Hurstpierpoint Firsts 2-1 Jarvis Brook II (Edgar German Cup)

Hurstpierpoint went one better than last year and finished their season lifting the Edgar German Cup at Hanbury Stadium in Haywards Heath, last Wednesday.

Will Maltby failed a late fitness test so Alex Williams stepped into the midfield alongside Ed Bartram. Olly Lambert started on the right with Simon Blaxall down the middle. Four natural centre halves made up the back line in Godfrey, Jepson, Ritchie and Oecken.

Hurst started the brighter, D’Alessio and Oecken combining down the left a couple of times in the first five minutes.

Jarvis Brook then began to show their quality with their captain dominating the midfield battle – something he did for the majority of the game rightfully earning him the man of the match award.

Just before half time Lambert and D’Alessio swapped wings and a cross from Olly was headed in by Luca to give the Blue Dogs a 1-0 lead going into the break.

The second half started shakily for Hurst and Brook got through on goal and made it count by winning a penalty after Martin Smith was deemed to have bought down their forward who dispatched the spot kick confidently.

Bas Robinson came on for Alex Williams; both reserve team players mainly throughout the season but did not look in any way out of place in this game.

The magic moment came on the 75th minute when Luke Martin found some space in the middle of the pitch before firing in a trademark strike past the Brook keeper from thirty yards.

Hurst typically dug in deep and defended confidently and kept Brook from creating anymore chances despite them largely dominating the possession and performing very well.

Scenes.

Man Of The Match: Luke Martin

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