Bosham suffer a Henfield hiccup

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Bosham and Lavant both slipped to defeats in the laterst round of West Sussex League games.

Henfield 2 Bosham 0

West sussex League premier division

Bosham suffered a blow to their title aspirations, succumbing to two second-half goals at rivals Henfield.

The Robins were searching for a win that would mean a giant step towards the title - but a sterling second-half performance from the black and whites gave Reds manager Andy Probee’s his first taste of defeat in a league fixture.

Despite the difficult surface, Bosham started brightly and forced a succession of early corners.

Dave Storey had a great opportunity to open the scoring when he turned and fired towards goal only for keeper Ben Long to save well on the stretch.

Storey had another chance when gifted a clean header but the chance sailed over the bar.

Bosham continued to press but their luck in the final third just wasn’t holding with more chances coming and going.

Storey, Kieran Hartley and Marco Giamberladini all failed to finid their finish.

As the second half got under way, the hosts started to take control.

The hosts caused early problems for the Bosham back-line through Sam Witherden and James Smillie - and it was Smillie who broke the deadlock just before the hour.

Bosham failed to deal with a long throw from Simon Price and, with the ball bobbling about, Smillie took his chance to rifle home a stunning volley that left keeper Simon Hasted helpless.

New head coach Grahame Vick did his best to reignite the team from the touchline as Bosham set about trying to get back into it.

There was always a chance the Reds could get caught on the break as they committed more bodies to attack and, after Giamberladini wasted a golden chance to level, Henfield sped away on the break and Ollie Parsons let fly and saw his effort beat the despairing dive of Hasted.

The title race is wide open with the final month of the campaign upon us and Bosham now must wait until next Wednesday for their next match - at home to Lancing United next Wednesday (April 9, 6.15pm).

BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Dowden, Jack Hancock, Edgington, Docherty, Lancaster, Wilson, MGiamberladini Storey, Hartley. Subs: Moore, Cooper.

Lavant 2 Holbrook 3

Premier division

This was truly a game of two halves with Holbrook snatching a dramatic winner at the death.

Lavant started in positive manner and got their reward eight minutes in with a training-ground set play, Neville with a low driven corner and Brooks running in at the near post to steer home.

Sandford, Neville and Hancock combined well in every foray forward and on the half-hour Lavant extended their lead, Neville delivering a cross for Hancock to poke home.

Then came the turning point - a silly free-kick was conceded in the final third, it was well-delivered from the Holbrook skipper resulting in Lavant’s Chris Richards getting the wrong side of his man and pulling him to the ground. A penalty was given - an d dispatched.

The second half saw the away side buoyed by their goal. There was an element of deja-vu for the Holbrook equaliser; again it followed a silly foul in the final third and quality of delivery from their skipper saw a free header hit the post and tapped in with the Lavant defence like statues.

Lavant had chances, notbly for the impressive Hancock, but the keeper was equal to them all.

Holbrook took all the points after Matt Lyttle was caught in possession in the dying moments, a forward racing clear to beat the stranded Sanson.

LAVANT: Sanson, Gabb, Lyttle, Richards, Wright, Houghton, Brooks, Haslam, Neville, Hancock, Sandford. Subs: Weller, Holmes, Grace.