Cowfold Reserves turn corner with comeback - WSFL round-up

JPCT 07-04-12   football: Billingshurst v Wittering Utd S12150540a -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 07-04-12 football: Billingshurst v Wittering Utd S12150540a -photo by Steve Cobb

BARNS Green secured only their second draw of the season away to Petworth in a robust encounter in Division One of the West Sussex Football League.

Green started well, forwards Lane and Clarke causing problems and the Liley brothers driving forwards on the flanks, and Henry Liley was denied by the Petworth’s keeper.

The defence, marshalled by Jon Bacon, was solid throughout the first half until, on the stroke of half-time Petworth took the lead with a well-struck free kick flashing past keeper Dumbrill.

Green chances came and went in the second half until Henry Liley was tripped in the box and brother Sam smashed home the penalty.

Stu Clarke somehow missed an open goal when set up by the outstanding Henry Liley and a terrific touch and turn by Henry put him through but he shot wide as it finished 1-1.

Also in Division One, three sublime second half corners from Ant Parsons contributed to the woes of relegation threatened East Dean, as Cowfold Reserves ran out 3-2 winners.

Visiting East Dean started the brighter and went ahead after only six minutes from a fine strike from Louis Stanley. Cowfold began to adapt to plenty of enforced changes and create chances - Luke Parsons saw a volley brilliantly saved and then flashed a header just wide, whilst Phil Marshall’s subtle free kick was tipped just over as East Dean went into the break ahead.

East Dean then went further ahead when Ali Harvey was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box and the controversial penalty was dispatched with aplomb. Ant Parsons’ corners had worried the visitors in the first half, and another fine delivery saw Stanley score in his own net to make it 2-1.

Another delicious corner from Parsons then saw Ali Harvey force the ball in for 2-2, and yet another corner saw the East Dean keeper punch into his own net to give Cowfold the points which make them safe from relegation.

Pictured is action from Billingshurst’s Centenary Cup semi-final against Wittering Utd on Saturday, where Hurst went down to a shock 2-0 defeat against the Division 2 South leaders.