Bosham knock out cup holders in first round

It was a day to remember for Bosham as they pulled off the shock of the round to knock out Division Three Cup holders Saltdean in a 3-2 win at Walton Lane thanks to Kieran Hartley’s double.

The Reds edged in front early with a superb goal. James Bracher robbed Ryan Smith wide on the left and surged towards the box. He played an intricate one-two with Hartley, who drilled the ball past Luke Green.

Graeme Dowden set up a chance that saw Bracher head agonisingly over the bar from a few yards out. Then after excellent work from Hartley down the right, a low cross missed the right boot of Joe Hancock at the near post.

Just after the half-hour, Leon Smith, who picked up a hamstring injury in the process, was rounded by Joe Slade who picked out unmarked striker Leighton Freeman to slot into the unguarded net.

New keeper Simon Hasted made some telling stops after that.

The early part of the second half saw Bosham establish a two-goal cushion. First Joe Hancock got on the scoresheet after Matt Docherty headed the ball into the danger area after a less-than-effective clearing punch from Green.

Then, after a period of Saltdean pressure, Bosham won a free-kick in a dangerous position. Hartley struck it goalwards and Dan Rogan diverted the ball into his own net.

Saltdean weren’t done. Within a minute they were back in it after Ritchie Watton slotted home a penalty for an apparent handball.

The green and blacks fought well but saw their dreams of a successful cup defence end at the first hurdle.

Bosham manager Tony Hancock said: “It was a fantastic performance from the lads and the result was a perfect ending.”

BOSHAM: Hasted, Stent, Dowden, Blanshard, Smith, Probee, Docherty, Maunder, Hancock, Hartley, Bracher. Subs: Giambelardini, Hillier, Redman.