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
At the same time, they brought to
an end the Robins astonishing 424 day, 16 month, 36 game
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
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
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
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
Subs: Phil Johnson (Davees 82),
Josh Hawkes (Pawson 99), James Laing (Goodridge 117), Sam
Palmer, Rowan Wallis (unused).