MIDHURST and Sidlesham both suffered cup misery.
Midhurst 0 Shoreham 2
Sussex League division two
Meeting a team from division one of the county league at home in the Sussex Senior Cup was a challenge Midhurst were looking forward to.
Shoreham had won only three games out of nine while Midhurst, though having only one win to their name, their style of play had been suggesting a win was imminent.
Once again several new faces were seen in the squad and they provided cover for Sean Dummer and Luke Sheldrick, who were not available.
Twenty minutes had passed when Richard Allen opened the scoring for Shoreham with a ball placed clear of Pat Cowell in goal.
After half an hour’s play, Midhurst came close to scoring when Lawrence Hyde and Gary Norgate had shots at goal which John Hayburn in the Shoreham goal only just scrambled clear.
The referee saw an infringement which he thought warranted a penalty to Shoreham and Colin Dunc stepped up, only to drive the ball well wide of the goal and Midhurst breathed a sigh of relief.
With 20 minutes left, Richard Allen evaded the Midhurst defence and made Shoreham certain of a win as the ball cannoned of the post and in.
Meanwhile, Midhurst’s reserves were unable to fulfill their scheduled match with Storington.
MIDHURST: Cowell, Jones, Renshaw, Hyde, Pelling, Newton, Castleton, Turner, Laurie, Norgate, Wakeford, Dowdell.
Midhurst visit Eastbourne United this week while the second string host Arundel.
Ifield 2 Sidlesham 2
Sussex League Div 3 Cup
(Sids lost 7-5 on agg)
From the start, the Sids were put under immediate pressure as Ifield went looking for the perfect start. They were rewarded after seven minutes when they broke through and scored with ease.
Ifield - who led 5-3 after the first leg - kept up the attack and missed a couple of easy chances to increase their lead. The Sids were not coping well and when they did set up a easy chance, the ball was put over the bar - and not long after that another chance was put past the post.
Ifield were playing the better football but could not add to their score.
The second half saw Dan Bassil replace Kevin Derry and it had the desired effect as the Sids began to threaten the Ifield defence.
On 60 minutes they got the breakthrough they deserved when a Ifield defender under pressure put the ball past his keeper. But five minutes later the Sids keeper brought down an Ifield forward to concede a penalty from which Ifield scored their second.
The Sids stormed back and Bassil equalised on 70 minutes and then hit the bar with another effort.
Ifield were being bombarded and the Sids could have got a result but left it too late for a comeback and Ifield deserved to go through.
SIDS: Rogers, Millens, Carrigher, Low, Brown, Bayley, Phillips, Newman, Platt, B Derry, K Derry, Bassil.
This Saturday, Sids are at home to Roffey.