BIllingshurst romped to an impressive win in their historic first home match in Division 3 of the Sussex County League.
Darren Annis helped himself to a hat-trick as Mark Betts’ side ran out 5-0 winners, and manager Betts reaffirmed his desire to see Hurst compete at the top of the table.
“From what I have seen so far this season, I would expect us to be in the mix,” Betts declared.
“I want us to compete aganinst the best sides in this division.”
Billingshurst sit second in the division behind Barnham on goal difference after Saturday’s win, but were made toi wait for the opening goal against Shipley.
When it arrives, Annis proved Hurst would not miss the injured Paul Elliott when he guided home a header from Ash Lewis’ 40th minute corner.
Billingshurst then moved through the gears after the break, and it was soon 2-0 when Lewis was first react to the rebound after Annis’ penalty was saved by the TD keeper.
Chris Osborne’s header them made it 3-0 after he was picked out at the far post by a classy Oli Lambkin cross.
A neat turn and shot from Luke Hickling’s pass than saw Annis fire Hurst into a 4-0 lead, and the scoring was completed 15 minutes from time, as Annis pounced on a spilled shot to wrap-up his hat-trick.
Betts added: “It was always going to be a special day, the ground looked nice and we had a quite a few down to watch. “We dominated big time in the second half . We knew that we could improve and relaised that TD probably could not get that much better than they were in the first half. We stepped it up and moved the ball much better.”