There were mixed fortunes for some of our local county league sides in the latest round of matches.
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East Grinstead 3 Chi City 0
CHICHESTER came home empty-handed after a 3-0 reversal at the hands of fourth-placed East Grinstead.
City were missing captain and centre-half Peter Hibbert through injury.
Despite matching their opponents for long spells, Chichester failed to make an impression and two goals midway through the first-half from Sam Schaaf and Michael Belli gave Wasps the initiative.
All three Chichester subs were brought on and an effort from one, George Landais, would have made it interesting had it gone in.
But Kieran Pamment struck Grinstead’s third from a free-kick on 66 minutes.
City: Ender, Sanashee, Northeast, Boniface, Brookes, Kilner, Groom, Hegarty, Gromett, Forry, F Smith. Subs: Landais, Blatchford, Williams.
Chi host Lingfield on Saturday.
Selsey 1 Crowborough 3
A ROB WIMBLE goal wasn’t enough for Selsey to salvage anything from the Crows’ flight to the High Street Ground.
Chris Ransome poked in the opener for the visitors on nine minutes but Wimble levelled six minutes into the second half when he turned and his shot beat Nick Collick and went in off the post.
Six minutes later, though, Ransome set up Michael Death to restore the Crows’ lead and midway through the half, Jonathan Trotter met a free-kick to wrap up their win which took Crowborough to third place.
Selsey remain in the top half of the table – just – but boss Ryan Pharo and his players will want to give the home fans something to cheer when Rye visit this Saturday.
Rustington 1 Midhurst 2
MIDHURST made it a welcome second win in a row at Rustington.
Gavin Heater put the ball into the Midhurst net after 16 minutes and the visitors had their work cut out.
Neither team could add to the solitary goal before the break.
The bumpy surface didn’t help Midhurst’s close passing game and the defence were under pressure.
Steve Kirkham went close for the home side.
A heavy tackle by John Wilkinson earned Midhurst a 65th-minute penalty and captain Gary Norgate converted it. Liam Dreckmann netted from close range to seal the points.
Midhurst: Knight, Casselton, White, May, Norgate, Hyde, Turner, Peck, Sheldrick, Hamilton, Renshaw, Stevens.
Roffey 1 Sidlesham 2
The Sids extend their six-match unbeaten run when they won at Roffey.
They went for an early breakthrough and were nearly rewarded on four minutes when Dan Bassil’s snap-shot went just past the post.
The Sids were on top but had nothing to show for their superiority – and on 41 minutes a Roffey player ran at the defence, eluding challenges, to slot the ball past the keeper and give the hosts an interval lead.
The second half saw Roffey take the game to the Sids without creating chances.
The Sids made three substitutions and this gave them a lift. On 75 minutes a ball from the right was met by Barry McCoy who powered a header in to level the score.
Seven minutes from time, a cross was met by Bassil, who volleyed in the winner.
SIDS: Rochester, Low, Carrigher, Hounsome, Grantham, McCoy, Millens, Jefkins, Bassil, Reed, Kelly, Robinson, Cowell, Brown, Williams.
Sids visit Langley this week.