Chichester held at home by Shoreham

Kieran Hartley in action for Chichester City against Shoreham on Saturday
Kieran Hartley in action for Chichester City against Shoreham on Saturday

Chichester City 1

Shoreham 1

County League Division 1

CHICHESTER City boss Daren Pearce reflected on his side’s home draw with Shoreham and said: “It was a fair result.”

The Lilywhites took the lead on 20 minutes thanks to a Kieran Hartley strike.

But the visitors struck back on 61 minutes as George Rudwick netted to ensure a share of the spoils.

The point means Chichester have not tasted defeat in their previous five County League matches, picking up two victories and three draws in the process.

And boss Pearce felt that a point was the fairest result.

He said: “We struggled in the opening 20 minutes but after going in front we settled down.

“The side that we have here is relatively young and taking the lead in matches helps calm the nerves.

“Shoreham did not really create too many chances but they got a goal back and we had to pick ourselves back up.

“Josh Clack headed wide late on but all-in-all the point was probably a fair reflection of the game.”

The home side went ahead following after a fine passing move.

Chichester saw nine passes exchanged before Hartley finished the move off.

The Mussels got themselves back in the contest 16 minutes after the break, though, as Rudwick struck.

It was Chichester who were applying the pressure towards the end of the game and nearly snatched all three points.

But Clack saw his header go just wide of the goal and it ended all square.

Selsey 0

Hassocks 6

County League Division 1

SELSEY slipped to a fourth straight league defeat after falling to a home reverse against Hassocks on Saturday.

The defeat sees Selsey remain rooted to the bottom of the County League.

Selsey have suffered defeats in 30 of their 36 league matches this campaign and have conceded 146 times in the process.

A Philip Johnson hat-trick and strikes from Nicholas Pitcher, Jake Booth and Nathan Miles saw them suffer another loss on Saturday.

Johnson opened the scoring on 25 minutes, before Pitcher made it two just before the break.

Hassocks found themselves three goals to the good 15 minutes after the interval as Johnson bagged his second.

Booth then added another ten minutes later to make it four.

Miles made it 5-0 with an effort of his own on 75 minutes, while Johnson completed his hat-trick and rounded off the scoring ten minutes from the end.

Nyetimber Pirates 3

Southwater 1

West Sussex League Division 1

NYETIMBER Pirates kept the pressure on Division 1 leaders Petworth wth victory over Southwater.

A brace from Phil Turner and a Dan Cox strike ensured the Looters closed the gap at the top to just a point.

The Pirates made three changes from last week’s win over Pulborough with Warren Pye, Kieron Urquhart and Sam Pasterfield all returning to the starting line-up.

Both sides struggled early on with the pitch proving difficult to play on.

The pirates were awarded a penalty on 38 minutes as James Fallick was felled.

Turner stepped up an slammed the resulting spot-kick home to give Nyetimber the lead.

Southwater were not behind for long, though, and they levelled five minutes later.

The Looters began the second half the better and applied the early pressure.

Turner then netted his second of the game on 60 minutes after chasing down a long kick down field from Matt Carter.

The victory was then rounded off late on as Cox beat the Southwater defence before crashing a left-foot shot into the net.

NYETIMBER PIRATES: Pye; Hamm, Urquhart, Carter, Bann; Palmer, Griffin, Pasterfield, Cox; Turner, Fallick. Subs: Subs- Shepherd, Peach, Gill.