Ten-man Loxwood book RUR Cup quarter-final spot

JPCT 251014 S14450663x Football. County League Division 1 - Broadbridge Heath v Loxwood -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141027-092113001
JPCT 251014 S14450663x Football. County League Division 1 - Broadbridge Heath v Loxwood -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141027-092113001

Ten-man Loxwood held out to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the RUR Charity Cup last night.

The Magpies won 2-1 away at division-lower Worthing United, but had a late scare after having Tom Familton sent off, while the hosts missed a penalty.

Loxwood led through first-half goals from Gary Pritchard and Shaun Findlay, but took their foot off the gas after the break.

United’s Ollie Jones pulled a goal back with a curling effort early in the second half, before a last-man shoulder-to-shoulder challenge by Familton saw him red carded and the host given a penalty.

Sam Blundell ballooned the spot kick over the bar in what was United’s fourth consecutive missed penalty.

Loxwood manager Dave Cocoracchio said: “I think we were playing the game in mind of the FA Vase on Saturday as well as having a few problems and injuries in the squad.

“We gave some guys opportunities and in the first half we were very comfortable to say the least.

“We wanted to show good habits in the second half, but got off to the worst possible start. We showed a bit of complacently and conceded after two minutes.

“After the penalty was missed, I think it galvanized us a little bit. We were going through the motions ahead of Saturday, but I was pleased we came through the game as we pulled together after that.

“After the sending off, I brought Joe Holvey on at centre-half as he started on the bench and he was fantastic in what was an aerial bombardment.”

The Magpies will face a trip to the winners of tonight’s match between Mile Oak and Ringmer in the quarter-final.

Cocoracchio added: “It’s nine games unbeaten now which is important to us. I am pleased to be in the last eight and on paper it’s a decent draw - we will never take anyone for granted though.”

Loxwood: Smith, Summerfield, Elliott, Familton, Elkana (Todd 45), Martin, Swaine, Hoyte, Findlay, Grantham (Holvey), Pritchard.