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City aiming for FA Cup history

Chichester City­ will be looking to make FA Cup history when they welcome Isthmian South Central side Chalfont St Peter to Oaklands Park tomorrow (3pm).


Miles Rutherford’s side have only played in the first qualifying round of the world’s oldest competition once before.


But tomorrow high-flying Chi can continue their recent history-making run by going where none of their predecessors has been.


With £4,500 up for grabs for the winners, there will be plenty of incentives for Rutherford’s team to outdo the Buckinghamshire visitors.


A month into their first ever season at step four and City are enjoying life in the Isthmian South East.


A 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Faversham Town last weekend lifted Chi up to third in the standings with three wins from their first four games.


That was followed by a fiercely-contested Velocity Trophy game against league rivals Hastings United at Oaklands in midweek.


Despite missing seven first team regulars, City put up a strong fight in a narrow 2-0 defeat.


Another tough match is expected against fellow step four side Chalfont.


Following a good start to their league campaign, the Saints are unbeaten after four matches having won three and drawn one, leaving them nicely positioned in fourth place.


Much will depend on Chi’s front line which continues to cause defences at this level problems.


Two of those players came to the fore against Faversham after City fell behind in the first half to the Kent visitors.


Just after the restart when Romanian winger Gicu Iordache fired home an equaliser before Scott Jones nodded home his fourth goal of the week to win the game just before the hour mark.


It could have been more for Chi but they had a third ruled out by the referee for an infringement on the visiting goalkeeper.


With Jimmy Wild also rejoining the club from Bognor, Rutherford has plenty of options to call on up front.


Speaking after the victory, Jones said:


“It was not the best performance from us boys but to still get three points after going one nil down shows the quality, team spirit and desire of our team.


“Getting the three points and players still not being happy shows where the teams aspirations are at.”


Chi were much changed for the visit of Hastings on Tuesday night.


Ant Ender came in for keeper Steve Mowthorpe. There were also starts for Robert Taw, Sam Ndlovu, Rory Biggs and Theo Bennetts; and Jimmy Wild was handed the No.9 shirt in place of Scott Jones.


The club’s top scorer joined captain Connor Cody, Josh Clack, Callum Overton, Jamie Horncastle and Ryan Peake on Chi’s injury list. Corey Heath was suspended.


Hastings, who have only conceded one goal in five games in all competitions so far this season, were rarely threatened in the first half and should have gone ahead on 18 minutes when a super pass from Tom Chalmers played Kenny Pogue in only for the striker to skew his shot wide of Ender’s left-hand post.


The visitors took the lead in the 26th minute when Pogue got in too easily, latching on to a nice pass from Davide Rodari.


Chichester started the second half more brightly. A smart exchange between Wild and Haitham gave the opposition back four some problems and Bennetts flashed a header narrowly wide.


But it was the Us who doubled their lead with 20 minutes to go when Chalmers shrugged Chi skipper Ben Pashley off the ball and steered it past Ender.


There was a chance for a Chi consolation in time added on but Lloyd Rowlatt headed Rob Hutchings’ cross just over.


Chi face Haywards Heath in their next Velocity Trophy group four match on September 24 – but before then is the cup.

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