Reds top of the pile to cap legend Knight’s visit

Pompey Legend Alan Knight, front right, with members of Bosham Football club and their supporters after opening the newly refurbished building  Picture by Kate Shemilt
Pompey Legend Alan Knight, front right, with members of Bosham Football club and their supporters after opening the newly refurbished building Picture by Kate Shemilt
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Bosham marksman Dave Storey was again on target for the Reds as they continued their impressive start to the new season at the expense of Clymping, their 3-1 win meaning they stay top of division three of the Sussex League

It was the first match played at the new-look Walton Lane ground since gaining promotion from the West Sussex League last term.

Before the match a special guest, Pompey ambassador and goalkeeping legend Alan Knight, opened the newly-renovated clubhouse and signed autographs and have photos taken with fans. It left youngsters with great smiles on their faces and was a moment to remember.

Sussex FA duo Paul Beard and Peter Down were also on hand to present a plaque marking chartered standard status to the club, another great plus point for the Robins in their recent push forward.

Bosham bosses expressed their gratitude to Knight for his visit and club commercial manager Simon Jasinski said the ground improvements were a big boost.

“It’s been many months of hard work from volunteers and tradesmen who we owe a debt of thanks to, but seeing the end result with everyone out and the club looking great has certainly made it all worthwhile,” he said.

“Sport England’s Inspired Facilities funding has given us a huge boost, and will provide a platform for a sustainable future, with facilities and a club players of all ages can feel proud to be a part of.”

On the pitch Bosham came out strongly but Clymping created the first real opportunity with Jake Jephson going close. Bosham keeper Steve Metherell was on his guard and watched the effort go to safety.

But after 25 minutes the home support were silenced by Nathan Peacock giving the Blues the lead. A corner was swung in from the right and Peacock rose well to power home his header .

Bosham surged forward in search of a quick response. And just ten minutes later Storey was in the right place to bring them level.

Marco Giambelardini found space from a short corner and drilled the ball low into the box. Storey was alert at the near post to poke home.

The Reds continued to press but were unable to improve on their tally before the break.

On the hour, Bosham edged ahead. Giambelardini was again the mastermind and his cross was headed home by Storey to take his season’s tally to five from two games.

Clymping created decent chances, with both Jephson and Peacock going close, but with minutes remaining, the seal was set on a second straight Bosham win when captain James Wilson was sent clear by Giambelardini and needed no second invitation to fire past keeper Ronnie Shewrey.

A late red card for Bosham defender Ricky Mullen was unfortunate but didn’t stop Bosham remaining top.

BOSHAM: Metherell, Probee, Dowden, Edgington, Blanshard, Mullen, Brett, Wilson, Storey, Giambelardini, Carter. Subs: Moore, Redman, Couzens, Docherty.

ALAN PRICE