Youth football: Season has silver lining for so many

Bognor Town under-12s won their league
Bognor Town under-12s won their league

Cups and league trophies are being dished out as the youth football season nears its end - and we have news of success for Chichester, Bognor, Barnham and Midhurst teams.

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Bognor Town 11 Lancing 0

Bognor dominated and ran out 11-goal winners.

The scoring was opened by Jacob Van Driel with a well-placed shot. Bognor’s quick passing outwitted Lancing and Harley Bain added to his free-kick repertoire with an outstanding shot from just over the halfway line.

Ben Hauxwell added a third with a precise header from an Ollie Humphries corner. Joe Bennett blasted home a fourth, Van Driel the fifth.

Bennett’s second came from an error by Lancing’s keeper as his quick reactions enabled him to pounce and slot it home. Van Driel completed his hat-trick soon after. Bain took the score to eight at half-time with another of his classy free-kicks. Bognor continued the scoring in the second half with Humphries powering home another.

The tenth came from Van Driel, who powered the ball into the bottom corner of Lancing’s goal.

The final goal of the game was a well-placed shot by Harry Wallers.

Bognor proved themselves worthy winners of the league title and they will look to add the cup to their cabient at Arundel FC on Saturday.

Any new players interested in joining the squad should contact John Haga-Hammond on 07815 774426.

BOGNOR: Jodey Scott, Harley Bain, Joe Bull, Louis Smith, Stan Robey, Jacob Van Dreil, Ben Hauxwell, Mason HagaHammond, Harry Wallers, Joe Bennett, Callum Rose, Liam Connolly, Ollie Humphreys.

Barnham Blue 2 Bognor Regis Town 1

Barnham’s good season came to a close and reinforced their well-earned runners-up spot in division A with a deserved victory over champions Bognor.

Bognor scored an early goal from a well-delivered corner before Howley, the Barnham keeper, expertly tipped over a well-struck Bognor shot.

Barnham sparked into life and equalised through Davidson midway through the first half and almost took the lead from a fine shot by Litterick.

Barnham took the lead before half-time through a coolly-slotted penalty from Higgins-Pearce after Davidson was tripped in the box.

Bognor pushed forward in the second half but were unable to break down the well-organised Barnham midfield and defence. Davidson thought he had increased Barnham’s advantage when he slotted past the Bognor keeper, only for a defender to make a last-ditch clearance.

Fine performances in midfield from Cook and Litterick and another solid, skilful display from the centre-back partnership of Ursell and Higgins-Pearce helped Barnham secure the win.

Pictured are, back from left, Toby Wright, Jack Saunders, Calum Litterick, James Perry, Olly Hassell, Alfie Johnson, Olly Shergold; front, Adam Ursell, Ryan Cook, Bradley Higgins-Pearce, Olly Howley, Alfie Davidson, Jack Dawling, Ed Kennett; absent players were Jake Bradwell, Tommy Critchell.


Chichester City Colts under-11s have won the B division and will be promoted to the A division for next season.

The team comprises Tom Main, Sam Jones, Charlie Simmons, Will Parker, Sam Williams, Taylor Mouland, Dominic Hamblin, Taylor (Rock) Rochester, Jack Jones, Hayden Campbell, James Nicol, Jack Angell (captain), Joeb Tester, Toby Watkins, James Bish and Oliver Harris.

The manager is Marc Fulker and coaches are Jim Brown, Bran Nicol and Ashley Rochester.

They won 12 and drew five of their 18 games. Taylor Mouland is the team’s and the league’s leading scorer.


Barnham Trojans under-nine Blues have won the Arun & Chichester League’s A division by seven points. With Rustington Otters White and Worthing Town Youth Blue also bidding for top spot throughout the season, Barnham won it by dropping only seven points from 14 league games.


Chi City Colts 3 Worthing Minors Athletic 1

A fantastic performance secured the Colts second place in the league with a comprehensive victory over the champions.

The Colts midfield duo of Jack Chambers and Finn Carter began to control things. Carter’s long throws were causing problems for Worthing and from one of these Fynn Turner-Kilburn’s acrobatic overhead kick went over.

Joseph Roman was becoming influential and he burst clear and hit a cross-shot from the corner of the 18-yard box through the Worthing keeper’s legs and in.

Worthing attacked but Glenn Johnson and Sam Reading were prominent in clearing any danger. Colts keeper Brandon Baxter bravely claimed a loose ball from a free-kick and took a nasty knock.

Worthing levelled courtesy of a corner. But Colts responded with some good attacking play down the left, with Dylan Smith prominent.

After sustained pressure, Smith lashed a shot into the roof of the net after good hold-up play from Roman.

Roman found the net again, shooting home off the post from an acute angle.

This was a great way to finish a superb season.

Colts MoM was Joe Adams.

COLTS: Baxter, Hewitt, Johnson, Reading, Adams, Davies, Chambers, Carter, Smith, Roman, Turner-Kilburn, Hawkins, Doran.

Bognor Allstars 2 Worthing Utd 0

Bognor Allstars gave their best performance of the season with ten men against their upcoming Challenge Cup final opponents Worthing Utd.

Worthing opened the scoring within the first five minutes with a well-taken goal.

Bognor came back into it and some quick one-touch passing prised open the defence for Liam Morley to be brought down in the penalty area. Charlie Osborne stepped up and placed the resultant penalty into the bottom right-hand corner.

Bognor got their second just before half-time when George Bingham latched on to a mistake by the keeper to slot the ball home.

The second half brought an outstanding performance by the ten men.

The back three of Jordan Martin, Mathew Morris and Luca Smith, the midfield four of Micheal Canavan, Osborne, George Bingham and Scott Bingham and the forward line of Owain Dynan and Morley all performed well.

Allstars withstood everything Worthing could throw at them and Mitchell Cane pulled off some unbelievable saves to keep Worthing at bay.

Bognor were unlucky not to add to the score with Dynan and Morley going close, but a team effort made sure Bognor came away with all three points.


Worthing United Youth 1 Chichester City Colts White 5

In the final game of the season, and with the league already in the bag, the Colts started brightly and scored a well-deserved goal. Worthing equalised before half-time.

In the second half, Chichester couldn’t stop scoring, and only the woodwork and great goalkeeping kept the score down to five.

The only effort Worthing could muster met a world-class save from Colts keeper Jack Briant.

Jake O’Brennan and Jake Wells scored one apiece and Rhys Rawlings scored a magnificent hat-trick.

Man of the match was Owen Moore, who did a sterling job in defence.

COLTS: Briant, Wilson, Moore, O’Brennan, Rawlings, Wells, Johnson, Scott, Davy.