Hartley Double Keeps Robins On Track
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Two goals from leading scorer Kieran Hartley helped Bosham to a hard fought win at bottom side, Upper Beeding, and keep their title ambitions on track
It took only a few minutes for the Robins to shock their hosts and move in front when Bradley Miles used his instinct to pounce and head the reds into the lead following a corner from Kieran Hartley.
The players seemed to be enjoying playing ping-pong with the ball in the box when, Miles nipped in to direct a header goal ward which goalkeeper, Ryan Matthews, could do nothing about as the ball nestled into the bottom corner and give the visitors the perfect start to the game.
The yellows defence did look shaky as the game wore on as every time Bosham got into the final third the back line seemed to panic and the Robins had numerous chances to extend their lead despite the ever increasing domination.
Beeding's first effort came after a quarter hour when Rob Hare let fly from distance but the effort sailed harmlessly wide of the mark allowing the reds to regroup and come at the yellows once more.
Miles then had a great chance to net for the reds when on the end of a ball over the top from Nick Edgington but just couldn't get enough power on the shot and Matthews was easily able to smother it and set his time off on a counter attack again.
On the half hour Bosham did finally double their lead when Edgington was upended in the area and referee, Paul Gibson, pointed to the spot.
Reliable penalty taker Hartley stepped up and finished with ease to give Bosham that all important cushion.
Sadly, at the break, Bosham lost stalwart defender and captain, Ben Blanshard to an ankle injury but, on the resumption, Jack Hancock duly slipped into the defence enabling the reds to continue with strength in all areas of the pitch.
Upper Beeding did become particularly physical in the second half and some players were a little fortunate not to go in the referee’s book as they went in search of a way back into the tie but Bosham didn’t let this effect them and continued to craft out chances, none more so that that afforded to Miles a little later on.
Dave Storey surged down the right and, after evading a couple of strong challenges, stroked in a lovely ball into the area and, seemingly, on a plate for Miles to score but, in attempting to head goal ward ended up sending the ball inexplicably in the wrong direction, and allowing the hosts firmly off the hook.
Despite this momentary setback, Hartley it was who settled any real nerves for Bosham when with time running out, the striker finished a lovely move to grab his second of the game.
Bosham players combined to string some ten passes together, untouched, before Hartley came on the scene to blast a left foot effort passed the despairing dive of Matthews.
Upper Beedings' day was further compounded when manager, Josh Baldock, was mysteriously sent off by the referee in injury time, leaving many supporters somewhat bemused at what he had done to deserve it.
Favourable results involving both Newtown Villa and Wittering United helped Bosham consolidate a six point margin at the top of the Premier Division table, however a dangerous away trip to fellow contenders, Henfield, looms next week (29th, 3pm) with the Robins seeking a similar performance.
Bosham: Simon Hasted, Andy Probee, Ben Blanshard, Nick Edgington, Ricky Mullen, Matt Docherty, Dave Storey, Neil Redman, Kieran Hartley, Ryan Lancaster, Bradley Miles. SUBS: Jack Hancock, Graeme Dowden, James Wilson