After a gruelling pre-season Chichester wanted to remind the rest of the South open premier division one that points do not come easy at Fort Kingsham.
Sadly, things didn’t go to plan and they were on the wrong end of a 5-2 scoreline versus Wayfarers.
However, Wayfarers started the brighter, firing a few balls narrowly past the back of the post. Chichester made countless unforced errors in the first half and were 2-0 at half-time. Chichester began the second half with more purpose, with the midfield and forwards hassling the Wayfarers players.
Things looked promising but Wayfarers absorbed the pressure and secured a healthy 4-0 lead. Chichester started to show Wayfarers how they can really play.
They spent the next ten minutes camped in the Wayfarers half creating numerous short corners which they were able to capitalise on and make the score 4-2.
Wayfarers’ discipline failed them and they were down to ten men for a long period. Chichester nearly adding a third but Wayfarers scored on a breakaway.
Chichester II 8 Croydon & Old Whitgiftians 1
Chichester sent a message to the rest of the league with back-to-back wins.
After Chichester missed chance after chance Croydon wtook the lead through a well-worked penalty corner. Chichester saw their goalkeeper yellow-carded after disputing a dubious decision.
With Chichester down to ten, they played the ball around and got back on level terms through James Lunn.
After the re-start it was all Chichester. Quick goals by Lewis Strudwick and Dan Moon deflated the opposition.
A further five goals for Strudwick, Moon and Lunn, with Strudwick completing his hat-trick, saw the game out.
Centurions 3 Crowborough 5
Ladies’ Sussex League
Crowborough applied pressure from the start, forcing Centurions to play defensively, which eventually resulted in a goal.
Centurions began to regain possession in midfield and Claire Mealing manoeuvred past two defenders, to equalise for Centurions.
Centurions’ defence battled to deny Crowborough a second but were overpowered. But Louise Thew quickly snatched an opportunity to score a powerful shot to make it 2-2.
Crowborough capitalised on their strong passing skills to slip three more goals into their net. Centurions goalkeeper Becky Vaughn still demonstrated strength and agility.
Shortly before the final whistle, Chantelle Hedge slotted one past the Crowborough keeper. It was a brave effort by Centurions.
CENTURIONS: B Vaughn,
C Hedge, L Harris, N Edge,
M Harbord, L Hurford, D Brown,
L Proctor, L Thew, A Pordage,
Fareham V 0 Chichester IV 1
In a tight first half, both sides created chances which they were unable to convert.
The second half produced the sole goal of the game. A fantastic run down the right from Worthen led to him picking out Durrant, who passed one man before hitting a low shot that was deflected in by McCartin.
Chichester closed the game out to keep a clean sheet and complete back-to-back wins.
CHICHESTER: Torrence, Farr T, Simmonds, Walrond, Worthen, Steely, Durrant, Farr G, Blanks, Gammon, Procter, McCartin.
Chi Ladies III 0
East Grinstead III 7
From the word go, EG were on the attack and despite some impressive saves from Chichester’s Rosa Saul and clearances from Klare Cosens, the half-time score was 5-0.
Some great direction from Katie Wingfield as sweeper helped hold the defence together and in the second half, the home side conceded only two.
CHICHESTER: Mckie, Wingfield, Cosens, Margarson, Beckingsale, Johnston, Graham, Saul, Dunster, Bennison, Bain, Murphy, Cruttenden, Halterman, Sparke.
Chichester Chipm’ks 0 Brighton Rocks 5
Chichester came up against a well-organised and experienced Brighton side.
From the first whistle, Brighton dominated the midfield and had an extra man in man attacks, over-running the tireless Hindmarsh.
Chichester pushed forward themselves but Brighton scored twice before the break.
After the interval Chichester had their most dangerous passage of play but could not get back in the game.
Brighton added a third before Clark, Neame and Gleeson all made important interceptions, Kathegesu showing strong running dropping into midfield to support his defenders.
Brighton slotted home twice more to run out convincing winners.
Chichester face the long trip this weekend to South Saxons.
CHICHESTER: Strudwick, Clark, Brixey, Neame, Gleeson J, Lowther, Gleeson T, Sowden, Hindmarsh, Sturdy, Kathegesu, Holden, Steele, Benison.
Chichester Friars 9 Guildford 1
The Friars’ good start to the season continued with a comprehensive win over Guildford Veterans.
First-half goals from Andrew Savory, Tracey Boyce and Olly Lane-Smith and a good save from Colin Ball in goal ensured a 3-0 lead at half-time.
In the second half, Tracey and Olly completed hat-tricks and additional goals came from Chris and Mark Pacey.
Guildford struck midway through the half from a short corner but it was a mere consolation.