Chichester City are looking up not down

Perry Northeast was Chichester's saviour at Hassocks  Picture: Michael Hulf
Perry Northeast was Chichester's saviour at Hassocks Picture: Michael Hulf

Chichester City moved into the top ten in division one of the Sussex League with a draw at Hassocks and a ‘home away win’ over basement side Worthing United.

Hassocks 2 Chichester City 2

Sussex League division one

PERRY NORTHEAST, playing in only his second game of the season for Chichester, snatched a late equaliser at Hassocks.

The boss of Pormpey Ladies slotted the ball in from the edge of the penalty area just when it seemed City were about to leave empty-handed.

After an evenly-contested early spell, Chichester began to create several good chances and deservedly took the lead on 24 minutes when Joe Gromett got on to the end of a well-constructed move.

Frazer Smith hit the woodwork with one of his typical long-range efforts before Hassocks moved up a gear midway through the second-half.

Phil Gault, who has proved to be Chichester’s nemesis on so many occasions over the years, levelled on 65 minutes when the ball fell perfectly for him following a mis-kick and the striker made no mistake from short-range.

The same player gave Hassocks the lead five minutes later - but towards the finish, fortunes changed again with all the attacking coming from Chichester.

With three clear chances failing to be converted, it seemed it wasn’t going to be City’s day ... until Northeast’s last-gasp goal secured a creditable 2-2 draw.

CITY: Ender, Sanashee, Northeast, Brookes, Hibbert, Kilner, Groom, Hegarty, Gromett, Landais, F Smith. Subs: Williams, Forry, Blatchford.

Chichester City 3 Worthing Utd 0

Sussex League division one

CHICHESTER had no difficulty in defeating bottom side Worthing on Tuesday. The fixture had a late switch to Oaklands Park because of floodlight problems at United’s ground.

It took only four minutes for City to get off the mark, with George Landais converting from point-blank range after a cross from the right.

For Worthing, Chad Milner’s header found the net on 33 minutes but was ruled offside.

City got a second on 55 minutes when a long ball into the goalmouth was scrambled over the line by Julian Boniface.

Landais broke clear in the final minute and combined well with Fraser Smith, who tucked the third goal home.

With other games called off, the result means Chichester move up four places to tenth in the division-one table.

CITY: Ender, Sanashee, Northeast, Boniface, Hibbert, Kilner, Groom, Hegarty, Brookes, Landais, F Smith. Sub: Williams.

- CHESTER BROWTON