Sunday football: Rocks rocked by late comeback
The Sunday Rocks were held by Wheatsheaf - but Elmer tasted success against Butlins. And Chapel Sunday won a nine-goal thriller.
Sunday Rocks 2 Wheatsheaf 2
Chichester & W Sussex div one
In an enthralling local derby at the West Meads Arena, the spoils were shared. The Sunday Rocks went into a 2-0 lead in the second half and looked comfortable '“ but let slip their lead in the dying seconds.
After a goalless first half, the second half was going the same way but the breakthrough came on 60 minutes when Dean Bennett spun to shoot home from close range.
Five minutes later, Dave Knowles headed home a fine Woolston cross.
The lead could have been increased, but Jay Morris shot just wide.
The game turned and Wheatsheaf started bombarding the Rocks goal. It was no surprise when they pulled a goal back after Andy Franklin powered home a bullet header.
James Fallick was introduced up front alongside Dave Turner for the Sheaf, and with the whistle set to blow, the Rocks lost possession when Karl Westbrook had the chance to take the ball into the corner. He decided to take on the defender but lost out after a great tackle.
The Sheaf broke and Lee Baldwin's cross was collected by keeper Kason, but he dropped the ball into a crowd of players. Sub Fallick poked home the loose ball to send Wheatsheaf delirious.
Elmer 4 Butlins 2
Chichester & W Sussex div two
Elmer emerged victorious after a fantastic second-half fightback.
After five minutes, the visitors took the lead with a fine finish from Jack O'Connell as he latched on to a long punt from keeper Russell Evison.
Butlins should have increased their lead, Nick Tipper and Sean Towers having opportunities.
Elmer threatened too and Alex Berry's fine effort hit the woodwork.
Steve Nanson, playing as a lone striker, had a number of half-chances, but found it hard-going.
A change of formation saw debutant Enoch Kwoffe brought on and there was an immediate improvement for Elmer.
But it was not until the 62nd minute that Elmer broke through. Kwoffe cut in from the right, got into the box and was brought down for a penalty.
After the referee dealt with strong Butlins protests, John Wilson thundered the spot-kick home.
Nanson headed home a fine cross to put Elmer ahead for the first time in the 75th minute. But Nick Tipper equalised with a fine header.
New boy Kwoffe sealed the game with two well-taken goals late on.
ELMER: K Nanson, Cons, Kent, MacIver, Wilson, Hambidge (Kwoffe), Davis (Belcher), Hurley, Bann, Berry, S Nanson. Subs not used: Moir, Lawrence, Lewis.
Durrington 4 Chapel Sundays 5
Worthing and Horsham Sunday League
Chapel won their third game from four with a hard-fought win over
Goals from Bayliss, Lucking, Jones and two from Evans secured the points.
CHAPEL: Pannell, Brown, Dabbs, Colville, Till, Jones, Kaighin, Bicknell, Bayliss, Evans, Lucking. Sub: Wheeler.