Sids’ winning start ends - Bosham’s goes on

Sidlesham, in green, on the back foot at Roffey   Picture by Steve Cobb
Sidlesham, in green, on the back foot at Roffey Picture by Steve Cobb

Sidlesham couldn’t keep up their winning start to the Sussex League division-three season - but Bosham could.

Roffey 1 Sidlesham 0

Sussex League division three

Sidlesham’s first defeat of the season came against another side who were unbeaten going into the game.

The Sids were without assistant coaches Jamie Smith and Jim Brown, centre-half Barry McCoy and Tom Kelly.

An ongoing battle in midfield meant neither side created much in front of goal.

Lee Arnell pulled off a fantastic close-range save after 20 minutes but in doing so badly injured his right elbow and was helped off.

Steve Williams replaced him and five minutes later, a cross was whipped in by the right-back and a glancing header gave Williams no chance.

Sidlesham suffered another blow with top scorer Dan Bassil hobbling off with ankle ligament damage after landing awkwardly from a heavy tackle by the Roffey skipper. Dan Cowell replaced Bassil.

The second half saw Sidlesham attack Roffey, with centre-half Joe Leggatt up front with Tom Bayley. Tom Jefkins impressed in midfield.

Greg Robinson put Joe Jefkins through on the 55th minute but the young winger fluffed his lines.

Another through-ball from Robinson saw Bayley in on goal on the left hitting a decent effort narrowly wide.

Joe Leggatt rocked the post from the edge of the box.

Roffey’s management told Sidlesham they had not deserved to lose.

Sidlesham host Ferrimg this Saturday.

Bosham 2 Ifield 1

Sussex League division three

An injury-time goal for Marco Giambelardini allowed Bosham to seal the points and maintain their impressive start to the new campaign at the expense of an Ifield side still looking for their first win.

The Tangerines started promisingly with good pace. Jack Nourse and Devon Fender were a threat but weren’t able to find a route to goal.

Bosham were without top striker Dave Storey through injury and had Joe Hancock deputising in between the sticks so Ifield looked to test his skills – but Hancock stood firm.

After a quarter of an hour, the Reds opened the scoring through Kieran Carter who fired home spectacularly from the edge of the box thanks to a nice ball by strike partner Neil Redman.

Close to the interval, Ifield substitute Bharik Vadhar saw red after an extreme reaction from the dugout in response to a tough challenge on a team-mate from Reds player/manager Andy Probee.

The Tangerines regrouped and came at the Reds strongly but failed to find the quality in the final third.

In the second half and Bosham lost defender Ben Blanshard to injury.

Surging runs from Nick Edgington eased the pressure but on 78 minutes the Reds failed to deal with a ball on the edge of their area and Fender spun and fired low into the corner past the outstretched arm of Hancock.

It set the scene for a tense and exciting finish as Bosham pressed in the closing minutes.

In injury time, Giambelardini showed real Italian flare to snatch a dramatic winner. Ricky Mullen pumped the ball forward and, having chested the ball down expertly, Giambelardini followed it up with a sumptuous lob over the advancing Francis to spark wild celebration among fans and management.

Bosham remain top with only Roffey able to keep pace with them after three games.

BOSHAM: Joe Hancock, Probee, Dowden, Docherty, Wilson, Blanshard, Edgington, Carter, Giambelardini, Redman, Mullen. Sub: Lancaster.