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Goals central to City’s form

Free-scoring Chichester City are hoping their formidable front line will keep on shooting them to success.


Miles Rutherford’s side are third in the SCFL Premier and have ambitions that their wait for promotion to the Bostik South will be realised this summer.


Key to their efforts will be the form in front of goal.


With 15 matches of the league campaign gone, Chi have netted 44 times – an average of nearly three goals a game – which means they are among the top ten scorers in step five football across the country.


Manager Miles Rutherford will be looking for his side to continue that form when they head to bottom side Eastbourne United tomorrow (3pm).


City have stepped up their efforts in front of goal in recent weeks, scoring 16 times in all competitions in their last four matches.


That was helped with a 4-1 demolition of Lancing in the SCFL Premier last time out with striker Scott Jones grabbing all the headlines as he netted a hat trick.


Kaleem Haitham, who has made a habit of scoring from the bench, added the fourth in injury-time to complete what was a comfortable win against a battling Lancers outfit.


Those goals took Jones’ tally to 13 for the campaign, making him once again City’s top scorer.


But, unlike in previous years, where the goals came from two or three sources, Chi are spreading the goals throughout the team.


Haitham, Sam Ndlovu, Dave Herbert and Gicu Iordache have all contributed to the cause this season.


And they will need to keep on firing if Chi are to overcome Horsham YMCA at the top of the SCFL Premier.


Even with a game in hand, Rutherford’s side are five points behind YMCA, who are very much the in-form side in the division.


With more than half of the season still to play there is still time to make up the gap.


But Chi know they will need to keep on the coat tails – starting tomorrow with that trip to Eastbourne United.


With the hosts yet to win in the league all season, the odds must be firmly stacked in City’s favour.

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