Long-awaited victory lifts spirits at Chichester City

C121703-1 Spt Foot ChiRing  phot kate
C121703-1 Spt Foot ChiRing phot kate

CHICHESTER finally broke their long losing run with a deserved 2-1 success against Ringmer in division one of the Sussex League.

The visitors appeared to be ring-rusty, having only played once in the previous month, but ultimately they were outfoxed by Chichester, who frustrated Ringmer into submission.

City had a couple of let-offs during the opening half-hour. Ben Courtnage broke clean through on four minutes but put the ball wide, and later Marc Whiteman somehow missed from point-blank range.

Having weathered the early storm, City went ahead in the 37th minute. A cross from the right eluded everybody and the ball fell softly at the far post where Morgan Forry nudged it over the line.

Forry almost scored again two minutes later, hammering a fierce shot wide.

The half-time whistle arrived with the Ringmer players receiving an ear-bashing from boss Sammy Donnelly before they’d even had a chance to leave the field.

Whatever Donnelly said, it clearly worked because Ringmer were level within two minutes of the restart through Scott Marshall.

Chichester sub Ken Hagan netted on 57 minutes but was ruled offside, and moments later the same player struck what proved to be the winning goal from the penalty spot after Mark Price needlessly brought down Forry, who was going nowhere at the time.

A Dan Watts shot almost extended the lead for City, but Price managed to clear the ball off the line.

Joint boss Neil Sherlock said: “I’m so pleased for the lads - they have fully deserved a result over past few weeks and finally they got it.

“We’ve just got to keep believing in ourselves and keep working hard and results will go our way.

“We have to remember we are still mainly an under-21 side, and to beat a sixth-placed team after last week going to top-of-the-league Peacehaven and be told by their manager it was the toughest game they’ve had this season, are all positives.

“We have to take confidence. We will continue to develop the players’ knowledge, attitude and ability and more results will come our way. We are building for our future.”

Chichester host Pagham on Saturday.

CITY: Evans, Prior, Baker, Hibbert, Boniface, Northeast, Cassasa, Bigwood, Forry, Watts, T Smith. Subs: Hagan, Brookes, Taylor.