The first Semi-Final of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup is due to take place on Tuesday 1 March 2022 between Three Bridges and Worthing.
Three Bridges vs. Worthing
Sussex Senior Challenge Cup Semi-Final
Date: Tuesday 1 March 2022
Venue: Sussex County FA, Culver Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9AX
Record winners Worthing will be in search of a spot in the final of the Sussex Senior Cup for the first time in six years with Three Bridges stood in their way.
For Three Bridges boss Jamie Crellin, he’s happy to go into the game as underdogs.
“It's a mammoth test, this is a team that are six points clear at the top of Pitching Inn Premier Division, and I have absolutely no doubt that they will be playing National League South football next season.
“We're huge underdogs but I'm okay with that, there is absolutely no pressure on my players, they've been a credit to manage, they work hard week in, week out and if they perform how I know they can then anything can happen!”
This Semi-Final stage is the furthest Three Bridges have got in the Sussex Senior Cup, and Jamie wants to create further history for the club.
“It's a game we're looking forward to, it's the first time the club have ever made it this far in the Sussex Senior Cup, so it's a proud moment, however we aren't looking to stop here, we want to go all the way.
“I don't want to mention the final because we have a huge obstacle in the way first, but this club has so many incredible people associated with it that work tirelessly day in, day out, I know they would certainly enjoy watching us in the final!
“It's a fantastic competition that every club in Sussex wants to do well in, the attraction of playing in the final at the AMEX is appealing to all teams.
“As a player I only ever got as far as the semi-finals with Hastings, we were beaten by Bognor that night, so I'm hoping to go one step further as a manager!”
As much as Worthing come into the game as favourites, manager, Adam Hinshelwood is wary of the threat Three Bridges could pose to them.
“Crells has done really well since going into Three Bridges, got a couple of players we know, Brannon [O'Neill] is one we and our fans know well, plays in the middle of the pitch and I think he's their captain so he'll get them right up for this.
“So, we're under no illusions this will be a real tough game but like we do every game, we try and focus on ourselves, be on the top of our game and put in a good performance.”
This is a game though, Adam is raring to win, and finally continue Worthing’s strong history in the competition.
“It's a big game for us and we want to do well in this competition. We have a proud history in the Sussex Senior Cup, I think we've won it a record amount of times (21).
“We've given Brighton a good game in the Semi-Final before and I know it would mean a lot to everyone associated with Worthing to get to the final.
“For the supporters and the whole club, it's a great day out and we want to reward them for their support that they've given us.”
Adam tells us of the expectation on Worthing to do well in this competition but insists the players need to stick to the same process.
“It's a game both teams will be up for, it's a Semi-Final. Hopefully that will allow us to impose our type of game, but no doubt Three Bridges will look forward to playing on the 3G surface.
“Sometimes when it's the norm to play on a 3G you can become accustomed to it whereas perhaps if you aren't used to it, it can be a relief to play on it rather than a bumpy pitch, which makes players raise their game.
“The expectation from the club is that we're favourites in a lot of games now. That's due to how the players have performed over the last few years so there will be no change in our process.”
Entry prices for the Semi-Final are as follows (cash & card accepted):
£10.00 Adult (17+)
£5.00 Concession (65+ and students with valid student ID card)
£3.00 Child (16 and under)
£1.00 Official Match Day Programme
For further details about the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup please contact Competitions:
T: 01903 753547