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Sussex Intermediate Cup Final
Tuesday 16th April 2013
HEATH CLAIM ROBINS UNBEATEN RUN TO LIFT CUP
Hassocks Reserves 1-2 Haywards Heath Town AET

A first Sussex Intermediate Cup since 1975 eluded Hassocks Reserves as Haywards Heath Town picked up their second trophy of the season with a 2-1 final win in extra time.

With victory, Simon Corless' side completed part two of a potential treble with the Division Three Cup already in the bag and the divisional title still to play for.

At the same time, they brought to an end the Robins astonishing 424 day, 16 month, 36 game unbeaten run.

It was a fully deserved victory on the night for the Blues with Hassocks boss Roy Staughton admitting: "We just didn’t turn up and I suppose it was bound to happen sooner or later.”

On a good surface at County HQ, Heath played some very decent stuff in the first half and could have had the tie in the bag had they not seemed to want one extra touch in front of goal.

Instead the game turned around level at 1-1 and it needed all but four minutes of extra time before Corless’ substitutions reaped handsome dividends.

Danny Mobsby had been on barely a minute when his astute pass released Kieron Purkis and when from his cross a shot was blocked, the ball ballooned up for another sub, Sean Ardley, to head the winner.

Heath took the first half honours by a street but one excellent save by Andy Edwards and another with his legs helped keep it goalless until Joe Ranson beat the keeper comprehensively on 39 minutes.

But five minutes later good work by Laurence Robinson and some mishandling by Heath keeper George Hyde presented Tom Davess with the equaliser - not a bad time for the young wideman to net his first goal in Robins colours.

After the break Hassocks picked up their game a little and had the best chance of the second half only eight minutes in when Neil Kane was denied one-on-one by Hyde.

Late in normal time there were a couple of good chances for Heath but Edwards showed strong hands to deny Purkis and then in stoppage time Ranson blazed over wildly with the goal begging.

It then looked like going to penalties before Heath finally came up with a thoroughly well deserved winner.

The Robins still have plenty of football to play and remain at the forefront of three competitions - the Mid Sussex Senior Cup were they have already qualified for the final, the Reserve Section Cup in which they have reached the last eight and the Reserve Premier of which they are runaway leaders.

As Staughton said after the game, the quadruple never did sound right.

Hassocks: Andy Edwards; Ben Palmer, Sam Goodridge, Arni Kublickas, Luke Pawson; Laurence Robinson, Dan Jacques, Nick Pitcher, Tom Davess; Richard Thomas, Neil Kane.

Subs: Phil Johnson (Davees 82), Josh Hawkes (Pawson 99), James Laing (Goodridge 117), Sam Palmer, Rowan Wallis (unused).

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