Premier Division - A LATE, late 30 yard winner from Newtown Villa pinched all three points as they beat Cowfold 2-1.
Fold’s day didn’t start well, a mistake on the teamsheet meant Dean Robinson was unable to be used as a substitute, though Greg Brabon forced a good early save as they started well.
Both teams took turns to come forward without any real chances in a goalless first half, but after the break James Wrigley fired over before Nigel Smith was tripped in the box and he stepped up to put Cowfold ahead.
The lead didn’t last long as Villa equalised from a corner, and the game was heading for a draw until the eighth minutes of injury time saw a great strike give Villa the points.
WEST Chiltington’s season is petering out as they lost for the second successive week, going down to a 2-1 defeat at Upper Beeding. The Chilt goal came from Dan Leppard.
ANOTHER fine victory saw Cowfold Reserves defeat promotion hopefuls Faygate Utd 3-0.
A much-changed Fold side dealt with the reshuffle, the defence immediately looking comfortable, and the hosts took the lead when Piers McDermot’s long throw caught Faygate unaware and Dan Smith’s fabulous flick on was headed home powerfully by Mark Passfield.
Fold keeper Matt Beck was a mere spectator as the chances continued, before Dan Smith’s blocked shot fell to McDermott, who buried it to give Cowfold a deserved 2-0 half-time lead.
The hosts’ chances continued, although they were not as clear-cut as the first half, and they had to wait until the 85th minute for a third. Michael Nash was tripped in the box and Ant Parson’s sent the keeper the wrong way to complete the win.
BARNS Green took the spoils with a gritty 2-0 win over local rivals Southwater on Saturday.
Green withstood fierce early pressure from their hosts, but with the Pestridge brothers solid in defence Green started to get a foothold in the game.
The guile and tenacity of star man Danny Moore was rewarded when he raced onto a pass from Jack Pestridge to lob the keeper on the half hour.
After the break Stu Clarke and Henry Liley were a constant threat upfront and with Adam Rice’s usual aggression, Green took the game to their opponents and were rewarded when Sam Liley wrong footed the keeper to make it 2-0 on 65 minutes.
Division 5 Central
JAMES Peake starred for West Chiltington as they inflicted the first defeat of the season on Horsham Baptists with an emphatic 6-3 away win.
hosts Horsham started the better and were 2-1 up at halfway with Peake netting the Chilt goal before he turned the game on its head in the second period with a magnificent display of forward play.
A minute into the second half, Sam Davis benefited from a goalkeeping error to equalise and then Peake scored three times to put the visitors 5-2 up midway through the half.
Baptists pulled a goal back only for Davis to put a fantastic crossfield pass to Peake who made it 6-3 with his fifth goal of a memorable afternoon.
Sussex County Veterans Cup Semi Final.
FAYGATE progressed to the final for the second year running with a 5-2 defeat of Uckfield.
Having gone behind early, Faygate replied when Jonny Lawrence crossed for Dave Marney to nod in well.
Uckfield re-took the lead from the penalty spot after keeper Bruce Dumbrell was adjudged to have fouled the Uckfield striker.
But trailing 2-1 at the break, Faygate came out all guns blazing in the second half. Steve Tasker’s run and cross found Lawrence to cooly volley his second, Joe Yeates fired in on the turn and Tasker rounded off a fine team move with a great finish.
Faygate play Ringmer in a repeat off last year’s final at Hassocks Fc April 29th.