Mid Sussex Senior Charity Cup Quarter-Final
Ifield won 7-6 on penalties
Recreation Ground, Buxted
Admission and Programme: None
Attendance: 32 (head count)
Match Rating: 3
My latest silly season groundhopping adventure took me to yet another Mid Sussex Football League ground, although this time in a cup competition, with the possibility of a giantkilling. It would also be a visit to a former Sussex County League venue, Buxted having played in Division Three for ten seasons here.
The Buxted Recreation Ground is just a five minute walk from Buxted rail station, and was a pleasant surprise given the club's lowly status in the second tier of the Mid Sussex League. The ground has a pleasant rural and peaceful feel to it, surrounded by trees, housing barely visible, and with long distance countryside views above the trees. A clubhouse is also present, which isn't particularly easy on the eye from the outside but being able to have a pint and hot food is welcome at this level.
This game would surely be a tough challenge for Buxted, playing against established Sussex County League Division Three side Ifield, who play two tiers above Buxted. Both teams are in the lower reaches of their respective divisions, with Buxted in eighth place in the 11 team Mid Sussex League Championship, and Ifield in tenth place in the 12 team Sussex County League Division Three. Ifield’s poor recent form would certainly give Buxted room for hope that they could bridge the two division gap between the two teams, having drawn one and lost the other four of their last five games. To set up this tie, both clubs last played in this competition last autumn, beating teams in their respective divisions, Buxted winning 2-4 at AFC Ringmer in October, whilst Ifield won 3-2 at home to Roffey in September.