West Sussex Football League round-up: Weedon treble fires Chilt

Action from Pulborough;'s 3-2 defeat of Petworth in Division 1 of the WSFL
Action from Pulborough;'s 3-2 defeat of Petworth in Division 1 of the WSFL

West Sussex Football League

Premier Division

Gary Weedon netted a tremendous hat-trick for West Chiltington as they stormed to a 5-1 home victory over Holbrook to maintain their unbeaten start.

Chilt started brightly and dominated the early stages but Holbrook opened the scoring against the run of the play with an unchallenged header.

This only served to spur the home side into action and they soon equalised when Weedon netted from close range after the keeper spilled a Tom Freeman shot.

He then put Chilt ahead after being put through by Jack Goatcher and Dan Leppard made it three just before half time with a deflected shot.

Straight after the break, and before the visitors could settle, Tom Freeman put the game beyond doubt with the best goal of the game, a fierce cross-shot which cannoned in off the far post

And Weedon put the icing firmly on the cake with a good finish for his treble after being set up by Craig Pulling.

Division 1

Southwater took all three points in the local derby with a hard fought 2-1 win over Barns Green.

Southwater started well and went infront on the half hour when James lovett found the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Ryan taylor doubled the advantage in the second half, tapping the ball home after a great run and shot from Adam Laker.

Southwater were reduced to ten men and Green took advantage to pull a goal back with two minutes left, but it was too little too late.

Pulborough edged a close game against Petworth, winning 3-2.

Division 2 North

Wisborough Green’s Tom Holton scored a hat-trick to secure all three points in an exciting and entertaining 3-2 derby win over Slinfold.

A lack-lustre first half display from a complacent Slinfold allowed a young and organised Green to capitalise.

Holton’s opener came after a Perry Monks effort rebounded off the bar and his second was handed to him by a sloppy display by an experienced Slinfold defence.

A stern and positive half-time team talk by manager Ian Fisk gave the hosts a much-needed lift, only for Holton to pounce and bag his third beating keeper Matt Merritt at the near post.

Luke Stevenson and Chris Southall pulled two goals back respectively but after relentless attacks it was too little too late for Fold as Green dug in to claim two wins in two.

A missed penalty cost Alfold in a 1-1 home draw with Faygate Reserves.

A depleted Alfold took an early lead when Karl latched on a poor backpass and crossed for Robbie to tap in.

With 20 minutes to go Faygate’s goalkeeper lunged in on Sulli but the resulting penalty from Karl was well saved.

And five minutes later a defensive error allowed Faygate to score and snatch a point.

Division 5 Central

West Chiltington Reserves ran up a club record score as they thrashed Southwater Thirds 16-2 with John Tolson netting an incredible seven goals and substitute Gary Weedon hitting four goals in a short cameo appearance.

The first half was actually quite a tight affair with Chilt only 2-0 up at the break.

Chilt then went goal crazy in the second half, netting another 14 goals. Aside from Tolson and Weedon, the other Chilt goals came from a Craig Pulling brace, two for Tom Reeves and Stuart Miller.

Surburban League Cup

A solid performance from Horsham YMCA Reserves made it four wins from five with a 2-0 League Cup win over Molesey.

The team worked hard to keep a clean sheet having focussed on defence all week in training and both goals came in the second half, the first a penalty from Russell Curtis and the second from 18 year old Max Love, making his Surburban League debut.

Manager Paul Cooper said: “It was a decent performance against a good Molesey side who hold a good position in the league.”

YM: Flack; Archer, Lovett, Scally (Curtis 62), Skett, Sleat, Trussler, Hunter, Brooker (Martin 65), Taylor (Love 68), Thomas.

Mid-Sussex Senior Cup

Broadbridge Heath followed up their 8-0 league victory over Rustington last Saturday with a 7-1 home win over Mid-Sussex Premier League Jarvis Brook in the cup.

On paper this should have been a pretty even contest but on the day that wasn’t the case. Heath Under-18 goalkeeper Keiran Elliott made his debut along with Tom Whiting and Steve Rowe who were both introduced as second half substitutes.

Heath led 3-0 at the break with a brace from Greg Clark and one from Matt Whiteford.

Matt Slater made it 4-0 within a minute of the restart and that just about killed off any chance of a comeback for the visitors.

Further goals were added by Rob Cook, his first of the season, and a first ever for Heath substitute Tom Whiting as well as a second for Whiteford.

Worthing & Horsham District Sunday League

Against Goring Rangers - a team full of County 1 quality – Ajax Kings Arms were made to pay with an 8-2 hiding.

A free header started the rout after Dan Brazier had surprisingly gone close early on.

At three down Ajax tried the volleyball method of rotating positions after a goal but this too failed as another error gifted the fourth.

Matt Hoyte gave Ajax a glimmer with a fine solo effort but this was in vain as it soon became 5-1 before half-time.

Ajax did put more in but Rangers were too good and the only second-half half highlights were another solo effort, this time from Craig Grantham and 52 year old Ivica Stojanac coming off the bench to put some of those half his age to shame.

Division 3

Southwater maintained their position at the top with an excellent 6-2 win over Goring.

Southwater took the lead through Ben, who slid the ball in after a great run from Kieran Greig. Greig doubled the advantage, heading home a Chris Spiers cross and Paul Osborne made it three before Goring were reduced to ten men on the half hour.

Southwater increased their advantage early in the second half, Brooker again on hand to score after good work by Joe Bagwell, but Goring never gave up and scored two goals in a five-minute spell.

Any hopes of a comeback were short lived as Bagwell grabbed a fifth before Grieg completed the scoring with an excellent individual effort.