First Team
Velocity Cup Second Round Tue 18 October Oaklands Park
Chichester City
  • Moore (28')
Haywards Heath

Miles Rutherford and Danny Potter made wholesale changes to the XI that lined up at home to Hythe Town last time out.

A mixture of youth and experience though featured. Isaac Bello and Eric-Georges Dellaud got the nod at right and left back respectively. Channel Islander Jack Lumsden was given a bow in midfield together with Moore, and regular first teamers Lewis Hyde, Ben Mendoza, Callum Overton, Olly Munt and Kaleem Haitham all returned.

Heath won both 2021-22 Isthmian south east division clashes against Chi by a 1-0 margin. The visitors put in a ponderous performance at Oaklands but nicked all three points and were different gravy at Hanbury and might have bagged seven or eight on another night, in a season where they were never out of the top six and lost in a dramatic play-off penalty shoot-out away at Herne Bay after extra time.

Here, however, Chichester played some decent stuff with the youngsters certainly catching the eye.

Keeper Kieran Magee was forced into the first save of the match two minutes in.

The hosts then earned a corner which Munt delivered to Overton. Chi’s No9 failed to really trouble custodian Billy Collings before Munt had a follow up effort blocked.

Heath next got down the left channel only for Pashley to calmly steer the ball back to Magee who took a touch and cleared.

Magee’s excellent throw out to Munt sent him away on the right and Mendoza almost got to his cross.

Magee, the busier of the two keepers in the opening 10, beat Callum Chasworth to an inviting forward pass and then nice control from Jake Lindsey allowed him to cut inside but Magee dealt with his attempt.

Chesworth was involved again setting up Alex Laing for a scuffed effort which drifted wide.

Pashley’s ping got Munt away only to be flagged offside, as was Lindsey moments later before Collings hoofed the ball out for a throw ahead of Munt.

Pashley remained alert when Chesworth and Crystal Palace loanee Chimaechi Eze combined and managed to clear.

And then Chesworth cut back to Laing who couldn’t get a firm connection.

Laing tried to catch out Magee, off his line, with a lob on 15 minutes but a back-pedalling Chi No1 was equal to it and gathered.

At the other end Haitham had a drive blocked by Darryl Siaw and Munt crashed a set-piece into the wall before nearly finding Haitham with his subsequent delivery.

Next, Mendoza pulled a fine stop out of Collings diving low to his right and a searching ball from Moore towards Overton forced Collings to sprint out of his area and head away.

Tom Cadman then smashed a fierce shot narrowly over the frame of the Chi crossbar and Bello, not for the last time, carved open the midfield with lung busting run.

Wow!! The lone goal of the game was something else in the 26th minute.

Moore spun round a defender and rifled a stunning shot into the left-hand corner.

Oaklands Park went nuts.

And it might have been 2-0 four minutes later after Hyde’s brilliant pass sent Mendoza scampering away on the right wing to pick Overton but with fans expecting the net to bulge again Collings somehow saved with his feet.

Silky skill from Moore permitted him to beat an opponent and Bello went on another midfield splitting run that a combination of Collings and Siaw managed to thwart, taking a couple of knocks for their trouble.

The resulting Chi corner was punched clear by Collings and Bello diverted Ghannam’s delivery for a corner at the Tennis Club end which Laing took and Overton tidied up.

Mr Harris signalled one additional minute for the delay caused by the treatment to Collings and Siaw after their collision in which Munt had a shot deflected for a corner which came to nothing.

Laing received a neat Chesworth pass after the restart but shot tamely at Magee and the Chi shot-stopper claimed easily enough.

Dellaud then made an excellent challenge as Heath countered quickly from a Chi corner.

Lumsden, who’d picked up an injury, was replaced by Jake Wright on 52 minutes just before Bello delivered a long throw to Munt. The No10 though couldn’t get over his shot and it fizzed over.

Magee, with his wits about him, gathered a dangerous cross from the right and then Laing had a free-kick blocked and hit the consequent attempt over.

Haitham similarly fired off target after a super twist and turn.

Lukas Micevicius came on for Munt on the hour mark and a composed Pashley dealt with an intelligent Heath through ball to guide it back to Magee.

Ghannam struck a wayward effort; Cadman blazed another wide; and Pashley, skipper for the night, made a timely tackle on an advanced sub Alahady Jalloh.

The Oaklands Park faithful regularly regaled the guy in the Baker Boy cap with that “One Peaky Blinders” chant and then Laing drove two attempts high and wide in as many minutes.

Haitham joined Munt in the referee’s notepad with 15 to go after a coming together of sorts with Siaw.

The hosts managed the game effectively, one in stark contrast to the rather tepid affair with Hythe at the weekend, getting men behind the ball and defending doggedly.

Jalloh’s outstanding spin on a six-pence gave Heath an opportunity but he was crowded out by a cluster of players.

Bello then won a corner off Cadman that Mendoza whipped in with no end product.

Next, Moore got a yellow for a foul on Cadman; Dellaud was well up; and Pashley made an important challenge to deny Siaw.

And in the four minutes of stoppage time Overton crossed too close to Collings and then did Holden only for the visitors’ No2 to recover and snuff out the danger as Overton steamed into the box in the last significant attack of the game.

That’s three wins on the bounce now in all competitions with Chi keeping consecutive clean sheets.

They welcome Isthmian premier outfit Margate next month in Round 3 of the Velocity Cup.

Miles Rutherford’s men are back in league action on Saturday 22nd October away at south east division new boys Chatham Town (Kick Off 3pm). The Chats have won all four league games at home so far this season and are second in the table.

Chichester – Magee, Bello, Dellaud, Lumsden, Hyde, Pashley, Mendoza, Moore, Overton, Munt, Haitham (Clarke, Robb, Biss, Wright, Micevicius).