Bosham secured a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Lavant in the West Sussex League premier division courtesy of a goal scored by Joe Hancock and set up by brother Jack.
In a largely scrappy game where chances were at a premium for both sides, Bosham put up a workmanlike performance and will be pleased to have taken all three points to continue their climb towards the top of the table.
The breakthrough didn’t come until 58 minutes when a ball over the top from defender Jack Hancock was cushioned down by sibling Joe, who then drove low underneath Lavant goalkeeper Neil Sanson from 12 yards for his tenth goal of the campaign.
Lavant rarely threatened - a free-kick from a good position striking the Bosham wall. Any good build-up was often let down by the visitors’ finishing or last-ditch tackles from the solid defensive partnership of Ben Blanshard and Matt Docherty.
Neil Redman misfired late on for the home side when well-placed from a dangerous cross by substitute Ben Evans, who could have had a goal himself with a delicate chip from the right, which came back off the angle of post and bar before being hacked clear.
Bosham boss Tony Hancock said: “In the first half there were only really two passages of play where we were able to get the ball down and play, and in the second we really should have killed the game off, but had you offered me a 1-0 win at the start, I would have taken it.”
BOSHAM: Hasted, Hancock (Jack), Brett, Blanshard, Docherty, Probee, Wilson, Dowden, Hancock (Joe), Davies, Redman. Subs: Maitland, Evans, Fewell.
* Yapton FC are trying to find managers for both their West Sussex League teams. The first team are fourth in division one after a good start to the season and the reserves are ninth in division three south after gaining promotion last season.
They play at the Eastergate memorial ground and have a committee who take care of the administrative side of the club - but they require people to take care of the football side of the club.
Contact secretary Beryl Goss on 07714 333065 if you can help.