Bosham 1 Lavant 0

Chris Coe slides into the tackle
Photograph kindly supplied by the Chichester Observer

Bosham secured a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Lavant in the West Sussex League premier division courtesy of a goal scored by Joe Hancock and set up by brother Jack.

In a largely scrappy game where chances were at a premium for both sides, Bosham put up a workmanlike performance and will be pleased to have taken all three points to continue their climb towards the top of the table.

The breakthrough didn’t come until 58 minutes when a ball over the top from defender Jack Hancock was cushioned down by sibling Joe, who then drove low underneath Lavant goalkeeper Neil Sanson from 12 yards for his tenth goal of the campaign.

Lavant rarely threatened – a free-kick from a good position striking the Bosham wall. Any good build-up was often let down by the visitors’ finishing or last-ditch tackles from the solid defensive partnership of Ben Blanshard and Matt Docherty.

Neil Redman misfired late on for the home side when well-placed from a dangerous cross by substitute Ben Evans, who could have had a goal himself with a delicate chip from the right, which came back off the angle of post and bar before being hacked clear.

Bosham boss Tony Hancock said: “In the first half there were only really two passages of play where we were able to get the ball down and play, and in the second we really should have killed the game off, but had you offered me a 1-0 win at the start, I would have taken it.”

Lavant: NSanson, C.Coe, M.Lyttle, B.Purgavie, J.Wright, T.Parker, M.Stevens, J.Brooks, M.Neville, M.Bartley, R.Gabb. Subs: D.Mortimer, M.Price

Bosham: Hasted, Hancock (Jack), Brett, Blanshard, Docherty, Probee, Wilson, Dowden, Hancock (Joe), Davies, Redman. Subs: Maitland, Evans, Fewell


Weekends League Results

Premier Division
Bosham 1 Lavant 0
Holbrook 1 Newtown Villa 3
West Chiltington 5 Watersfield 0

Sussex Intermediate Cup
Cowfold 4 White Knight FC 1

Malcolm Simmonds Cup
Faygate 5 Upper Beeding 5
Penalites 1-3

Division III South
Lavant 2 Rustington Park Seniors 1
Nyetimber Pirates 0 Wittering Reserves 4
The Vardar VIP 2 Harting 1

Division I Sunday League
The Old Barn 3 Wheatsheaf 2
Wittering vs AFC Chichester Postponed

Lavant 3 AFC Old Barn 3

Ollie Haggar
Max Thoms
Paul Cooper

Man of the Match:
Ollie Haggar