Chichester City suffered back to back defeats, losing 2-1 at Lingfield in the league and 3-0 at Loxwood in the RUR Cup.
Lingfield 2 Chichester City 1
Sussex League division one
Chichester forced fourth-placed Lingfield to work hard for this victory.
The Surrey hosts took the lead after only six minutes when a Gareth Graham free-kick led to Joel O’Hara firing in from close range.
But for City, there was to be no repeat of their previous game, in which they had lost 7-0 to Littlehampton.
Chichester stubbornly battled on with determination, not allowing Lingfield to build on their advantage. And in the 28th minute Josh Case hit the equaliser with a 25-yard free-kick that curled inside the post.
Lingfield boss Dixie Dean made his feelings known to the home players during the break and it seemed to have some effect. Five minutes into the second-half, a long ball caught out the City defence and Harry Sintim rushed in to score from close range.
Play became more frantic as the half wore on, with Morgan Forry, Jack Blatchford and Connor Cody all producing shots at goal, while a 74th minute effort from Lingfield’s Japanese forward Hidekazu Sato almost killed off the game but ended up in the side netting.
Much to everybody’s amusement, Julian Boniface had to be temporarily excused, and once he returned to the park there was a final chance for Chichester when Frazer Smith blasted the ball over from a good position on the edge of the box.
It was a third successive defeat for City, although a far more encouraging performance against a team they haven’t manage to beat in the past three years.
Loxwood 3 Chichester City 0
RUR Cup R2
Chichester were eliminated from the Sussex RUR Cup by Loxwood on Tuesday night.
The county league second-division hosts took the lead after five minutes when centre-half Eddie French headed in from a corner. City barely threatened at all during the first half and Loxwood created the better chances.
Luke Killner drove in a decent free-kick on 60 minutes for Chichester but there was no-one at the far post to finish it off. And almost immediately left-winger Andre Elkana broke away at lightning speed and crossed perfectly for Tim Martin to make it 2-0.
The final goal came in the 78th minute with Martin smartly intercepting the ball and squaring it back to Elkana, who scored from close range.
CITY: Ender, Heath, Forry, Boniface, Cody, Hegarty, Killner, Case, Gromett, F Smith, Ansa. Subs: Boulton, Taylor.