Football: It’s D-Day for Selsey

Selsey, pictured in blue facing Pagham, have had a tough end to the season  Picture by Chris Hatton
Selsey, pictured in blue facing Pagham, have had a tough end to the season Picture by Chris Hatton

It will be all to play for at the High Street Ground this Saturday as Selsey desperately fight against relegation from County League division one.

The Blues take on Lingfield in their last game of their season knowing that even a win may not be enough to ensure their survival.

Fellow relegation candidates Lancing have a superior goal difference and are favourites going into their last game against local rivals Shoreham.

The idea of relegation would have been far from fans’ minds just four months ago when the Blues were sitting in the lofty heights of seventh place, but two managerial changes and the loss of several first team players have sunk the seaside outfit.

Manager Steve Bailey remained positive, saying: “Everyone at the club is still behind what we are trying to do.

“We’ve set the target of trying to push through our youth team and we’ll keep going with that. If we do have to take a step down to go forward then that is what we will do.”

Selsey are currently on an eight-match losing streak which started early last month under previous manager Ryan Pharo.

Shortly after the result, Pharo was relieved of his duties by chairman David Lee who told the Observer the club wished to focus on the youth team in an effort to secure the club’s long-term future.

The Blues then suffered the loss of several first-team players, including star striker Rob Wimble, and have since fielded a mixture of reserve and youth players.

Selsey will similarly be faced with selection issues in their game against Lingfield, with Bailey saying: “It’s going to be an exceptionally young team this week.

“If we do go down, though, we definitely want to go out on a positive and a win would be nice because if we win and Lancing slip up, then we will stay up.”

Local fans are urged to get along to the 3pm kick-off and support the Blues.

JAMES ROBINSON