Chichester City march on in FA Vase ... Pagham hold SCFL leaders

Chichester City are into the last 32 of the FA Vase after a superb third-round win at Newhaven.

A double from Scott Jones and a Josh Clack earned them a 3-1 at the home of their SCFL premier division rivals the Dockers.

They went behind on 18 minutes but levelled four minutes later and went on to run out worthy winners despite having a man sent off.

The draw for the fourth round is on Monday and Miles Rutherford’s team will fear no-one after this win, which adds to victories over Whitstable, Sheppey, Ash and Canterbury in the competition.

Another local SCFL side to have a good day were Pagham, who had Scott Murfin’s goal to thank for earning a 1-1 draw at home to leaders Shoreham.

The Lions are only the second team in 17 games to stop Shoreham from winning and it leaves them still just eight points behind them.

Chichester City celebrate a goal against Hailsham - and they were doing so again at Newhaven / Picture by Kate Shemilt

Chichester City celebrate a goal against Hailsham - and they were doing so again at Newhaven / Picture by Kate Shemilt

See Roger Smith’s pictures from the Nyetimber Lane clash, above

In the Ryman premier it was a bad day for the Rocks, who had only a fine strike by James Fraser to cheer in a 4-1 defeat at Tonbridge. That knocked them off top spot as Havant won at Staines to take over as leaders.

Back in the Southern Combination, Selsey had a good 2-0 win at home to Seaford, Joe Clarke and Morgan Forry the scorers, while Midhurst drew 0-0 with Steyning.

In division two there’s still no stopping leaders Bosham and second-placed Sidlesham - the Robins won 6-0 at Rottingdean with Bradley Miles, Louis Bell, Ben Blanshard, Neil Redman, James Wilson adding to an early own goal; Sids won 2-1 at home to Roffey with John Phillips and Tom Bayley on target.

In rugby, there was a morale-boosting bonus-point win for Chichester, who triumphed 27-6 at Guildford in National three London south east.

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