Billingshurst can’t stop charge of champions-elect

JPCT 060313 S13150441x Football. Roffey v Billingshurst -- photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 060313 S13150441x Football. Roffey v Billingshurst -- photo by Steve Cobb

Billingshurst were unable to stop the charge of leaders Sidlesham towards the title when two first half goals settled Tuesday night’s game.

John Phillips gave the home side the lead in the 24th minute with a mis-hit shot which went through the leags of their other striker Dan Bassil and deceived the defence.

‘Hurst went close a few minutes later following a cross by Luke Hickling which was blasted narrowly wide by Jordan Saunders.

Sidlesham added their second goal in the 32nd minute when Sean Newman met a cross from the left with a good strike which wrong-footed keeper Tom Betts.

The visitors had a goal disallowed in the second half when Ollie Lambkin was adjudged to have fouled the opposing keeper.

Hurst manager Mark Betts believed the goal should have stood. He said: “I totally disagreed with the decision - it was a good clean jump.”

Betts praised his side for their second half display. He said: “We had a 6.30pm start which affected our preparation and Sidlesham were quick out of the blocks. They bombarded you and played the whole time in your half - it reminded me of Wimbledon in the times of Vinnie Jones.

“There is a problem with their pitch due to moles and it made it very difficult to play on. Both their goals were fortuitous. They have good strikers and they were always attacking in our half which made it difficult to settle.”

Billingshurst: Betts, Simmons (Geary 65), Proto, Lambkin, R.Carse (Lewis 65), Hickling, Tilley, J.Carse, Groves, Annis, Saunders (Elliott 65)