Youth football: Trojans and Chichester in their cup finals

Barnham Trojans Blue under-13s booked their spot in the Invitation Cup final with a 2-1 semi-final triumph over Chichester City.

Chichester started strongly, but Barnham managed to get into it and eventually took their chance to go one up after a well-taken goal by George Rye. Shortly after, Louis Blackman hit the crossbar and the first half ended 1-0.

Barnham plugged away in the second half with Chichester’s goalkeeper making some great saves.

A good team effort resulted in Charlie Williamson scoring the second goal and shortly after hitting the crossbar with a well-taken free kick.

Chichester got themselves back into the game by pulling a goal back.

But Barnham held out for their spot in the final.

BARNHAM: W Newman, B Rose, B Skinner, S Holmes, H Graham, G Rye, C Tite, C Williamson, A McCarthy, L Blackman, G Roberts, G Griffiths, C Fowler, R Jennings.

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Bognor Town 4 Three Bridges 1

Having started well in the Sussex Cup, Jacob Vandrill opened the scoring for Bognor in the first five minutes by sprinting onto a good ball through from Olly Humphreys on the left.

Three Bridges applied pressure immediately trying to equalise but Stan Robey was solid at right-back letting nothing past, the same as Louis Smith on the left.

The second goal came from Ben Hauxwell releasing Joe Bennett who took on two defenders before slotting the ball home to give them a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Three Bridges were first to score in the second half with some good passing and an unstoppable shot.

Harley Bain dominated at the back, controlling defence and scored Bognor’s third with an unstoppable free kick from 30 yards out.

A good strike from Bennett was palmed out by the goalkeeper and Vandrill pounced for his second and the team’s fourth. The Three Bridges Keeper made some great saves and prevented the score from being more than the final 4-1 at the whistle as Bognor advanced.

BOGNOR: Scott, Bain, Bull, Smith, Robey, Vandrill, Hauxwell, Haga Hammond, Wallers, Bennett, Humphreys, Rose, Connolly, Skinner, Morris.


Worthing Town 1 Barnham Trojans Blue 5

Barnham Trojans had their best win of the season against a good footballing side.

Johnny Lye netted two good breakaway goals, while the defence of Jamie Norris, Harry Terry, Findlay Johnson and goalkeeper Jenson Carruthers stood firm.

In the second half, Leandro Da Silva was pushed further forward and Barnham took control of the game with goals coming from man-of-the-match Jake Gibbs, Luke Savoury and Danny Gogu.

BARNHAM: J Carruthers, H Terry, J Norris, F Johnson, J Gibbs, L DaSilva, D Gogu, L Savoury, J Lye.


COLLINS Alfred bagged a hat-trick as Chichester City under-15s came through a tough Challenge Cup semi-final by beating Middleton Diamonds 5-3.

George Cody also hit a brace as City booked their spot in the final.


Barnham 3 Chichester City 6

On a heavy pitch, Chi took the lead through Alex Ansa following a goalmouth scramble and the ball had been judged to have crossed the line.

Joe Gromett then broke through the defence and played a timely pass to Jonathan Tallent to slot home the second.

However, the sprightly Barnham side were full of running and got one back just before half-time.

After the break, Barnham scored to make it an interesting start to the second half, before a Gromett strike put Chi back in front.

A second goal from Ansa looked to have sealed a certain victory for Chi but an absolute screamer of a long-range goal from Barnham made for an interesting finish with both teams tiring and the score at 4-3.

Chi scored the next goal through Matt Boulton who rose high to bury the ball into the Barnham net.

The game was then firmly put to bed when a free kick from outside the box was set up by Lewis Villanueva.

But to everyone’s surprise it was Adam Richards who stole in and launched the free kick into the corner.

CITY: Holden, Gilbert (Chittock), Barratt, Boulton, Knowles (Richards), Pattison (Villanueva), Tallent, Pope, Ansa, Perry, Gromett.