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Regan's loyalty rewarded with straightforward win for Clarets

Cherry Red Records Combined Counties League Premier Division

Horley Town 4 Westfield 1

HAPPY Horley Town boss Anthony Jupp revealed this week that the Clarets had rejected a seven-day approach for star striker Leyton Regan.Leyton Regan

Former Redhill marksman Regan was the subject of an official offer from Southern Counties East League club Crowborough AFC.

However, talented youngster Regan has pledged his loyalty to The New Defence club.

Clarets' legend Jupp admitted: "We were made a firm bid for Leyton but I am delighted to say that he has decided to stay put with us as a contract player."

Ironically, highly-rated Regan was substituted by impressive ex-South Park player Michael Smith on the hour mark as Horley climbed to fifth place in the Combined Counties League Premier Division table by beating lowly Woking-based Westfield comfortably on Tuesday.

Richard Wetton broke the deadlock after only two minutes, shooting home at the far post following Regan's pinpoint cross from the left.

Asa Curtis extended the lead after 17 minutes after Regan's free-kick from the left saw Ryan Brackpool help the ball on and although Curtis was denied by goalkeeper captain Stuart Norman, Curtis snapped up the rebound for 2-0.

Leading scorer Ashley Nadesan extended the hosts' advantage to 3-0 with a calm finish after 18 minutes before Robert Parrot exploited slack defending by reducing the arrears out of the blue two minutes later, punishing sloppy defending following a free-kick by beating goalkeeper George Hyde.

However, a further minute later, leading scorer Nadesan finished the game effectively as a contest by completing the scoring and his decisive brace by shooting home, giving Norman no chance following Wetton's cross from the right.

Incredibly, that was all she wrote as they say and bewildered boss Jupp was left scratching his head afterwards as to what had happened.

Twenty minutes of magic gave way to 70 minutes of mediocrity.

Jupp admitted afterwards: "It was such a strange game! The players who did so well for me at the start in such an exciting attacking formation fell away after all that early enthusiasm.

"So much so that I was disappointed with a few individual performances which was such a shame after the great way in which we had started the game."

Jupp admitted afterwards that his 18-strong squad will be tested to the limit for the run-in to such a successful season.

Returning Brackpool will be unavailable again soon, while experienced number one Hyde is also due to be sidelined shortly.

Jupp made no bones about the continuing loss of midfield maestro Ben Herdman which continues to undercut Clarets' best efforts.

But Herdman must spend at least another week sidelined with his suspected broken rib.

Horley host fourth-placed Camberley Town on Saturday before being due to visit Chessington & Hook United in a rearranged clash at Chalky Lane on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Jupp admitted: "Overall, I am still really pleased with the progress that we are making to be in fifth place in the table when we are hardly spending any money on players compared to other clubs around us.

"It is also particularly pleasing to see the likes of young Bailey Rumbelow come on as substitute against Westfield and make such a favourable impression, showing the strength of our youth team ranks."

Jupp also singled out centre-back Lewis Forsdick for special praise, having performed so impressively that he is still keeping former captain Liam Cox out of the starting side despite young Cox having completed his three-match suspension recently following his sending-off against Epsom & Ewell. And the Clarets’ boss also reserved a particular mention for Asa Curtis who bounced back to form with an accomplished display in linking attacks so strongly from the kick-off as the hosts dominated the opening 20 minutes to devastating effect.

While the remainder of the match paled into insignificance in stark contrast, Clarets’ players should still be proud of their efforts in continuing to rub shoulders with the leading teams in the top division.

Horley Town: George Hyde, Scott Robson, Jack Poplett, Robert Burbidge, Adam Pullin (capt)(James Clarke 80 min), Lewis Forsdick, Leyton Regan (Michael Smith 61 min), Ryan Brackpool, Asa Curtis, Ashley Nadesan, Richard Wetton (Bailey Rumbelow 61 min). Unused subs: Liam Cox, Nathan Jupp.

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