It’s easy in Eastbourne for Chichester hockey aces

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Chichester began with south open premier division one campaign with a big win. Here’s news of that and the rest of the local hockey.

Eastbourne 1 Chichester 7

South open premier division one

Chichester travelled to Eastbourne for an early morning push-back for their league opener - and came home with a handsome win behind them.

Eastbourne escaped relagation last season but Chichester knew they could not take any team for granted this year.

Chichester started at full pace, moving the ball quickly, and started to open up the Eastbourne defence. Chichester took the lead through Andrew Sparshott: Matt Cox broke down the left and fed the ball to Sparshott, who rounded the keeper and reverse-flicked the ball into the top corner.

Chichester made it two quickly after when Cox and Alex Thakore linked up well, Thakore slipping the ball to Jack Lerwill who entered the D and rifled the ball past the keeper.

The remainder of the half was one-way traffic, Chichester playing exhibition hockey.

The defence of Jason Collins, Keiran Henn, Tom Phillips and Luke Matthews thwarted any attempt from Eastbourne to release the pressure.

Chichester won three short corners in quick succession and capitalised on every one. First Cox deflected a nicely-worked rountine into the goal - then he repeated feat soon after. Thakore made it three goals in three corners for Chichester when he slotted home in a well-rehearsed routine.

Chichester scored two more before the break - Sparshott’s first-time shot after a pass from Lerwill smashed into the bottom corner, then Ollie Baxter made it seven when the ball fell nicely for him in the D to slot home.

Credit must go to Eastbourne in the second half as they started to pressurise Chichester and force errors. Eastbourne scored a deserved goal through a neat finish by their captain.

ThisSaturday, Chichester welcome Spencer to Kingsham (1.30pm) for their first home match.

CHICHESTER: Dan Godsmark, Jason Collins, Keiran Henn, Luke Matthews, Tom Phillips, Jack Lerwill, Alex Thakore, Matt Cox, Andrew Sparshott, Ollie Robinson, Ollie Baxter, Beejay Ranger.

Bognor Town Ladies 2 Chichester Centurions 1

Ladies’ Sussex League division one

Centurions travelled to Littlehampton Academy with ten players but dominated possession from the start.

They were unable to convert an early short corner but defended strongly to deny Bognor from two defensive short corners. It was end to end for the next 20 minutes, with Centurions repeatedly attacking the goal - but several shots were saved or just slipped wide.

For Bognor, Theresa Cooper and Miriam Clarke held a good grip on the central area. June Rogers maintained a good presence on the left.

Towards the end of the first half a cracking cross from the right found Pat Simmonds unmarked and she calmly slotted past the keeper.

Midfield passing from Debbie Cox allowed Cooper to unleash an exocet cross into the attacking D, which was met with a deflection from Karen Harmer, comprehensively beating the Centurian keeper to put Bognor 2-0 up at half-time.

Centurions began the second half positively with crisper passing, pouncing on loose balls and using the width of the pitch to better effect.

Claire Mealing and Kerry Eames worked in tandem to press forward, creating more goalscoring opportunities.

Centurions’ hard work was rewarded with a goal when Anna Pordage slotted the ball in at a short corner. Centurions’ defenders worked hard not to allow Bognor to convert a further five short corners, Debbie Brown making numerous decisive interceptions and clearances.

Close marking in defence by Bognor duo Helen Arnold and Jackie Okonta resulted in a close-fought second half.

Centurions were unable to equalise during a short corner awarded shortly before the final whistle but should be proud of another strong performance.

Bognor player of the match was Miriam Clarke.

CENTURIONS: L Sarson, K Eames, D Brooker, N Edge, L Hurford, D Brown, V Wake, A Pordage, C Mealing, N Williams.

Chichester PP Ladies II 3 Horsham IV 2

Their first home game of the season saw Chichester face a strong Horsham side.

Chi started promisingly but were soon put under pressure. The opposition were rewarded with the first goal following a penalty corner. Chichester battled and regained momentum and Sarah Jessop added to her goal tally.

Passing wasn’t Chichester’s best attribute and they needed half-time to regroup. But before then Jessop took advantage of good midfield hustling and the ball reached the top of the D and Jessop slotted it home.

Horsham had fast and skilful youngsters and attacked at every opportunity. Chi fought hard to keep them at bay at times but Horsham equalised.

Chichester were awarded a penalty flick when a Horsham player handled the ball in front of goal. This gave Jessop her chance of a second hat-trick in two matches, which she duly took.

Two wins out of two makes it a great start for Chichester.

CHICHESTER: Ruth Duckers, Mel Banks, Jenna Greenway, Emma Bennison, Lottie Greenlees, Alice Shoebridge, Hollie Gyles, Sarah Jessop, Sarah Pack, Tracy Austin, Meg Goring.

Chichester Ladies III 0 Crowborough II 0

Sussex Ladies’ division three

Chichester wanted a fast-paced game - but were disappointed.

In the first half, Abbi Darke and Heidi Dunster had numerous attempts at goal but couldn’t find the breakthrough.

A quick interception saw Crowborough take a shot as goal, manned by new addition Charlotte O’Callaghan, who deflected it expertly.

Defender Elaine Cruttenden and O’Callaghan worked to keep the ball away from the net while the forwards did their best to no avail.

Chichester: O’Callaghan, Cruttenden, Howarth, Bain, Cliff, Darke, Hurd, Carter, Dunster, Peak, Tyler, Willway.

Chichester Bad Habits 3 Penguins II 1

Ladies’ Sussex League division four

From push-back, Chichester gained possession and used space and passed the ball well at pace.

They were relentless with their attempts at goal and Austin, Riley, Flowers, Willway and Cliff all worked in unison to maintain the effort. Riley had an opportunity and sent the ball into the net within the first 20 minutes.

Penguins tried to hit back, but their attempts were expertly deflected by both keeper Austin and Upfold.

Chichester drove up the left with passes between Cliff and Willway, whose efforts led to a goal by Willway.

After the break, the defence worked tirelessly to protect the goal.

A Chichester deflection allowed an own goal for Penguins to make it 2-1, but in the final ten minutes, another goal by Riley made the victory secure.

CHICHESTER: Cliff, T Austin, R Austin, Riley, Lake, Flowers, Upfold, Wilkins, Willway, Hodder, Baker.

Chichester 3rd 2 Portsmouth & Southsea 1st XI 2

Hampshire division two

Chichester took the lead through a snap shot from Clarke that left the keeper rooted to the spot. It was not long before the visitors equalised from a well-worked short corner routine.

In the second half, Chichester took the game to the opposition but Porstmouth & Southsea were awarded a penalty stroke which was calmly converted after artful play from the visiting centre forward deceived Strudwick in the Chichester goal and draw a foul.

Robbins drew Chichester level again and the points were shared.

CHICHESTER: Strudwick, Gleeson, Osborne, Farr, Clarke, Woodruff, Hagell, Richardson, Sowden, O’Boyle, Clarke, Beresford.

Chichester Chipmunks 4 Hailsham 2nd XI 2

Sussex division three

Newly-promoted Hailsham were the Chipmunks’ first opponents of the season and they took the lead against the run of play after a well-worked aerial move wrongfooted the Chichester defence.

The home team responded with Bennison slipping the ball past the Hailsham keeper - and pushing forward, Chichester took the lead with Gibbons finishing a destructive move.

Chichester extended their lead through Stemp. However ill discipline crept into the Chichester game with two players shown yellow cards, reducing Chichester to ten for parts of the second half, allowing Hailsham back into the game with a goal form a penalty corner.

Restored to a full teamm, Chichester forced the Hailsham full back into an expensive error and from the penalty stroke that followed Stremes restored their two-goal advantage, with Chichester taking the points.

CHICHESTER: Hetherington, Hutchins, Palmer, Jolley, Creswick, Gibbons, Stremes H, Durrant, Stremes G, Bennison, Woolnough, Dannatt, Stemp.

A new-look Chichester under-12 girls’ side travelled to the Eastbourne tournament and after an early setback against Mid Sussex, losing 2-0, Chichester found their feet. A goalless draw against Horsham B saw them finding some rhythm, which they backed up with a 1-1 draw against Lewes with Jess Gleeson scoring Chichester’s first of the day.

Buoyed with confidence, Chichester didn’t look back from that point and 1-0 wins followed against Eastbourne and Brighton, with Gleeson on the scoresheet in each game. Debutants Maddie Hantrais and Tara Sallaba grew stronger as the day wore on, with Daisy Lock providing an outlet on the right.

In their final game, Chichester faced Horsham again and this time ran out easy 3-0 winners with two goals from Gleeson and one from Georgina Wain, who had been a real rock at the back.

The displays gave promise for the season ahead.

CHICHESTER: Batchelor, Wain, Ayling, Stone, Gleeson, Lock, Hantrais, Sallaba.

Chichester Deacons 3 Trojans Vets 2

Wessex Masters League

The first half was a cagey affair with Chichester drawing saves from the visitors’ guest keeper. Chichester fell behind on the stroke of half-time when Trojans converted against the run of play.

At half-time Chichester were urged to press higher. This worked from the first whistle with first Procter and then Jason Cox slotting home in the first 90 seconds of the new half.

Trojans were not out of it and came back with an equaliser before Procter rounded off the scoring to give Chichester the points.

CHICHESTER: Kemp, Smith Holt, Todd, Gleeson, Pembery, Cox, Procter, Stringer, Marley, Clear, White, James, Wilkins.

Chichester Canons 0 Brighton & Hove Gulls 3

Chichester’s newly-formed under-16s girls’ development team, the Canons, went down to Brighton & Hove Gulls.

In an evenly-matched first half, the Canons linked well, putting into practice what they had learned at training.

A well-struck short corner just before half-time saw Brighton take the lead and the girls went into the second half determined to pull level.

Brighton applied the pressure and defending trio Bennison, Burley and Chamberlain did well to absorb this with some outstanding saves from Fowler, new to keeping. But Brighton scored a further goal to move 2-0 up.

The Canons continued to strive for a goal with midfielders Horton, Binning and Rose, working well with front runners Gleeson, Rose and Lonsdale, but the Brighton defence held solid.

A breakaway attack from Brighton saw a well-struck shot result in their third goal to make the final score 3-0 to Brighton.