Chichester City Youth under-tens have just won B division of the Arun & Chichester Youth Football League, giving them back to back promotions following their winning of C division a year ago.
Remarkably during the course of these two seasons they have remained unbeaten – a run so far of 36 competitive league matches.
East Preston 3 Predators 4
From the kick-off Predators struggled against the speed and physical approach of East Preston.
They were upset the referee failed to take any action over a two-footed tackle which left full-back Fabian Koszalko unable to take any further part.
East Preston took the lead as the referee over-ruled the linesman’s flag and then added a second from a counter-attack.
Just before half-time Jordan Smith gave them a lifeline with a tremendous shot from the edge of the area.
Predators regrouped and began to assert themselves and it was no surprise when Connor McCabe equalised with another long-range effort.
East Preston were under pressure as Alex Burford headed home a corner to give Predators the lead.
EP equalised but with time running out Ashley Butler scored to give Predators the win to keep their promotion hopes alive.
PREDATORS: Fellows, Burford, Butler, Donner, Elliot, Evans, Hamilton, Hanslip, Koszkalo, McCabe, Smith, Williams.
Chichester Youth 3 Predators Youth 2
Predators travelled to face second-placed Chichester hoping to carry on their run of prolific wins.
But it wasn’t long before Chichester took control and a free-kick enabled them to take the lead. Chichester scored another two goals but Predators kept battling and their persistence paid off with Hillier scoring a great goal from well outside the area.
Predators started the second half with a different attitude and Chichester realised they had to dig in to keep the lead.
Yellow cards were shown to both sides and Predators went down to ten after losing a player to a red. A goal by Rodway gave Predators a lift but it was not enough.
Predators man of the match was Hillier.
PREDATORS: Josling, Hillier, Furlong, Irish, Cook, Bosco-Brown, Blackman, Davies, Jukes, Williams, Farndell, Rodway, Birch
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Pagham Youth 3 Worthing United Yth 0
This was a hard-fought victory as nine-man Worthing made Pagham work all the way.
Worthing played with a seven-man defence to stifle Pagham and try to get something on the counter-attack.
They kept Pagham at bay until just before half-time when Curtis Poole’s shot was deflected past the stand-in Worthing keeper.
Worthing nearly equalised when a well-struck free-kick from just outside the area was brilliantly saved by Ryan Carter.
Pagham responded immediately and Jack Barnes got Pagham’s second from Poole’s flick-on after Charles Richardson’s long ball into the area.
Pagham’s third came just before full-time when Rory Wood added the final touch in a goalmouth scramble. PAGHAM: Carter, C Richardson, W Richardson, Gosbee, Taunton, Barnes, Hurford, Poole, Game, Lane, Vincent, Wood, Chalaye.
Arundel Colts 1 Pagham Colts 0
Pagham were very unfortunate to lose. Although having only a bare 11 players, each one put in a tremendous performance.
A close game with very few chances was decided by a second-half penalty.
PAGHAM: Tribe, Barratt, Shea, Kitchener, Haines, Parham, VanDriel, Watson, Carter, Stevens, Gonzalez.
Hawks Youth 5 Pagham Colts 0
How football and players can suddenly change from one game to another - this was a manager’s nightmare as the team just didn’t perform.
The effort of the previous match disappeared as Hawks had the game won by half-time leading 4-0.
A second-half penalty made it five and only fine saves from Lewis Tribe kept the score down to single figures.
PAGHAM: Tribe, Barratt, Shea, Kitchener, Haines, Parham, Marland, Watson, Carter, Stevens, Gonzalez, Clarke.