Reds prevail despite a right Royal rumpus

WINS for Bosham, Nyetimber Pirates and Chapel feature in this week’s round-up of West Sussex League teams.

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Royal Hove 1 Bosham 3 (aet)

Vernon Wentworth Cup

Bosham had to dig deep as they found themselves playing the majority of the second half and all of extra time with only nine men before finally winning through to the next round of the cup at the Neville Recreation Ground.

Kieran Hartley was the matchwinner for the Reds with a sublime hat-trick to end the resistance of the Royals in a thriller.

Play was scrappy in the first quarter-hour and the game took time to get going. Bill Huntley had an early strike on goal but Royals keeper Luke Mills was right behind the shot to keep it all-square.

On the half-hour, the Robins made their pressure tell with Hartley showing strength and class to find the net. He embarked on a mazy run, through several tackles and then poked the ball past Mills - and even a last-ditch effort from Nathan Bewen was not enough to prevent the ball from nestling in the net.

Bosham continued to press but the Royals played their part in the remainder of the half. Med Koroma hit the Bosham woodwork from a free-kick and Adam Towman was narrowly wide with a scorching effort.

Right on half-time Bosham were dealt a significant blow when Huntley was given his marching orders by referee Chris Stobart, leaving manager Tony Hancock to use the break to galvanise his troops for the inevitable second-half onslaught.

The Royals started strongly on the resumption and their task was further helped when Robins winger Marco Giambelardini was forced off with an injury. With Bosham having no subs available, they had to play the remainder of the game with only nine players.

The Royals drew level with just over 20 minutes left, Towner in the right place at the right time to slot home.

Bosham, to their great credit, survived a lot of pressure from the Blues with the likes of Ricky Mullen and Jack Hancock at the back having immense games.

In extra time, the Robins, relying on a counter-attack policy, got their noses back in front, thanks again to the masterful finishing of Hartley.

Matt Docherty provided the perfect through-ball into his path and the striker took it on and rounded Mills to slot home and restore the lead.

The Royals threw everything they could at Bosham but, deep in the second period, their resistance ended with Hartley snaring his third in simple style. A long clearance from Simon Hasted saw two defenders converge on the ball but make a hash of it, allowing Hartley to stroll goalwards and beat Mills to put the icing on the cake.

Manager Tony Hancock was delighted at the final whistle.

BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Dowden, Mullen, Jack Hancock, Joe Hancock, Huntley, Docherty, Hartley, Wilson, Giambelardini.


Cowfold 2 Lavant 1

West Sussex premier division

Lavant marked Stuart Eastwood’s first game in charge with a visit to champions Cowfold and started brightly.

A better ball in the final third may have seen the Lavant attackers test Matt Beck in the Cowfold goal more frequently but he remained relatively untested.

Cowfold started to get a foothold and on the half-hour they broke through Lavant’s leggy midfield and hit the underside of the bar.

The second half saw the home side start strongly. A quality corner caught out Lavant keeper Neil Sanson, resulting in an easy finish for Greg Brabon at the back post.

Lavant could have levelled. Stuart Smith broke into the box, forcing a great save from the onrushing Beck and James Sandford was unable to create an opening from the rebound.

With five minutes remaining, Lavant were dealt a cruel blow with the referee awarding a penalty to Cowfold after a fantastic block tackle from Jon Wright, which James Wrigley confidently dispatched.

Lavant, outraged by the decision, continued to press and a fine strike from captain Sandford flew into the top right corner. Lavant were left feeling what could have been.

Selsey A 0 Nyetimber Pirates 4

Division two south

Nyetimber Pirates’ hot streak continued with victory over Selsey A - just weeks after the Pirates had beaten them 5-1.

Nyetimber began slowly but took the lead after Phil Turner’s quick free-kick fooled the Selsey keeper and found the net on the half-hour. Pirates right-back Tim Lester was carried off after a bad tackle left him unable to continue, Sean Williamson replacing him.

Pirates upped the tempo in the second half and the second goal came from a superb cross from Anders Wyatt that found Andy Cox at the back post. He scored his fifth of the season.

Turner made it 3-0 and Paul Frangou added a fourth after good work from Turner allowed him to flick the ball over the flailing goalkeeper.

This win puts Pirates third in the table with a game in hand, a point behind leaders Rogate and Lodworth, who visit them at Avisford this Saturday.

PIRATES: Taylor, Lester, Gill, Carter, Bann, A Cox, Wyatt, Peach, Turner, P Frangou, Dowsett. Subs: Shepherd, Dant, Williamson.

Chapel 3 Wisborough Green Res 1

Division five central

The opening 15 minutes were scrappy with neither side settling, but when Aaron Carver cut through on the right and squared for Ben Plant to put Chapel ahead, the game came to life.

The work-rate of both sides reached high levels as they tried to get on top.

The visitors were rewarded for their efforts with an equaliser after 36 minutes and the first half ended all square.

For nearly half an hour in the second half, both sides fought for supremacy with Chapel looking the more likely to score. And it was Aaron Carver who once again broke down the right and cut in to lash in the vital second goal.

Ben Mariner added a third to make up for a glaring miss in the first half.