Robins Made To Work For Chiltington Point
By Admin .
Bradley Miles showed that he had lost none of his goal scoring touch to grab an important point for a much-changed Bosham against West Chiltington.
Both sides remembered the reverse fixture from earlier in the season only too well, and Bosham were fully intent on exacting revenge to continue their League momentum now the weather had finally taken a turn for the better.
The ground at Walton Lane was soft but relatively dry for the game, with volunteers working hard to ensure a smart playing surface, which belied the relentless rain it had taken in recent weeks.
The opening was sluggish from both teams - perhaps not surprising with the lack of match football recently - and chances were rare. However, Bosham, marshalled excellently in the midfield by Miles, started to show their metal and soon had the blues on the back foot with new signing, Dave Storey and stalwart, Neil Redman, showing good pace and awareness to crack holes in the West Chiltington defence.
On the quarter hour Miles hit the bar with keeper, David Williams well beaten. This was shortly followed by another good effort from the midfield maestro which flew just wide of the target. Neil Redman then went close from a free-kick which was cleared off the Chiltington goal line.
Both Dan Clayton and Daniel Leppard were becoming an increasing threat to the Bosham back line but still struggled to find a clear shot on goal in the final third, leaving Bosham keeper, Simon Hasted, with little to do as the half wore on.
Nick Edgington then launched one of his surging runs at the heart of the opposing defence and broke through on goal only for Williams to come up with a sublime save to keep the tie goalless as the half time interval approached.
The second period was frenetic to say the least. Both sides threw everything at the other in search of the goal to break the deadlock and the crowd were rewarded on seventy four minutes when the blues edged in front thanks to the redoubtable Clayton.
The diminutive striker pushed forward through a hole in the Bosham defence and fired a low shot across goalkeeper Hasted, with his shot nestling in the bottom corner, to the delight of teammates.
Bosham regrouped and within a minute were back on level terms.
West Chiltington failed to deal with a ball into the heart of their box and after a short scramble, the ball ended up at the feet of Miles who blasted the ball home through the crowd to deservedly draw Bosham level.
Despite all efforts neither side could find what surely would have been a winning goal in what remained of the match so both were left to leave the pitch frustrated, but with Bosham certainly feeling the better of the two sides.
Bosham now look forward to back to back ties against Newtown Villa over the next two weeks and will definitely hope for maximum points on their continuing quest for glory.
Bosham: Simon Hasted, Matt Moore, Andy Probee, Ben Blanshard, Nick Edgington, James Wilson, Bradley Miles, Billy Huntley, Neil Redman, Dave Storey, Adam Brett. SUBS: Charlie Cooper, Jack Antony, Danny Mullen.