Chichester through in county cup after scare

Chichester City had a fine cup win at Westfield    Picture by Tommy McMillan
Chichester City had a fine cup win at Westfield Picture by Tommy McMillan

A HAT-TRICK by Joe Gromett earned Chichester City a place in the second round of the county cup – despite a shock start to the game at Westfield.

David Pugh gave the Sussex League division-two hosts a fourth-minute lead and it took Sean Forry’s team a while to find their feet.

Once they did there was only going to be one winner by half-time, goals by Gromett and Morgan Forry had put them 2-1 up.

For Forry, it was a goal in his opening game for the first XI this season following somw fine form for the reserves.

Gromett scored on 50 minutes and the hour to complete his hat-trick and Tom Groom added the fifth with 20 minutes left.

City had Luke Kilner and Ben Buckland in the squad, the pair having returned to the club from Worthing and Petersfield respectively.

City: Ender, Boulton, Northeast, Fowlie, Hegarty, Kilner, Groom, Pearce, Bush, Forry, Gromett, Subs: Buckland, Yates.

Chichester are back in league action this weekend with a trip to Eastbourne Utd AFC – and they make the same long journey for a second time in the Peter Bentley Challenge Cup next Tuesday.

* Selsey were without a game last weekend but are back in division-one action when they host East Preston on Saturday.