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D Ayling (86'), G Dowden (90')
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Sat 11 Jan 14:00 - League

Late Drama As Bosham Go Top


Two late goals saw a resilient Bosham side go to the top of the pile in the West Sussex Premier Division, and send visitors Holbrook to another defeat

Strikes from Dean Ayling - just five minutes from time - followed by a sublime curling effort from Graeme Dowden - gave manager, Andy Probee, the perfect resumption to the season after virtually a month without a game following the inclement weather.

Holbrook - who propped up the table - provided a sterling performance to frustrate the Robins, but late changes to personnel eventually saw the reds get their reward with a brace of goals finally putting paid to the blues great efforts.

Bosham started brightly and had the blues defence on their toes with a succession of early corners but to no avail with the likes of Dean Ayling and Neil Redman unable to find a route toward goal.

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The Robins struggled to get their passing game together on a bobbly surgace, and were frustrated that it took them until late on to get their noses in front.

The going was tough, with a heavy pitch as a result of recent rains, but Holbrook did start to improve as the half wore on. Captain, Terry Smith, was instrumental in galvanising the troops and chances started to appear with both Dan Nason and Max Labram having good sighters of goal but sadly lacking in the necessary skill to find the back of the net.

Then second half started like the first had ended with both sides being frustrated at a lack of killer instinct and Bosham certainly knocked off their stride with the amount of possession that the visitors were getting.

Leigh Harrison then dived superbly to keep out a stinging effort from Matt Docherty after good work from Adam Brett. The reds were getting closer but still being left exasperated by the lack of a finish.

Both defences were also growing in confidence and a quieter period ensued after the hour with little to talk of in the way of chances but both sides continuing to battle hard to find the edge but, when Bosham made some late changes to bring on fresh legs the opportunity presented itself for the Robins to find goal they so desired and, indeed, with five minutes to go Ayling it was who pounced to finally get the breakthrough to the delight of the home support.

Adam Brett provided a teasing cross from the right into the Holbrook box and Graeme Dowden beat his marker to the ball to nod it goalward. Harrison somehow proceeded to make a shank of the save and Ayling popped up at the back stick to poke the ball home to the delight of all around.

Holbrook hearts were shaken but still alive but in injury time Dowden finally put the seal on the result with a, typically, impudent finish.

James Bracher, despite great pressure from Paul White, provided the perfect through ball for Dowden to run on to and after taking a touch produced the perfect lobbed effort over the despairing fingertips of keeper Harrison.

Bosham manager, Andy Probee, was delighted with the result at the final whistle and with Bosham now top of the table they will now surely look to push on towards the glory goal in weeks to come.

Alan Price

Bosham: Simon Hasted, Andy Probee, Graeme Dowden, Jack Hancock, Ben Blanshard, Matt Docherty, James Bracher, James Wilson, Neil Redman, Dean Ayling and Adam Brett. SUBS: Chris Payne, Charlie Cooper, Kieran Carter and Josh Williams (Williams unused)

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Key moments

Goal Dean Ayling scores for Bosham
Goal Graeme Dowden scores for Bosham

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As it happened

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  • Dean Ayling Goal 86:00'
  • Graeme Dowden Goal 90:00'

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