Youth football: Colts enjoy cup success

Chi City Colts under-nines celebrate their cup victory
Chi City Colts under-nines celebrate their cup victory

There’s action involving Chichester City Colts, Barnham Trojans, Bognor Regis Town in our latest youth football round-up.

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Chichester City Colts 4 Barnham Trojans 3

Colts beat Barnham in the County Cup – passing one of their toughest tests so far this season.

They took the lead through Taylor Parker on 18 minutes. One became two on 26 minutes when Parker grabbed his and Colts’ second following a tremdous pass from Sam Jones.

Barnham pulled a goal back minutes later through Liam Brady and were unfortunate not to be level going into half-time following an acrobatic save from Williams in the Colts goal.

Barnham started the second half the brighter. Five minutes in, Brady grabbed his second.

Ten minutes later Barnham took the lead for the first time in the game when George Britton danced his way into the area before finishing past Williams.

With five minutes left, Jack Angell delievered a great corner for Taylor Parker to complete his hat trick and equalise for Colts.

With seconds remaining, Angell delievered another cracking corner which Parker connected with and Ratcliffe inadvertantly diverted the ball past his own keeper to give Colts a victory to cherish.

CHI COLTS: Williams, Newton, Angell, Rochester, Simmons, W Parker, Nicol, S Jones, Peake, Watkins, T Parker. Subs: Clayton, Hamblin, Main, J Jones.


Rustington Otters 3 Bognor Regis Town Youth 7

Bognor started this Challenge Cup quarter-final brightly and were 1-0 up after a fine pass from Will Jones that was finished by Bradley Stroud. A free-kick by Bruce Eggleton set up Stroud for his second.

An excellent strike from Stroud completed his hat-trick.

A superb through-ball by Ben Taylor was finished by Nat White for 4-0. Centre midfield man Rhys Rawlings scored with a bullet header to make the score 5-0.

Rustington scored three quick goals to make the score 5-3 with ten minutes to go. At a crucial time in the match Flynn Bennett, the Bognor goalie, made an important save.

This spurred on Bognor to fight back and a great strike from Josh Boyagian made the game safe at 6-3, while Noah Amoo scored in the final minute after good work by Nat.

It was a good performance by Bognor who go through to the semi-finals for the 5th consecutive year.

BOGNOR: Amoo, Bennett, Boyagian, Budge, Eggleton, Fearns, Jones, Lush, McGuigan, Parr, Rawlings, Stroud, Taylor, Tilbury, White.


Lancing Rangers 2 Chichester City Colts 4

The Colts got off to a great start, with an early attempt on goal from Harry Angell saved by the Lancing keeper after bouncing off the post.

Colts had lots of possession during the first half but failed to break through the Lancing defence.

Against the run of play Lancing scored on the break.

Jack Kennedy scored an early second-half equaliser but it was quickly followed by a second from Lancing.

Some good defensive play from MoM Joshua Jensen, Teddy Phillippo and Ben Roberts followed by two great saves by Colts keeper Joshua McCulloch kept the scoreline at 2-1 after a period of heavy pressure by Lancing trying to grab a third decisive goal.

A penalty awarded for a hard tackle on Kenendy in the box was nicely converted – by Kennedy himself – to bring the scores level.

The Colts continued to press, scoring two more well-deserved goals from Louis Godfrey and Harry Angell.

CHI COLTS: Harry Angell, Harry Dobinson ,Louis Godfrey, Max Hopp, Joshua Jensen, Jack Kennedy, Joshua McCulloch, Matthew Palfrey, Teddy Phillippo, George Purvis, Ben Roberts.


Chichester City Colts under-nines whites won their first cup final in very wet conditions in Worthing to lift the Cathedral Cup.

The Colts played well and battled to the end.

The team were unbeaten last season and have yet to lose this season. Manager Marc Pitman says he has a wonderful team of players who entered four tournaments in the summer and won them all, the hardest being in Southampton.

This season they have been sponsored with a new match kit by LAM Office Furniture, a great help because they had only seven kits for ten players.

Pitman said: “The commitment from all the boys and their parents is brilliant – it is very rare that any of the boys ever miss training or matches, which shows in the results.

“They are a fantastic team and it’s a pleasure to manage and watch them play.”

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