Chichester City’s march to the SCFL Premier title continues as the Oaklands Park side take a nine point lead into the final two months of the season.
Miles Rutherford and Graham Gee’s side have seen the goals dry up in recent months as the club get ever closer to lifting the county league crown.
But, points rather than performances are what matters at this stage of the campaign – with Chi wrapping up their second 1-0 win in a row with a tight victory over bottom side Eastbourne United last time out.
Next up is a trip to Lancing tomorrow (3pm) with Chi looking to extend a 16 game unbeaten run in the league.
They will need to show the same determination against the Lancers as they did last weekend, when United proved to be a lot tougher than their league position suggests.
Kaleem Haitham was the match winner for Chi, latching on to a through ball from Josh Clack to poke home just after the interval.
City had to hang on with the visitors wasting a late chance and having a late penalty appeal waved away by the referee.
City’s nearest title rivals, Newhaven, also won 1-0 so the gap between first and second place remains nine points, with the Dockers still having a game in hand.
In SCFL Division One, Selsey will be looking to keep up the pressure on the top four as they welcome Mile Oak to the Bunn Leisure Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
Blues are currently fifth in the league, having lost just once in the league in the last three months.
A Jordan Warren brace for Daren Pearce’s side against Billingshurst last time out means they continue to sit four points behind the top four.
Meanwhile, mid-table Sidlesham have a top half finish in their sights as they head to Seaford Town tomorrow (3pm).
Steve Bailey’s side have impressed on their return to senior football and now sit tenth after a narrow 1-0 win over Oakwood last weekend, with captain Robert Madden getting the winner.
In SCFL Division Two, Bosham will be looking to build on a five-star show last time out as they welcome Rottingdean Village to Walton Lane tomorrow (2pm).
The Robins defeated Jarvis Brook 5-3 last weekend thanks to goals from George Briance (2), Alex Barnes, Alex Jarrom and Kieran Magee.
Bosham lost 2-1 to Dean in the reverse fixture five weeks ago.