Marigolds leave Chichester all washed up

Joe Gromett is outnumbered at Lancing   Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140915-171343002
Joe Gromett is outnumbered at Lancing Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140915-171343002

It’s been a poor return in terms of points this week, but they can at least look back on a couple of good displays, reports Chester Browton.

Lancing 1 Chichester City 1

Chichester City 0 Littlehampton 1

Sussex League division one

CHICHESTER picked up just one point in two matches – despite a couple of decent performances.

A draw was probably a fair result at Lancing on Saturday.

The Lancers created enough chances to win the game during the opening 20 minutes but had only a single goal to show for their troubles, when Mike Williamson had the simplest of tap-ins after Lewis Finney’s shot was parried.

First-class goalkeeping by Anthony Ender kept City in contention and during the early part of the second half Sean Forry’s side pegged back their opponents.

Lancing had a couple of efforts cleared off the line and, with the match becoming quite niggly towards the end, Dan Hegarty snatched the equaliser for City from close range with seven minutes remaining.

CITY: Ender, Williams, F Smith, Boniface, Hibbert, Boulton, Hegarty, Woolf, Gromett, Ansa, Bush. Subs: Yates, Fowlie.

League leaders Littlehampton collected three points from Chichester in a high-tempo encounter at Oaklands on Tuesday night.

The Marigolds were the more forceful side during a frantic first half, but City managed to contain their rivals, who had lost 10-0 to Maidstone in the FA Cup three days earlier.

The closest Littlehampton could get during the opening 45 minutes was Danny Hand smashing the ball against the woodwork following a corner.

But having done well to soak up the pressure in the first period, City fell behind in the 50th minute when George Landais blasted in against his old club.

Littlehampton risked it by sitting back for the remainder of the match and allowed City to do the attacking, although the equaliser failed to materialise.

CITY: Ender, Williams, Edwards, Boniface, Hibbert, Hegarty, Woolf, F Smith, Gromett, Ansa, Bush. Subs: Forry, Groom, Fowlie.