SUCCESS for two local sides - Nyetimber Pirates and Wheatsheaf - features in one of our final West Sussex Football League round-ups of the season.
Faygate Res 0 Nyetimber Pirates 3
Chichester Charity Cup final
THREE second-half goals secured Nyetimber Pirates a famous cup double when they brushed aside Faygate Reserves in the Chichester Charity Cup final at Arundel.
It followed their Sussex Junior cup glory and helped put behind them the disappointment of missing out on the treble by just one point.
The Pirates were strong favourites having only lost twice this season, but Faygate were always going to be a tough test for Charlie Welling’s side.
The best chance of the first half fell to Marc Gill on 31 minutes but his header was cleared off the line by a Faygate defender. Andy Cox could have also made it 1-0 but both volleys went over.
Pirates keeper Warren Pye made a fine save to keep it 0-0 at the break.
Nyetimber made a tactical change at half time reverting to their favoured 4-5-1 formation when Alex Peach replaced Anders Wyatt, who limped off with a knee injury.
The Looters started to create some real openings and the breakthrough came on 70 minutes when Marc Gill headed home to claim his first goal of the season.
The game was wrapped up on 85 minutes when Cox teed up James Fallick, who smashed home from six yards.
Cox turned scorer on 90 minutes when he grabbed his 14th goal of the season from close range.
The Charity Cup is the Pirates’ fourth trophy in four years and manager Welling said: “I’m extremely proud of the lads this season - to win every game apart from two is a massive achievement, especially as we basically started again this season, I just hope we can carry it on next year.”
It’s still unclear if the Pirates have been automatically promoted to division one of the West Sussex League or will have to face a play-off.
PIRATES: Pye, Williamson, Gill, Carter, Bann, Wyatt, Cox, Turner, Pasterfield, P Frangou, Fallick. Subs: Peach, Walter, Dant, Towers, Dobbs.
Nyetimber Pirates have had tips from the top, travelling to Fulham’s Motspur Park training ground to receive a coaching session with the Cottagers boss Felix Magath and his first-team coaches.
They won the prize in a competition through clectrical firm Brother; one of Fulham’s sponsors.
Pirates goalkeeper Jamie Walter entered it after seeing it on the Fulham Twitter page and said: “I honestly didn’t think we would actually win. They asked why we deserved the opportunity and I told them how well we had done this year, only losing two games and that was enough for us to win.
“It came at the right time, just before our Charity Cup final which we won 3-0 - maybe it made the difference.”
The day included a tour of the training ground and a meeting with some of the first-team squad before the training began.
Former Bayern Munich manager Magath took the session along with his coaches Tomas Oral, Scott Miller and Martin Brennan.
Magath put the Pirates through their paces in the 90-minute run-out, which included drills similar to those the Fulham first team undertake.
Ex-Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra shouted words of encouragement to the Aldwick side. Pirates midfielder Andy Cox said: “It was a bit weird really having a manager who has won the Bundesliga and a player who cost €26m on the side of the pitch wishing us luck for our final at Arundel.”
The prize also included tickets for the squad for Fulham’s last Premier League game, against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage.
Wheatsheaf 3 Ajax Trees 1
Div 5 Charity Cup
Wheatsheaf completed the league and cup double with a cup-final victory at Arundel.
Ajax started the stronger and hit the post after a defensive mix up - and Damien Leach pulled off a number of great saves to keep the scores level.
The Ajax pressure told when a rare mistake from Matt Parker allowed the Ajax forward a clear run on goalwhich ended with Russ Jays putting the ball in his own net.
Soon, Jays drilled a pinpoint cross into the box and Woolston netted his 53rd goal of the season.
Sheaf took the lead when a cross by Ryan Mercer found the head of Lee Baldwin, who glanced the ball past the keeper.
Ajax were awarded a penalty after Jays handled, but the spot kick went wide.
In the second half, Leach was quick off his line on more than one occasion and the back line stood firm.
Wheatsheaf brought on Stuart Mercer and he pounced when the keeper advanced from his goal and lobbed the ball into the empty net.
Players and management thanked Dave Slaughter from The Unicorn in Bognor for his massive support after they moved across town from the Wheatsheaf.
WHEATSHEAF: Jon Wickenden, Ryan Mercer, Damien Leach, Russell Jays, Darren Holden, Matt Parker, Richard Scott Ragless, Stuart Mercer, Jay Golds, Lee Baldwin, Gavin Sutton, Michael Woolston, Tony McLeish, Luke Bacon, Scott Adams.