A cup triumph and a league win for two Bognor Regis Town teams headline this week’s youth football round-up.
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Rustington Otters Youth 0 Bognor Regis Town Youth 5
Bognor won the Challenge Cup with a resounding win over Rustington.
Arundel FC was the setting for an exciting match in bitterly cold conditions. The first 15 minutes were even but Bognor’s Bradley Stroud broke the deadlock with a fine 20-yard strike.
A flowing Bognor move resulted in an excellent finish by Josh Boyagian for a 2-0 lead.
Bognor dominated the second half with a great shot from Boyagian making it 3-0. A superb lob by Stroud over the keeper extended the lead and the final goal was scored by Boyagian to complete his hat-trick.
This was an excellent Bognor performance in their fifth consecutive cup final.
Commiserations go to Rustington playing a year up – they put in a good performance and deserve much credit for reaching the final.
BOGNOR: Amoo, Bennett, Boyagian, Budge, Eggleton, Fearns, Jones, Parr, Rawlings, Stroud, Taylor, Tilbury, White.
Bognor Town 4 Worthing United 2
The deadlock was broken by Joseph Bennett, who knocked the ball over the keeper spectacularly and then nodded in the easy finish. However Worthing responding quickly with another tap-in from open play.
Worthing took the lead from a missed catch by Bognor’s sub keeper Rafael Lechkofski. But this didn’t seem to faze Bognor as they soon dominated possession. The equaliser came from Mason Haga Hammond with a wonder-strike right into the top corner.
The match stayed level until the last 20 minutes, when Jack Parkinson scored an exquisite backheel to give Bognor the lead for the second time in the match.
The win was tied up in the dying second by Harry Wollers with an elegant header.
BOGNOR: Scott, Bain, Mockford-Allot, Lechkofski, Hauxwell, Haga-Hammond, Wallers, Bennett, Swanson, Greece-Harber, Maple, Parkinson, Lintott, J Pardey, Van Driel, Hambleton, Humphries.
Worthing Town White 3 Avisford Youth 2
A late Worthing goal two minutes from time denied Avisford a deserved share of the spoils at a chilly Palatine Park.
This was Avisford’s first game in 11 weeks after the winter weather caused one postponement after another.
The away side took the lead after 14 minutes, Wiktor Nowak’s through-ball put Charlie Hunter clean on goal, and the striker made no mistake burying the ball past Worthing keeper Ollie Rye for his 12th goal of the season.
Just before half time a period of pressure from Worthing resulted in the equaliser. Danny Packham beat the on-rushing Klaudiusz Piasecki to the loose ball to make it 1-1.
The second half saw Avisford hand a debut to Hugo James, who has joined from Chichester City Colts. He fitted seamlessly into the Avi attack.
However the away side found themselves behind soon after when Packham beat the challenge of Jake Longley to bag his second.
The lead didn’t last long as Hunter beat two Worthing defenders before firing into the bottom corner past Rye.
Avisford went close to re taking the lead when Nowak shot from the edge of the box, but his effort clattered off the post and out of play.
The visitors lost Longley to an ankle injury late in the game and Worthing took advantage of the re-shuffle when Packham beat the offside trap to complete his hat-trick and steal the points.
Avisford MoM was Daniel Hall.
Avisford: Piasecki, Hall, Nowak, Longley, Berry, Copeland, Jones, Wasowski, Hunter. Subs: Brian, Heppenstall, James.
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