Youth football: Felpham, Chichester, Predators and Barnham lift trophies

Chi City under-18s celebrate their title
Chi City under-18s celebrate their title

It’s silverware all round this week in our youth football round-up. Felpham Colts, Chichester City, Predators and Barnham Trojans all have reason to celebrate.

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Felpham Colts 2 Worthing 0

When Felpham Colts and Littlehampton met for the first game of the Arun & Chichester Youth League season in September, you would not have predicted both would be contenders for the title in April.

That day, Felpham Colts won 7-0, showing they had the class for the 13 fixtures ahead. Littlehampton improved fast but Felpham played out their season gaining win after win as they became the team to beat.

Midhurst and Littlehampton picked up victories against them when Felpham hit the road, but when it came to Felpham’s home games, they were too strong for everyone.

They beat Midhurst with a very impressive 2-0 victory near the end of the season with two strikes from Vincent. This helped erase any hope Midhurst had of winning the title and made the competition a two-horse race.

Felpham needed to secure three points in this last game against Worthing and did so in fantastic style, controlling the game for 90 minutes.

The breakthrough came after Sixsmith and Hood set up Rose, who won a corner. The delivery was met by Oliver, who leapt above everyone else in the are to make it 1-0.

Felpham continued with excellent ball retention, moving it well and looking for any gaps or weaknesses. The second goal came from Vincent, Felpham’s top scorer, who did not disappoint with a neat finish to shut out any threat of a Worthing comeback.

The final whistle blew and celebrations began. An excellent team effort right the way through the year ended with the celebration of a well-deserved title - with Littlehampton having finished second.

Chi City Youth 4 Sidlesham 2

Victory over fellow title contenders Sidlesham sealed the Sussex Youth League west-division title for the fourth season in a row for Chichester.

It is an outstanding achievement for the players and club and show how their long-term youth policy is paying dividends, with many of the young players already featuring regularly in the development and first-team squads.

It wasn’t long before Chi were in fronte, Ryan Chittock scoring the first. Two more quickly followed from in-form striker Joe Gromett, the second of came from a great passing move from front to back and an equally fine finish.

A mistake at the back saw Matt Boulton head the ball past his advancing keeper to leave the Sidlesham striker an easy tap-in to an empty goal to make it 3-1 at the halfway mark.

In the second half a Sidlesham corner was headed in by ex-Chi player Ryan Barratt to make the scoreline 3-2 and the game took on a new urgency for both teams.

Jono Tallent rattled the bar but Gromett got his hat-trick and sealed the victory and title with a fourth for Chi.

The big crowd at Oaklands included many of the other City teams’ players and coaches, which goes to show how far the club has come in the past few of years and what fantastic spirit exists across the club.

CITY : McAlpine, Gilbert, Boulton, Lillywhite, Knowles, Ansa, Yates, Tallent, Chittock(Osman), Van driel (Wild), Gromett (Mulenga). Sub unused: Lynch.

Chi City Youth 2 Pagham Youth 1

The Chi youngsters were back in action three days after winning the league - and were uncharacteristically slow and casual for the first 20 minutes.

They were punished when Pagham scored a disputed goal early on. A clash between Sammy McAlpine and a Pagham player resulted in the Chi keeper dropping the ball and it was put in from the resulting melee.

City lost captain Matt Boulton through injury and had to reshuffle. However their makeshift back four settled and Chi’s efforts were rewarded when Romeo Mulenga scored to make it 1-1 at half-time.

The second half saw Chi start to move the ball around and they took the lead when Joe Yates pulled the ball back to Jono Tallent just outside the box - he shifted and struck the ball on the half-volley high into the net.

Chi were nearly punished late in time added on when Pagham hit the post.

This weekend Chi play Hassocks in the Sussex Youth League Cup final at East Preston (11am).

CHI: McAlpine, Chittock, Lynch, Lillywhite, Boulton (Shrives), Osman (Ansa), Yates, Tallent, Kondabeka, Wild, Mulenga. Sub unused: Beauvosin.

Chichester City Colts 2 Lancing Youth 1

This was the first of three must-win games for Colts in their attempt to finish top of the A&CYFL A division.

Colts took advantage of playing with the wind behind them early in the first half when Jacob West latched on to a William Richardson through-ball to drive a heavily-deflected 25-yard shot over the Lancing keeper.

Lancing equalised halfway through the first half when Colts took their eye off the ball in defence, allowing too much room for a 25-yard piledriver which Colts keeper Alex Dodsworth could not keep out.

Colts were under constant pressure in the second half as Lancing had the wind behind them with Colts’ defence, missing injured captain Joe Dennis, remaining steadfast.

Colts got the winner with 20 minutes to go when a Dave Corell free-kick from inside his own half was picked up by James Porter on the left wing. He dribbled passed three Lancing defenders to pull back from the by-line for West to get his second.

The points keep their hopes high of winning the league.

Colts: Dodsworth, W Richardson, Corell, Dodd, Fudge, Porter, Cane, C Richardson, McLaughlin, West, Choudhury, Gallop, Russell, Sogbesan.


Predators Youth 8 Regis Rebels 1

League title winners Predators finished the season strongly against a struggling Rebels team.

Predators’ midfield, led by Josh Simmonds, dominated the game, laying siege to the Rebels goal.

A combination of heroic goalkeeping by Rebels keeper Luke Beauvoisin and spurned chances by the Predators forwards kept the scores level until shortly before half-time when centre-back Tommy Sanctuary seized on a poor clearance to volley home from the edge of the box.

On the stroke of half-time, Alex Burford made yet another run down the right wing and his cross was turned in by a Rebels defender.

Predators upped the tempo in the second half as a flurry of goals knocked the stuffing from the Rebels. Toby Lauder scored a hat-trick, Jordon Smith got two more and Angus Hamilton scrambled home his first of the season.

With time running out, Rebels scored a well-taken consolation.

PREDATORS: Fellows, Brayfield, Burford, Clarke, Daniels, Donner, Hamilton, Hanslip, Lauder, Sanctuary, Simmonds, Smith, Waldron.


Barnham Trojans 2 Chichester City Youth 1 (aet)

Barnham Trojans found themselves back at Arundel FC for the Challenge Cup final for the second year in a row - and found themselves wining it again.

The first 20 minutes saw the Trojans pushing forward, with Jack Trodd, Dylan Jelley and Jack Chapman beginning many an attack from defence, passing through Jack Ratcliffe and Denis Whiteman and producing several near misses.

A goal kick from Jamie Boniface bounced and was collected by Liam Brady, who beat two of Chichester’s defenders to break the deadlock and score.

Boniface made a great save to deny Chichester. Toby Evans and Ellis Brundle carried on supporting Joe Allen and Seamus Griffin-Tilley but Barnham failed to get another goal before half time, even though Brady hit the post and watched the ball travel along the goal-line and back out.

In the second half the introduction of Barnaby Jacob-Dicks at left-back boosted Barnham. Chichester’s Liam Craddock sent a shot into the far corner to make it 1-1.

Tommy Nichols and Tom Barton kept breaking for Barnham and several near misses followed, including a chance by Elliot Harrison which just went over.

In the second half of extra-time, Brady received a pass from Barton and beat the Chichester keeper to bring the score to 2-1 and Barnham Trojans won the cup win for a second year.

BARNHAM: Allan, Barton, Boniface, Brady, Chapman, Harrison, Jelley, Nicholls, Ratcliffe, Trodd, Whiteman, Brundle, Evans, Griffin-Tilley, Jacob-Dicks.


Chichester City Colts White 2 Lancing Rangers 2

In their third meeting of the season, Lancing scored first with a goal after just two minutes.

The Colts made some good chances after this, but found themselves 2-0 down after 12 minutes.

The boys showed their true colours, and scored after 15 minutes with a goal from Jack Tilbury. Chichester kept making chances and Ryan Johnson set up Tilbury for his second.

The second half was a great spectacl with both teams pressing for the winner. Johnson went close, Rhys Rawlings and Louie Stone bossed the midfield, and Owen Moore was excellent at the heart of the defence.

Goalkeeper Jack Briant made a string of fines saves to keep the final score at 2-2.

The man of the match award was shared between all 11 of the boys, who are now looking forward to their cup final at Arundel.