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Leaders City keep winning

Chichester City’s march to the SCFL Premier title continues as the champions elect look set to mark half a season without defeat.

 

With just six matches of the season to go, the Oakland’s Park side are ten points clear at the top of the summit.

 

Chi made it 18 matches unbeaten with a 5-1 home victory against struggling Little Common.

 

They had top scorer Scott Jones to thank for the victory after he netted a hat-trick in what was the club’s fifth league win in a row.

 

Even though second-place Horsham YMCA and Newhaven in third keep on winning, Chi show no sign of stopping in their run to the league crown.

 

Next up tomorrow is a trip across the border to play Surrey side Lingfield (3pm), a team who City have already beaten 7-0 in the reverse fixture.

 

A repeat of the performance would not be a surprise for the followers of Miles Rutherford and Graham Gee’s side.

 

Chi have been ruthless in front of goal all season, scoring three or more in 14 out of a total of 32 home and away league games.

 

Their tally of 86 league goals – an average of nearly three a game – makes them the country’s fourth highest scoring team at Step Five behind Saffron Walden Town, Willand Rovers and Plymouth Parkway.

 

A fine example of their scoring prowess came last weekend when City overcame a spirited Common outfit.

 

The hosts started the brighter and took the lead after only four minutes. A flick on from captain Conor Cody found Jones, who nodded home

 

The pony-tailed striker claimed his second within 60 seconds, beating the offside trap and rounding the keeper before calmly slotting home with his right foot.

 

Josh Clack added a third just before the break firing under the opposing keeper.

 

Common, who are just outside the relegation zone, got on the scoresheet after the break through Adam Smith.

 

But on 55 minutes Jones secured his hat-trick, lobbing the keeper with a peach of a left footed shot that curled into the top corner.

 

A late own goal completed the rout.

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