Another trophy for Chichester lads - now they’re champions of champions

ANOTHER week brings another trophy for Chichester City’s under-18s after they beat Eastbourne Borough 3-1 in the Sussex champions of champions play-off final at Hassocks.

The west and east division champions both altered their line-ups and Eastbourne made Chi work hard from the off - although Chichester looked comfortable at the back.

When Chi broke, they looked dangerous with the lively Joe Gromett causing problems and aerial capabilities of Jono Tallent and Ryan Barratt concerning Eastbourne.

The deadlock was broken when a corner fell to Matt Boulton, who adjusted well to shoot acrobatically over his shoulder towards Chi continued to press but it was 1-0 at half-time.

In the second half Eastbourne brought on a pacy forward and played a more direct game. But a quick break from Gromett, whose pace and power had been a constant problem for Eastbourne, saw him break through and cut inside to slot the ball inside the far post.

Eastbourne pinned Chi back in their own half for long periods and the pressure paid off with a fine individual goal to make it 2-1.

Chi were awarded a free kick wide on the left and Alex Ansa cleverly drilled in a hard low drive at the near post which found the net to make it 3-1.

Chi brought on an extra defender and lost the influential Charlie Patterson to a pulled groin.

History was made as the youngsters brought the play-off shield back to Oaklands for the first time - at the third time of trying.

Chichester showed again what an excellent group of young players they have coming through the ranks - and most of these are first-year under-18s so next season looks even more promising.

CHICHESTER: Holden, Gilbert, Boulton, Barratt, Knowles, Pattison (Villanueva), Chittock, Tallent, Ansa, Gromett, Heath (Lillywhite).