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Youthful Selsey soar to sixth

Selsey boss Daren Pearce says he is pleased with the progress of his youthful side as they continue to push on up the table.


It was a summer of change at the Bunn Leisure Stadium as the former Sidlesham manager was appointed on a clear mandate of bringing on players through the ranks.


A dozen matches in and Blues are sitting sixth in SCFL Division One following a 4-1 away win at St Francis Rangers.


With struggling Oakwood visiting tomorrow (3pm) Pearce knows that his side are in prime position to keep on pushing on up the table.


He said: “We are only 12 games in but the lads are young, they are acquitting themselves well. They are learning all the time.


“We have had a couple of disappointments but we have done really well in learning from what has happened.


“For a lot of them it is probably their first season at this level so overall I’m pleased.”


Blues soared up the table after the comfortable away win last weekend.


Lindon Miller gave the Blues the lead with Ryan Morey adding a second ten minutes after the break. Two late Josh Hall goals then wrapped up what became a comfortable win.


Pearce said: “You never want to under-estimate a team, especially one who has just changed a manager and brought in a number of new players.


“You never know what you will get in that situation. The pitch wasn’t great but we passed the ball really well and came away with a 4-1 win so I’m pleased.”


He added: “It just shows you what a couple of wins can do. We have picked up some good draws against top sides in the last few weeks and that has helped us build confidence.


“We played really well away at [then league leaders] AFC Varndeanians and were unlucky to lose that one. It’s just a case of when you play teams around you, that’s when you need to pick up the wins.”


Fellow SCFL Division One side Sidlesham will have a challenging match when they welcome fourth-place Alfold to the Recreation Ground tomorrow (3pm).


Both sides were promoted from step six last season but find themselves at opposite ends of the table.


Sids drew 1-1 with Midhurst on Saturday before a 5-2 midweek loss to Oakwood.


In SCFL Division Two, Bosham welcome Westfield to Walton Lane tomorrow (2pm), looking to win only their third league match of the season.


The Robins lost 2-1 to Copthorne last time out despite Alex Barnes giving them the lead.

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