Second half goals at Clymping move Billingshurst up to third

Following two cup wins it was back to the bread and butter of league football for Billingshurst, who took all the points away at Clymping.

All the goals in a 3-0 win came in the second half, Nick Tilley, Nathan Stepney and Paul Elliott all on target as Hurst continued their impressive start to County League football.

Manager Mark Betts said: “It took us ten or 15 minutes to settle, but once we did it was a very good all round team performance.

“The possession we had in the first half and the way we controlled the game, all that was missing was goals but we quickly put that right in the second half.”

Ash Lewis forced a good save from the home keeper with Hurst’s best first half chance.

Clymping’s keeper had kept Hurst at bay with some good saves, but ten minutes after the restart there was nothing he could do to keep out Tilley, his shot wrong footing the home stopper after good work from Stepney.

With Clymping breached a good team move saw Hurst double their lead, Darren Annis playing in Stepney who finished well to claim his first goal of the season.

And with ten minutes to play Elliott made sure of all three points with a third for Billingshurst from another Annis assist.

Betts added: “I would say we’ve carried on where we’ve left off, but we didn’t play all that well against Peacehaven.

“This week there was a totally different attitude from the first minute to the last.”

It was Hurst’s fifth win from seven Division 3 matches to move them up to third in the early standings.

Hurst: Betts; Guirey, Simmons (Buckwell 65), Proto, Lambkin; Stepney, Tilley, Feast, Lewes (Hickling 75); Elliott, Annis.