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FOOTBALL: Sussex beaten by Hampshire counterparts


A Sussex CCC team made up mainly of the Club’s professional cricketing staff were beaten on Wednesday evening when they ‘swapped balls’ to take on South Coast rivals Hampshire in an 11-aside football match.

The game took place under the lights at Littlehampton Town Football Club with a crowd of around 200 helping raise monies for both the cricket and the football club who play at St Flora’s Road.

Sussex’s playing staff included Chris Nash, Ben Brown, Matt Machan, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Will Beer, Harry Finch, Chris Liddle and Middlesex’s Tom Smith whilst Hampshire boasted Liam Dawson, James Vince, Hamza Riazuddin, Sean Ervine amongst their ranks, along with Tymal Mills of Essex, and Jason Dodd, formerly of both Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton.

The first half started brightly and both sides had their chances to break the deadlock, infact both teams could have been awarded penalties during the opening exchanges when Vince was brought down in the home box by Beer before at the other end, Liddle was hauled down by Dawson but the referee wasn’t interested in either shout.

Hampshire then took the lead against the run of play as the thoughts turned to the half-time oranges. A long-throw from Mills wasn’t dealt with by the Sussex defence and Vince, a former QPR trialist, bundled the ball home from close range. The hosts came close to an equaliser before the break when Gary Wallis-Tayler just failed to latch on to a Brown through ball before Smith stung the gloves of visiting custodian Ervine.

After an even first period the second half began with Hampshire on the front foot pinning Sussex into their own half and were rewarded when Tom Mundy’s curling shot went in off the post beating a helpless James Askew between the sticks. The second goal was a wake-up call for Sussex who grew in confidence and camped in the opposition’s half in search of a response. Brown went close with a cross-shot before Hamilton-Brown and Smith both blazed efforts over the bar. But as full-time approached and Sussex pushed men forward, Mills broke the offside trap and eventually slotted past Askew for the third and final goal with the last kick of the match.

A big thank you goes to Littlehampton Town FC for hosting the match and Sussex will be looking to arrange further fixtures during the winter season.

Sussex: James Potten (Business Development), James Askew (Ground Staff), Chris Nash, Ben Brown, Matt Machan, Rory Hamilton-Brown, Will Beer, Harry Finch, Chris Liddle, Tom Smith, Steve Feazey (Cricket Development), Michael Gould (Newbery), Bradley Hatchett (Brighton & Hove Albion Staff), Mark Judges (Business Development), Adam Matthews (Communications & Marketing), Jordan Rollings (Newbery), Alan Smith (Cricket Development), Dave Wade (Player/Manager), Gary Wallis-Tayler (Cricket Development).

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