First Team
Isthmian League South East Sat 11 February Oaklands Park
Chichester City
  • Prichard (48')
  • Hutchings (61')

Hutchings was the only change to the starting XI that lined up at Burgess Hill mid-week when Chi picked up a point.

And the hosts’ ‘new’ No9 was bundled over in the penalty area by Vickers’ skipper Jack Bath after sixty seconds – nothing doing according to referee Peter Callum.

A poor touch from Chi right back Ryan Davidson led to the first corner of the game which Karl Dent took and Mr Callum had another decision to make as the ball bounced up and struck Emmett Dunn on the arm – again, no pen.

Rob Hutchings, Lloyd Rowlatt, Davidson and Joe Clarke orchestrated a flowing move for the home side which ended up with Prichard taking a touch and getting an effort off that was blocked.

Jordan Greaves won a second corner at the other end but the final shot on the turn sailed over.

Kaleem Haitham then forced Jordan Gillmore into a decent save on 10 minutes before Clarke found Haitham only for the No7 to deliver a misplaced cross.

Next, Chi keeper Kieran Magee got down well to Craig Ross’ attempt which nicked off a defender ahead of Steve Hutchings opening up the Vickers’ back line but failing to get a solid connection on his shot.

The visitors lost George Snelling on the quarter hour mark with Jack Holland replacing him.

Clarke then tried to break through and Steve Hutchings rose effectively to flick on but there was too much space between him and Haitham.

Prichard was caught by an opponent as Chi pressed once more. Connor Cody’s set-piece came to Rowlatt but a defender got in a good block on his effort to concede a 20th minute corner. This fell to Rowlatt but the midfielder couldn’t keep his attempt down.

Steve Hutchings then picked out Rowlatt who squared the ball to Prichard. The Chi top scorer’s touch wasn’t good however, and the chance went begging.

Moments later, Rob Hutchings sent Haitham scampering away up the left flank only to cross too deep before Steve Hutchings finally had a free-kick awarded for an opponent impeding him.

A nice set-piece saw the ball finally floated in to Davidson who headed back into the danger area and the South East London side smuggled clear.

Tolulope Temitayo then passed up a free-header as Vickers blew a golden opportunity.

Sub Holland got impeded on 37 but Magee claimed Ross’ subsequent delivery easily enough before no one could get a telling touch on a Rob Hutchings’ cross.

A neat back heel by Steve Hutchings almost got Chi in and on the stroke of half time and a silky bit of skill from Haitham set up Dunn for a shot that skewed off target.

Greaves had a penalty appeal waved away by Mr Callum a minute after the break before Chi countered and Prichard ran on to a super pass from Rowlatt and guided the ball beyond Gillmore into the bottom left hand corner for the opener.

In response Vickers got going down the left after deft Andrew Allassani touches but Ross’ delivery was dealt with comfortably by Rob Hutchings.

Cody then pinged one too forcefully towards Haitham before Allassani had a shot blocked and Ross pulled one wide without troubling Magee.

The Chi shot-stopper punched away a follow-up effort and contained another close-range attempt.

And it was 2-0 just after the hour when Rowlatt grabbed a second assist picking his spot precisely for Steve Hutchings to plant a bullet header in the back of the net.

Rob Huthcings then found his namesake for a flick on that Gillmore and his defenders dealt with ahead of a pressing Prichard.

Next, Rowlatt, Dunn and Prichard hooked up and the latter’s cross was steered out for a corner.

Bath joined Cody and Rob Hutchings in the ref’s notepad on 65 for a crude challenge on Dunn before Prichard picked out the hard-working Clarke for a header that Gillmore somehow managed to hold on to.

The visitors’ counterpart Magee then went walkabout but Davidson hooked away an inviting cut back.

Chi dug in with Ben Pashley and Rob Hutchings defending bravely to break up an attack.

Both teams rang the changes as Joe Moore, Olly Munt and Alex Wenberger came on for Steve Hutchings, Haitham and Rowlatt as Chichester rejigged.

Clarke whipped one in inches away from a teammate; Prichard fizzed an effort narrowly over the crossbar; and Temitayo clattered an advanced Dunn.

Magee came out to gather a dangerous cross from the right in the first of five additional minutes before Bath thumped an attempt high and wide.

And a goalmouth scramble on the final whistle saw the hosts clear to protect a fourth clean sheet in five.

The win, Chichester’s first double of the season, takes them up to 9th place.

Chi welcome Littlehampton Town to Oaklands Park on Tuesday 14th February (Kick Off 7:45pm).

Chichester – Magee, Davidson, Rob Hutchings, Clarke, Cody, Pashley, Haitham, Dunn, Steve Hutchings, Rowlatt, Prichard (Bellow, Moore, Weinberger, Munt).