Second half goals from Gicu Iordache and Scott Jones made it three wins in four for the Isthmian South East new boys as Chi finished off a first month at Step 4 in third place.
- Iordache (47')
- Jones (57')
- Morgan (9')
Miles Rutherford & Co were able to name an unchanged starting eleven for the first time this season. Jimmy Wild, back at the club for another spell, joined Rory Biggs and Denis Gurau, a product of the youth set-up, on the bench.
A couple of opportunities came and went for the Oaklands Park outfit early on. Lloyd Rowlatt had two stabs at getting to a Jones’ knock-down but the ball wouldn’t sit up for him and the visitors’ keeper Luke Watkins managed to deal with the danger.
Watkins then had to face a Matt Axell set-piece but the midfielder’s effort was a bit too central and Watkins gathered easily enough.
Chi fell behind in the 8th minute when a burst of pace from Anthony Adesite got him past Ryan Davidson down the left. The No10 played in a precision cross to striker Max Morgan who gave Steve Mowthorpe no chance.
Adesite won Faversham, a team also nicknamed the Lillywhites, a freekick moments later that didn’t trouble Mowthorpe.
Chi weren’t clicking. A neat exchange between Morgan and Donvieve Jones almost led to another chance but Mowthorpe and Rob Hutchings managed to tidy things up.
Rowlatt then sent Iordache away down the wing only for the Romanian to shoot wide before a powerful header from Faversham’s Jones went narrowly the wrong side of the upright.
A mistake from Corey Heath gifted Michael Freiter an opportunity but Man of the Match Mowthorpe pulled off a fine stop. And the Chichester keeper was called into action again four minutes before the break with an excellent double save to deny first Adesite and then Morgan.
There was still time for chances at either end. A clever flick from Iordache almost got Jones in before Mitchell Chapman nutmegged Axell in the Chi penalty box.
Hutchings made a timely tackle and launched a counter-attack where Kaleem Haitham jinked through a couple of challenges but couldn’t pick out a teammate with his cut-back.
A minute later Haitham found a marauding Connor Cody only for his attempt to curl just round the post. And in the last move of the half nice play between Adesite and Steve Mills set up another opportunity for Faversham that was smuggled away by home side defenders.
Wild came on for Heath at the interval to partner Jones up top and it was Chichester’s leading goal scorer who was key in the equaliser two minutes after the restart when a bit of persistence and a smart flick by him led to a super cross from Davidson to Iordache who lashed the ball into the back of the net.
The tricky winger had another chance in the next attack with a cheeky attempt that might have caught Watkins out and crept in at the far post.
Next Wild had a shot on the turn blocked and in on 56 minutes a Rowlatt free kick deflected off the wall for the corner from which Chi scored what would prove to be the winner.
Axell delivered the ball and Davidson nodded it back into the six yard box to the in- form Jones who headed in his fourth goal in a week.
Chi pressed and it might have been 3-1 on the hour mark but Watkins somehow palmed away Cody’s firm header from another Axell corner.
Watkins punched the ensuing corner away and blocked Axell’s follow up.
Faversham spurned a real chance to equalise when Morgan couldn’t find the target after a measured cross from the right.
Morgan then linked up with Makhosini Khanye and Chapman only for Ben Pashley to clear the final downwards header.
Chichester had a goal ruled out for an infringement on Watkins in the 70th minute before Wild fired a shot just over the bar.
Things quietened down for a bit as Chi, conscious maybe of the last home fixture against Whyteleafe, looked to take the sting out of the game.
Cody made a fine tackle to break up Khanye’s determined run and Mowthorpe was on hand to deny Adesite with seven minutes to go. And the City shot-stopper came off his line in commanding fashion to claim Khanye’s set-piece in the three minutes of time added on
It might not have been pretty at all times, and the hosts certainly struggled to get going in the first 45, but an important three points nevertheless.
Chi have a break from league action next week. They entertain Hastings in the Velocity Cup at Oaklands Park on Tuesday 3rd September under the lights (Kick Off 7:45pm) and then face Chalfont St Peter in the next round of the FA Cup at home on Saturday 7th September (3pm Kick Off)
Chichester – Mowthorpe, Davidson, Hutchings, Axell. Cody, Pashley, Iordache, Heath, Jones, Rowlatt, Haitham. Subs: Biggs, Wild, Gurau, Overton