Billingshurst drop first points of the season

County League new boys Billingshurst dropped their first points of the season with a 2-2 draw away at Ferring.

And for boss Mark Betts it was just that after letting a two-goal lead slip. “I’m disappointed reall, we should have got more out of it and I look at it was two points dropped rather than one gained,” Betts said. “We haven’t dominated as much as we did in the first-half on Saturday.”

Visiting Hurst made a great start when Ash Lewis’s cross sailed in at the back post after only eight minutes. Hurst moved through the gears and Ferring had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping them in it at the break. Luke Hickling was denied before Pete Proto saw a point-blank strike somehow saved.

Hurst did double their lead on 54 minutes when Lewis and Paul Elliott combined and Lewis put it on a plate for Darren Annis to tap in a second.

The Hurst chances continued but Chad Miller’s fine poachers goal gave Ferring a lifeline ten minutes from time. And they snatched a point when Hurst failed to clear and Barney Bountwood curled in for 2-2.

Betts added: “Still we have to be happy with seven points out of nine away against three established County League sides.”