Super Selsey surge up the table

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Selsey’s surge up the first-division table continued when they recorded their tenth league win of the season at Sidley.

Selsey’s surge up the first-division table continued when they recorded their tenth league win of the season at Sidley.

The side visited Glovers Lane after breaking into the top half of the table with a 2-0 win over Hailsham and a double from Graham Bush saw them victorious by the same scoreline.

Ian Martin’s men are eighth in the table, just a point behind Chichester City and ten off third spot.

Martin was buoyant with the win and the recent form, saying: “They probably had the better of a tight first half but that was our plan – to keep things a bit boring in the first half then tweak the tactics.

“We unleashed Ed Bowers for the second half and it worked. We dominated them in the second half, really.

“The pitch was a mess but both teams tried to play football. We managed to knock the ball about quite nicely.”

The performance of Bush cheered Martin, despite him following up his deflected drive past the keeper just before the hour with a penalty miss.

The striker later side-footed home from close-range to seal the win.

Martin said: “He’s a good lad, he’s got a great attitude. It didn’t faze him, missing the penalty.”

Martin is looking forward to the remainder of the season while acknowledging it will be a tough run-in.

He said: “We’re definitely gaining confidence. It’s been a progression right from the start of the season.

“I know we’ve got some tough games but hopefully we’ll be competitive and still pick up enough points for a decent finish.”

Next up is a home tie against Pagham on Saturday, February 5, and Martin says this weekend’s break will mean a deserved rest for his small squad, not least Bowers and James Fallick, who are both rated 50/50 for the next game.

“We’ve got a really good squad but it’s not a big squad so some of the guys that haven’t played so much can get a game in the reserves.”

MARK ALLAWAY