Robins' Revenge In Hunston Derby
By Admin .
Bosham were back on song this week to exact perfect revenge over a Hunston side that had knocked them out of the Malcom Simmonds Cup a fortnight ago.
The reds were in front as early as the second minute when Neil Redman popped up in the right place at the right time to poke into an empty net, rounding off a swift move that caught Hunston out superbly.
Graeme Dowden worked space down the left and then fired a low cross into the danger area. Kieran Hartley attempted to fire goalward but could only slice his effort which left onrushing keeper, Jason Rees, floundering and Redman picked up the pieces to prod into the empty net at the back stick.
Hunston were rocked but midfield stalwart Kevin Burnand rallied the troops to try and get back into the game but Bosham were ready and the likes of Ricky Mullen and Nick Edgington were like an impregnable fortress at the back for the Robins and keeper, Simon Hasted, was left untroubled with little to do as the half wore on.
Right on the quarter hour Bosham doubled their lead from the spot. Hartley broke clear of the defence and bore down on goal and was then the victim of a clumsy challenge by Rees that left referee, Ricky Steed, with little choice but to pointy for a penalty. Hartley got up and duly slotted the kick away to give Bosham the all important cushion they needed.
Earlier both Redman and Dean Ayling had gone agonizingly close themselves as the robins continued to dominate their rivals before the lead was eventually increased through Hartley.
The half wore on and eventually ended with the Robins failing to add to their tally but the management were more than happy with the performance thus far. Just minutes after the resumption and the reds lead had moved on with a second penalty strike, put away clinically by Hartley for his second goal of the game.
On this occasion Ayling initially evaded a tackle but then, despite seeming to start to slip had his legs taken from him which resulted in the obvious penalty.
Hunston were becoming increasingly frustrated with things, particularly with a number of key players unavailable for the tie, but kept on going but with little to show for their efforts in the final third of the pitch.
Bosham�s scoring was rounded off late on when Redman also grabbed his second of the match, being on the end of a moment of true skill from Hartley. On the edge of the box Hartley spun on a sixpence and fed a delightful ball into the danger area by the penalty spot.
Redman was alert and got their ahead of Rees and poked the ball under him into the back of the net to make the score line emphatic in favour of the flying robins.
Late substitute, Charlie Cooper, came within a whisker of adding gloss to the score when he let fly, from distance, with a screaming volley that only the bar prevented from enabling the ball to wallow in the back of the net.
Overall a very satisfying day for Bosham and the push for glory is certainly on as other results on the day went their way leaving the reds excellently placed in the run up to Christmas.
Their final outing before Christmas is a home tie against Upper Beeding at the lane which should be another stiff test for the Robins but one they will feel confident they can pass with flying colours.
Bosham: Simon Hasted, Andy Probee, Jack Hancock, Ricky Mullen, Nick Edgington, Matt Docherty, Kieran Hartley, James Wilson, Dean Ayling, Neil Redman and Graeme Dowden. SUBS: Joe Hancock, Adam Brett and Charlie Cooper