Our Disability Representative Squad have another trophy in their sights as they stormed through to the Semi-Finals of the South East Regional Disability 11v11 Competition.
After wins over Hampton & Richmond and MK Dons, a draw with Reading and third win against Charlton ensured their qualification in flying colours without the defence being breached.
Match 1 vs. Hampton & Richmond
Sussex watched on as Hampton & Richmond gained an impressive opening victory against MK Dons, winning 2-0. The team weren’t phased however and took no time in showing them who the team to beat was.
James Smith was played through by Dave Lambert just 3 minutes in and the number 9 slotted home coolly into the far corner to open the scoring.
Hampton & Richmond, however, were gifted an opportunity back in the game from the spot but they couldn’t capitalise and saw the penalty drift wide.
Sussex looked to punish them and did so emphatically with two quick-fire goals. First from Lambert who charged through their defence and struck into the top corner with a lovely lob over the goalkeeper. This was shortly followed by Smith who added his second heading in at close range.
Minutes later, it was a fourth for Sussex when Frazer Standen found space and nicely placed a shot into the far corner from the left of the penalty area.
Stats: (Sussex-Hampton & Richmond)
Goals: 4-0; Shots, 11-2; Shots-on-Target: 4-1; Corners: 4-1; Offsides, 2-2; Fouls: 1-3.
Match 2 vs. MK Dons
MK Dons showed great resilience and battled hard in defence which made it hard for Sussex break them down. They eventually found the breakthrough, however, when Danny Alnutt fired home from the edge of the box leaving the Dons ‘keeper with no chance.
Then, shortly before full-time, Lambert ensured the victory, striking in at close range after zig zagging his way through the Dons back-line. That setup an intriguing game against Reading up next who had also maintained a 100% start in the competition.
Stats: (Sussex-MK Dons)
Goals: 2-0; Shots, 7-2; Shots-on-Target: 4-1; Corners: 4-0; Offsides, 1-1; Fouls: 2-2.