OUT of thge 67 teams from around the county that entered the Sussex W J Jewell Trophy Final competition Uckfield Grasshoppers are one of the only two still standing as they look forward to this Sunday’s final.
The final is being played this weekend at Sussex FA County Ground, Lancing – 10.30am kick-off against Worthing Town Youth.
Manager Steve Barbe said: “This is a big achievement for the squad. They have worked tirelessly all season to get to this stage, we are all very proud of the team and collectively we hope to bring this cup back to Uckfield. I would like to thank all the parents and players for their commitment”.
The Grasshoppers U12s’ route to the final was: Cuckfield Cosmos (10-0); v Hove Park Colts (6-3); Rustington Otters (4-0); ASC Strikers (2-1, Quarter Final); Hawks Youth White (3-0, Semi Final).
South Malling Wanderers U10s 6
Lewes Bridge View Scorpions U10s 1
BRIDGE View played good football from the start, putting South Malling under pressure for much of the first half. Only Zachary Brooks’s dynamic efforts in the SMW goal kept View from scoring. After 15 minutes, and against the run of play, a Jay Pullen headed the ball into the net from a Harrison Ovenden cross, and SMW took the lead. Just two minutes later, Jake Tomsett doubled it. On the stroke of half time, Bridge View pulled a goal back with a header from a well-taken corner, but SMW dominated the second half. Jack Moody and SMW’s man of the match Ovenden took control of the centre of the pitch creating space for Jack O’Connell to score from a long-range shot that went in off the underside of the crossbar. Tomsett headed in his second shortly after, then some neat passing moves with Pullen led to his hat-trick. Pullen sealed the victory with a header from a perfectly-struck Ben Johnson free kick.
South Malling Wanderers U10s 2 Lewes Bridge View Scorpions U10s 3
BRIDGE View had the upper hand from the start of this game, and it took some fine saves from SMW’s man of the match Ewan Hunt to keep the View strikers at bay. The SMW defence broke down early in the second half, giving Bridge View an easy tap-in. The visitors doubled their lead after a defensive error left Hunt stranded in the SMW goal. SMW picked themselves up and came back hard, creating a game that fizzed with end-to-end football. Jay Pullen pulled off some neat footwork in the box before slotting the ball into the back of the net. Bridge View’s George Shiel replied at the other end with a pin-point strike. Pullen pulled the score back to 3-2 with a lob over the advancing keeper. In the end, though, the home side couldn’t create the equaliser they needed.
Eastbourne Town U9s 0 Lewes Bridge View U9s 4
VIEW attacked from the off and were soon in front through Joe Shersby-Wignall’s shot just inside the box. The visitors maintained their pressure and good work from Sam Gilkes saw Town turn the ball into their own net. Shortly before half-time Ollie Lumsden’s well-taken finish meant View went into the break three to the good. In the second half the View back line were called on more frequently and Junior Mutalama and Louis Salmon refused to let the home side in. At the other end, the Town keeper put on a fantastic display, thwarting View time and again. Eventually, Felix Attfield-Davis tucked the ball home to View their fourth. Jack Garratt-Herd then made a fine, full stretch save to protect his clean sheet.
Eastbourne Town U9s 2
Lewes Bridge View U9s 5
VIEW went behind to a beautiful lob from a tight angle before they rallied. Some great passing play ultimately saw the impressive Roddy McGillivray rifle home the equaliser before Silas Field’s direct free-kick from outside the box gave View the lead. The smooth passing of Eli Harmer-Johnston unlocked Town’s defence again for Charlie Haggar to find the back of the net. But there was still time for Town to produce another good goal to leave things tight at the break. Buoyed by their goal, Town put View under pressure from the restart and Jem Britten-Hepper had to be resolute in defence. Having weathered the storm, View then extended their lead through Louis Salmon’s determination in the box and a fine thumping left finish from Alfie Dobres.