -photo by Steve Cobb

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Roffey FC are expecting a difficult second season in Sussex County League Division 3

The Horsham-based side’s campaign started with a 1-0 home defeat to Clymping, and the club believes the new condensed division - minus Forest and Pease Pottage Village - will be a tough one to compete in.

Despite going down to a solitary Kerry Hardwell strike, Roffey chairman Roger Berwick believes that there are plenty of reasons to be positive.

He said: “We played well and a fair result would have been 0-0. They nicked a goal, we could have nicked a goal and it was just one of those games.”

A goal-less first half sprung into life as Hardwell found the back of the net with just 13 minutes remaining in the game.

Berwick was pleased with the showing and feels that the league will be stronger this season. He added: “We were without a goalkeeper and centre half who were playing cricket, another centre half is touring the world but we may bring a couple of signings.

“The league will be tougher this year without the likes of Pease Pottage and Forest who have both gone.”