Oak crash from cup at Rustington

MILE Oak Football Club crashed out of the County League Division 2 Cup on Saturday when they went down 4-0 at Rustington.

Oak had won 2-0 at Blues in the league in September but Rustington got their revenge and will now meet Bexhill in the quarter-finals.

Oak’s Nathan Loughlin blazed over from close range early on after Wayne Whittington challenged Rustington keeper Andy McCarthy, before Blues went ahead on 20 minutes through Matt Huckett.

Brett Neal doubled the lead when he headed home 10 minutes later and Andy Boxall netted the third two minutes into the second half.

Huckett then volleyed home the fourth midway through the half to complete the scoring.

Mile Oak were without striker Tony Burnett and defenders Chris Paine and Jamie Ash, and Burnett said: “We were poor. We had a friendly run-out at Ringmer last week when we drew 4-4 and played really well and that was good to blow away a few cobwebs.

“But we didn’t play like that and it was like Rustington had the midweek run-out.

“They got their goals at intermittent intervals and we just never got going and it was a bit of a pasting in the end.”

Burnett is having an operation today (Thursday) after suffering a torn medial meniscus cartilage and hamstring in his side’s friendly at Ringmer last week.

He will be out for between four to six weeks.

MILE OAK: Stenning; Stephens, Hollick, Loughlin, Marsh; Pulling, French, W.Whittington, Ransome; Kerly; Rewell. Subs: Wedge-Bull, Austin-Slade (Whittington, Stephens 65), Cornish (Loughlin 75).

l Mile Oak Reserves progressed in the Vernon-Wentworth Cup on Saturday with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win after a 2-2 draw with Storrington.

Karl Gillingham and Jamie Ash, with a penalty, netted for Oak in normal time, before Ash, Reece Mills, Mark Lawson and John Cairns scored in the shoot-out, while Oak keeper Matt Grimstone made two saves.