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As Bognor’s under-18s continue to make progress, the club’s recruitment of the next crop of talented players is being considered.
With an experienced team of youth coaches, the Rocks feel the age group - known as the Pebbles - is an important part of the set-up.
Coach Dan Cox said: “Our ethos and belief in player development encourages the under-18 age group within our club infrastructure.
“This season we enjoyed the fantastic achievement of getting to the county cup Final for the first time in the club’s under-18s’ history and saw players get first-team involvement. The platform and quality of coaching is a perfect transition towards Ryman senior football - at least.”
Trials are planned in May and dates and venues will be confirmed soon in the Observer.
Selsey 0 Chichester City 1
This victory completes Chichester’s 100 per cent win record away from home for the City under-18s.
On a chilly night at the High Street Ground, Chi went on the attack straight from the kick-off looking for an early goal. However they came up against a very disciplined display of defending from Selsey.
In the second half, Chi upped the tempo but Selsey still held fast.
The breakthrough came from a set-piece which landed at the feet of centre-back Jordan Lillywhite who took the ball on the half-volley and rifled it in.
Chi continued to dominate possession and create chances but couldn’t add more goals.
City have won all nine away games and now have just three home games remaining, the first of which is against fellow title contenders Sidlesham tonight night, when anything other than a loss will mean Chi will be west-division champions for a fourth straight year.
CHI: McAlpine, Gilbert, Lillywhite, Lynch (Shrives), Knowles, Chittock (Tilley), Yates, Tallent, Osman (Kondabeka), Wild, Mulenga.
Felpham Colts 4 Littlehampton Town Black 2
The Colts knew only a win could help keep them up. It took only five minutes for Ryan Innes to race through and fire home.
It was 2-0 when George Appleton swivelled on the edge of the area and smashed home a beauty.
The first half ended with Town pulling one back with a goalmouth scramble. Kearns, Taylor, Nicholas and Purkis were outstanding in defence and Searle, Appleton and Clarke fought for everything in midfield.
In the second half, Tyler-Jay Sampson went up front and caused havoc with his runs. He broke through, drew the keeper and brilliantly slotted home. He soon grabbed his second with a fine right-foot shot.
Dent and Robinson came on and worked hard before Town scored again with a fine 25-yard shot past Cogger.
COLTS: Cogger, Taylor, Purkis, Nicholas, Kearns, Searle, Clarke, Appleton, Sampson, Innes, Dent, Robinson.
Chi Colts 1 Worthing Dynamos 0
This last fixture of the season against leaders Worthing Dynamos was always going to be tough.
Chi piled on the pressure with Joe Middleton, the league’s top scorer, pressurising Dynamos.
His strike partner Raife Locke scored halfway through the first half, set up by Middleton and Hopp.
Ben Roberts and Ted Phillippo superbly defended their area and Chi held on to secure the victory to cap a fine season.
Man of the match was Roberts.