SOUTHWATER started 2012 with an impressive 5-0 win at Worthing Town.
Southwater dominated the early stages and Fabio Sarlo scored on the rebound to put them ahead. Cameron Miskin doubled their lead before half-time with a header, and though Town pressed forward after the break, Southwater’s defence, marshalled by Cameron Masters and Josh Skipper held firm.
Jack Morgan’s 25 yard drive made it 3-0 and Sarlo then grabbed his second, volleying in Will Nash’s corner. Luke Holmwood saw a fine volley saved by the Town keeper before Holmwood won a penalty which Sarlo converted to complete his hat-trick. Man of the Match went to Jack Morgan.
BROADBRIDGE Heath played away at Lingfield, and with Tom Chapman’s goal trailed 2-1 at half-time in what looked an even match.
Heath’s performance was good in spells, Richard Castle working well with Ben Martin and Edvaldo Vicente to score, but they were not consistent as a team as Lingfield ran out comfortable 9-2 winners. BBH man of the Match was Richard Castle.
HORSHAM Sparrows netted five as they comfortably beat Roffey on a damp Saturday morning.
Roffey opened the scoring early through Zak Comber but the sides were back equal when George Baker fired home from close range. Comber then netted again for Roffey before Sparrows equalised with the last kick of the first half through Joey Calder-Smith.
The second half was much more one sided as Zac Chinn fired home for Sparrows and Baker soon netted his second for a two goal cushion. Calder-Smith then completed the rout with his second from James Cooper’s cross as Sparrows won 5-2. Good performances came from Toby Bridger and man of the match Toby Laker.
HORSHAM Youth suffered their first defeat of the season - a 1-0 defeat at Ifield Youth - and in doing so, went out of the Sussex County Cup at the quarter-final stage.
In a tight first half Ifield brought a good save from Tom Auston in the first minute, but the Horsham keeper was beaten after ten minutes as the hosts went ahead.
Andrew Roberts had a header tipped over and further chances fell to Harry Lee and Ross Williams before the break. Horsham piled on the pressure in the second half but try as they might they couldn’t draw level, some last-ditch defending saw Ifield progress.
LOWER Beeding Lions’ first match of the year delivered an entertaining 1-1 draw against high-flying Steyning.
Steyning, having only lost two matches all season proved to be stiff opposition but Lions took the lead in the first half with a fine finish from Liam Ruz, following good work on the left by Glen Johnson.
Lions keeper David Field made a fine save early in the second half only for a Steyning player to slot home the rebound for the equaliser, and both teams had chances to get the winner. Callum Nash’s tireless running earned him Lions man of the match.
BROADBRIDGE Heath moved six points clear at the top of the A division with hard fought 2-0 victory against Cranleigh.
In a tight first half the better chances fell to Heath with Joe Kirkham and Jack Sizzey both going close and the Cranleigh keeper making some good saves.
In the second half Jordan Bell hit the crossbar from 25 yards before the deadlock was broken.
Tom Haines made another penetrating run from left back, and laid the ball perfectly for Scott Buchanan to fire home expertly.
James Skipper made a brilliant reflex save to keep Cranleigh at bay before Heath doubled their lead when Bell’s free kick was directed home superbly by the outstanding Matt Penfold.
OLIVER Young started the New Year off in style with a superb hat-trick as Partridge Green ran out 6-0 winners against Copthorne.
Young and an unfortunate own goal put Green 2-0 up at half time and in the second half the home side played some excellent football. Well taken goals from George Coomber and Harry Copeland increased Green’s lead before Young completed the scoring with his third of the game.
In Game Two both teams battled out a keenly contested 0-0 draw. Copthorne’s goalie kept Green at bay with several great saves. man of the match Ben Saunders shone for the Green.
SAM ARNOLD scored new fewer then six of Henfield’s eight goals when they took on Chesworth Rovers. The two other goals came from Julian Durand and William Rudling.
Cameron Young also played well in his first game for the team.
In the second match a very inexperienced team battled well with good performances from Phelan Jeffery and goalkeeper Zak Hutchinson.