Our round-up of our local Sussex League division-two and three sides inclues plenty of goals - and a cause for celebration at Midhurst.
Bexhill 5 Midhurst & Easebourne 0
Sussex League division two
When will Midhurst’s run of defeats end?
The game began well enough for Midhurst as they were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous area. Lawrence Hyde lined up to take it but his shot went over the bar and the home team breathed a sigh of relief.
In the first 25 minutes, Midhurst’s young keeper Patrick Cowell handled shots well and the whole side looked sharp. Hyde took another free-kick when Steven Earley fouled George Hotston, but it went wide.
A defensive error let in Bexhill’s Peter Cooper and his shot beat Cowell to put Midhurst behind. The Midhurst supporters thought the scorer was offside.
Within five minutes of the second half, Bexhill scored again when Danny Leach evaded a tackle.
Midhurst brought on Mark Pelling in place of Luke Sheldrick. By now they looked short on enthusiasm and the home side were working hard.
The final 10 minutes saw Leach and Ricky Rand add to Bexhill’s score.
Midhurst go again when they play a Sussex Senior Cup game against Shoreham on Saturday (3pm).
MIDHURST: Cowell, Casselton, Renshaw, Hotston, Miller, Hyde, Newton, Woolfe, Sheldrick, Norgate, Dummer
Midhurst seconds also let in five as Clymping reserves beat them 5-1.
A celebration was held at Cowdray Park Golf Club to mark more than 60 years of service to Midhurst & Easebourne FC by Ted Dummer and John Stringer. More than 100 friends, past players and managers attended.
A meeting was held between Midhurst FC and Easebourne FC in 1946 and it was agreed the clubs would amalgamate.
Ted was elected as secretary at that meeting, a post he holds to this day. He has also been groundsman, linesman, gateman and many other jobs associated with the day to day running of the club.
For his services to the club and local community, he was awarded the MBE in the Millennium Honours list.
John was a player and was part of the team who won the Sussex Intermediate Cup in 1955 when they beat Eastbourne in the final at Horsham, winning 3-2 after extra time. The club retained the cup in 1956 and 1957.
John held the post of treasurer for many years and has assisted Ted with the preparation of the ground for matchdays.
It was nice that so many friends were able to attend this special celebration to mark this wonderful achievement.
Sidlesham 6 Southwick 1
Sussex Intermediate Cup
Sidlesham were looking to bounce back following last week’s defeat but Southwick were in no mood to give them a easy ride and soon had the defence under pressure.
It took a fine save from Matt Cohen to keep out a fierce drive from a Southwick forward and this was the pattern of play for the first 20 minutes before the Sids started to settle.
They gained the upper hand with the Southwick defence battling to keep them out.
Southwick could not cope with the Sids’ constant attacks and on 40 minutes Sean Newman gave them the lead.
Within five minutes the lead increased to 2-0 when a John Phillips shot came back off the bar and Tom Bayley was on hand to put the ball past the Southwick keeper.
The second half saw the Sids having to change keepers when John Pope replaced Cohen, who was feeling ill.
The Sids continued to dominate and on 70 minutes following a fine through-ball, Phillips scored with a great shot to spark a 15-minute goal rush.
Danny Byles marked his first-team debut with a goal on 75 minutes and the Sids brought on 16-year-old Ben Mepham for his first senior game when he replaced Bayley. He was soon causing the Southwick defence problems.
On 80 minutes, a Southwick defender put the ball past his keeper to put the Sids 5-0 up - then five minutes later, Phillips scored his second goal of the game.
Two minutes later, slack defending allowed Southwick to grab a consolation goal.
SIDS: Cohen, Millins, Carrigher, Low, Jones, Hounsome, Bayley, Newman, Phillips, Byles, Derry, Pope, Mepham, Platt.