Our latest round-up of local under-18s football includes a mixed bag of results for Bosham and Chichester’s youth teams.
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Bosham Youth 1 Felpham Colts 2
Bosham edged the early play and created more of the chances. It was evenly-fought with both teams enjoying a fair share of possession.
On 25 minutes a long ball found Charlie Hawes who took a touch and sent a lovely through-ball for Liam Lancaster to chase and volley home from 20 yards to put Bosham in front.
Five minutes before half-time Bosham were awarded a corner which saw Jack Antony send a far-post cross which was met by skipper Phil Merrick. His headed effort sailed past the Felpham keeper - only to be disallowed for offside.
Bosham lost central defender Tom Bailey with an injury.
The second half saw Felpham start strongly and enjoy some good possession with Bosham defending well. A great strike from a Felpham attacker forced Troy Field in the Bosham goal into a fantastic save, finger-tipping the ball over the bar.
Felpham equalised ten minutes from the end. Bosham seemed to take their eye off the game and Felpham sneaked a headed winner two minutes from full-time.
BOSHAM: Troy Field, Stuart Andrews, Tom Baliey, Phil Merrick, Aaron Domblides, Charlie Cooper, Charlie Rchardson, Jack Antony, Tim Callen, Charlie Hawes, Liam Lancaster, will Richardson, Tyler Todd.
Lancing 2 Chichester City 2
Chi were unusually subdued for this evening fixture and struggled to raise the tempo.
They had numerous chances to score but they went begging and Lancing hit them with two counter-attack goals to go in 2-0 up at the break.
With six minutes to go a Chichester defeat and an end to the under-18s’ unbeaten run. which stretches back to April 2010, looked likely - but to their credit the young squad never gave up.
They broke through the Lancing defence when a shot was spilled by the keeper and Oli Gilbert thumped the ball in off the bar.
With Lancing fans and players calling for the final whistle, the ball was pick up in midfield by Johan Vandriel who looked up and launched a shot goalwards from 25 yards - it screamed past the keeper and into the top corner, sparking wild celebrations.
CHICHESTER: Holden, Gilbert, Heath, Lillywhite (Boulton), Knowles, Ansa, Tallent Villanueva), Pattison (Chittock), Vandriel, Perry, Gromett.
Loxwood 2 Chichester City 1
Chichester were slow out the blocks in the first of the two top-of-the-table games with Loxwood.
They created chances but failed to convert them - then a cross came into the Chi box from a Loxwood set-piece and the referee awarded a penalty - no-one knew why. The penalty was dispatched and Chi had to chase the game.
Pushing forward, City were caught on the break and went 2-0 down but were eventually rewarded with a goal from Jonathan Tallent.
CHICHESTER: Holden, Gilbert, Barratt (Chittock), Boulton, Knowles, Ansa, Pope, Tallent, Vandriel, Perry (Green), Gromett.
Chichester City 2 Loxwood 1
CITY began on top and caused panic in the Loxwood box from every set-piece, corner and throw-in.
Some shirt-pulling earned Chichester a penalty, sent into the top corner by Joe Gromett.
In the second half, Chi had to make substitutions because of injuries and lost some of their forward momentum and Loxwood saw more of the ball.
A loose pass from a Chichester defender put a Loxwood forward through for an easy equaliser.
Another strike from Tallent was disallowed for a foul throw from Matt Boulton. But City streamed forward and were eventually rewarded by a Tom Green decider late on.
A Loxwood player was sent off for kicking a player off the ball.
CHICHESTER: Holden, Gilbert, Knowles (Perry), Ansa, Boulton, Chittock, Vandriel, Tallent, Pope (Boutwood), Gromett, Green.