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Shoreham a test for City

MILES Rutherford takes unbeaten Chichester City to Shoreham tomorrow (Saturday) knowing his outfit have shown great character ahead of the Southern Combination Premier clash at Middle Road. Shoreham sit in second position in the league table with maximum points from their opening four matches. And City are two places below in fourth. The Oaklands Park side go into the encounter on the back of two goal-laden games in which they collected four points. And it is the manner of the never-say-die display from City in the 2-2 draw at home to Newhaven on Saturday that will no doubt please the manager. The home side were leading 1-0 through George Way’s goal on 41 minutes but they fell 2-1 behind in a three-minute spell 15 minutes from time. But, at the death, Josh Clack popped up to snatch a leveller and set City up for their Bank Holiday triumph over local rivals Wick at Oaklands Park. Rutherford’s men enjoyed a 3-1 victory with goals from Kieran Hartley on 22 minutes, Clack grabbing another five minutes before the interval and Jake Gale making it 3-0 on the hour. Joe Matthews pulled back a consolation goal on 67 minutes but it wasn’t enough for Jon Tucker’s men. Tucker and City chairman Brent Williams, both formerly of Pagham, provided some touchline entertainment for the shirt-sleeved crowd as they swapped jibes of a personal nature. But it was the talking on the pitch that will leave City fans buoyant and Rutherford happy with the campaign so far.

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