Hockey: Rich pickings for visitors at Chichester

Richard Blakesley on the ball for Chichester against Richmond  Picture by Louise Adams
Richard Blakesley on the ball for Chichester against Richmond Picture by Louise Adams

Reports on defeats for Chichester, Middleton & Bognor and Centurions and a win for Chichester seconds all feature in this week’s local hockey round-up.

Chichester 2 Richmond 4

South open premier div one

A slow start and poor passing from skipper Steve Spear saw Chichester under early pressure and conceding two goals within ten minutes.

Chichester stepped it up and didn’t make it easy for Richmond. Chichester began to make better decisions and started to pass and move more freely.

This started to build pressure on Richmond and errors were seized on by Richard Blakesley and Andrew Sparshott, but it was 2-0 at the break.

The second half featured four yellow cards, two to each team. One yellow card resulted in Sparshott winning a penalty flick for Chichester, slotted away by Matthew Cox. But dubious decisions from the umpires led to Richmond scoring from another penalty corner.

Chichester continued to work hard but Richmond showed why they’re top with a nicely-worked open-play goal. Chichester ended with Neil Pendle bringing the score to 4-2.

Crowborough 7 Middleton & Bognor 3

Crowbrough beat Middleton & Bognor in a ten-goal thriller between two teams fighting relegation.

The visitors can be excused for a slow start after a long drive. Crowbrough scored four goals early in the first half.

A good reaction from Middleton saw them convert three well-taken finishes.

The visitors missed chances to end well-beaten. A penalty flick, two one-on-ones with the keeper and an easy chance in the area left Middleton rueing a missed opportunity.

Centurions 2 Hailsham 5  

Ladies’ Sussex League

Against top-of-the-table opposition, Centurions knew this was going to be tough. Hailsham applied pressure from the outset and despite strong defending, Hailsham scored after 12 minutes.

Centurions pushed forward, making several attempts at goal. Debbie Brown made repeated interceptions but Centurions were unable to capitalise.

Hailsham converted two short corners to end the first half 3-0 up.

Centurions began the second half positively and Louise Hurford provided Nicki Williams with the ball at the top of the D which she powerfully struck home. Centurions were denied another when the keeper saved a penalty flick.

Hailsham showed good pace to score twice more, but Centurions continued to pass the ball skilfully. Louise Harris drove the ball up the middle to Louise Thew, who slotted the ball in.

The final score did not reflect how well Centurions had enjoyed.

CENTURIONS: J Phillips, D Brooker, N Edge, L Hurford, M Harbord, L Proctor, L Thew, J Phillips, C Mealing,

M Johnston, N Williams, D Brown, L Harris.

Bank of England 1 Chichester II 7

The home fixture against the Bank had been a close encounter with Chichester winning 3-2, and another tight game was anticipated.

Bank of England started by passing the ball around nicely but they never really posed a threat.

Chichester took the lead from a well-worked corner, Strudwick flicking the ball high into the goal. Two further goals came before half-time.

They almost scored again within a minute of the restart. The goals flowed, started by a strike from Tom Brixey.

Strudwick completed another hat-trick to take him to 28 goals for the season. The scoring was rounded off by Tom O’Boyle with a neat deflection.

Bank of England scored their only goal from the penalty spot.

This was a professional performance from Chichester. Andover visit Kingsham this weekend and Chichester need one point to be sure of promotion.

Chichester Cherubs 1 Horsham Hotshots 1

The Cherubs concluded their season with a well-earned point against the league high-flyers.

Hetherington had a fine game in goal and Palmer, Stemp and Hutchings in defence were resolute. Troy’s strength and distribution allowed Woodruff and Gibbons to press forward.

Horsham scored after concerted pressure but Chichester replied when Palmer’s strong drag flick from a short corner was turned in by Robson.

Pendle and Shaw caused concern for the defenders.

Donaldson and captain Gibbons’ contributed greatly.