Chicheter can’t stun the Crows

Frazer Smith was on target against St Francis Rangers   Picture by Chris Hatton
Frazer Smith was on target against St Francis Rangers Picture by Chris Hatton

Chichester City were beaten 1-0 at fourth-placed Crowborough in a Sussex League division one match spoiled by a strong wind.

City had the benefit of the conditions during the first-half and, despite Joe Gromett and Tom Groom both going close on early on, they failed to capitalise on the situation.

Crows gradually began to get on top and the pressure told eventually after 28 minutes. Jason Barton played an excellent ball to Chris Ransome who used his pace to get through the defence on to Anthony Ender, who made a good save but Ransome netted the rebound.

The wind died down for the second-half, and City missed a great chance to equalise on 48 minutes when Kilner missed from short-range when it would have been easier to score.

Crowborough then dominated play, and there was a frantic moment on 70 minutes with Barton heading against the post, Ransome hitting the crossbar from the rebound before Michael Death finally put the ball wide.

City’s best chance of levelling appeared to come from breakaway movements, and although men were pushed forward during the closing stages, Crowborough held onto their advantage to record what was a far from classic victory.

CITY: Ender, Eyres, Northeast, Boniface, Hibbert, Kilner, Groom, Hegarty, Gromett, Forry, F Smith. Sub: Sanashee.

A goal by Frazer Smith midway through the second half earned City a point at St Francis on Tuesday, cancelling out Aaron Walsh’s first-half strike. The point left Chichester in a healthy eighth spot.

Chichester host Shoreham this Saturday.

CHESTER BROWTON