Two six-goal wins send Cowfold top of the pile

Football. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111558001
Football. Photo: Shutterstock SUS-150730-111558001

Early Southern Combination League Division 2 pace setters Cowfold made it three wins from three by putting six past Hurstpierpoint on Bank Holiday Monday.

They overcame Hurst 6-2 just two day after a convincing 6-0 win over Ifield Galaxy to go top of the pile.

On Monday, after 49 seconds Dan Dalton’s corner found Kyle Mitchell-Harris unmarked at the back post and his downward header hit the net from eight yards out to give Cowfold a 1-0 lead.

On 15 minutes, Ryan Taylor cleverly beat his man and played Rhyse Nash through and he smashed his right-foot shot into the top corner.

The visitors clawed one back on 24 minutes as some sloppy defender from a throw-in received a double headed flick-on and their striker was on hand to halve the deficit.

Cowfolf restored their two-goal lead before the break as Nash’s cross was flicked on by Ryan Taylor and over the onrushing goalkeeper.

The second half started with another Ryan Taylor strike chalked of for offside, before Cowfold added the fourth in the 70th minute.

Nash was pulled back 20 yards out after being played through by Brad Boughton and the Hurst defender saw red as the last man, before Dalton’s free kick found the top-left corner.

Another rally from Hurstpierpoint saw them grab another goal when Matt Beck only partially gathered a cross and the ball was bundled over the line to make it 4-2. Further goals from Brad Boughton and Greg Brabon completed the scoring late on.

On Saturday, a dominant second-half showing saw Cowfold overcome Ifield Galaxy 6-0.

The early exchanges saw the visitors in the ascendancy with Cowfold frankly, looking a little off the pace. For all Ifield’s endeavour, however, there was little in the way of an end result and it was the home side that took the lead on 19 minutes.

Dalton latched on to a through and was pulled back by a defender with the referee awarding a penalty and showing a straight red card despite the offence starting outside the box, but James Wrigley put away the spot kick.

After the break, Ryan Taylor scored a second to double the home side’s advantage when cut in and shot through the advancing goalkeeper’s legs to score.

Pillings smashed a thunderous shot into the bottom left corner, and, a minute later, there was another when substitute Christian Stevens netted to cap an exceptional team move.

Pillings scored his second of the game beating the goalkeeper from 25 yards, while in the 86th minute, Brabon cut the ball back across the six-yard box for Nash to slot home.

Cowfold boss Any Parsons said “All credit to Ifield for performing in the way that they did after the sending off but we took full advantage in the second half and fully deserved the win.

“Top of the league is a nice place to be, we have no illusions about the season and the many difficult games we have ahead but it’s nice to say that we are up there at the moment.

Cowfold (v Hurstpierpoint): Beck, Mitchell-Harris, Tucker, M.Taylor, Lau, Parsons (Deane 75), Pillings, Dalton, Brabon, Nash (Smith 76), R.Taylor (Boughton 65).

Cowfold (v Ifield): Beck, Mitchell- Harris, Tucker, M.Taylor, Lau, Parsons, Pillings, Brabon, Dalton (Stevens 60), Wrigley (Nash 42), R.Taylor (Boughton 72).