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Chi require added bite

Miles Rutherford wants Chichester City to find their goal-den touch.


Chi went down 3-0 at Burgess Hill on Tuesday night in the Velocity Trophy.


The defeat followed a 2-0 loss at Herne Bay in the BetVictor South East.


Boss Rutherford rang the changes for the Hillians trip with Chi unable to progress but he felt the defeat to Bay highlighted their biggest problem at present as they prepare to face two fellow Sussex sides looking for points to press their play-off claims.


Rutherford told The Post: “We’ve got Haywards Heath tomorrow and then Three Bridges on Tuesday.


“Those games are obviously more important than playing the Velocity Cup, which we are out of.


“Last Saturday (against Herne Bay) I felt we played really well up until the final third of the pitch.


“We had a lot more possession than Herne Bay but they got in our 18-yard box once in the first half and scored. That is how football goes.


“I felt we looked the better side but they were more effective in the final third and they won the game 2-0.


“It was not a disappointing performance, in fact, it was quite a good performance but we were toothless up front.”


He added: “We are not creating as many chances as I would like at the moment.


“And when we are creating the chances, we are not putting them away.


“We’re playing a lot better than we were over the Christmas period, and there is nothing wrong with the performances at the present, but we are looking very toothless.


“There are more positives than negatives.”


Heath have been hit by injuries but Rutherford expects a difficult game against Shaun Saunders’ side at Oaklands Park.


Rutherford said: “They have struggled in recent weeks, while we have picked up a little bit.


“It’s always going to be a tough game against Haywards Heath.


“I wouldn’t say we have the best record against them but tomorrow we shall have a chance to try to turn that around.”


Chi have had bigger fish to fry this season than the Velocity Trophy, which is the league cup, and with the game a dead rubber for his side, Rutherford used it to give players match time that needed it.


Rutherford said: “There were seven changes from Saturday and I played a lot of players who had not been involved.


“The game meant absolutely nothing to us.


“The competition is a good one to be in if you go out of all the other cups earlier because it gives you games midweek, but we have been in a situation this year where we had our FA Cup run and it came a little bit of, not a hindrance, but headache.”


The Hillians won after Josh Short and Pat Harding struck twice within three first-half minutes and then Mason Doughty wrapped up the win with six minutes to go.


Last Saturday, Chi’s unbeaten four-game run ended as Bay won 2-0 to boost their play-off hopes.


Anthony Edgar struck in the 17th minute and Ryan Cooper made it 2-0 with 23 minutes to go.

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