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Malcolm Boyes29 Apr - 10:43
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Now we know who finished where and who will play who in the play-off semi-finals.

Eastbourne Town and Crowborough Athletic get home semi-final ties.

AFC Varndeanians finished the home season off with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Pagham in front of 71 fans. A Clarke goal after 18 minutes put the visitors 1-0 up and a second half effort by substitute Chipp-Smith gave them all the points, although they did have Kazlauskas sent off in the game.

Crawley Down Gatwick lost at home to second in the table Eastbourne Town in front of 171 spectators. Home hot shot Leslie scored in the 25th minute, however an equaliser from Walsh, an early second half rocket from Vickers put Town 2-1 up and victory was secured when Davies added a third.

Crowborough Athletic, after scoring 6 against Chessington & Hook United in mid-week when they played their Peter Bentley Challenge Cup Semi-Final at Broadbridge Heath hit another 5 against visitors Shoreham in front of 455 people.
An early strike by Vowles after 10 minutes put them 1-0 up, a resulting off the ball incident saw Timms getting a straight red for the visitors at the same time.
Further second half goals from Smith, Hopkinson, Hyland and Murrain made it a good day for the Crows and results elsewhere meant the Crows finished third in the table.

Eastbourne United Association rounded off their campaign with a 2-0 home win against Lingfield with 135 people in attendance. Creese put the home side one up in the 43rd minute and a second half effort from Ball made sure of the points.

The big game of the day saw fifth placed Hassocks take on then third placed Newhaven at the Beacon and it was the home side who prevailed by 5-1 in front of 673 fans.
An early goal by Bull put the Robins in front and that was the score at the break. An early second half goal from veteran Harding put the home side 2-0 up, but the prolific Robinson scored after 57 minutes which saw the Dockers make it 2-1.
Further goals from Wilkes, Troak and Blake secured the win and the Robins finish in fifth place and make the play offs.

Horsham YMCA ended their campaign with a 3-1 home win against Bexhill United whose season has drifted a bit since top scorer Shonk departed. 140 saw goals from Toure and Roberts put the home side 2-0 up after a goalless first half, Summerbell made it 2-1 but Taylor scored a third for YMCA to secure the points.

Little Common beat visitors Loxwood 4-1 in front of 128 fans in what was Lewis Parsons last game for them, however he didn’t manage to get on the score sheet but Scott and McLean did and a reply from Pereira made it 2-1 to the Common at the break.
Two further late goals from Smith and Warmington gave the home side all three points.

A 1-0 home win for Midhurst & Easebourne was secured by an 82nd minute goal from substitute Bedford over visitors Saltdean United who had Whitmore sent off, as was substitute Norgate for the home side. This match was played out in front of 147 spectators.

312 spectators saw Peacehaven & Telscombe 3-0 down at half time to Haywards Heath Town, who still had a faint chance of making the play offs but for that to happen they needed Hassocks to lose however they won.
Those first half goals were scored by Benson, Rhodes and Daniels-Yeomans, unfortunately, we have no idea who scored for the home side. Therefore, it was the Bears who went home with the points.

Champions Steyning Town celebrated winning the title in style by beating already relegated AFC Uckfield Town 10-1 in front of 677 happy fans. The home side were 7-1 up at half time, in fact they scored all 8 goals as the solitary goal for the visitors was an own goal.
The hosts took it easier in the second half and only scored 3 more goals, so here are the scorers (in no particular order), Shooman x2, Meehan x3, Radley-Martin x2, Remfrey, Hallett and Chalaye.

So we know the champions are Steyning Town so congratulations to them and we sadly know that AFC Uckfield Town are the relegated club so commiserations to them. Good luck to both sides in whatever division and league they might end up in as we all know nothing can be taken for granted when the FA League Committee meet and talk about who went up, who went down, who has asked to be moved, who wants to be relegated, who has failed ground grading and who may have folded or gone bust. Only time and the result of the various play offs will all become clear.

The SCFL Play Off picture now looks like this:
Eastbourne Town v Hassocks
Crowborough Athletic v Newhaven.
Ties to be played on Tuesday, 30th April 2024. Games are played to a conclusion and if the scores are tied after 90 minutes then it is straight to penalties, there is NO extra-time.

The winners of each tie will play each other on Sunday, 5th May 2024 at the home of the highest placed finisher in the table.

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