Four more games for the firsts but not as much success as the previous months in October. Dudley Christensen’s men’s winning streak came to an undignified end after a short trip down Cuckfield Road to Ansty. Conceding two in the first five minutes including a goal from the kick off summed up the Blue Dog’s afternoon in the 5-3 defeat.
Things didn’t improve against Ridgewood as a hat-trick from the Lewes side’s forward trumped Blaxall’s brace. This loss sparked a re-think in tactics and Hurst reverted to a back four for Portslade and the visit from Monty Villa, with winning results coming from both games.
The reserves finished October in 6th place in division 4 south, an uncomfortable position for the side considering last years success.
The win against Fairfield at home, the second half display against Newick and the continued goal scoring form of Joe Butterfill are the main highlights….and vertically challenged Drew Nelson scoring a header.
James Davis was nominated for player of the month as he picked up two MOM awards as well as wearing the armband on two occasions – exactly the path the club knew James would take when he joined two years ago as a 16 year old walking into a men’s team.
Only three games for our youngsters this month but that didn’t stop Robbie Payne scoring seven goals. The young star has continued to play Saturday and Sunday for Hurstpierpoint and is showing no signs of burning out.
Despite the loss to Forest Row, Benjamin and Lambert are very pleased with how the team is settling into the season. The performances of Renault (see below), Sensier, Messer, Grant and Evans have meant they’ve been given a chance in the first or reserve team at some point.
Ansty 5-3 Hurstpierpoint
Scorers: Payne, Hayter, OG
Ridgewood 3-2 Hurstpierpoint
Scorers: Blaxall (2)
Portslade Athletic 1-4 Hurstpierpoint
Scorers: Hayter (2), Blaxall, S.Ritchie (P)
Hurstpierpoint 3-2 Montpellier Villa II
Scorers: Payne, Bartram (P), Hayter
Hurstpierpoint 1-4 Eastbourne Athletic
Hurstpierpoint 5-2 Fairfield
Scorers: Mallon (2), Butterfill (2), Drake
Hurstpierpoint 3-7 Burgess Hill Albion 2nds
Scorers: Butterfill (2), Nelson (Header….how?)
Newick 4-3 Hurstpierpoint
Scorers: Williams, Booker, Butterfill
Hurstpierpoint 1-6 Forest Row
Hurstpierpoint 6-1 Sutton Knights
Scorers: Payne (4), Sensier (2)
Newhaven 1-2 Hurstpierpoint
Scorers: Payne (2)
October Top Scorers:
Payne 9 ⚽️
Butterfill 5 ⚽️
Hayter 4 ⚽️
Season Top Scorers:
Payne 13 ⚽️
Butterfill 8 ⚽️
Blaxall 6 ⚽️
⭐️Player of the month: Alex Renault claims player of the month for October. Alex started the season as a player that could fit into a number of positions at the back and around the midfield, however this month has firmly stated his case as a central midfielder; picking up the MOM award against Forest Row and was one of the top performers in the other two games.