Young Magpies are flying in the league and have their eyes on Youth Cup success

Loxwood under-18s at Whitehawk on Saturday
Loxwood under-18s at Whitehawk on Saturday

Loxwood under-18s have continued their impressive season by booking their spot in the Sussex Dennis Probee Youth Cup.

They overcame a strong Whitehawk side 3-1 on Sunday to book their spot in the last four where they will face Arundel this weekend.

The young academy has been flourishing under former Millwall and Sheffield United midfielder Mark Beard so far this season.

They are top of the South Division of the Southern Youth Football League having won all nine of their matches as well as still being in the league’s Challenge Cup.

Beard said: “We are in the semi-finals of the Sussex Cup and still unbeaten in the league and we are still in the league cup as well. In all our domestic competitions we are yet to be beaten so it’s all going really well.

“It’s brilliant really. Nine points clear at the top of the table and the chance to progress in two other competitions – hopefully we can go all the way.

“We set targets at the start of the season that we wanted to win the league and be in at least the final of one cup, so if we get into both it will be excellent.”

Goals from Ryan Murphy, Harry Batchelor and Adrian Toddd sent the young Magpies to victory on Sunday.

Beard, 39, was Crawley Town’s youth boss last year, runs the under-18s alongside his Love the Ball Sussex Academy. He added: “We have played lots of pro’ clubs as well. We played Barnett the other week and narrowly lost 4-3 and played Brighton under-17s, which was a good experience on their new training ground.”

The under-18s success is mirroring the club’s first team, who are in the semi-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup and final of the RUR Charity Cup.

The reserves are also eight points clear at top of the County League Reserve Section West.