Oak book Division 1 Challenge Cup semi-final spot

Mile Oak Football Club booked their spot in the Southern Combination League Division 1 Challenge Cup semi-finals last night.

Thursday, 14th April 2016, 9:44 am
Updated Thursday, 14th April 2016, 9:48 am
Danny Curd got Oak's opener last night

Danny Curd, Fergus Davis and Liam Austin-Slade got the goals as Oak came out 3-0 victors over Lingfield in the third round clash.

With Anthony Whittington’s side still in the hunt for a third place and promotion finish, coupled with their last-four place in the cup, it looks to be an intriguing final few weeks for Oak.

Curd fired the home side ahead on 23 minutes but they were made to wait until five minutes from time to book a semi-final spot.

Davis was the man who made it 2-0 and all but secured a final four place.

Substitute Austin-Slade then added a third with a minute left to ensure Oak progressed and book a semi-final date with league champions Haywards Heath.

Oak boss Whittington knows that will be a tough test but his side will have nothing to lose.

He said: “It’s nice to be in the semi-finals once again. We reached the same stage last season then met Worthing United who ended up winning the double.

“On the night, we were the better team and deserved the victory over Lingfield but looking ahead we know Haywards Heath will be a difficult test.

“We’ll have to be a lot better than we were against them in the league, that’s probably our cup final and we will give it a good go.”

MILE OAK: Stenning; Dermott, Gillingham, Hall, Whiting; Garrod, Sheldon, Watts; Arnold, Curd, Davis. Subs: Pollard (Gillingham), Watts (Austin-Slade), Pulling (Davis), Aldis, Burnett.

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