Chi City lads are more than just champions

Selsey Seals under-16s
Selsey Seals under-16s

Chi City under-18s completed their perfect season - and the treble - with a hard earned 3-0 victory over Hassocks to be crowned champion of champions.

With a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch it was obvious this was going to be a game of two halves influenced by the gale.

But with just two minutes gone, Joe Gromett was put through and he tucked away the first chance of the game against the wind. Hassocks started an onslaught on the Chi goal with direct football taking full advantage of the strong wind.

Chi worked the Hassocks keeper more than Sammy McAlpine was troubled in the Chi goal despite Hassocks having the advantage of the wind.

Chi had the advantage of the wind in the second half and they dominated the play. Joe Yates scored his first goal for the club with a volley from long distance.

Chi relaxed and when Hassocks pushed forward, Gromett’s pace was too much for the defenders and he put away Chi’s third.

At the final whistle the players celebrated the perfect end to their perfect season which saw them lift three trophies - the Sussex League west-division title, the League Cup and this champions of champions final.

They played 20 and won 20 - scoring 79 and letting in just three.

They completed double victories over Hassocks from the central division and Eastbourne United of the east division.

Many of the under-18 squad now make the move up to the men’s squad - boosting the promise of a great future at Chichester City.

CITY: McAlpine, Gilbert, Boulton, Lillywhite, Knowles, Chittock (Wild), Yates, Tallent, Ansa-McIntyre, Vandriel, Gromett

Unused subs: Kondabeka, Osman, Shrives, Mulenga.

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Bognor Regis Town under-16s have completed their final season in youth football by becoming A division champions and Challenge Cup winners.

The cup final was secured with a 4-3 extra-time win over Rustington Otters with goals from Jake Stanley and a George Cody hat-trick.

The league was clinched with a 4-1 away win over Ferring. Bognor lost only one game in a season of success.

Manager Paul Selby, who has coached a lot of the boys since they were under-eight, said it has been a pleasure to work with the lads over the years. “It is relatively easy to run a team that has been successful but that success was achieved purely by the players’ hard work, commitment and enthusiasm,” he said.

The team thanked sponsors Global Scaffolding, Arena Sports Centre and Pridewatch Events.

Selsey Seals under-16s (pictured) have won the Arun & Chichester Youth League’s B division title.

This season was the first time goal difference was not used to decide the title. So Selsey Seals and Worthing Minors recording the same league record (nine wins, three draws and two defeats) a play-off was needed to decide the championship.

After losing a coin toss, Selsey had to play away. What followed was a match that was a perfect finale.

It was a battle of styles - the passing and possession of Selsey versus the strength and long ball of Worthing.

Selsey dominated the midfield and their defence coped with any aerial threats - but it remained 0-0 at half-time thanks to a brilliant display from the Minors keeper.

Worthing started the second half with intent and were unlucky not to take the lead. But a counter-attack saw the electric pace of Woodman beat the Minors defence for his low cross to be put away by Able to take a Selsey into the lead.

Woodman found himself through again and this time drove the ball past the keeper to score his 16th goal of the season.

With Minors pulling one back five minutes from time, it made the last few minutes a bit twitchy for Selsey but they hung on for their first league title.

SELSEY: Winterbotham, Clarke, Harnett, Forster, McCarthy, Courtman, Cooper, Earl, Able, Woodman, Brooks, McDermott, Bateman, Swanson.

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Selsey Seals finished the season on a winning note to end in third spot - having lost only three games all season.

Selsey were the only team to take points in both games against the champions, taking a total of four points, but the number of draws eventually took its toll on a great effort from all the boys.

The coach thanked parents for their support over the season - in particular Nick ‘Taffy’ Grocott and Scott ‘cake runner’ Balandis. Anyone wishing to join the Selsey Seals squad - sponsored by The Bay, Braklesham - for next season should call Paul on 07918 127407 or contact Selsey FC.

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Next season’s Chichester City Colts under-nines (starting Year 4 at school this September) require a new goalkeeper. They will ideally have previous experience of playing for a team. If interested, please contact 07881 923766.