Youth football: Pebbles are rolling along

The Pebbles, Bognor's under-18 team
The Pebbles, Bognor's under-18 team

THE ROCKS’ under-18s – better known as the Pebbles – have had a good start to the season.

After losing their opening game 3-2 to Burgess Hill, they have enjoyed wins over Eastbourne Borough (6-1) and Hastings (2-0).

Their local sponsors for the campaign are Arun Waste Skips, K&M Scaffolding and 1st Castle Driving School.

On Monday (Sep 29) they host Hastings in the League Cup.

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Chichester City Colts White 2 Rustington Otters 1

On a bright morning, Chi City Colts started the quickest and were playing some lovely football.

They were rewarded when Jake O’Brennan scored in the 16th minute. It could have been two before half-time but Ryan Johnson’s penalty hit the bar after Jawad Echchkaf was brought down in the box.

In the second half Nat White was instrumental in the some of Colts attacks with great work down the left wing, as was Jack Briant, who was always ready to sprint off his goal-line as the Otters pressed for an equaliser.

In the 46th minute Jawad Echchkaf scored to settle things down.

The Colts seemed to switch off near the end and Rustington scored from a short corner in the 59th minute.

Alfie Wilson was man of the match and Louie Stone played well at the back.

CHI COLTS: Briant, Wells, Stone, Wilson, White, Rawlings, Johnson, O’Brennan, Echchkaf, Moore, Scott.


Worthing Town Youth White 1 Avisford Youth 3

Avisford put the disappointments of the first two games behind them as they came back from a goal down to defeat a spirited Worthing Town.

The away side got off to the worst possible start when just two minutes in, Max Stevens ran through to shoot past goalkeeper Luke Salter as Worthing took an early lead. Avisford could consider themselves unlucky as there was a hint of offside during the build-up.

Striker Matt Kill nearly cancelled out the deficit straight away when clean through, but dragged his shot wide.

Seven minutes later Alex Jones’ speculative long range shot was fumbled into the net by the Worthing keeper to give Avisford a deserved equaliser.

The remainder of the first half became a scrappy midfield battle between two teams desperate to kick-start their season after a bad opening two matches.

After the break, a Worthing cross from the left was handled in the area by Damien Wasowski to give the home side a penalty. Stevens stepped up but his spot-kick was superbly saved by Salter to keep Avisford in it.

The slice of fortune galvanised the black and whites as they began to take control and on 46 minutes they took a decisive lead, Matt Kill scrambling the ball home from close range.

Worthing pressed, but the game was made safe when captain Fin Brian rounded the keeper and picked his spot past three defenders to seal the three points.

Avisford: Salter, Nowak, Jones, Wasowski, Brian, Greene, Hunter, Hall, Kill. Subs: Copeland, Longley.

Avisford MoM was keeper Salter.