Eddie French back from injury for Loxwood but he can’t prevent a cup defeat at Storrington

JPCT-12-03-10-Eddie French header for Loxwood
JPCT-12-03-10-Eddie French header for Loxwood

DEFENDER Tom Pickford scored the only goal of a tight derby battle as Storrington knocked local rivals Loxwood out of their third cup competition inside a week.

Swans boss James Baker said: “The game finished 1-0 and if we had won 3-0 or 4-0 this probably would have reflected our possession and quality of play.

“Mark Dixon and Tom Pickford stood out for us today but all of our lads were top-drawer. Loxwood are a very decent side with real physical presence throughout their team so we had to be on good form to get the win.”

Youngster Josh Miles impressed on his first Storrington start, and John Rhodie and Dixon were influential as the hosts passed the ball well in the first half.

Injury to Loxwood’s Damon Aston saw him come off at half-time and his replacement Jude Nwachuwku was just over with a left-footed strike after the restart.

The breakthrough came on 60 minutes when Luke Jearum played in a pacey free kick which Pickford attacked at the near post with a diving header into the net.

The remaining 30 minutes saw Loxwood press forward with some direct passing and aerial threat and they threatened with a series of late chances.

Still Storrington were able to create chances with Kris Harding chipping over from close range.

Loxwood boss Barry Hunter said: “The score line reflected how tight the game was but I don’t think anyone could have argued if we had come away with at least a draw.

“There was little between the sides, the difference was they took their chances and we didn’t”

One major plus for Loxwood was seeing popular defender Eddie French make an appearance from the bench following more than a year out with a broken leg. “It’s great to see him back, he’s showed great determination to come back from a second horrific injury and we is our club captain,” Hunter said of the former Horsham player.