Another win for Chichester’s in-form men’s first team headlines this week’s hockey round-up.
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Lewes 0 Chichester 1
South Open Premier division one
Chichester won a very fierce Sussex derby against title rivals Lewes.
With only two points separating the teams, Chichester knew an away win would put a sizeable gap between the top two and the chasing pack.
Both teams came fast out of the traps but Chichester were limited to half-chances. Andrew Sparshott went closest, clipping a reverse-shot wide.
Jack Lerwill had some penetrative runs into the D but Chichester failed to convert any of his balls across the goal-line.
The half was a midfield battle with both teams putting substantial pressure on the other as soon as the ball was received. As the game grew, it became imperative that Chichester would open the scoring.
To do this the central partnership of Jason Collins and Kieran Henn needed to remain strong, which they did, restricting Lewes to a few attempts.
The second half saw the game open up, which suited Chichester’s fast-paced attacking force and their midfield engine room.
Eventually Lewes buckled. Tom Phillips stole the ball in a dangerous area and quickly threaded it through to Ollie Baxter, who didn’t need a second invitation to score. Both players joined the club this year - with the latter signing from Lewes.
Alex Thakore went close moments later, deflecting Ollie Robinson’s ball into the D on to the crossbar. In the last 20 minutes, the battle intensified with some mistimed tackles resulting in a number of sin-bin visits.
Chichester called on goalkeeper Dan Godsmark to ensure they took three points back with them. A number of superb saves guaranteed a second clean sheet on the trot and the fourth consecutive win for Chichester.
This week Chichester welcome Old Georgians to Kingsham (1.30pm).
CHICHESTER: Dan Godsmark, Luke Matthews, Kieran Henn, Jason Collins, Dan Brook, Jack Lerwill (a), Alex Thakore, Matthew Cox, Tom Phillips, Bejay Ranger, Ollie Baxter, Ollie Robinson, Andrew Sparshott.
Chichester Ladies 6 Southwick Ladies 0
Chichester ladies have been enjoying a good run so far this season but Southwick are always tough opposition.
Here, their pressure and consistent passing opened up Southwick’s defence, leading an early goal.
Soon, Verena Sambel opened up the defence with a superb mazy run eliminating three defenders and slipped it passed the keeper at the near post.
Just before half-time Sambel again displayed her skills and neatly slotted her second.
Midway through the second half, short sharp passing opened up Southwick once more.
A few minutes later, Sambel bamboozled the defence and the ball struck a Southwick foot - leading to a penalty corner. The ball was hit out hard to Sambel at the top of the circle and a neat exchange led to a further goal.
Sambel completed a hat-trick of high-quality goals.
Next up for Chichester, it’s Bognor ladies.
CHICHESTER: Claire Young, Emily Ursell, Sharon Rich, Livie Knight, Ellie, Nikki Kuntze, Amy Chaplin, Jasmine, Flo Brouwer, Lottie Greenlees, Verena Sambel, Lindsay Hudson.
Aylesbury Ladies 2 Chichester Ladies 4
Women’s HA Vase R2
In this national competition, Chichester needed to call up a number of ladies from the second team.
Chichester started the stronger and took the lead in the first half, Sarah Jessop receiving a neat little pass in the D and making no mistake.
A free hit was taken quickly and set Sambel weaving her way between defenders before slotting home.
Aylesbury came out after half-time out and within ten minutes they had scored twice to level the score at 2-2.
Resielient defending from Emma Bennison and Livie Knight kept the opposition out of the D.
A superb pass allowed Sambel to turn the defence inside out and score another neat goal.
From a short corner, a great first strike from Sarah Jessop forced a save from the keeper but it came straight back to Sambel, who made no mistake.
The opposition won a penalty flick. It went in but the umpire had noticed an infringement so it had to be taken again.
Claire Young made a superb save, meaning Chichester had breathing space to play out the last few minutes.
CHICHESTER: Claire Young, Livie Knight, Emma Bennison, Emily Nixon, Nadine Bernadette, Ellie, Jasmine, Amy Chaplin, Lottie Greenlees, Lindsay Hudson, Sarah Jessop, Verena Sambel, Megan Goring.
Lewes III 0 Chichester PP Ladies II 0
After last week’s excellent effort against their first team, Chichester were hoping to carry the momentum into this match.
There was a determination to win and, although they had a different line-up, the desire was still there.
There was some excellent work from the Chichester defence to keep Lewes at bay. Chichester had a few chances to score but couldn’t quite find the target.
The second half was much like the first, with both sides proving a goal was hard to come by.
There was a nail-biting moment for the visitors towards the end as Lewes had a penalty corner - but this came to nothing.
Chichester stay fourth in the league.
CHICHESTER: Ruth Duckers, Mel Howarth, Mel Reeves, Alice Shoebridge, Tracy Austin, Tina Keartland, Sarah Pack, Emma Bennison, Nadine Leifting, Emily Nixon, Meg Goring, Jenna Greenway.
East Grinstead III 3 University of Chichester 0
The university knew this would be a hard-fought game - and so it proved.
With a change to the university’s usual formation, a strong defensive set-up saw the university holding and controlling almost all the play during the first 20 minutes, even allowing for several breakaway chances in the East Grinstead half.
EG made several strong attacks but were repelled by the centre-backs Jamie Cashman and Sean MacEnri. Ross Williams, playing in goal, had his best game to date, making several incredible saves.
It was clear East Grinstead were surprised by the show of strength from the University side, resulting in one of their players being sent off out of frustration.
EG pushed on and after an unfortunate own goal from the university’s defence, two more goals were scored to leave the final result at 3-0 to East Grinstead.
Despite the result, the university were very happy with their team play and strong first-half performance, which they will look to take into the next game at home against Horsham III this Saturday.
UNI OF CHI: Harry Finn, Ross Williams, Sean MacEnri, Ben Middlemost, Andrew Kibblewhite, Jacob Burch, Max Rivers, Alex Bolton, Jamie Cashman, Michael Riglar, Gus Ardley-Forder.
Chichester Canons 0 Rockhoppers 1
The Canons are settling nicely into the their first season, building in strength and confidence week on week.
This was a very exciting game in which Canons were authoritative from the start.
Strong playmaking from defenders Burley, Soden-Bridger and Stemps set up the midfield and forwards to attack. Horton, player of the match, commanded the centre, laying off to the front-runners to keep the pressure on the goal.
Chichester were awarded a number of penalty corners and were unlucky not to score with posts being skimmed and returns just missing the target.
The girls began the second half determined to find the net, but a breakaway within the first five minutes from the visitors caught the Canons off-guard and a well-positioned shot into the corner gave Rockhoppers the lead.
Canons spread the ball wide through Bennison and Chamberlain to set up Lock, Gleeson, Lonsdale and Stockman with sustained pressure on the attacking 25 throughout most of the second half. However, the goal eluded the home team despite a number of well-worked shots.
This week the Canons play Burgess Hill.