FOOTBALL: Danny Cullip's weekly column (March 4)

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone at Whitehawk for their quarter-final success in the FA Vase on Saturday, with a 3-1 win at Gresley to reach the semi-finals and get that step closer to a Wembley final.

Well done to Darren Freeman, George Parris and the rest of the lads, including Richard Carpenter who made a cameo appearance.

I was with Chippy on Tuesday, by when I think he had started to finally stiffen up a bit. He said he got a call from Darren, who we both know very well from our Albion days and Chippy from even further back than that.

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Darren had asked him to give them a hand and he said couldn't let him down when he needed a favour.

And, despite being his first game for 18 months, he did extremely well, and he's been telling me all about a free kick he had saved, although I'm not so sure.

He was also saying what a great crack it was down there with all the players and coaching staff. He said the changing room banter was excellent and he really enjoyed it, with it feeling just like old times again.

I don't know if he'll play in the next round or not, as he was called in to combat a lot of injuries and suspensions.

But again, well done to them all. For a County League team from Sussex to achieve so much it is excellent.

Make no bones about it, they are a side looking to build themselves up to big things down there, but from where they are at the moment, it is a terrific accomplishment.

It will fill them with confidence to continue their league push as well and they won't be fearing anybody.

Brighton are also a side that won't have much fear at the moment.

From losing out to a 95th-minute equaliser at Leeds, picking up a win against Charlton and then the home win on Saturday, it puts us on to a great high heading into the final third of the season.

Also, the fact that on Tuesday we signed Stoke midfielder Diego Arismendi on loan is a massive boost.

Stoke paid a couple of million for him and he's a Uruguayan

international, so to make a signing of that quality is great for us.

Dave Hall took his Worthing Academy side up north for their quarter-final of the English Colleges National Cup on Tuesday, where they stayed for their game yesterday (Wednesday).

The lads were all dressed up in their dodgy shirts and ties, as well as having all their jewellery on and were very excited for the journey so, hopefully, they got the right result.

It'll be a great experience for them staying overnight in a hotel before the game and it's fantastic to see youngsters getting that opportunity.

Great credit goes to Worthing Academy for forking out to put them up. It shows that they care about players' development for the future and their well-being.


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