Our local division-two high flyers Bosham and Sidlesham each chalked up another league win - with Bosham breezing past Alfold and Sidlesham coming out on top at Westfield.
Here are the latest reports as the title and promotion races hot up.
Bosham 4 Alfold 1
SCFL division two
Bosham cruised to a comfortable win as Alfold wilted under the pressure of the league leaders – but with both Jarvis Brook and Sidlesham winning as well, the race for the title continues to heat up.
Bosham started quickly and exerted pressure on the Blues defence, and both Marco Giambelardini and Jake Lafferty went close.
The breakthrough came on the quarter-hour and the rampant Reds soon established a two-goal advantage.
Louis Bell broke the deadlock with a superb volley to round off a sweeping move. Graeme Dowden provided the perfect cross into the danger area and Bell leapt like a gazelle and finished past stranded keeper Ryan Mathews.
Minutes later the lead was doubled by midfield master Bradley Miles. He was having a strong game and deservedly got on the scoresheet with a typically-fiery finish.
Charlie Cooper produced a cheeky back-heel in the area that fell kindly for Miles, who smashed the ball into the roof of the net to give the Robins a two-goal lead.
Alfold didn’t give up, which was encouraging to see from a young side, and Bailey Bacon and Ben Thompsett showed glimpses of what they could do and both had decent chances as the half wore on.
Returning keeper Kieran Magee had little trouble in keeping them out and the powerhouse of Callum Fewell in defence frustrated the Blues’ attempts to find a way back into it.
On the hour Bosham netted their third – and what a superb moment it was. James Colinese had just come on to replace Fewell and with his first touch he had the Alfold keeper picking the ball out of his net.
Giambelardini fired in a quality corner from the right and Colinese rose and powered a header home to the delight of team-mates and management.
To their credit, Alfold upped their efforts and did get one back – and it was certainly worth waiting for.
Having just seen Miles hit the bar for Bosham, the Blues broke and the ball came to Evan Millas, who unleashed a fearsome drive from 35 yards that flew past the outstretched hand of Magee and into the net.
The goal was deserved for all Alfold’s efforts but the result was already in the bag for the Reds and a late strike from Giambelardini added gloss to the day’s work.
So the title race continues and a tough task awaits Bosham this week as they take the trip to second-placed Jarvis Brook, who have been a thorn in their side with two wins against the Reds at Walton Lane.
Bosham: Magee, Dowden, Giambelardini, Lafferty, Wilson, Cooper, Bell, Redman, Docherty, Fewell, Miles. Subs: Colinese, Barnes, Kinahan.
Westfield 1 Sidlesham 3
SCFL division two
Sidlesham enjoyed their long journey to Westfield and notched an impressive in against a side who had lost only once at home all season.
On a very uneven surface both teams tried to get the ball down but found it hard to get into their stride.
Sidlesham had the first half chance when a great run and cross from Tom Kelly just missed the onrushing Tom Bayley.
Callum Dowdell went close with a good run and shot that the keeper did well to get down to, with the ball bouncing awkwardly in front of him.
Westfield produced their own piece of good play that had Sids keeper Connor Kelly on his toes. Westfield took the lead with Tom Jefkins adjudged to have fouled a home player on a fine solo run.
Although Kelly went the right way and got a touch on Sam Kelly’s penalty, he couldn’t quite keep it out.
Sidlesham hit back and Kelly headed home from a Dowdell corner.
Sids’ second wasn’t long coming as Kelly sent the impressive Bayley away down the right, who crossed to John Phillips to fire home on the run.
The second half saw Westfield trying hard to get back into the game but Sidlesham defending well and going forward with purpose.
Bayley went close and sub Dan Bassil was next to test the keeper with a shot after he turned his marker in the box/
Fellow sub Tayler Hayes sent in a cross from which Bayley went close, then Bayley set up Phillips for his second after good work by Ben Buckland.
This was no more than the away side deserved although the hosts worked tirelessly all afternoon.
Sids praised the Westfield commitee who made them feel very welcome.
This week Sidlesham are back on their travels with a slightly shorter trip to Montpelier Villa (3pm).
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