Victories for Bosham and Wheatsheaf feature in our latest West Sussex League round-up.
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Bosham 2 Holbrook 0
West Sussex League premier division
Two late goals at Walton Lane saw a resilient Bosham side go to the top of the premier division- giving manager Andy Probee the perfect resumption to the season after the extended break.
Holbrook, who are propping up the table, gave a sterling performance to frustrate the Robins but late changes to personnel eventually saw Bosham get their reward with two goals in the last five minutes finally putting paid to the Blues’ great efforts.
Bosham started brightly and had the defence on their toes with a succession of early corners but Dean Ayling and Neil Redman were unable to find a route to goal.
The crowd were expectant that the Robins could get their noses in front sooner rather than later. The going was tough, with a heavy pitch as a result of recent rain, but Holbrook did start to improve.
Captain Terry Smith galvanised the troops and chances started to appear, with Dan Nason and Max Labram both spuring chances.
The second half started like the first had ended, with both sides lacking a killer instinct, and Bosham were concerned at the amount of possession the visitors were getting.
Leigh Harrison dived superbly to keep out a stinging effort from Matt Docherty after good work from Adam Brett.
Bosham made some late changes to bring on fresh legs and with five minutes to go, Ayling pounced to get the breakthrough.
Brett provided a teasing cross from the right into the box and Graeme Dowden beat his marker to the ball to nod it goalwards. Harrison could only parry it and Ayling popped up at the back stick to poke the ball home.
In injury time, Dowden put the seal on the result with an impudent finish. James Bracher, despite great pressure from Paul White, provided the perfect through-ball for Dowden to run on to and, after taking a touch, produced the perfect lobbed effort over the despairing fingertips of keeper Harrison.
Bosham manager Probee was delighted with the result.
Bosham: Hasted, Probee, Dowden, Jack Hancock, Blanshard, Docherty, Bracher, Wilson, Redman, Ayling, Brett. Subs: Payne, Cooper, Carter.
Wheatsheaf 6 Elmer 3
Division five south
Wheatsheaf went top with a win over fourth-placed Elmer.
The game began with Wheatsheaf slightly the better side but a combination of poor play in the final third and solid defending from the Elmer back five kept them at bay.
Elmer struck first after the Sheaf failed to defend the first ball or clear the second, allowing Cassey to poke home from close range.
Almost from the restart, Mercer found Michael Woolston, who finished to make it 1-1.
Despite getting back into the game, The Sheaf again gifted a chance to Elmer when a defensive mix-up saw the ball fall to an Elmer player who rounded the keeper. He missed but the referee saw a foul by the keeper and pointed to the spot.
Cassey slotted home the penatly to make it 2-1.
Wheatsheaf got back in the game with a goal from Woolston before Elmer again took the lead through Raz Miah’s long-range effort.
Although Wheatsheaf were not at their best, they always looked like scoring and Woolston set up Boxall to maintain his record of scoring in every game.
Elmer deserved to go in at half-time at least level, but with minutes of the half remaining, Woolston lobbed the advancing keeper and a defender on the line to make the score 4-3.
The second half saw an improved performance from The Wheatsheaf, and goals from Woolston and Barnett made the score 6-3.
MoM was Woolston.