Victories for Bosham, Lavant, Nyetimber Pirates and Chapel feature in our latest West Sussex League round-up.
Upper Beeding 0 Bosham 3
West Sussex League premier division
BOSHAM kept up their momentum to edge nearer the title.
Beeding languished at the foot of the table going into the game and the Reds were determined to avoid a potential banana skin.
It took only a few minutes for the Bosham to move in front when Bradley Miles used his instinct to pounce and head in following a corner from Kieran Hartley. Miles reeled away and celebrated with a huge roar having gained Bosham the perfect start to the match.
The Yellows’ defence did look shaky as the game wore on - every time Bosham got into the final third, the back line seemed to panic and they had numerous chances to extend their lead.
Beeding’s first effort came after a quarter of an hour when Rob Hare let fly from long distance, but the effort sailed harmlessly wide.
Miles had a great chance when he got on the end of a ball over the top from Nick Edgington but just couldn’t get enough power on the shot - and Matthews was easily able to smother it and set his time off on a counter-attack again.
On the half-hour, Bosham doubled their lead when Edgington was upended in the area and referee Paul Gibson pointed to the spot. Reliable penalty taker Hartley stepped up and finished with ease to give Bosham the all-important cushion.
At the break, Bosham lost stalwart defender and captain Ben Blanshard to an ankle injury but Jack Hancock duly slipped into the defence.
Upper Beeding became physical in the second half and some players were a little fortunate not to go in the referee’s book - but Bosham didn’t let this affect them and continued to craft out chances.
Dave Storey surged down the right and stroked a lovely ball into the area on a plate for Miles, but, in attempting to head goalwards he ended up sending the ball in the wrong direction.
Hartley settled any nerves for Bosham when, with time running out, he finished a lovely move to grab his second. Bosham strung ten passes together, before Hartley blasted a left-foot effort past the despairing dive of Matthews.
Upper Beeding’s day was compounded when manager Josh Baldock was sent off, leaving people bemused over what he had done.
With Newtown Villa and Wittering both losing, Bosham have taken another giant step towards the title and with a very busy April looming the management will be hopeful the silverware can be sealed at the earliest opportunity. A dangerous away trip to Henfield looms this week.
BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Blanshard, Edgington, Mullen, Docherty, Storey, Redman, Hartley, Lancaster, Miles. Subs: Jack Hancock, Graeme Dowden, James Wilson.
Wittering 0 Lavant 2
Lavant secured a 2-0 win in a derby clash against a number of ex-players.
They started well, having all the possession and good territorial advantage. Good chances fell to Dan Mortimer, Jason Houghton and James Sandford but Sean Smith in the Wittering goal kept them at bay.
Wittering did keep the Lavant defence on their toes with the pace of wideman Alex Barnes a continued threat and good link-up play with the tenacious Sam Cole.
On the half-hour, a goalmouth scramble saw the ball fall to Alex Holmes on the edge of the area to hammer home off the underside of the bar only for it to be adjudged not to have crossed the line, a big let-off for Wittering.
In the second half, it only took a matter of minutes for Lavant to put themselves in front. Mortimer turned marker Jon Haskell and created an opening to fire past the stranded Smith - nothing more than Lavant deserved.
Some 20 minutes from time, Sandford beat the offside trap, rounding Smith and sliding the ball home from an acute angle to make sure of thr win.
LAVANT: Sanson, Gabb, Lyttle, Purgavie, Wright, Houghton, Brooks, Holmes, Neville, Mortimer, Sandford. Subs: Lillywhite, Grace.
Rogate 1 Nyetimber Pirates 3
Division two south
Andy Cox’s superb second-half double was enough to give Nyetimber Pirates their 23rd consecutive victory.
Pirates boss Charlie Welling brought Jamie Walter, Sean Williamson and Danny Towers into the side.
Pirates were unlucky not to be one up within the first few minutes with the Rogate keeper making two great saves.
The Looters were 1-0 up on 16 minutes after a swift move from a quick Williamson throw-in saw a rebound from Cox’s effort fall to Fallick who made no mistake with his firm effort into the bottom corner.
Rogate equalised on 38 minutes after some sloppy defending allowed them to tap in after a mix-up at the back post.
Anders Wyatt’s header from Pasterfield’s corner was saved at point-blank range.
Nyetimber retook the lead on 56 minutes in impressive fashion when Wyatt quickly broke down the left and crossed to Cox, whose impressive volley gave the keeper no chance.
The game was wrapped up a few minutes later through Cox, who fired home from close range.
Great saves from Walters in the Pirates goal kept the score at 3-1
Pirates face Boxgrove this week and are one point off leaders Stedham.
PIRATES: Walter, Gill, Williamson, Carter, Bann, Wyatt, Cox, Pasterfield, Turner, Towers, Fallick. Subs: Frangou, Peach, Dant.
West Chiltington Res 0 Chapel 4
Division five south
Chapel retained their hopes of winning the division by beating promotion rivals West Chiltington 4-0.
Previously-unbeaten West Chilts had no answer to Chapel’s pace and the league’s top scorer Aaron Carver twice broke clear to put the visitors two up at half-time.
The home side threatened briefly but Tom Townsend in the Chapel goal didn’t have a serious shot to stop. On 65 minutes, full-back Ben Kaighin raided down the right and with the home defence backing off continued his run into the box and tucked in the third.
In injury time, Jordan Warren played a long through-ball and four players including the home keeper converged on the ball - it bobbled between them all and rolled gently into the net 4-0. Chapel’s unbeaten run is now 12 games stretching back to October 5.