Selsey lose at Lingfield despite bright start

Selsey’s first-half dominance was not enough to secure victory as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Lingfield in division one of the Sussex League.

The Blues controlled the first half after Graham Bush’s seventh-minute goal gave them the lead, but a half-time rally from the home side put Selsey’s defence to the sword.

Ryan Pharo took charge for the second match after his appointment as manager and said: “We started well and managed to get behind the back four a few times after winning the ball in the midfield and breaking quickly but we didn’t take our chances.

“They changed things after half-time but we were lazy with our defending and they managed to put three goals past us in six minutes.

“We should have been four or five up by half-time - we were on top in the first half and had several good chances so I feel we were a bit unfortunate to lose.

Bush put the Blues ahead when Dan Martin’s clever through-ball gave the striker a one-on-one opportunity which he calmly took.

Rob Wimble went close to scoring his 13th of the season when Selsey’s midfield won the ball and slid the striker through on goal only for his shot to be saved by the onrushing keeper.

Lingfield’s half-time changes made the difference when a poorly-cleared corner fell to Richard Welton, who slotted in from just outside the area after 68 minutes.

Joel O’Hara gave the home side the lead a minute later when Selsey’s defence failed to stop the cross and the striker’s emphatic diving header found the net.

Lingfield compounded Selsey’s misery in the 74th minute when Harry Sintim’s effort beat the goalkeeper.

The Blues look forward to a home game against league strugglers Arundel this weekend and Pharo said: “They were top of the league when we went to their ground and beat them and they haven’t had won a game since then.

“It won’t be an easy game because it’s a derby and they’ve got some good players but all the boys are in high spirits because we were played so well this weekend.”

JAMES ROBINSON