Bosham have unveiled The Woodmancote pub as their main club sponsor for the season.
The Woodmancote’s logo will feature on the Robins’ first-team home and away shirts this season and it seems to be having the desired effect, with Andy Probee’s side winning their opening seven games to become the early pace-setters in division three.
Like Bosham’s recent clubhouse refurbishment through Sport England funding, The Woodmancote also underwent a stylish re-fit when current owners Jim Paget and John Miller purchased the pub in May 2012 and it has gone from strength to strength.
Woodmancote mnager Terry Collins said: “We were looking to get more involved with community and sporting projects and have seen that Bosha are growing and on-the-up.
“We know a few of the players who use the pub, and I played under the late Dennis Probee at Gosport in the Hampshire Youth League as a 15-year-old, so there’s a previous affinity that made for a good fit all round.
“We’re pleased to be able to help the club, and will look to give them as much support as we can.”
Bosham’s commercial manager, Simon Jasinski, added: “We are delighted to have the backing of the Woodmancote as our headline sponsor for our first season back in the Sussex League.
“It’s an exciting time for the club, and believe that in the Woodmancote we have a partner who has similar values to ourselves in regards to progress and success and are extremely grateful to Jim, John and Terry for their support.”
Ifield 1 Bosham 2
Sussex League division three
Bosham made it seven wins out of seven, surviving a stern test that saw the Reds play a large part of the game with only ten men and a total of 12 players booked.
Bosham were relieved at the end to come away with all three points.
Bosham had the better of things from the off with returning striker Dave Storey a constant menace up front and the likes of Jake Lafferty and Adam Brett looking sharp in support.
The bullishness of the home team meant a hard time for referee Alex Hall, who started to wave the cards around as he tried to maintain control.
Close to the half-hour, Bosham skipper James Wilson was unlucky to see red for a somewhat, innocuous challenge.
Minutes later the Robins were in front through Lafferty. Storey, now in a lone striker role,won the ball on the edge of the area and it fell kindly at the feet of Lafferty, who fired low into the corner to put the league leaders ahead.
Ifield came back strongly but weren’t able to get level before the break.
Early in the second half, Lee Bruton poked in the leveller. Devon Fender was the instigator – having worked space down the right he swung in a low cross that Bruton expertly diverted in at the near post.
Both teams went for a winning goal. Ifield did create chances but Dave Bryant was having a storming game in defence for the Reds and any opportunities were fleeting.
Eventually Bosham got their noses back in front. This time Lafferty was the provider as his low cross ended up at the feet of Brett who expertly picked his spot, sparking loud celebrations from players and supporting fans.
Kieran Hartley had an excellent chance to double the advantage but keeper Mike Norris pulled off a superb save to deny him.
But the Robins were able to celebrate another strength-sapping win to maintain their advantage at the top of the table.
This week, Partridge Green travel to Walton Lane in the Sussex Intermediate Cup second round.
BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Dowden, Bryant, Wilson, Carter, Hartley, Lafferty, Storey, Giambelardini, Brett. Subs: Redman, Couzens.