Our latest round-up from the West Sussex League and its cup competitions includes news of a defeat for Bosham, but big victories for Nyetimber Pirates, Wheatsheaf and Chapel.
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Faygate Utd 2 Bosham 1
West Sussex League premier div
Bosham returned to league action and received an instant reality check as spirited Faygate upset the odds to come away victorious, with Bosham left to rue many missed opportunities.
The Yellows got an early boost when awarded a penalty after just seven minutes as Ben Evans felled Chris Stevens in the box with a somewhat lazy challenge. Ben Friar put away the spot-kick with relish.
Before this, Bosham had created several good chances. Joe Hancock misfired from a few yards out - then, having got clean through on goal, Nick Edgington fluffed his lines allowing keeper Lee Amos to save.
Mid-half saw the Reds suffer with another blow when the influential Hancock was forced off with a hamstring problem. Kieran Carter slotted in.
Tom Davies tried his luck for the Reds with a thumping strike from long distance which Amos saved.
Bosham keeper Simon Hasted was barely tested during the first half.
The Reds started well after the break and Carter had a great chance after only five minutes to get them level but somehow, Amos pulled off a superb point-blank save.
Bosham created numerous corners which led to several goalmouth scrambles, but they just couldn’t get the ball over the line.
There was always a risk Faygate could catch them out and with 20 minutes left, the Yellows did double their lead. A huge clearance from Amos saw Bosham’s defenders get in a pickle, resulting in Tom Pillings taking full advantage to burst through and fire low into the bottom corner.
To their credit, Bosham kept going and their efforts were finally rewarded late on from the spot. Davies’ penalty was saved but the alert James Wilson followed up to poke the ball goalwards and it deflected off Tom May and into the net.
Time ran out, leaving Faygate elated and Bosham knowing there is room for improvement in the coming weeks if a title challenge is to be ignited.
BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Dowden, Evans, Jack Hancock, Docherty, Davies, Wilson, Joe Hancock, Edgington, Hartley. Subs: Moore, Carter.
Pirates 9 Lodsworth 0
Division two south
Nyetimber Pirates made it six wins from six, smashing lead leaders Lodsworth at Pirate Park.
This impressive run of form has seen them score 37 goals and concede just four.
Lodsworth arrived unbeaten in all competitions and manager Charlie Welling went into the game with caution.
The Looters’ early pressure paid off as the impressive Paul Frangou raced through to square to Anders Wyatt, who finished off a great move.
Two minutes later, Frangou grabbed his first with a superb finish just inside the box. Lodsworth nearly pulled one back from a corner but keeper Warren Pye tipped the curling effort over the bar.
Captain Phil Turner made it 3-0 on 35 minutes from the rebound from his own effort after it hit the bar.
Sam Pasterfield made it four just before half-time with a clinical finish after Tom Bann and Frangou set him up.
Frangou grabbed his third and fourth, giving him seven for the season, two more than older brother Michael.
MoM Turner made it 8-0 on 80 minutes and Cox scored his sixth in five games - an impressive record for the former right-back.
Pirates are second in the table one point behind leaders Rogate and face local rivals Wittering United this week.
PIRATES: Pye, Carter, Williamson, Dobbs, Bann, Wyatt, A Cox, Pasterfield, D Towers, Turner, P Frangou.
Wheatsheaf 8 Fittleworth Res 0
This was Wheatsheaf’s first game since the tragic loss of team-mate and good friend David Knowles and a minutes silence was observed by both sides. ‘Davy’ will never be forgotten by Wheatsheaf.
Lee Baldwin and Russel Jays made their debuts and Sheaf created half-chances for Matt Parker, Lee Baldwin and Stuart Mercer.
The first goal was a header Davy would have been proud of, scored by Mercer. This goal gave them belief and Michael Woolston delivered the second with a trademark finish.
Soon after Matt Parker grabbed his first of the season after some fine build-up play saw him score from an incredibly tight angle.
In the second half, Woolston grabbed himself his second. Damien Leach was introduced and minutes later the goalkeeper was pulling the ball out of the net after he nabbed a well-deserved goal.
Keeper Richie Cozens was called into action for the first time with 25 minutes to go, pulling off an outstanding one-handed save.
Skipper Matt Parker broke from midfield and got the ball just over the linee.
Another substitute, Owen Cozens, got his first of the season. The final goal saw Woolson complete his hat-trick and take his tally to 14 in five games.
Next up it’s Lodsworth in the division-five cup.
Chapel 6 Thakeham Village 1
Div five central
The top scorer in the division - Aaron Carver - helped himself to hat-trick as Chapel outplayed bottom club Thakeham. Carver hit the post from a penalty in the third minute.
Strike partner Ben Mariner added two more and Ben Plant a sixth. Thakeham put up a fight and scored a consolation in the second half. The score would have far more but for man of thematch Nathan Tubb, the Thakeham keeper.