On the 28th of February the Sussex County Representative team, consisting of players selected from teams competing in the Sussex Disability Football League travelled to Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre to take part in the quarter finals of the South East Regional Disability Cup competition.
The competition is a season-long tournament open to adult PAN-Disability teams from across the South East who currently compete in their own County FA Disability league. It is an 11-a-side tournament, which for many players is their first experience of playing football in that sized team as disability football is predominantly 7 v 7 or 5 v 5.
In the first game Sussex took on Folkestone Invicta, which saw them winning 2 -1 with goals from Laurence Copeland and Sam Piper.
The second fixture for Sussex was against Red Ten. This was a close competitive match with both teams creating chances. Will Brickell had an immediate impact when he created space for himself on the left of the penalty area sending his shot past the far post, however Red Ten were able to hold Sussex to a 0 – 0 draw.
In the final fixture of a long day Sussex’s hopes of reaching the semi – finals suffered a blow losing to the very experienced Reading 4-0. Goalkeeper Rob Jesse put in a brave performance keeping a clean sheet in the second half of the game; however the team lost out on a place in the next round on goal difference.