Magpies bring Sussex Cup back to The Nest
The Magpies went into the match as the form team, having gained four wins and a draw this season and conceding only once during those matches.
The early running was shared between the two sides, but the bigger threat was from Dorkinians, and the Whites had to try to hit he opposition on the break. Secure defending from the back four ensured that keeper Kinley Talbot didn’t have to make too many saves, but when he was called upon, he pulled off a superb save low in the bottom corner.
There were a couple of tweaks to the team for the second half it was a nervous few minutes as no-one wanted to make a mistake. Then a wonder strike a Dorkinians midfielder thundered in the top corner, leaving Kinley with no chance.
The Magpies were starting to get some more joy in wide areas, making the opposition play deeper.
One Magpies attack, on the right, was half cleared and fell nicely to Alex Leech, who took a couple of neat touches and then let fly with his left foot - it went straight into the top corner. What a strike.
With about 15 minutes left, the ref gave a foul to the Magpies about 30 yards out, and Chris Coombe stepped up to take it. His powerful shot was fingertipped on to the crossbar by the keeper and the ball dropped into the six-yard box. Neo Kourpas, whose clever inverted run had eluded the defence and the offside flag, was first to react and he smashed the ball emphatically into the net.
Absolute scenes ensued with wild goal celebrations.
Loxwood had to close the game out and Dorkinians had one more half chance before the final whistle.
Emotions were high and the boys celebrated passionately.
The day was rounded off perfectly with a trip back to The Nestat Loxwood to parade the trophy alongside the club’s first team. All in all this was a brilliant example of grassroots football in the community.
Faygate’s excellent form continued as they defeated Crawley Utd 5-2 to go second.
They raced into a 3-0 lead through a Phillip Tatum brace and a strike from Sean Murahwa. However Crawley who were a threat and responded with two goals in two minutes after the restart.
An excellent break away saw Sean Purser provide a cross for Tatum for his hat-trick. Bailey Shorey added a fifth when he headed home a Liam Armstrong corner.
Beran Janneh and Lucas Potte were excellent.