Two wins for Chichester, but boss says: Room for improvement

Chichester City beat Hailsham and Crawley Down Gatwick in the space of four days   Picture by Tommy McMillan
Chichester City beat Hailsham and Crawley Down Gatwick in the space of four days Picture by Tommy McMillan

DESPITE recording two victories this week, Chichester boss Sean Forry is hoping for more improvement from his side. “A quick glance at the table shows us currently in a lower position than we would have hoped at this stage which needs to be corrected sooner rather than later,” said Forry.

“It is also fair to say that we have certainly not had our share of luck this season and that we have been playing against strong outfits. However, the players and I accept we should not be putting ourselves into positions where one poor decision or a poor slice of luck will cost us the game.

“We know it is down to us to put things right and I remain confident that if we maintain high levels of effort and commitment shown already and continue to believe in our playing philosophy, we have players with the ability to turn it all around.”

Chichester City 4, Hailsham 1

Sussex RUR Cup 2nd Round

ALEX ANSA, appearing in the Chichester starting eleven for the first time this season, fired in two goals to set City on their way to a comfortable 4-1 victory over winless Hailsham on Saturday.

The contest was only a few minutes old when Ansa sent in a long-range effort that bounced just in front of the diving Hailsham keeper and flew into the bottom corner of the net. Another powerful shot from beyond the area by the same player then made it 2-0 to put City in a commanding position.

But a mix-up between City keeper Anthony Ender and centre-half Peter Hibbert led to an advancing opponent being brought down and Craig Norman scored from the penalty spot to reduce the arrears on 18 minutes.

A great finish from Frazer Smith on 36 minutes restored the two-goal cushion for Chichester, and during the second-half Hailsham failed to seriously test Ender. Good work from Perry Northeast earned City a penalty in the latter stages but Joe Gromett’s resulting kick was saved.

A few minutes later however, Gromett made up for it with a one-on-one finish to claim the fourth goal.

City: Ender, Williams, Northeast, Hibbert, Boniface, F Smith, Ansa, Hegarty, Silvester, Gromett, Groom.

Crawley Down Gatwick 0, Chichester City 1

Sussex League division one

CHICHESTER picked up a much-needed 3 points at strugglers Crawley Down on Tuesday. City made most of the early running with Tom Groom at the heart of the early attacks and setting up Brad Silvester for the only goal of the match on 9 minutes.

Next, a long punt towards goal by Harry Williams went narrowly wide with City dominating the first-half and continually pushing the youthful Anvils back into defensive mode.

But during the second-half City were put under severe pressure with Anvils’ Josh Alcock and Steve Major both going close. City then fought back with Alex Ansa causing Anvil keeper Shayne Goldsmith to tip over.

City should have gone further ahead on 68 minutes when Goldsmith clashed with an opponent whilst going for the same ball, but Joe Gromett’s resulting spot-kick was tame and easily gathered.

Crawley Down threw everything forward during the final stages, with crosses, corners and desperate defending leading to some nervy moments but the equalizer failed to materialize.

City: Ender, Williams, Boniface, Boulton, F Smith, Fowlie, Ansa, Hegarty, Silvester, Gromett, Groom.