Bosham are champions in waiting

Bosham's Kieran Hartley (centre) scores for Bosham in their 8-1 rout of Hunston  Picture by Chris Hatton
Bosham's Kieran Hartley (centre) scores for Bosham in their 8-1 rout of Hunston Picture by Chris Hatton

Bosham will win the West Sussex League premier-division trophy on Saturday – barring a disaster.

A point at home to Faygate on Saturday would do it thanks to their latest win, a 2-0 success at Lancing on Monday night earned by goals from James Wilson and Kieran Hartley.

That came two days after a 7-2 win at home to Wittering spearheaded by a hat-trick from Hartley and a Dave Storey double.

Bosham took a swift two-goal lead against Wittering inside five minutes. First Storey took advantage of a poor clearance from keeper Sean Smith to find Neil Redman, who returned the pass for Storey to finish. Then Redman slotted home after Hartley’s effort came back off the post.

Bradley Miles was the instigator of many chances and soon Hartley surged into the box to pass for Graeme Dowden to finish. Shaun Massy was dangerous for Wittering and fed Paul Jones, who let fly from long distance and wrongfooted Hasted to put the Blues back in it.

Hartley nabbed his first to further embarrass the opposition.

The Reds swept forward and Hartley was well-positioned for a rocket shot that beat Smith.

Dave Barnes netted for the Blues with a penalty for handball.

Storey got his second, ending a lovely move down the right that finished with a cross from Redman.

Hartley grabbed his second when he picked up the ball in his own half, noticed Smith just off his line and lobbed the keeper from almost 70 yards. Near the end, Hartley sealed his hat-trick after a Dowden set-up.

BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Jack Hancock, Mullen, Docherty, Miles, Storey, Redman, Wilson, Dowden, Hartley. Subs: Ayling, Sumnall.


Lodsworth 0 Pirates 6

Division two south

A second-half Paul Frangou hat-trick inspired Nyetimber Pirates to a comfortable victory over Lodsworth.

The Pirates missed out on the divisional title by one point, but this win will give them great confidence going into next Monday’s Charity Cup final.

Jamie Walter, Matt Carter, Perry Dant, Danny Towers, Ted Griffin and Frangou came into the side.

The breakthrough came after a clever move saw Anders Wyatt slide the ball past the keeper. It was 2-0 just before the break when Perry Dant grabbed his third of the season.

After half-time Frangou grabbed two in quick succession making it 4-0.

Goalkeeper Warren Pye came on at left wing and set up goals for Dant and Frangou.

It’s sunclear if Nyetimber will receive automatic promotion to division one, with a play-off still a possibility.

Manager Charlie Welling said: “It was disappointing to lose the league at Stedham, especially after winning the county cup just a couple of days before.

“But fair play to Stedham - they have had a great season as well.”

“Whatever happens next Monday the lads have to be proud of what they have achieved this season - we have won 28 out of 30 games played and that takes some doing at any level.”

Pirates face Faygate Reserves in the cup final on Monday (11am) at Arundel FC.

PIRATES: Walter, Gill, Williamson, Bann, Carter, Dant, Wyatt, Griffin, Towers, Pasterfield, P Frangou. Subs: Pye, Peach, Fallick.

Stedham clinched the West Sussex League division two south title with a 3-1 home win against local rivals Rogate.

A large crowd gathered to see Stedham get off to a perfect start with a long throw into the box within two minutes which found Hamilton, who turned and beat the Rogate keeper.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Williams went clean through on goal and smashed the ball underneath the keeper to make it 2-0.

Rogate were back in it with a route-one goal past keeper Wells to make it 2-1 at the break.

In the second half Stedham defended well and Dreckman went through one on one with the keeper ,who flattened him to earn a booking. The resulting spot kick was put wide.

With less than ten minutes to go, Dreckman cut inside and let fly with a beautiful right-footed effort that found the top corner.

Stedham thanked sponsors CYC Construction, TP General Builders, Simply Lettings, Faustinos and Badger Barns for their support over the past two seasons.

The club now return to intermediate football next season, and with the new clubhouse being built the club are really moving forward.

Border Wanderers 2 Felpham Colts 1

Div 3 Charity Cup final

It was cup-final heartbreak for Colts as they were beaten by an extra-time winner at Arundel.

The game started brightly with Felpham knocking the ball around with their traditional passing style and this continued until the break.

In the second half Border began to get the upper hand and they took the lead on 55 minutes.

Felpham began to press for equaliser but were thwarted until the 90th minute, when Adam Plummer hit a 25-yard screamer into the top corner. Colts were delirious and mobbed Plummer in wild celebration.

Extra-time saw Border slightly on top and they regained the lead on 103 minutes when their centre-forward broke clear and lobbed the Colts keeper. Felpham gave everything but it was not to be.

Alex Jasper’s men had done the club proud, finishing as runners-up in the cup and league in a tremendous season.

Unicorn United 4 Peacehaven Deer Park Academicals 2

Sussex Sunday Challenge Trophy

UNICORN’S rise to football fame continued with a memorable victory in the final of the challenge trophy.

They took the lead on 18 minutes through Dan Simmonds - amazingly his 63rd goal of the season.

Centre-half Keiron Payle-Howard added a second on 40 minutes but Peacehaven netted two quick goals to level before the break.

The second half was fast and furious but Unicorn’s James Fallick restored their lead ten minutes from time then Simmonds sealed the win in the 88th minute.

Unicorn players and officials thanked the Sussex FA for hosting the final on the excellent Lancing pitch.