CHICHESTER conjured up a smash-and-grab 3-1 victory to deny Selsey in the latest festive derby in division one of the Sussex League.
Selsey must have felt confident following their Boxing Day win over Pagham but, despite dominating large parts of this contest in the Oaklands Park mud, they were beaten 3-1 - with one of their former players Connor Cody scoring twice for City.
On several occasions during the first half, dangerous long-ball raids from Selsey were frustrated by the linesman’s flag and on 20 minutes Omar Bugiel narrowly failed to connect with a useful delivery.
Trying to count the number of corners awarded to Selsey turned into a hopeless task, but Anthony Ender in the City goal dealt with whatever was thrown at him in faultless style.
And despite all the away pressure, it was Chichester who reached half-time two goals ahead.
First, an electrifying run down the right by Frazer Smith led to the ball being perfectly threaded through to Morgan Forry, who rifled into the net on 28 minutes.
Then, four minutes later, Luke Killner’s long free-kick found Cody at the far post who made it 2-0.
A bit of tactical fine-tuning during the interval paid dividends for Selsey, who immediately pulled one back from the restart through Bugiel.
Ryan Morey went close to equalising moments later, his penetrative run through forcing Ender to save with his legs.
But any chance of a Selsey fightback was effectively scuppered when Chichester scored again on 56 minutes, Forry’s free-kick being converted by Cody, who once again was lurking in the right place at the right time.
With players tiring badly on the heavy pitch, there was little serious action during the final half-hour.
Chichester’s triumph means they have now only been beaten once in their past six contests.
“Football’s a harsh game sometimes,” tweeted Selsey boss Ryan Pharo afterwards, “but credit where credit’s due to Chichester – they did the basics right.”
CITY: Ender, Heath, Madden, Boniface, Sanashee, Cody, Heggarty, Killner, Landais, F Smith, Forry. Sub: Groom.
SELSEY: Joyce, Kilhams, Covill, Parsons, Chatfield, Bingham, Bugiel, Wood, Martin, Wimble, R Morey. Subs: Thoms, Harrington.
This Saturday sees Chichester visit Lancing, Selsey go to East Preston and Pagham to Littlehampton.