WHEN Chichester City under-18s beat Clymping 3-0, it was three points earned - and just three more are needed in their remaining double-header game against Pagham to clinch the Sussex Youth League west-division title.
Chi took a long time to get going. They were slow out of the blocks and there were a couple of missed opportunities for Chi old boy Sam Fanning before a long-range effort from Jonathan Tallent broke the deadlock and eased the tense atmosphere at Oaklands.
Once the goal was scored, the hosts finally began to relax - but they were far from their best, with many of their players playing well below the high standards they had achieved all season.
It was not until a second was scored by Alex Ansa that the nerves disappeared and they began to move the ball about.
A stern talking-to at half-time and a change of formation brought about by injury helped make the second half a much more comfortable affair with a further goal from a Matt Boulton free-kick finally seeing the challenge of Clymping fade.
This win leaves Chichester needing three points from their last two games, both against local side Pagham on Sunday week (April 28) at Oaklands to secure the west-division title over Loxwood, the only other team now capable of challenging Chi for the title.
CHICHESTER: Holden, Gilbert, Boulton, Lillywhite, Knowles (Chittock), Pope (Pattison), Tallent, Vandriel, Ansa (Villanueva), Gromett, Perry.