Bosham FC manager, Tony Hancock, was suitably impressed as Bosham Football Club put on their best display of the campaign, thus far, to comfortably beat a rugged Littlehampton side at Walton lane with two first half goals enough to take the spoils in front of a boisterous crowd watching from the sidelines.
Bosham started brightly, and with a win very much needed after the early season results, set their stall to break through early, which they did, through the ever impressive, Josh Mines. Just eight minutes were on the clock when Mines picked the ball up on the left hand side, just short of the greens penalty area and hit a wonderful, curling effort, into the right hand top corner with keeper, Dean Brook-Marsh, rooted to the spot to give the Robins the early lead they craved.
The wonder strike settled Bosham in nicely and they proceeded to dominate in possession and territory and should have doubled their lead on the quarter hour through Nathaniel Monk. Monk showed great pace in latching on to a through ball from Alex Barnes and rounded Brook-Marsh, but with the goal gaping in front of him could only find the side netting from the, increasingly, tight angle.
Littlehampton needed something to spark them into life and nearly got it a short time later through Tom Foxon who saw his effort well saved by Jack Hickman in the reds goal. Monk then got in on the act again for the reds but his stirring effort just went wide of the target with Brook-Marsh well beaten. As the half wore on Littlehampton began to put the pressure on with numerous chances going awry. Foxon, Jonathan Hendrick and George Sayers all had opportunities but the goal just wouldn’t come for the visitors and they were made to pay for those missed efforts when Bosham captain, Nick Edgington finally doubled the hosts lead right on half time.
Mines played a neat one, two with Nat Monk from a corner and duly whipped in a delicious cross into the danger zone that saw a run from Edgington unchecked and a, subsequent, towering header downward and into the bottom corner to send the home support into raptures.
Bosham remained on top into the second half and substitute Ollie Hawkins soon became a real menace to the Littlehampton menace and could have netted at least twice himself to make the lead more comfortable but wasn’t able to find the target to get the goal that his determined play seemed destined to bring. On seventy five minutes Hawkins completed a deft move with Bradley Stroud to gain a clear sight of goal but Book-Marsh made a firm save to keep him out. A further shot from distance in the dying minutes lacked power and this time Brook-Marsh made an easy save to prevent further blemish.
The final whistle was met with a roar of approval from the home fans as Bosham secured their first win of the campaign and will look to take the confidence from this into their next tie away at Worthing Town.
Following the match, Bosham manager spoke to me to comment on the result. He said: Week by week we try to improve a young side with a dash of experience and today we worked really hard and produced the best performance I have seen this season so far and thus fully deserved the three points. Roll on next week and more to come I hope.
Bosham: Jack Hickman, Theo Likaj, Lukas Micevicius, Mackenzie Oatway, Nick Edgington, Pat Bulbeck, Josh Mines, Ben Bishop, Bradley Stroud, Alex Barnes and Nathaniel Monk. SUBS: Ollie Hawkins, Luke Wharton and Brandon Sharpe