Sussex vs. MK Dons - 2-0
There was no rest for our Rep Squad as they were straight back in action, this time coming up against MK Dons, who had shown their qualities in the earlier fixtures.
Indeed, they were straight out of blocks, looking to get in behind the Sussex backline.
However, the line was held well throughout, with the Dons repeatedly caught off-side.
For Sussex, Rogers picked up where he left off in the previous game, making his now trademark run inside.
Indeed, just four minutes in, a mistimed tackle brought him down just outside the box, winning the side a free-kick.
Captain Courtney Hazelwood was elected to take the kick and proceeded to fire in a looping shot towards goal, which was well saved by the Dons keeper.
Yet unfortunately for the Dons, it was Sussex’s Sam Webster who was alive to the drop and was able to get his first time shot away quickest to give his side an early lead.
There was little time for celebrations however, as the Dons came straight back at Sussex, with a great last-ditch tackle from Bailey Walker preventing their striker going through on goal.
The next 10 minutes saw Sussex continue to keep the pressure on their opponents, as they looked for that all important second goal.
Yet the backline couldn’t afford to switch off, with the Dons attack looking increasingly dangerous.
But it was Sussex who were able to get the breakthrough in the last few minutes, thanks once again to Rogers, who darted past his man and blasted his shot in the back of the net to secure another important win.
Sussex vs. Slough Town - 0-0
Going into the game, Sussex knew that they had it all to do, with only a win keeping the pressure on Sutton United going into their final game.
Straight away Sussex were putting the pressure on the Slough backline, with their keeper tested just a few minutes in, with good efforts were fired in from just outside the box.
Just after five minutes, it looked like Hazelwood might have found the breakthrough with a well struck effort from range, however it just wasn’t able to dip enough to test the keeper.
The best chance of the game for either side fell to Sussex just after 10 minutes, when Dan Brooks shot from inside the box was well saved.
Alive to the rebound though was Danny Horner, but he was just able to guide his shot past the keeper, who reacted well to make the save.
Sussex kept up the intensity, even as the clock ticked down, with Rogers sending a good strike towards goal, but only finding the crossbar.
In the end, the Dons defence stood resolute, despite the remarkable effort of the Sussex attack.
Despite the result though, a second-place finish was confirmed for Sussex, a due reward for the hard work and determination shown throughout the day!
(A selection of photographs can be found on Facebook - courtesy of Simon Roe Photography)
Sussex: Savage, Brown, Wright, Webster, Brooks, Rogers, Slater, Lomas, Walker, Larson, Flak, Horrobin, Woodward, Horner, Hazelwood
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