Roffey target crucial period after return to winning ways

football Roffey v Old Hastonians. Pic Steve Robards  SR1634544 SUS-161127-160353001

football Roffey v Old Hastonians. Pic Steve Robards SR1634544 SUS-161127-160353001

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Roffey manager Tim Penlington is looking forward to a exciting Christmas period after they got back to winning ways on Saturday.

The Bartholomew Way side put two straight defeats behind them with a Sussex Intermediate Cup victory over East Sussex Premier League high fliers Old Hastonians.

football Roffey v Old Hastonians. Pic Steve Robards  SR1634539

football Roffey v Old Hastonians. Pic Steve Robards SR1634539

Roffey had suffered their first defeat of the season against Jarvis Brook at the start of the month, before exiting the Division 2 Cup to Alfold sevens days ago.

But goals from Luke MacGregor, Jamie Wanstall, Gavin Fowler and Ben Chowney helped them to a 4-1 win on Saturday.

Penlington said: “We had a good win over Old Hastonians and have an exciting home tie against Crowborough Reserves (last 16) coming up.

“We have a tough side of the draw with Lewes under-21s and Bosham on this side but I feel we can compete with anyone.”

football. Roffey v Old Hastonians.  Pic Steve Robards  SR1634582 SUS-161127-160653001

football. Roffey v Old Hastonians. Pic Steve Robards SR1634582 SUS-161127-160653001

Roffey, who also sit fifth in the Division 2 table, still have promotion in their sights ahead of a clash with second-place Sidlesham on Saturday.

The Sids are ten points ahead of Roffey having played two more games and Penlington added: “I still very much believe we can achieve promotion through the league.

“There is a core of about four or five teams who are all in the mix but we have proven that we are as good as anyone.

“Now I have a few injuries back and we have strengthened the squad I am very optimistic about our chances I am looking forward to an exciting December and 2017.”

Against Hastonians, Fowler headed a corner into MacGregor who fired Roffey ahead after ten minutes and despite more pressure, that is how the scoreline remained at half-time.

At the start of the second half, Dan Dunster swung a free-kick in and Wanstall was able to meet it to head past the goalkeeper.

The visitors were then handed a lifeline with a generous penalty which was dispatched with 15 minutes left to play.

As the visitors pushed forwards, Roffey struck on a counter-attack when Chowney released Fowler to slot home, before Chowney’s effort late on also crossed the line.

Roffey: Jeal, Coughlan, Major, Rendell, Simester, Dunster, Macgregor, Wanstall, Chowney, Fowler, Nourse. Subs: Robinson, Munday, Lardent.