Wimble strikes again, but Selsey are held

Matt Wood challenges for Selsey in the draw with Worthing Utd  Picture by Kate Shemilt C140116-4
Matt Wood challenges for Selsey in the draw with Worthing Utd Picture by Kate Shemilt C140116-4

Lady Luck failed Selsey again as their home tussle with Worthing United in division one of the Sussex League produced only a disappointing 1-1 draw.

The Blues had been unfortunate to lose against Horsham YMCA in their last outing and, despite relentless pressure, they could not force a winner against the bottom side.

On paper the result seems disappointing but manager Ryan Pharo believes his side deserved more, saying: “I think we were unlucky, we camped out in their box for both halves but the luck didn’t go our way.

“We always want the win but we’ll take the point and so far we’ve remained unbeaten at home since I took charge, so that’s something to be proud of.”

The Blues fell behind after 17 minutes when a counter-attack led by Worthing’s Chad Milner saw him break free and use his pace to round the onrushing keeper before calmly poking the ball home.

Selsey pressed for an equaliser but had to wait until the 45th minute for the breakthrough when a deep cross from debutant David Rough found Rob Wimble and the club’s top scorer finished with a well-timed volley.

The Blues came out fired up after the break and Max Thom nearly gave them the lead when his shot from the edge of the area cannoned off the bar with Matt Wood missing the rebound.

Wood had a chance to win it for Selsey late on when he was left with a free header at the back post but the midfielder put the ball agonisingly back across goal.

Selsey missed out on a chance to build on the point when their midweek home match with Arundel was rained off.

The Blues now face a tough game at high-flying Hassocks this weekend but they will be boosted by news that Mitch Frost has joined the first-team squad and Luke Cooper has also joined the coaching staff.

Frost joins from Havant’s under-18 squad and is line to make his debut against Hassocks while Cooper has experience coaching Bognor’s youth team as well as with local rivals Pagham.

The Blues have also added 26-year-old central midfielder Mark Cooper to their line-up and the ex-Bognor player could also feature this weekend.

Pharo believes the additions will help in the final stages of the season, saying: “Mark Cooper has joined us this week; he has some great experience under his belt and was brought up playing in Portsmouth’s academy so we are pleased to have him on board.

“We’ve played three of the top four in the new year and the game against Hassocks will be another tough one, but we’ll go into it in positive mood because we’ve no injuries and we’ve made a number of good additions as well.”