Chichester City rued missed chances as a last-minute Sidley goal earned them a point in an energetic 2-2 draw in division one of the Sussex League which left the City boss insisting: We’re due a win.
Both teams had chances to win it, but Chichester will be disappointed at conceding such a late equaliser when they looked to be heading for their second win of the season.
Joint manager Neil Sherlock (right) felt his side deserved the win. “It was a disappointing end but we had 14 opportunities on goal and only scored two of them,” he said.
“The lads are very disappointed we got drew but we’ve had two draws and a win, so it isn’t the end of the world.
“We’re in a good place – we didn’t have this many points this time last season, so it’s a big step already.”
The home team got off to the perfect start when winger Dan Watts netted in the second minute, firing low into the bottom corner after the Sidley defence failed to clear their lines.
Chichester had two goals disallowed, but both decisions looked correct.
The teams began the second half with added determination.
Watts turned provider, swinging in a corner from which Harry Dye thumped in a header and make it 2-0.
Chichester could have easily scored more but Sidley’s Alan McMinigal pulled a goal back. City began to dominate with Ken Hagan controlling midfield, but Sidley’s keeper pulled off some great saves to keep his team in the game.
In the 93rd minute, Sidley captain Chris Agutter saw his cross evade everyone and creep in at the back post.
Sherlock added: “We just need a bit more cutting edge, then we can start winning these games. Let’s have a win next Saturday (at Shoreham) – I think we’re due one now.”
CHICHESTER: Evans, Cody, Hibbert, Gilbert, Boniface, Bradshaw, Dye, Hagan, Forry, Dormer, Watts, Subs: Parsons, Potter, Lambert, Knight, Smith.