Midhurst FC’s build-up to the new season continued in satisfactory fashion with a draw against Clanfield and a win over Sidlesham’s second teeam.
Here are the reports from John Suter’s side’s latest work-outs.
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Clanfield 2 Midhurst 2
Tom Chaplin, in his first game for over a year after a cruciate ligament operation, showed his versatility by putting on an excellent performance in goal.
At least four times he made point-blank saves against a very lively Clanfield side to keep the score 0-0 at half-time.
At the other end the Clanfield keeper made a brilliant save from Gary Norgate when he stormed through a static defence, but the same player missed a simple chance with a misplaced header.
Midhurst took the lead ten minutes into the second half when Ant Kirby’s pace terrorised the defence and the ball crept over the line.
Eight minutes later Clanfield equalised through Chaplin’s only mistake when he pushed a mis-hit effort into the roof of the net.
Midhurst regained the lead when Kirby’s pace again took him clear, and he went round the keeper and fired in. But parity was restored when Clanfield equalised with a clinical strike.
It was a fair result from an exciting game, which saw the introduction of three new Midhurst players in Paul Grantham and the Towers brothers, Danny and Scott.
MIDHURST: Tom Chaplin; Lewis Hamilton, Keith Martin, Ant Kirby, Scott Dormer, Jamie Hill, Luke Sheldrick, Jamie O’Leary, Martin May, Dan Watts, Paul Grantham, Gary Norgate, Nathan Hunt, Scott Towers Danny Towers.
Sidlesham Res 2 Midhurst 5
With Sidlesham’s first team taking on Pagham the following day, this was downgraded to a game for Midhurst against their reserves. It turned out to be low-key, partly down to the sultry conditions.
Midhurst were 3-0 up at half-time thanks to Luke Sheldrick’s lob over the keeper and two own goals – the second of which, a header, would have been a goal to savour if it had been at the other end.
Midhurst started the second half in lacklustre fashion and were punished twice within ten minutes to make the score 3-2.
This only served to wake up the away side and they scored twice more through Sheldrick and Gary Norgate for a final score of 5-2.
MIDHURST: Aaron Jeal: Mark Broughton, Scott Dormer, Keith Martin, Luke Sheldrick, Jamie O’Leary, Tom Merritt-Smith, Jamie Hill, George Morris, Martin May, Oli Lee, Gary Norgate, Jordan Guyan, Craig Webb.
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