The final fixtures for this season’s West Sussex League programme have finally been announced after weeks of frantic re-scheduling.
Fixtures secretary Chris Bridges was left with a massive headache after bad weather decimated fixtures throughout January and February, forcing the league to extend its finish date to May 10.
The rain left the WSFL with a major backlog in fixtures and there were even fears that they would have to cancel all remaining cup competitions after they were forced to axe the Centenary Cup in February.
The move to extend the season will help relieve pressure on some clubs like Newtown Villa, who still have eight fixtures to fulfil.
Newtown secretary Mel Davies is still worried about the number of games remaining but believes the extension is a positive move.
He said: “We are still slightly concerned about it but there’s nothing we can do - the weather has been diabolical this year.
“The extension will help us massively because it will bring down the number of midweek games we have to play and they’re always a struggle - we’ve got boys playing Sundays as well.
“But luckily we have two teams and it’s just something we will just have to deal with as we go.”
Bosham FC have achieved Charter Standard status.
The FA-backed programme is a kitemark which recognises and rewards high quality levels of provision in club and league football.
It acknowledges clubs and leagues that are well run and sustainable, provide quality coaching and in a safe environment.
The award specifically relates to the club’s men’s first and reserves teams, however it is hoped recognition for youth football will follow in 2014-15, with plans afoot to enter at both under-13 and under-16 levels.
Club commercial manager Simon Jasinski said: “This season we have proactively sought new and exciting initiatives to take the club forward - of which Charter Standard formed a very important part.
“Gaining this status not only formally recognises the hard work both the committee and management put in at the club, but will hopefully act as a catalyst to encourage people to get involved in the future to make us stronger - whether it being volunteers, players and coaches at either adult or youth level, parents, supporters or local businesses.”
The club are set to receive a certificate and plaque plus three Nike matchballs as a result of achieving Charter Standard status.
Chapel 3 Partridge Green Res 1
Division five central
Needing one point to ensure promotion, Chapel got the job done and took all three.
They threw everything at the visitors in the first half but Partridge Green defended stoutly, with Mark Bromham outstanding, and looked dangerous on the break.
Only an Aaron Carver goal seperated the sides at half-time.
Partridge Green started the better in the second half and only a superb save from the home keeper Tom Townsend kept them out.
Ten minutes into the half a 30-yard effort from Dan Scutt took a deflection off a defender and looped over the keeper to put the home side 2-0 up and settle the nerves.
Chapel went close on several more occasions before Jordan Warren added a third with two minutes left. Partridge Green never gave up and were rewarded for their efforts in the dying seconds with a consolation.
Wheatsheaf 2 Stedham Utd Res 0 Div 5 Cup semi-final
Wheatsheaf beat Stedham United’s seserve side to earn a place in the final.
Sheaf were unchanged and determined to start on the front foot. Pressing Stedham high in their own half they were forcing mistakes and creating chances.
Woolston was finding plenty of space and set up Jay Golds, who smashed the ball in to give Wheatsheaf an early lead. Minutes later it was 2-0 when Woolston squared to playmaker Lee Baldwin and he fired into the top corner. Stedhamshould have got one back when a defensive error saw their striker clean through but he shot wide. For Wheatsheaf, R Mercer shot just wide – and the Sheaf were denied further goals by an inspired Stedham goalkeeper. A clear handball from a Stedham defender in his own box was ruled to be outside the box by the referee. Parker, Woolston, S Mercer and Baldwin all had chances but could not beat the Stedham keeper. Wheatsheaf progress to the final at Arundel FC on April 30.