Youth football teams are gradually getting back in the swing of the seasons as the weather improves.
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Barnham Trojans 0 Chichester City Colts 0
This was a welcome return to Sunday football for both teams following lengthy lay-offs because of the recent bad weather.
In a very one-sided stalemate, the game was summed up by two things.
Colts goalkeeper Alex Dodsworth did not make a single diving save in the whole match, while Barnham’s goal seemed to have had a force-field around it as the Colts forwards wasted chance after chance in failing to secure all the points to keep their now-even-slimmer hopes of winning the league alive. Credit goes to the Barnham goalkeeper with a man-of-the-match performance to keep Colts’ strikers at bay.
Indeed, if Barnham had taken their only real chance in the first half, then even the single point would have been beyond Colts.
Overall this was a below-par performance from Colts despite their superiority on the pitch, but a sterling defensive effort by Barnham to pick up a well-earned point.
COLTS: Dodsworth, W Richardson, Dennis, Dodd, Fudge, C Richardson, Corell, Porter, McLaughlin, Gallop, West, Cane, Sogbesan, Choudhury.
Pagham 0 Chi City 4
Chichester’s under-18s finally got their County Youth League campaign back under way after a lengthy ten-week break caused by the recent bad weather. They were understandably a bit rusty after the long break but were soon back into the swing of things with Joe Yates marshalling play on his debut. Despite long periods of possession, it was not until 20 minutes in that they finally broke the deadlock. Good work down the left found the powerful Romeo Mulenga in the box and he rounded the keeper to plant the ball firmly in the back of the net.
In the second half Chi started slowly and were nearly caught out at the back by a rare Pagham break. However a great slotted pass from Jimmy Wild and powerful run and finish from Rayan Osman settled them.
A third from Chi captain Jono Tallent following a goalmouth scramble killed the game. There was still time for centre-back Jordan Lillywhite to score a rare goal as the tiring Pagham team failed to clear a long throw from Matt Boulton to make the final score 4-0 to the visitors.
CITY: McAlpine, Gilbert, Lynch, Lillywhite, Knowles (Boulton), Yates, Chittock (Kondabeka), Tallent, Osman, Wild, Mulenga (Shrives).
Predators 1 Allstars 3
Bognor Allstars reached the final of the Challenge Cup for the second year running.
Predators created the early chances and but for some outstanding defending from the back four and some outstanding saves by the keeper, Predators would have taken the lead.
Allstars opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Brandon Williams cut in from the left and curled a left-footer into the top corner from 20 yards.
The Allstars increased their lead when a great run by Liam Morley resulted in a free-kick 20 yards out, which he floated into the box for Joe Jones to ghost in at the near post to head home.
Allstars came out in the second half and produced plenty of chances but the outstanding Connor Fellows in the Predators goal prevented them from increasing their lead.
Eventually, a corner from Charlie Osborne was deflected back to him and he set up Liam Morley to fire in at the near post.
Predators’ never-say-die attitude got its reward when with 15 minutes left, a defensive error let a player run on and fire a great shot past the onrushing Floyd.
Allstars saw out the final minutes to go through to the final.
MoM was Morley, who ran himself into the ground.
Barnham Trojans Pumas have had an amazing season and have secured the C division title with two games left.
They are also in the Invitation Cup final, so are going for the double.
All the players have been fantastic this season and deserve their hard-earned success.
Away to Pulborough Pythons, they clinched the league title with a 4-2 win.
Manager Dale Maxim praised the lads for their achievements.
Predators Youth 1 Chichester Colts 4
BAD weather has meant hardly a ball has been kicked in three weeks - but that didn’t stop Chi Colts notching an impressive victory when they did get out on the pitch.
Chichester went to Bognor to face a very strong Predators Youth and right from the start, Predators looked on top with the wind in their sails.
Time after time they came forward, but without a goal. Three minutes from half-time the ball was lobbed high into Chichester goalmouth and the ball was clipped in for Predators to take the lead.
In the second half, the Colts came out fighting and Ben Roberts put a great ball in for Joe Middleton to scramble in the equaliser.
Soon after, Middleton headed over a great ball for Raith Locke to give them the lead. The Colts’ pressure paid off again with a finely-placed goal for Joe Middleton to make it 3-1.
Great runs through by Roberts proved too much for Predators and a fine strike from Locke sealed the victory for Colts.