Selsey are out of FA Vase - but new faces can lift them

Littlehampton (yellow shirts) close in on a Selsey attack  Picture by Chris Hatton
Littlehampton (yellow shirts) close in on a Selsey attack Picture by Chris Hatton

Selsey were knocked out of the FA Vase in a 2-0 home defeat to Littlehampton.

Littlehampton proved too strong and second-half goals from Ben Gray and Liam Humphreys were enough to see the Golds through to the second qualifying round.

Selsey manager Adam Hinslewood was disappointed with the result and believed his team needed to be more clinical, saying: “We didn’t take our chances when we were on top and gave two sloppy goals away.

“They’re a good side, sitting in the top half of the league, but we make it hard for ourselves when we make basic mistakes at the back. We need to be more clinical in both boxes if we want to get results.”

Selsey started fairly well, limiting Littlehampton to just one chance in the first half - that came when George Gaskin broke free of the defence, but he failed to hold his nerve and fired wide.

Ryan Morey had Selsey’s first real opportunity at the beginning of the second half when Matt Wood sent him clear, but he too failed to test the goalkeeper.

Jack Williamson had the Blues’ best chance of the game after Rob Wimble’s shot was deflected into his path only to be saved by Littlehampton goalkeeper Jon Hendrick.

Hinslewood’s team thought they may be able to grab the upper hand when Littlehampton’s Scott Packer saw red but the Golds pulled together and grabbed two goals to end Selsey’s hopes of victory.

Despite the result, Hinslewood is still looking forward to this weekend’s Sussex League diuvision-one game at Worthing United and Tuesday’s league visit to Arundel after announcing two new players were on their way to the club.

He told the Observer: “We’ve got a couple of new signings with Billy Chatfield and Dan Martin coming in to the club - they bring a bit of experience and a bit of nous, which is what we need.

“I’m upbeat with the new signings that we can give a good account of ourselves against Worthing.”

JAMES ROBINSON