Billingshurst FC claim Premier League crown

HURST secured their first ever Premier League title on Saturday with a 2-1 victory away at Sidlesham, the only side left in the battle for the top prize.

A first half goal from Ash Lewis from outside the area put Hurst in front but they were pegged back just before the break when Sidlesham’s Dan Bassil stooped low to head home a right wing cross.

Hurst got the winner from the spot after Darren Annis took the ball past three defenders in the box before being brought down, giving the official an easy decision.

Up stepped Jamie Groves who had to wait what seemed an eternity as the referee spoke to both the offender and Sidlesham’s skipper, but he was typically unfazed and tucked the ball neatly in the corner.

The home side - who had to win to keep their title chances alive - threw everything forward in search of an equaliser but it was all in vain as Hurst held on to secure the West Sussex Football League Premier title and the chance of promotion into the County League, something the club has never achieved in its 120-year history.

Hurst still have two league games and two cup finals left to play before this marathon season ends but the pressure is now off as the big prize is in the bag.