Two down with ten to go - but Chichester don’t know when they’re beaten

Ken Hagan rounds Shoreham keeper to score his and City's second goal,
Ken Hagan rounds Shoreham keeper to score his and City's second goal,
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An incredible three-goal salvo in the last ten minutes saw Chichester come from two behind to record a deserved 3-2 Sussex League division-one victory against a lacklustre Arundel side.

The first half started poorly with neither side gaining the upper hand. This was to change, however, on ten minutes as Arundel’s Rory Biggs burst through a static Chichester back-line to nonchalantly clip the ball over the on rushing Dan Roberts in the Chichester goal.

As the half wore on, the visitors began to create chances, Aran McCarthy spinning his man and firing a left-footed shot which was expertly turned away by home keeper James Fernandes. Despite all their pressure Chi couldn’t find the net and went into the half trailing.

City began the second half the way they ended the first and were unlucky not to level early on. Dan Watts’ glancing header grazed the bar with the keeper beaten. However much to the dismay of the travellers the home side soaked up all the pressure and extended their lead on the hour.

A punt down field was seized upon by Lewis Jenkins, who finished with aplomb clipping a right footed shot into the corner of the net. Then came the sequence of events that changed the course of the game.

A bouncing ball fell to Pau Cassasa-Busquets, whose sumptuous volley flew past Fernandes from all of

25 yards. Then the excellent Tom Groom twisted and turned, was felled in the box and Ken Hagan stroked home the penalty.

The unlikely comeback was complete just before full-time, Hagan grabbing his second after excellent work from McCarthy to snatch all three points for the visitors.

Coty joint boss Alex Twitchen said: “It was especially pleasing to come from two behind, and I felt our second-half performance meant we deserved the three points”.

CITY: Roberts, Heath, Boniface (F Smith 75), Tribe, Hibbert, Northeast, Cassasa Busquets, Hagan,

McCarthy, Watts (Groom 75), T Smith.

The score was a reversal of the one Chichester were on the wrong end of at Hailsham on Saturday. Forry and Smith were the City scorers.

City go to Sidley this Saturday.

JAMES SANDFORD