Subs get Bosham back on track... Midhurst, Selsey, Sids slip up

Midhurst, in blue, take on Langney / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Midhurst, in blue, take on Langney / Picture by Kate Shemilt

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Bosham, Midhurst, Selsey and Sidlesham have all been in action as the Southern Combination League season winds its way towards the end.

Read the latest match reports below...

Bosham 1 Westfield 2

Southern Combination division two

Westfield completed a surprising league double over Bosham with a hard-fought triumph against the Reds at Walton Lane.

Bosham started well and, despite few efforts, looked likely to pose the greater threat.

Bosham responded before the interval with Matt Docherty in the right place to control the ball and expertly pick his spot to bring the Reds back into it.

The quality in the final third wasn’t as it could be but, not long after the quarter-hour, Marco Giambelardini had a golden opportunity to open his account. A lovely through-ball found Giambelardini through on goal and keeper Joesph Cullip was no match for the striker who rounded him but somehow, he contrived to put his effort wide.

Just after the half-hour, Bosham were made to pay for the missed opportunities when Jordan Woodley opened the scoring for Westfield with a deflection for help, from a free kick just outside the area. The deflection completely wrongfooted keeper Kieran Magee.

Minutes later, Curtis Coombes headed in from a corner whipped in by Woodley. Bosham responded before the interval with Matt Docherty in the right place to control the ball and expertly pick his spot to bring the Reds back into it.

The second half was very open. Alex Barnes had a lovely curling effort saved by Cullip and with the Robins dominating it was frustrating they could not find a finish to their improving work.

Westfield managed to survive and hold on to take the points and leave Bosham wondering just how they managed to lose.

The Robins return to Walton Lane on Saturday for the visit of Upper Beeding.

BOSHAM: Magee, Probee, Bulbeck, Docherty, Bell, Giambelardini, Storey, Fewell, Barnes, Dowden. Subs: Redman, Stevens, Cooper.

- ALAN PRICE

Clymping 0 Bosham 2

Subs Dave Storey and Jake Lafferty scored late to ease Bosham past a determined Clymping side to end their recent poor run.

There were few shots on target but lots of endeavour. Chahir Maizi looked sharp and had Bosham back-pedalling at times but Ben Blanshard and Callum Fewell held firm to keep them at bay.

Late in the second half, with light fading, Bosham brought on Storey and Lafferty and the decision paid off when Storey broke the deadlock with seven minutes of normal time left.

He surged forward and used excellent strength to outwit a defender and then unleash an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Minutes later, the lead was doubled by Lafferty. From a corner on the left, the ball arrived at Lafferty’s feet and he fired at goal. With keeper Dean Brook-Marsh unsighted, the ball slipped underneath him and in.

Bosham: Magee, Probee, Bulbeck, Fewell, Blanshard, Docherty, Bell, Wilson, Barnes, Hillier, Giambelardini. Subs: Lafferty, Redman, Storey, Sumnall.

- ALAN PRICE

In division one, Midhurst crashed to a 6-1 home defeat to Langney, with only a late Lewis Hamilton goal to shout about.

Selsey lost 2-1 at Seaford, James Parsons the man on target. On Tuesday, Selsey went down 2-1 at Steyning with Toby Lempriere scoring.

Sidlesham lost 3-0 at Haywards Heath in midweek.

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