An 11th straight win for Chichester as they close in on the South Open Premier division-one title leads this week’s hockey round-up.
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Chichester 2 Lewes 0
South Open Premier division one
Chichester took a step towards fulfilling their title aspirations with a win at home to fifth-placed Lewes.
After a relatively slow start by their standards, Chichester looked to captain Jack Lerwill to inject energy and pace into the game.
He obliged midway through the first half with a powerful run to the baseline past three Lewes defenders, where he pulled the ball back for Ollie Robinson to score neatly in the bottom corner.
Chichester bossed possession in the first half, with the back four playing some great possession hockey. Lewes looked quick on the counter attack, but strong defensive efforts by Alex Thakore and Keiran Henn, among others, limited Lewes to just two shots in the match.
Chichester failed to capitalise on their remaining chances in the first half.
Tom Phillips came close when he rounded the keeper in a one-on-one only to find the sideboard with a reverse-stick shot.
Chichester had a goal disallowed just before half time, with a scrappy short-corner giving the umpires enough doubt to nullify the goal.
The second half continued in much the same vein. Lewes and Chichester both had men sent off, Chichester’s Jason Collins seeing yellow for just the fourth time in his career for breaking down play on a Lewes counter attack.
Chichester got their second and sealed the win when Andrew Sparshott, injecting his usual brand of pace up the line, fired a square ball to a fully-stretched Matt Cox, who scored with a diving deflection past the keeper on the P spot.
Chichester will look to cement their place at the top this week at Old Georgians.
CHICHESTER: Dan Godsmark, Luke Matthews, Kieran Henn, Jason Collins, Dan Brook, Jack Lerwill, Alex Thakore, Matthew Cox, Tom Phillips, Bejay Ranger, Ollie Robinson, Andrew Sparshott, Jim Ellis, Neil Pendle.
Horsham Ladies IV 2 Chichester Centurions Ladies 1
Sussex Ladies’ League division one
Centurions turned in a fine performance but lost at Horsham.
Initially Centurions had most of the possession - but they were taken by surprise by two fast breaks by Horsham, resulting in two successful strikes on goal.
Centurions were not fazed by this early setback and they worked hard to forge ahead. Horsham were denied from two short corners but Centurions were unable to capitalise on a short corner and some fabulous long passes into the goal by Megan Rutty.
The second half began well for Centurions as they worked hard to be first on to the ball. Rutty and Claire Mealing displayed fine skills in midfield to provide Anna Bevan with the ball which she flicked in.
Centurions were unlucky to concede two further short corners.
It was a disappointing result but Centurions played some fantastic hockey at times and should be proud of their efforts against a team six places above them in the league.
CENTURIONS: Lucy Sarson, Louise Thew, Anna Pordage, Nicki Edge, Holly Sleet, Louise Hurford, Megan Rutty, Anna Bevan, Nicki Williams, Dawn Brooker, Claire Mealing.
Lincoln Roses 2 Chichester Ladies PP 1
Chichester bowed out of the HA Vase against Lincoln Roses.
On paper the teams were well-matched and it was a great game. Both sides played lovely hockey and Kim Howarth, one of the more experienced members of the Chichester club, put them ahead.
Chichester were missing key players but the players that stepped up did well. Rebbeca Buckley played brilliantly.
Chichester could have scored more but were thwarted by the home side’s goalie and Lincoln came back and snatched the victory.
CHI: Kim Howarth Tracy Austin Holly Govey, Kate Helme, Amy Chaplin, ClaireYoung, Nikki Kuntze, Ellie Buckley, Rebbeca Buckley Sally Bradley, Lyndsay Hudson.
Chichester PP Ladies II 2 Lewes III 2
Chi started with gusto and were passing the ball well but Lewes started to press. This put Chi on the back foot and they panicked and seemed to tread water for a while - until Sarah Jessop scored from a penalty corner, a great strike.
Chichester made hard work of it and struggled to find any consistency.
In the second half, Lewes came at Chichester and made them defend.
Chichester started to push the away side back and a great run from Jenna Greenway ended with her striking home from the top of the D.
Halfway through the half, Lewes broke through the midfield and scored with a deflected shot. They had the upper hand and Chichester were running out of resolve - and in the dying minutes Lewes scored the equaliser.
The last game of the season is against the Centurions.
CHI: Ruth Duckers, Mel Reeves, Mel Howarth, Lottie Greenlees, Alice Shoebridge, Tracy Austin, Tina Keartland, Sarah Jessop, Jenna Greenway, Holly Gyles,Tendo Manyarara.
Chichester Ladies III 4 Lewes Ladies V 0
Chichester remain three points clear after an emphatic win over Lewes.
Having crept ahead of Southwick a week earlier, Chichester started quickly with Abi Darke weaving her way through to have a shot on goal which was saved by the keeper.
Chichester seemed to dominate, having much of the possession throughout. Pressure from Mel Banks and Alex Hurd in midfield allowed Kim Howarth to score a beautiful goal after five minutes.
A ball to the foot in the Lewes defensive area meant Darke was able to strike a ball over the goal-line after a textbook short corner, bringing the score to 2-0 at half-time.
Excellent teamwork from Teresa Willway and Christina Proctor gave Gillian Flowers the chance to score with a sweeping strike.
Emma Tyler had an excellent game and was responsible for assisting Darke in scoring her second goal to make the final score 4-0.
Chichester face Southwick in their final game.
Players of the match were Howarth and Darke.
CHI: Kayleigh Carter, Elaine Cruttenden, Mel Banks, Alex Hurd, Charlotte O’Callaghan, Emma Tyler, Kim Howarth, Christina Proctor, Teresa Willway, Gillian Flowers, Abi Darke.
After their national indoor achievements, the Seaford College hockey boys kept up their outstanding run by winning the Sussex 6s and going on to Beat Cranleigh in the national plate.
The team, from the college near Petworth, travelled to Eastbourne College for the Sussex 6s, involving 12 teams. After beating Eastbourne College in the semi-final, the team took on Lancing in the final and with a brilliant display of hockey they won comfortably to add to their list of achievements with a trophy and medals.
A couple of days later, the college team played Cranleigh in the under-18 national knockout. With the headmaster and deputy head on the sidelines, they played their best hockey of the year and came out 4-1 victors.
Laurie Bowden and Hendrik Geyer were outstanding, with Geyer scoring a hat-trick and Bowden a brilliant short corner. Dan Jones was excellent in goal and Johann Von Stechow marshalled the defence and created attack after attack.
Chichester under-12 girls travelled to Hurtspierpoint in high spirits for the Mid-Sussex tournament.
They started well against Lewes creating a hatful of chances before Tabitha Trend broke the deadlock to see Chichester finish 1-0 winners.
Their second game was against ultimate tournament winners Burgess Hill A. Despite taking the lead, again through Trend, Chichester finished 2-1 losers.
After that setback Chichester did not look back - first meeting Mid Sussex Twigg and running out fine 3-1 winners with Trend again scoring all three goals.
Against Mid-Sussex B, Georgina Wain and Connie Stockman marshalled the defence in front of an improving Rhianna Batchelor in the Chichester goal.
Chichester’s midfield was increasingly dominant with Jess Gleeson finding a willing runner in Daisy Lock pushing forward. Chichester scored three times with Lock on the scoresheet for the first time on the day and the team 3-0 winners.
The final game was against Mid Sussex Story. Pippa Madden started on the left and looked confident and Amelia Green featured strongly later in the game. Goals from Lock and Trend saw Chichester comfortable 2-0 winners. This left Chichester runners-up on the day and confident for the end of the season.
CHICHESTER: Batchelor, Wain, Stockman, Green, Gleeson, Lock, Trend, Madden.