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Match report:

The Chequer F.C. 1 - 2 Rustington Sports

Yet again The Chequer's profligacy in front of goal cost them dearly. Chequer created eight excellent scoring chances yet converted only one in a game we should have won comfortably.

Sports played some fine football, and they took the lead after 20 minutes when Adam Price's weak headed clearance from a Sports corner fell straight to a Rustington player who smashed home from 20 yards. Chequer had numerous chances to draw level, but Warren Partridge twice hit the post, and brother Lewis tamely shot at the keeper from eight yards out. Sports also hit the post and despite Chequer creating more chances the first half was a fairly even affair.

The second half was a different story. Whilst Sports were dangerous on the break, Chequer camped themselves in the Sports half, creating chance after chance. Warren outdid himself by managing to hit the post a third time and Tom Pickford blazed wide from six yards after excellent work by Si Price had left him with just the keeper to beat. The Rustington keeper also made a couple of good reaction saves and twice goal bound efforts were cleared off the line.

Then, halfway through the second half, their number 14 ran from inside his own half, skipping several challenges and his shot from 18 yards, which was not goal bound, took an unfortunate deflection off Sean Hourigan to leave David Kennett no chance of saving and we were 2-0 down.

Chequer continued to dominate, whilst Sports pace up front and in midfield was always threatening. With three minutes left we were lucky to see a Sport's effort crash off the post. The resulting clearance gave Danny Gainsford the chance to chase down the ball and square to the unmarked Warren Partridge who finally found the net. Unfortunately it was too late and for the second game running, despite creating far more chances than our opponents, we came away 2-1 losers.

Sport's didn't look as strong as last year, but we must give them credit as, although they were under the kosh for most of the second half, they have some fine footballers and, despite our domination of chances and possession, arguably played the better football. We look forward to the return match later in the season.

David Kennett
Richard Wilkie
Adam Price
Sean Hourigan
Steve Duffett
Tom Pickford
Lewis Partridge
Danny Gainsford
Adam Searle
Si Price
Warren Partridge

Warren Partridge

Sean Hourigan



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