Bosham close in on glory - Wheatsheaf are crowned

Bosham on the attack against Hunston, who they beat 8-1  Picture by Chris Hatton
Bosham on the attack against Hunston, who they beat 8-1 Picture by Chris Hatton

Bosham remain on course for the West Sussex premier-division title - while Wheatsheaf have already clinched the division five south crown.

Bosham 8 Hunston 1

West Sussex League premier division

Bosham made it 15 goals scored in a week by putting a beleaguered Hunston to the sword at Walton Lane.

Kieran Hartley and Graeme Dowden notched hat-tricks in the 8-1 victory and were in formidable form in front of goal.

Neil Redman opened the scoring with a delightful lob over the Hunston goalkeeper with barely five minutes on the clock.

The hosts raced into a 5-0 advantage at the break to effectively end the game as a contest - Hartley drilling an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner from a free-kick outside the box for arguably the pick of the goals.

Bosham’s advantage could have been increased further when Jack Hancock found himself in the opposition box to volley goalward, only to see his effort cannon off the post and roll along the goal line to safety.

Bosham lost their way a little early in the second half, when Hunston’s Connor O’Hara scored a spectacular - if some what bizarre - goal to reduce the arrears to 6-1, with a looping effort from halfway that caught stand-in goalkeeper Steve Metherell off his line.

Dowden added a seventh with a similarly-sublime free-kick that matched Hartley’s from the first period, while substitute Kieran Carter’s persistence paid off in the final moments to add an eighth.

Hartley now has 15 goals to his name this campaign from 19 starts in all competitions, with Dowden not far behind on 13.

Bosham’s performance was achieved without striker Dave Storey - who bagged a hat-trick in the 7-2 win against Upper Beeding last week - and midfield engine Bradley Miles in the starting line-up.

The premier-division title is in Bosham’s hands after Hunston did them a big favour on Monday, clawing their way back from 2-0 down at home to fellow challengers Newtown Villa to earn a 3-3 draw.

Bosham: Metherell, Jack Hancock, Blanshard, Mullen, Edgington, Docherty, Hartley, Probee, Dowden, Wilson, Redman. Subs: Miles, Carter, Brett.

* The Robins face another derby on Saturday (April 26), making the short trip to face Wittering United (3pm).


Stedham Utd Res 0 Wheatsheaf 5

Division five south

Wheatsheaf claimed the title with a comfortable win.

On arrival, the Wheatsheaf management were told there would be no league referee and the game would be run by one of the injured Stedham players.

Wheatsheaf started well and within ten minutes Russ Jays picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and struck an effort past the keeper.

Minutes later Richard Scott-Ragless rolled back the years - and the ball - to leave a Stedham defender for dead, his cross leading to a corner which Gavin Sutton converted.

Reckless challenges and abuse from the sidelines did not deter Wheatsheaf, Jay Golds adding a third from close range and Michael Woolston shooting home after taking on the Stedham back-line.

After the break Wheatsheaf kept creating chances but it took a moment of brilliance again from Woolston, who skipped past several challenges before scoring from the tightest of angles.

Stedham managed a couple of late efforts but Damien Leach in goal was untested and the celebrations began. MoM was Luke Bacon.

Wheatsheaf hope to complete the double when they face Ajax Trees at Arundel next Wednesday (April 30, 7.30pm). All support appreciated.