Wimble sinks Shoreham as Selsey shape up

Selsey in possession against Shoreham  Picture by Kate Shemilt
Selsey in possession against Shoreham Picture by Kate Shemilt
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Selsey made it two wins in two as a Robert Wimble double saw off Shoreham 2-1 in division one of the Sussex League.

It was a fairly even contest throughout but the powerful Selsey striker proved the difference as Shoreham struggled to break down a resilient defence.

Blues first-team coach Ryan Pharo felt his team were well worth their win.

“It was a good win - we were unlucky to concede and were under the cosh in the second half but we worked hard and deserved the win,” he said.

Neither team could take control in the opening exchanges.

Shoreham may feel they could have done better with a couple of half-chances during the opening stages but the Selsey keeper Sam Joyce pulled off some smart saves to keep the score at 0-0.

Things didn’t look good for Selsey on 21 minutes when captain Callum Britton, who until then had looked Selsey’s most dangerous player, was forced off after a collision with Shoreham defender Bradley Bant.

The injury did not look too serious, but the suspicion is he’ll be out for a couple of weeks.

That disappointment didn’t last long, though, as Selsey made the breakthrough in the 26th minute from the spot. Jack Bingham was tripped in the box following a good run into the area and Wimble made no mistake with the spot-kick, firing low into the corner.

Wimble added to his tally six minutes into the second half, smashing a fierce drive into the far corner after a great through-ball by Danny Towers.

Shoreham pulled a goal back two minutes later, Owen Callaghan’s shot from inside the box taking a wicked deflection and wrong-footing Joyce.

Wimble could have completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute after the Shoreham defence failed to deal with a long ball from the keeper.

But the striker could only direct his effort straight at the goalkeeper.

Shoreham finished strongly chasing the equaliser but Selsey held on to record their second league win.

Pharo added: “Dan Heggerty stood out for me.

“He won some great tackles and I’d give him the man of the match.

“We’ve got two good wins under our belts and there’s easily another three points to be won there if we work as hard as we did in this game.”

SELSEY: Jones, Hagger, Bingham, Callum Poole, Hinselwood, Miller, Britton, Heggerty, Towers, Wimble, Montero, Subs: Curtis Poole, Cowlee, Lee, Bush.

Selsey followed the victory with a third straight win as Arundel were beaten 1-0 at the High Street Ground in midweek.

JOSH HARRISON