West Sussex Football League: Chilt off to a flyer

James Drinkwater playing for Slinfold in their 3-1 win over Alfold Reserves in Division 3 North of the West Sussex Football League.
James Drinkwater playing for Slinfold in their 3-1 win over Alfold Reserves in Division 3 North of the West Sussex Football League.

Gary Weedon played a starring role for West Chiltington as they kicked off the new season West Sussex Football League Premier Division with an excellent 4-0 victory at Barnham.

Weedon netted a brace with the other goals coming from debutant Jack Sunderland and an own goal.

A delighted West Chiltington boss Keith Tomsett said: “We have set a standard for the season today and I was particularly pleased with the clean sheet and the defensive display.

“If we can keep it tight at the back then we will do well this season because I am confident that we can get goals going forward.”

Division 1

Backed by a large away support Barns Green recorded a 2-1 opening day win at local rivals Cowfold Reserves.

Green were sluggish from the start and went behind after 25minutes after a scramble.

After some stern words at half time Green came out and took the game to their opponents. Jack Pestridge pushed Cowfold back with his driving runs, aided by his brother Seb who had an outstanding game.

On the hour Seb Pestridge thumped home a magnificent 30 yard free kick to level things.

After another run into the box brother Jack was upended by the keeper but Henry Liley’s penalty was saved.

But with 20 minutes to go Mark Blick stormed through on goal and finished with aplomb to win it for his side.

Green: J Dumbrill, S.Pestridge, A. Caffrey , J Bacon (c) ,M Jones, C Daricuic, D Moore, H Liley, J Pestridge, S Blick, M Blick. Subs Higgins, Dawson

Division 3 North

A dominant Slinfold made up for a number of missed first-half chances to run out 3-0 winners over Alfold Reserves.

Darren Young squandered three one-on-ones and James Drinkwater hit the post and bar twice, but the relentless pressure continued in the second-half and the introduction of Luke Stevenson right and Pete Wood upfront made the difference.

Woods calmly opened the scoring on 72 minutes and Young doubled the lead on 80 minutes before a fantastic move saw Stevenson deliver a fantastic first-time cross for Daecon Leggatt to tap home for all three points. Centre half Matt Pateman was man of the match.

Ewhurst came from a goal down to open their season with a 2-1 win at Southwater Reserves.

After a slow start saw them go behind early, Wayne Stevens finished well to level before half-time and Phil Ratcliffe rose well to head in the winner on the hour. Right back Simon Ely was man of the match.

Ewhurst Reserves also got off to a winning start with a 3-1 victory away at Horsham Crusaders. Nick O’Sulliva (two)and Andrew Weller on target.

Division 5 Central

Partridge Green and West Chiltington played out an incredible 4-4 draw to open the new Division 5 Central season. A John Tolson hat-trick put Chilt 3-1 up at the break but Partridge Green were a different team in the second half and they fought back to go 4-3 up midway through the half. They looked set for a great victory until substitute Tom Freeman netted a tremendous individual goal to ensure the points were shared.

Danny Tomlinson’s goal was not enough for Slinfold Reserves as they slumped to a 3-1 defeat away at Fittleworth.

WHDSL Premier League

All of the hard work in training and the abundance of pre-season friendlies paid off handsomely for Ajax Kings Arms in a 5-1 win over Henfield.

Chris Osbourne fired Ajax into an early lead before heading in a second from Matt Hoyte’s cross. Remi Thomas nodded in a third and Andy Barr followed up a Hoyte effort before Osbourne completed his hat-trick as Ajax led 5-0 at half-time.

A free kick pulled one back for Henfield and Ajax missed further chances as they settled for five. Tom Bradshaw enjoyed an impressive debut.