2021-05-08 Upper Beeding (Away)

Supplementary Cup Semi Final

Score: 2-4

attendance (bcd)

Rustington Line Up
1, Billy Nash
2, Gary Peters
3, Regan Miles
4, Rob Brown
5, Mike Gilchrist
6, Alex MacIver (c)
7, Joe Oliver
8, Declan Jenkins (James Bennett, 77)
9, Josh Irish
10, James Butt
11, Chris Darwin

12, Carl Bennett
14, Oli Chick
15, Jake Cleall
16, James Bennett (for Declan Jenkins, 77)
17, Jamie Crouch

James Butt (09)
Josh Irish (17, 76)
Chris Darwin (27)

Rustington produced one of their best 45 minutes since their return to action to see off the challenge of Upper Beeding to progress to the Division 2 Supplementary Shield final.

A dominant first half meant the game was effectively won before half time – and it could have been more comprehensive.

Goals from James Butt, Josh Irish and Chris Darwin put the aways side 3-0 up and Upper Beeding offered very little at a very blustery Steyning Town FC.

Upper Beeding did enjoy a strong 15-minute period in the second half ass the hard-working Kris Harding scored a quickfire double to raise anxiety in the Rustington camp.

But top scorer Irish doubled his own tally and secured Rustington’s place in the final against Montpelier Villa, who they’ve already beaten 3-1 earlier in the competition.

The final is at Steyning next Tuesday night.

It was a strong Rustington performance with some excellent performances all round, none more so than man of the match Rob Brown, who was excellent in the heart of the midfield.