Sussex League: Action returns - but defences are caught napping

Josh Clack (green shirt) was on target for Pagham but they losty heavily  Picture by Tommy McMillan
Josh Clack (green shirt) was on target for Pagham but they losty heavily Picture by Tommy McMillan

Selsey suffered the bitter taste of revenge as they were thumped 5-0 at St Francis.

The Blues had smashed six past Rangers earlier in the season but St Francis’ formidable home form was the key factor in the return.

The Haywards Heath-based outfit have a reputation for being a difficult side to visit and many managers, including Selsey boss Ryan Pharo, are all too aware of their strengths.

The Blues were slow out of the blocks and went behind after just ten minutes when Rangers midfielder Nathan Millroy opened the scoring.

Striker Jamie Weston found the net 13 minutes later and Weston doubled his tally after the restart to give Rangers a 3-0 lead.

Things went from bad to worse for the Blues when Billy Chatfield and Jack Bingham were dismissed by referee Jacob Miles.

Charlie Pitcher added a fourth in the 80th minute before defender Josh Bryant rounded off the scoring just two minutes later.

Saturday was a bad day all round for our local first-division sides – and in particular their defences.

Apart from Selsey letting in five at St Francis, Chichester conceded four at Hailsham while Pagham shipped six at Hassocks.

The Lions at least had a Josh Clack consolation to cheer in their loss, but City didn’t get on the scorecheet in East Sussex.

This weekend, Chichester visit Hassocks, Selsey host Ringmer and Pagham are at home to Hailsham.

JAMES ROBINSON

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