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Chi Peake at the right time

CHICHESTER City’s march to promotion could get another step closer as they look to extend a nine point lead at the top of the table.

 

The Oaklands Park side have been in excellent form all season, losing just three matches in the SCFL Premier so far.

 

The last of those came in November to second-place Newhaven.

 

Since then, Chi have pieced together an unbeaten run of 15 matches which was further extended with a last-minute winner against in-form AFC Uckfield Town last weekend.

 

The 1-0 win, combined with other results going their way, means that Chi have their biggest lead at the top of the whole season.

 

Of the nine games to come, only three are against sides in the top half, meaning that City are firm favourites to seal promotion from step five and into the Bostik South East.

 

They can take another step forward tomorrow when they welcome bottom side Eastbourne United to Oaklands tomorrow (3pm).

 

City’s management team of Miles Rutherford and Graham Gee will hope their side find their stride quicker than last weekend when it took until 93 minutes before the deadlock was broken.

 

Ryan Peake headed home the only goal of the game against Uckfield deep into time added on.

 

As the defender wheeled away to celebrate with teammates by the corner flag things got even better for City as news came through that Newhaven had lost for the third time in four games .

 

With in-form Eastbourne Town’s 16 match unbeaten run also ending, after a 4-1 home defeat to Horsham YMCA in the battle between the teams in third and fourth spot, Chi have a clear gap at the top.

 

It was the second time the City defender scored late to earn his side all three points.

 

Back in December, Peake’s goal with five minutes to go against Langney Wanderers capped things off as Chi recovered from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2.

 

This time, his bullet header that sparked scenes came in the 95th minute – and it could be the one that seals City’s promotion from step five for the first time in its history.

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