Top-of-the-table Hangleton prove to be no match for a fierce South Malling Wanderers

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Top-of-the-table Hangleton found themselves overwhelmed by South Malling Wanderers’ fierce attacking play at the Convent Field.

George Shiel opened the scoring for SMW, then Jake Tomsett volleyed home the second.

Fraser Cox got his first goal of the season with a blast from the edge of the penalty area, before Tomsett grabbed another just before half-time. The visitors pulled a goal back early in the second half but superb defending from Ben Johnson, tireless midfield work from Fraser Cox and spectacular goalkeeping from Zachary Brooks kept them frustrated. Jay Pullen scored SMW’s fifth from Harrison Ovenden’s slick through ball. Hangleton got their second right on the final whistle but SMW can be happy with a well-deserved victory.

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A hat-trick by Jordan Groves was the highlight of his thumping win for Hailsham. The Colts were soon in front from a Callum Hickey header. Rusthall drew level within minutes. Jake Packham, fresh from the bench, soon had Rusthall’s defence on the back foot with his lightning pace and was felled in the box; he calmly put the penalty away. Downhill after the break the Colts were confident of more goals, and it wasn’t long before Groves got his first of the day. Rusthall had little to offer so the Colts pushed on, Groves scoring a further two with a much-deserved solo goal coming for Packham as the Colts got back on winning form and jumped to second in the league.

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The second meeting of the season between Jarvis Brook and Crowborough Athletic saw Brook celebrating again at the final whistle with a 5-2 victory over their local rivals in the Sussex County Cup. As in the first match, it was Crowborough who took the early initiative and struck first inside the opening minutes after indecisive defending from the home side.

It didn’t take Brook long to find their way back into the game though, as Josh Holden stole the ball off a defender and burst into the penalty box before hitting it past the keeper to level.

Midway through the half a Harry McLeod cross found James Broom at the back post who connected with a left foot half-volley to give his side the lead. A spate of missed chances then came and went and it took a cool and calm Holden finish to extend Brook’s lead after Dan Kommu had beaten the opposition’s defence with a slide rule pass. Brandon Pestano came on and scored Brook’s fourth with his first touch of the game, an attack which saw the influential Holden supply the assist.

Pestano then bagged his second goal in 10 minutes before Crowborough rounded off the scoring with a long range effort, albeit a consolation.

Jarvis Brook can take confidence out of an excellent defensive performance from the whole back four and in particular an outstanding Jake Tibbutt.

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Brook’s U13 side reclaimed top spot in division C of the Crowborough and District League after another convincing victory on Sunday.

Brook took the lead inside the first minute, when Rhys Norcross pounced as the opposition keeper spilled a shot from hat-trick scorer Elliot Charman. The lead was soon increased after a sublime lob from Jordan Honeysett for the second. Man of the match Honeysett also made the third goal for Charman to score.

Any resistance from the opposition faded away in the second half when Brook became rampant. The pick of the goals came when Elliot Key took the ball from his own 18-yard line and run the full length of the pitch before delivering a perfect cross for Franklyn Taylor to meet with a thumping header. Two more came before the final whistle. The goals were shared between Charman, Honeysett, Noah Volavka, Norcross, Tyler Miller, Franklyn Taylor and Harry Welfare.

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Brook made their way into the second round of the Crowborough KO Cup with this win away to Uckfield. Frustration grew for Brook as they failed to score from several opportunities – that is until 15 minutes into the second half when a great pass from Josh Tyler founds its way to Herbie Sudds who put the ball away. But their lead was short-lived when Uckfield levelled to send the game into extra time. Extra time again proved frustrating, before Jamie Johnson finally got the goal Brook had been desperately searching for.