A busy week of league and cup action in the West Sussex League featured wins for Sidlesham, Lavant and their reserves, plus Petworth reserves.
Sidlesham 2 Upper Beeding 0
West Sussex League premier div
A clash with Upper Beeding was regarded as a good test of what a solid side Sidlesham are becoming – and they passed that test with flying colours.
An injury to Andy Hounsome was not the start Sids had planned but eight minutes into the game, Sidlesham were awarded a free kick from 30 yards out and the Upper Beeding wall could not stop Gary Jones opening the scoring.
Ben Evans went on to put a second into the Upper Beeding net on 27 minutes.
The second half saw scorer Jones off with an injury and replaced by Paul Barnes.
Sidlesham were strong across the park, on the ground and, with the return of Paul Grantham and John Philips, in the air too.
On 75 minutes, Ben Evans was booked for handball in the area but Upper Beeding’s penalty was saved superbly by keeper Simon Keen.
Dan Bassil went down, aggravating an existing injury, and was replaced by Tom Simmons.
Keen made an excellent save on 83 minutes.
SIDS: Keen, Jones, Carragher, Grantham, Evans, Miles, Philips, Brown, Rawlins, Bassil, Bailey. Subs: Barnes, Simmons, Dennis, Whitehead, Low.
West Chiltington 1 University of Chichester 0
The University’s unbeaten start came to an end in a tempestuous affair.
After a sloppy start from both sides the first chance fell to Tom Smith, whose enterprising run ended with a shot into the side netting.
Dan Baker, playing in an unfamiliar right-back role, linked well with James Sandford and got a shot on target which was comfortably saved.
The game’s defining incidents came one soon after another.
Substitute Danny Watts latched on to a Baker through-pass and was brought down in the penalty box. The referee adjudged no foul was committed and from the resulting clearance, centre-back Alex Fraser was put under pressure from behind and claimed a free-kick.
The referee waved play on and the West Chiltington striker coolly lobbed Matt Bruce to snatch a last-minute winner for the hosts.
UNIVERSITY: Bruce, Baker, Tapper, Fraser, Chaplin, Smith (Watts), Potter, Hagan (c), Hartigan, Sandford, Dormer.
Lavant 4 Newtown Villa Res 0
Stuart Loversidge nearly scored early on, Lavant had a goal disallowed and Ryan Seacombe forced a great save and later hit the crossbar.
But the home side were beaten to the ball by a sparky Villa side who looked anything but a bottom-of-the-table side.
Lavant keeper Neil Sanson kept his team in the game with three superb saves and they were fortunate to go in at half-time with a 1-0 lead secured by a Mike Bartley header.
Lavant were too complacent and underestimated their opponents. But a rollicking from the management at half-time changed things and Seacombe almost doubled the lead a minute after the restart.
Louis Weller missed a penalty for the home side and Seacombe again forced a great save from the outstanding Slawek Saklak in goal.
When Seacombe was brought down in the box Loversidge dispatched the penalty.
Then Lavant controlled the game with impressive passing and Loversidge completed his hat-trick with goals in the 74th and 76th minutes to secure the three points.
LAVANT: Sanson; Coe, Purgavie, Wright, Lyttle; Weller, Bartley, Stevens, Price; Seacombe, Loversidge: Subs Brooks, Grace.
Stedham 4 Lavant Reserves 5
Div two south
A nine-goal first half earned Lavant reserves a breathless win at Stedham.
Three times Lavant took the lead only to be pegged back, then they fell behind 4-3, only to score twice more before the break.
Almost inevitably after that goal feast, the second half was scoreless. Matty Hine, Martin Ayers, Sam Cole (2) and Chris Colwell were the scorers.
Faygate 3 Petworth 0
Malcolm Simmonds Cup
Petworth crashed out of the cup at the first hurdle with a second defeat at Faygate this season.
They have now conceded seven and scored none in their past two games.
They will look to get back on track when Yapton visit Petworth Park on Saturday.
PETWORTH: J Pratt, R Burrows, R Torode, T Carter, D Naldrett, J Wells, P Jefford, D Hotston, R Levett, D Warren, J Pafford.Sub: C Burrows.
Petworth Res 3 Lodsworth Res 1
Div five south
Petworth Reserves followed up last week’s shock cup win over league leaders Bracklesham with a fine performance in their local derby with Lodsworth.
Simon Apps took the star man accolades with a superb performance in central midfield.
Top scorer Andy Holden opened the scoring on 15 minutes from the spot and made it 2-0 on the hour with a sweet first-time strike from just inside the area.
Lodsworth pulled one back when Karl Jeffery was left unmarked at a corner, but Petworth’s Jamie Ellis scored a wondergoal, running with the ball from the halfway line, beating three men and firing home from the edge of the area.
PETWORTH RES: Wadey, Tilson, Murray,
West, Hedger, Apps, Groves, Goldsmith (Carter 75), Clayton (Harper 80), Holden, Torode (Ellis 60).