A mixed bag of results for Bosham, Lavant, Barnham Reserves and Chapel can be found in this week’s round-up from the West Sussex Football League.
Lancing Utd 2 Bosham 2
West Sussex League premier division
An injury-time strike from Adam Brett salvaged a point for a Bosham side who, for a long time, looked like sliding to a disappointing defeat on an increasingly muddy pitch against hosts bereft of points this season.
It was amazing to all that Lancing managed to get the game on at all, despite the inclement weather. Flowing football was never going to be the order of the day.
Twenty minutes in and the breakthrough came with the green and whites edging ahead through striker Chris Turnbull. He was put through on goal and provided a clinical finish leaving Bosham keeper Simon Hasted frustrated at the ease at which Lancing had
taken the lead.
The Reds responded and went close to getting on terms but Lancing could have easily stretched their lead through Gregg Luke. The striker unleashed a wonderful curling effort that struck the inside of the post but flew out to safety to the
great relief of keeper Hasted, who had been well beaten.
The second half saw Bosham trying to control the ball better and look to bully their way back into the tie.
With the pitch steadily worsening, this was not going to be easy, but eventually, the luck turned just after the hour when Joe Hancock drew a lazy challenge and a spot-kick was awarded by referee Martin Smith.
Hancock stepped up to slot the penalty home to draw the Reds level.
Joy turned to anguish a little later when Lancing were given a penalty, somewhat harshly, for an adjudged handball. Turnbull took full advantage to blast home and restore the Lancing lead.
Bosham, though, are fighters and never stopped trying right to the end and their efforts were rewarded in injury time when Brett appeared at the back post to rifle in from a low drive from Hancock.
In the end the point was well earned but still frustrating for Bosham, who now lead the premier division by a very slim margin with more tough games to come.
BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Jack Hancock, Blanshard, Evans, Sumnall, Davies, Wilson, Joe Hancock, Dowden, Redman. Subs: Brett, Bracher, Fewell.
Lavant 7 Barnham Res 1
On a muddy pitch at Raughmere, Lavant claimed their third win out of four in 2013 and improved their goal difference with a workmanlike performance.
The home side capitalised on their early dominance when man of the match Stuart Smith converted a Mike Bartley cross on 14 minutes. But Lavant took their foot off the pedal and in a defensive mix-up, Brad Vaughn put Barnham level four minutes later.
This strirred Lavant back into action and when Matt Lyttle’s thunderbolt volley ripped into the net on 38 minutes and Smith added a third on 44 minutes, they were back on track - though Steve Conrad shone for Barnham in midfield.
The second half was one-way traffic with James Sandford adding to the tally in the 52nd and 58th minutes and full-back Chris Coe bursting through on the overlap to grab an 84th-minute goal.
The rout was completed when, unselfishly, Smith set up substitute Louis Weller for number seven in the 88th minute.
LAVANT: Sanson; Coe, Parker, Wright, Lyttle; Sandford, Brooks, Knight, Gabb; Smith, Bartley. Subs: Neville, Weller, Purgavie.
Lodsworth Res 3 Chapel 0
Division five south
Lodsworth, strengthened by the cancellation of their first-team game, got the better of the clash between the league’s bottom two.
Chapel kicked down the slope in the first half and the game was even until the 35th minute when a free-kick for Lodsworth was headed home at the far post.
A second followed within two minutes following a goalmouth scramble. The home team used the slope to their advantage in the second half and had much the better of the game, but Chapel were dangerous on the break and forced two or three good saves out of the keeper.
The game was put beyond doubt in the 75th minute when the visitors’ lack of height at the back was exploited with another well-taken header.