There’s action involving Bosham and Lavant Reserves in our latest round-up of West Sussex League action.
Bosham 6 Holbrook 1
A much improved display saw Bosham hit luckless Holbrook for six thanks to clinical finishing and impressive movement.
Six different players got on the scoresheet to leave boss Tony Hancock delighted.
Bosham stated their intentions early. With Andy Probee at left-back alongside Ben Blanshard, Ben Evans and Jack Hancock, the hope was
that the welcome return of James Bracher would add additional pace to the attack with the defence doing a solid job at the other end.
Six minutes in, the Robins were in front. After a sweeping move and some lovely interplay between Neil Redman and Jack Hancock,
the ball arrived at the feet of Graeme Dowden who proceeded to apply a cool and calm finish to put the Reds in front.
Holbrook were struggling and striker Leigh Thompson was largely anonymous during the half as a glaring lack of service saw Bosham keeper Simon Hasted with very little to do to keep warm as most of the action took place at the Yellows’ end.
Just before the half-hour the lead was doubled. This time James Wilson was the beneficiary with a sublime header from a Joe Hancock corner. Keeper Joe Holt had no chance from the well-directed header from just yards out.
The pressure was telling all over the park and, not surprisingly, Bosham added to their led before the interval when Matt Docherty was in the right place at the right time to score easily.
James Bracher showed great skill down the right to earn space close to the box and fired a shot goalward. Holt attempted a save but could only parry the ball to Docherty, who needed no second invitation.
Bosham were on fire and the interval came as more of a relief for the Yellows, despite them getting a goal back from Matt Warren.
The Reds stretched their lead even further just after the hour when Joe Hancock got another. This time Redman and Bracher exchanged
passes and set up Hancock to score with ease, leaving Holbrook further deflated with still lots of time for more goals.
Bracher got in on the scoring act when a cross-come-shot flew over the flailing arms of Holt and into the net and Tom Davies rounded off the scoring, late on, with a moment of brilliant skill to chip a defender and fire low past the onrushing Holt.
This was a thumping return to form for Bosham and, with fixtures steadily piling up, this result will give them great heart.
BOSHAM: Hasted, Jack Hancock, Probee, Blanshard, Evans, Wilson, Bracher, Joe Hancock, Dowden, Redman, Docherty. Subs: Maitland, Brett, Davies, Ash.
Lavant Res 2 Vardar Vip 5
Division three south
With Lavant’s premier-division game called off, attention focused on the reserves - but Vardar, the league leaders, ended up comfortable winners.
The home side started brightly and went ahead when Alex Holmes headed home a Dave McClean corner on 25 minutes. But four minutes later Lavant conceded a penalty and Jerry Manning put Vardar level from the spot.
Lavant seemed to lose self-belief and went further behind five minutes from half-time when Manning heade home.
Lavant nearly levelled matters when Leon Mears forced a fine save from keeper Westley Campbell.
A turning point in the game came after the interval when substitute Mike Bartley clipped the crossbar for Lavant.
Instead Dida Petrov hit a sweet free-kick home for Varder on 63 minutes. Steven Peachey made it 4-1 but Louis Weller’s cross was headed home by Lavant’s Dan Mortimer a minute later to give the home side a lifeline.
Vardar sealed their win when Tony Gallagher found the net from a defensive mix-up ten minutes from the end.