Saturday 26 February 2011: Round-Up


Remarkably on a day when the fixture list all over Sussex and around the country was ravaged by waterlogged pitches all the scheduled games for Division Three clubs took place. Top of the table Dorking Wanderers had no problems against declining Ifield Edwards and swept to a 6-0 victory. Former Ifield star Chris Williams struck a first half hat trick with goals after 12, 21 and 32 minutes. Kevin Burgess made it 4-0 just before the break and Williams took his own tally to four on 58 minutes. Matt Evans completed the rout twenty minutes later. Newhaven moved up to third place thanks to a 3-1 defeat of last placed Forest. In a frantic five minutes spell of play Darren Flynn gave the Dockers the lead on 32 minutes. Three minutes later Shaun Findlay scored for Forest, but two minutes after that Flynn collected his second. Dan Murray made it 3-1 five minutes after the resumption. Newhaven were helped as the challenging pair, Barnham and Bosham, enjoyed a roller-coaster three all draw. Midway through the first half Bosham took the lead through Bradley Miles but after 36 minutes Matt Hibbert struck the equaliser and four minutes later Joss Parsons put Barnham in front. Five minutes into the second period Joe Hancock restored parity before teammate Graeme Dowden gave the visitors the lead for the second time on 66 minutes. Parsons' second with a minute to go proved to be the game's third leveller. Haywards Heath Town drew 2-2 at Sidlesham with all the goals coming in the second half. Phil Turner opened for the visitors on 62 minutes but Sidlesham levelled quickly through Kieron Playle-Howard. On 72 minutes Gary Jones netted to make it 2-1 to Sidlesham, but the reliable Murray Coltham grabbed a point for Heath with five minutes left. Broadbridge Heath edged past Uckfield Town by a single goal scored for them by Russell Mortimer after 28 minutes. Saltdean United proved too strong for their midtable rivals Ferring and won 4-1 at The Glebelands. The Salts were always in control leading comfortably with a brace by Ebou Jallow (8 and 22 minutes), Ben Wheatlland, just before the break, and Johnny Buggy after 58 minutes. Paul Rapps bagged a consolation with twenty minutes left but it did not affect the outcome.

Hurstpierpoint's strong run in the Sussex Intermediate Cup foundered at the semi final stage at Cowfold where the West Sussex League Premier Division side triumphed 3-2. Hurst led through Liam Pears after 21 minutes and rounded off with a penalty converted by Aaron Walsh with five minutes to go. In between, however, Cowfold had proved to be the better side and netted three times through Tom Whiting, Dean Robinson and Nigel Smith. It was even closer in the Division Three Challenge Cup second round as TD Shipley and Rottingdean Village were deadlocked at one all after extra time. Gary Pritchard put TD ahead after only 8 minutes but Kris Pover levelled on 19. The teams were not separated over the next 100 minutes before Rottingdean went through 6-5 on penalties.


Dormansland Rockets made it through to the Fifth Round of the Surrey Intermediatre Cup after beating Worcester Park 5-3 at home, with A. Zimmotore netting a hat trick.

In the Mid Sussex Senior Cup Turners Hill sprang a surprise by beating Premier side Roffey 3-2 after the tie had been switched to Turners Hill as Roffey's pitch was deemed unfit. Turners Hill will now play County Three side Ifield Edwards away in the semi final.

In the league Lewes Bridgeview missed out on the chance to go four points clear at the top as they were held 3-3 at Old Varndeanians II, who move up a place to sixth. Lewes came back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, but were pegged back late on. Furnace Green Galaxy move into fourth place thanks to a 2-0 home win over Buxted, with Gary Bidwell and Mark Emerson scoring. Third from bottom Ifield Edwards II picked up a welcome three points as they beat bottom side Uckfield Town II 4-3 at home, Hazlo Abowath, Haza Ayyildiz, Steve Martin and Stuart Stalker scoring for Ifield, while I. Evans (2) and N. Hunnisett were on target for Uckfield. Franklands Village kept the gap between themselves and Ifield Edwards to two points thanks to a 3-1 home win over AFC?Ringmer who drop a place to seventh.


There were only two matches involving Division Five sides to survive the weather. Copthorne II moved up to second after a hard fought 4-1 home win over Ifield Edwards III. Andy Wilson headed Copthorne into the lead and Jamie Smith made it 2-0, but Andy Mitchell pulled one back for Ifield just before the break. Ifield missed a couple of golden opportunities to level, but two late goals from Charlie Izard and Matt Dixon made it a slightly flattering 4-1 scoreline. The game at Danehill was abandoned on 80 minutes due to the wet weather with the home side leading 6-1 against Newick II.