Selsey happy at Hailsham... Midhurst go extra Mile... Petworth edge win at Cowfold
Wins for Selsey, Midhurst and Petworth feature in our latest local football round-up, but there was a narrow defeat for Chichester and Selsey Ladies. Catch up with all the reports below...
Hailsham 1 Selsey 2
SCFL division two
Selsey manager Daren Pearce saluted his players for winning at the home of opponents who were on a high after a 6-0 win last time out.
Cam Jenkins and Ryan Chittock put Selsey 2-0 up before the Stringers got one back late on from the spot.
Pearce said: “After their midweek 6-0 win we expected a tough game and we weren’t wrong.
“Having a new management team in place and some new players they were a different and much improved side from previous seasons.
“We produced a solid away performance going 2-0 up courtesy of goals from Cam and Ryan.
“The only disappointment of the afternoon was conceding a harsh penalty in stoppage time.”
Selsey hosted Horsham YMCA in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night and go to Storrington in the league on Saturday.
Chi & Selsey Ladies 2 Keynsham Town 3
FA WNL South
Tash Wild struck late for Chichester and Selsey but Keynsham held on to leave manager City boss Sadie Blakely frustrated at how the momentum of recent weeks has slipped.
Keynshamedged into the lead two minutes in when Ellie Curson’s cross found striker Robyn Pinder, who directed her header perfectly past keeper Izzy Foster.
Chichester captain Megan Fox rallied the troops but Keynsham kept them at bay.
On 20 minutes, the home side got their deserved equaliser, Sharna Capel-Watson scoring with a wonderful long-distance strike past Charlotte Haynes.
Keynsham regained the lead when Corinne Yorsten netted with a fine strike from outside the box.
After the break the visitors looked dangerous on the attack with Kerry Bartlett and Kerry Walker both having excellent chances.
Not long after the hour Keynsham went 3-1 up through Jade Munroe. She pounced on a loose ball from a corner and did enough to stab it home.
Gemma Staple and Sienna Howell came on to add fresh legs to the Chi side and Ariana Fleischmann came on late on as the hosts pushed forward.
In injury time, with a Chi player in the sin bin, Wild took advantage of a quick free kick to surge past a static defence and slot past Haynes. But time ran out leaving Keynsham with the points.
Boss Blakely said: ‘It was really disappointing after such good performances in our last two outings. Credit to Keynsham who came with a well-conceived plan, stuck to it and got the rewards.
“They showed great hunger for the game and it just lacked a little from us which was the big difference maker on the day. The girls will bounce back, that’s for sure.
Mile Oak 1 Midhurst 2
SCFL division one
Midhurst manager Andy Ewen is delighted by the way his players have responded to being told a few ‘home truths’ after a shaky start.
“We’ve responded very well, firstly progressing in the Senior Cup with a good performance against premier side Hassocks.
“That was a free hit for us and we delivered, they under-estimated us and we punished them with Harry Giles getting a brace and Lewis Hyde continuing his recent run.
“We went into Mile Oak Saturday full of confidence. We started the game really well, got our noses in front, then had two great opportunities to kill the game off in the opening 30 minutes – but the keeper saved two penalties from Kieran Carter, I’ve never know Kieran miss, let alone twice in a game.
“I have full confidence in him if and when we get another penalty.
“The game was a real battle – we set up for that and I couldn’t fault anyone. The lads who came off the bench made a real impact in the last 30 minutes. “Jake Slater returned with a goal and Marcus Bedford come off the bench and caused them all sorts problems – he finished well through a crowded area after they had drawn level.
“The squad is in good shape – we only have Matt Rowland sidelined long-term and he’s making steady progress.
“We host Bexhill Saturday and we need to go up another level as they’re a good side.”
Cowfold 3 Petworth 4
Sussex Intermediate Challenge Cup
Petworth ran out winners in a topsy-turvy game at Cowfold.
Petworth took the lead when Sam Banting’s cross went over the keeper’s head into the net.
Early in the second half Petworth doubled the lead when Aaron Carter struck from the edge of the box.
Cowfold pulled a goal back when a mistake in the Petworth goal gifted them a lifeline. Petworth won a penalty which Dan Warren converted to extend the lead once again.
Cowfold pulled another back with an excellent half-volley before Rob Torode restored the two-goal lead for Petworth with a finish from a corner with 10 minutes to go.
Cowfold pulled another back from a corner but Petworth saw the game out.
Petworth Reserves won 2-0 away to Henfield Reserves.