Loxwood set for biggest game of their lives with Amex reward

JPCT 140215 S15070817x Sport - Football: County League Division 1: Loxwood v Eastbourne United -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150216-091200001
JPCT 140215 S15070817x Sport - Football: County League Division 1: Loxwood v Eastbourne United -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150216-091200001

Just 90 minutes of football tomorrow night stands in Loxwood’s way of walking out at the Amex in a showpiece final in the Sussex Senior Cup.

The Magpies face Ryman Premier Division side Lewes at Culver Road in the semi-finals on Wednesday in what chairman Barry Hunter has said is the biggest game in the club’s history.

The Plaistow Road side are hopeful of continuing their fine maiden season in County League Division 1 with a scalp over the Rooks.

Loxwood have already booked their place in the final of the RUR Cup and are now dreaming of running out at the home of Brighton & Hove Albion.

Hunter said: “With the games we have played to get here, we certainly deserve to be here. Three Bridges away we deserved to win and Pagham was a game where we also deserved it. No doubt it’s the biggest competitive game in the club’s history, especially being against a Ryman Premier side.”

Hunter believes last week’s managerial departures at Lewes will have no bearing in Loxwood’s preparations.

Manager Garry Wilson and assistant Danny Bloor stepped down on Tuesday after a torrid season and former Albion boss Martin Hinshelwood alongside Mark McGhee is in temporary charge.

Hunter added: “I do not think anything will change Dave’s (Cocoracchio) approach to the game at all. We are a team in form and high on confidence.

“We will definitely have a few supporters going across and would call on anyone from the County League to come and support us as well. We are representing the league now and could do with all the voices we can get behind us.”

Full preview to tomorrow’s night match to follow.