Chichester City and Bosham enjoyed wins in the latest week of SCFL and Sussex Senior Cup action, but Sidlesham were held to a draw.
Here are the latest reports from all three teams...
Chi City 2 Horsham YMCA 1
SCFL premier division
Chi City 4 Storrington 1
Sussex Senior Cup R1
Two late goals from top scorer Marco Giambelardini sealed another win to extend Bosham’s lead at the top of the table.
Back-to-back home wins made it another excellent week for Chichester City.
The two Joshes – Clack and Case – scored the goals that earned Miles Rutherford’s men a 2-1 SCFL win over Horsham YMCA on Saturday.
Tom Gilbert’s goal 15 minutes from the end made them sweat but they hung on.
Things were more conclusive on Tuesday night as City brushed aside Storrington in the county cup first round.
Jake Gale got two and Clack and Ilbert Ankuma were on target in the 4-1 win.
City have two more home league games in the next week
– against Crawley Down Gatwick on Saturday and Arundel next Tuesday.
Sidlesham 2 Worthing Leisure 2
SCFL division two
Sidlesham were missing a few regulars through suspension and unavailability and had to settle for a draw against newly-promoted Worthing Leisure.
Wayward finishing and poor decision-making cost Daren Pearce’s side a win.
Dan Bassil shot wide after good work from Tom Bayley and Callum Dowdell, while at the other end good defending by the impressive Joe Leggatt and MoM Steve Williams saw off any danger –that is until the Worthing winger crossed for Chris Wiseman to slide in at the far post and convert.
Sidlesham got a deserved equaliser soon after. Working the ball out to the right, Bayley got his shot away and it took a a deflection and looped into the net.
Sidlesham were starting to create more chances with John Phillips and Will Essai both going close.
There second arrived after a great move involving Essai, Basil and Phillips with Phillips converting after being put clear.
Just before half-time Worthing were back on level terms, the home side guilty of giving the ball away and Stpehen Kirkham’s shot taking a massive deflection and wrongfooting Connor Kelly in goal.
Leggatt had to go off injured and Calvin Moses replaced him. Both sides tried in vain to go for the winner in the second half.
Kelly pulled off one incredible stop when it looked certain Worthing would score. Bassil, Bayley and Moses all had chances to steal the points with Phillips also going close with a volley from 35 yards.
Sids host Pagham under-21s in the Sussex Intermediate Cup this Saturday (3pm).
Rustington 0 Bosham 4
Two late goals from top scorer Marco Giambelardini sealed another win to extend Bosham’s lead at the top of the table at the expense of a Rustington side struggling to find any sort of form.
Bosham started brightly and after only eight minutes Giambelardini got through a static defence but put his effort wide of the post.
The Robins had Louis Bell up front and Bradley Miles restored to the midfield but playing against the stiff breeze was awkward and Bosham struggled to make serious inroads.
But just after the half-hour Jake Lafferty broke the deadlock. Alex Barnes got a sight of goal and fired a stinging effort at keeper Gareth Challen, who fumbled the effort into the path of Lafferty, who lashed it home.
Into the second period Bosham maintained their slender advantage despite Rustington starting to knock at the door a little more. Barnes brought out the best in Challen with a wonderful strike just after the hour and then, with a quarter of the match to go, Giambelardini nipped through tackles and, at the second attempt, found the bottom corner.
The Blues were caught out twice more as Bosham finished with a flourish. First Giambelardini was put through on goal by Olli Gilbert and found the net with ease – then Bradley Miles profited from shocking defending from a corner to nudge home at the back post.
Bosham are now six points clear.
Rustington are the visitors to Walton Lane this week in the Sussex Intermediate Cup.
Bosham: Joyce, Probee, Bulbeck, Gilbert, Fewell, Docherty, Barnes, Bell, Lafferty, Giambelardini, Miles. Subs: Redman, Woolcombe.
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