West Sussex League teams were able to get back into action after weeks of weather disruption and the return brought a draw for Bosham and a win for Lavant.
Bosham 1 West Chiltington 1
West Sussex League premier division
In his first game since returning to Bosham, Bradley Miles showed he had lost none of his goalscoring touch to grab an important point for the Reds to frustrate their opponents West Chiltington.
His strike - which came just a few hours after his wife had given birth to their new son Casper - helped get the Robins’ title push back on track after two months without a game because of the inclement weather.
The ground at Walton Lane was soft but relatively dry and the Reds were buzzingin front of a large, expectant crowd.
The opening was sluggish from both teams, not surprising with the lack of football recently, and chances were rare.
However, Bosham, marshalled excellently in the midfield by Miles, started to show their mettle and soon had the Blues on the back foot with new signing Dave Storey and stalwart Neil Redman showing good pace and awareness to open up the West Chiltington defence.
On the quarter-hour Miles hit the bar with keeper David Williams well beaten. Then another good effort from the midfield maestro flew just wide. The Robins were dominating but the Blues were seeing a good deal of the ball.
Dan Clayton and Daniel Leppard were a threat to the Bosham back-line but struggled to find room a clear shot on goal, leaving Bosham keeper Simon Hasted with little to do as the half wore on.
Nick Edgington launched one of his surging runs at the heart of the opposing defence and broke through on goal only for Williams to come up with a sublime save.
The second period was frenetic. Both sides threw everything at the other in search of the goal to break the deadlock and on 74 minutes, the Blues edged in front thanks to the redoubtable Clayton.
The diminutive striker pushed forward through a hole in the Bosham defence and fired a low shot across Hasted which nestled in the bottom corner to the delight of team-mates and manager Keith Tomsett.
Bosham regrouped and within a minute were level. West Chiltington failed to deal with a ball into the heart of their box and after a short scramble, the ball ended up at the feet of Miles, who blasted the ball home through the crowd to deservedly draw Bosham level.
Neither side could find a winning goal but Bosham were the happier of the two sides at the end.
Bosham now look forward to back-to-back games against Newtown Villa over the next fortnight and will hope for maximum points.
BOSHAM: Hasted, Probee, Blanshard, Miles, Storey, Wilson, Edgington, Huntley, Redman, Moore, Brett. Subs: Cooper, Antony, Mullen.
Lavant 2 Hunston 1
After a two-month break football finally returned for Lavant as they beat local rivals Hunston at Raughmere Park.
It was a nervous and rusty start for both sides but Lavant conceded another early goal - from Hunston’s first meaningful attack.
A well-delivered free-kick from the right saw Hunston skipper Martin Lomas steal in at the back post and finish with venom.
Lavant grew into the match with good possession football but good chances were few and far between. With the home team in the ascendancy, they finally levelled ten minutes before the break with debutant Jason Houghton heading home a Neville corner.
The second half started as the first concluded with the home side very much on top. The pressure soon told with another headed goal, this time from the impressive Tom Haslam scoring his first goal for the club.
All credit to Hunston, who showed a great battling attitude, causing the Lavant defence some very nervous moments towards the end.
But the hosts held firm and could have extended their lead after Jon Wright burst away with the ball following a Hunston corner. He was body-checked by the opposing keeper only for the referee to call the foul the away team’s way.
LAVANT: Sanson, Spann, Lyttle, Wright, Lillywhite, Houghton, Brooks, Holmes, Neville, Haslam, Sandford. Subs: Richards, Ayling, Mortimer.