The final of the Sussex Stan Beattie Memorial Trophy (Under-15s) is due to take place on Sunday 20 March 2022 between Burgess Hill Town and Worthing.
Burgess Hill Town vs. Worthing
Sussex Stan Beattie Memorial Trophy Final (Under-15s)
Date: Sunday 20 March 2022
Venue: Sussex County FA, Culver Road, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 9AX
Two league rivals meet on Sunday with Burgess Hill Town facing Worthing in an all-Mid Sussex Youth Football League final.
Burgess Hill manager, Gary Mansell, is looking forward to finally getting a chance to win the competition.
“The County Cup is big for us and one that we got to the semi-finals of during COVID and unfortunately it got cancelled so we're really pleased to make it to the final.
“Worthing are a good side and I've been really impressed with them this year. We've played them twice in the league and luckily we came out on top!
“They were two really good games though so I think it should make for a very good final with two good footballing sides.”
Gary’s side are competing well at the top of Division One and is looking forward to his team playing the big occasion.
“The boys are buzzing at the moment, they seem up for it, looking forward to it. They trained well on Tuesday, so I think we'll be going into it with good energy.
“We're really lucky to have a really good group that so this is just another occasion for them to showcase themselves and show what they're about. I'm sure the boys will be fine, they'll enjoy their football, they'll enjoy the buzz of having lots of supporters there.
“It's a good pitch, brilliant venue, and these are the occasions I think they will look back on with fond memories in years to come.”
Gary moved his team to Burgess Hill from Mile Oak Wanderers as he saw a clearer pathway for his players and is looking forward to the future.
“As a club, Burgess Hill have been so good to us, Jay [Lovett] keeps tabs on what's going on. Some of the boys have played Under-18s this year as well so we're really enjoying the opportunities the club provides.
“Our view next year is to take the main bulk of the group into the under-18s, we think we've got a good enough group to do that.
“Next year will be more about development than results but we're more than confident that they will hold their own and it will prepare them for senior football.”
For Worthing manager, Jamie Walter, he’s hoping his team can have some better luck against Burgess Hill than they’ve had in the league.
“We know Burgess Hill well, so we know how good they are. But on our day, playing to the best of our ability, we can give them a good game.
“I'll be telling them to keep calm, relax, enjoy their football and whatever happens they've done amazingly well to get there. Leave everything on the pitch.
“We've had closely-fought games with Worthing losing 2-0 and 4-3 but that second one was a last-minute winner!”
Similarly, for Worthing, the players have a fantastic senior squad to look up to, and Jamie believes this final is a key time to showcase themselves.
“It's hugely inspiring for the players to have the setup that we have at Worthing. The pathway for the boys is fantastic and gives them a real chance to go up the age groups and make a name for themselves.
“It's a great opportunity for them to go out there and show what they can do, show Adam [Hinshelwood] and Nathan [Bowen] that they can handle pressure and perform.
“I think the boys will handle the pressure they're a very level-headed bunch, they'll stick together as a team and I know they will be fine.”
Entry prices for the final are as follows (cash and card accepted):
£4.00 Adult (17+)
£2.00 Concession (65+ and students with valid student ID card)
FREE Child (16 and under)
£1.50 Official Match Day Programme
For further details about the Sussex Stan Beattie Memorial Trophy (Under-15s) please contact Competitions:
T: 01903 753547