There were wins for Bosham and Wheatsheaf in the latest West Sussex Football League games - but a defeat for Lavant.
Hunston CC 0 Bosham 4
West Sussex League premier division
Bosham were back on song to exact perfect revenge over a Hunston side who had knocked them out of the Malcolm Simmonds Cup a fortnight earlier.
This win moved the Reds up to second in the table as their push for glory gained momentum.
The Reds were in front as early as the second minute when Neil Redman popped up in the right place at the right time to poke into an empty net, rounding off a swift move that caught Hunston out superbly.
Graeme Dowden worked space down the left and fired a low cross into the danger area. Kieran Hartley attempted to fire goalwards but sliced his effort, which left onrushing keeper Jason Rees floundering and Redman picked up the pieces to prod into the empty net.
Hunston were rocked but midfield stalwart Kevin Burnand rallied the troops - but Bosham were ready and the likes of Ricky Mullen and Nick Edgington were like an impregnable fortress at the back for the Robins, whose keeper Simon Hasted was untroubled.
On the quarter-hour, Bosham doubled their lead from the spot. Hartley broke clear of the defence and bore down on goal and was the victim of a clumsy challenge by Rees that left referee Ricky Steed with little choice but to point for a penalty. Hartley got up and slotted the kick away to give Bosham the cushion they needed.
Both Redman and Dean Ayling had gone agonisingly close as the Robins continued to dominate.
The half ended with the Robins failing to add to their tally but the management were more than happy with the performance.
Just minutes after the resumption, the Reds increased their lead with a second penalty put away clinically by Hartley.
On this occasion Ayling first evaded a tackle but then had his legs taken from beneath him.
Hunston were becoming increasingly frustrated but kept on going - though they had little to show for their efforts in the final third.
Bosham’s scoring was rounded off late on when Redman grabbed his second after a moment of real skill from Hartley.
On the edge of the box, Hartley spun on a sixpence and fed a delightful ball into the danger area. Redman was alert and got there ahead of Rees and poked the ball under him into the back of the net.
Late substitute Charlie Cooper came within a whisker of adding a fifth when he let fly from long distance with a screaming volley that rattled the bar.
Overall it was a very satisfying day for Bosham - and other results went their way, leaving them excellently-placed in the run-up to Christmas.
They host Upper Beeding at the Walton Lane this Saturday.
BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Jack Hancock, Mullen, Edgington, Docherty, Hartley, Wilson, Ayling, Redman, Dowden. Subs: Joe Hancock, Brett, Cooper.
Bosham are launching live commentary of home games online at http://www.boshamfc.co.uk/news/robins-radio-1018626.html. It’s a new service - starting on Saturday - to spread the name of the club far and wide.
Faygate 2 Lavant 1
Lavant lost to bottom-of-the-league Faygate - their third successive defeat - to slip back into the relegation dogfight.
It was another disastrous start as they went behind in under two minutes. As keeper Sanson went to throw the ball, he was impeded by a Faygate forward and the ball went to another Faygate player - and with Lavant keeper appealing the Faygate player struck into the empty net with no foul given.
Lavant had their fair share of possession, but their build-up play was slow, allowing the home side to get back behind the ball.
After a half-time dressing down, Lavant started the second half with improved purpose and work-rate and it wasn’t long until they were level. A corner by Neville found centre-half Ben Purgavie to glance home his first goal in 11 years.
Lavant pressed for a winner with Maclean and Knight going close but following a slack ball in the middle of the park by Richards, Faygate grabbed the winner.
LAVANT: Sanson, Gabb, Purgavie, Wright, Lyttle, Knight, Maclean, Richards, Neville, Holmes, Caveney. Subs: Grace, Haslam.
Wheatsheaf 9 Lodsworth Res 0
Division five south
Wheatsheaf took on a confident Lodsworth side who had enjoyed a fine result the previous week against top team Ajax Trees.
First-half goals from Andy Boxall (2), Michael Woolston (2) and Jay Golds saw Wheatsheaf go in at half-time 5-0 up.
The second half brought more of the same with a goal from Matt Parker and another three for league top scorer Michael Woolston, who has now hit 32 goals in 11 games.
Wheatsheaf have a tough fixture list over the holiday period but are on target for promotion.
Petworth Reserves pose proudly in their new away kit (top of article), sponsored by Airo Scaffolding Ltd. With them is Alan Sopp, the firm’s managing director.
The picture was taken before their West Sussex League Division Five Cup win over Horsham Ambassadors & Baptists Reserves.