Chichester City 4-0 Littlehampton Town
City Too Good For Town
Chichester City returned to league action after their FA Vase heroics and strolled past ten-men Littlehampton at Oaklands Park on Saturday with a 4-0 league win.
The first 45 minutes of this local derby was one of many half chances.
In the 10th minute, Littlehampton’s keeper pulled off a fine stop to deny City the lead after a corner was too hot to handle. Dan Heggarty, who is in fine form, came close in the 25th minute but his effort went just wide of the target. Josh Clack then had a good effort from the edge of the box well saved, the rebound being blocked for a corner.
Centre-back Jack Lee broke the deadlock from the resulting corner kick on the stroke of half-time. Lee managed to meet a quality delivery and guided the ball home.
City weren't done before the break and doubled their lead in stoppage time. Ellis Martin saw his fantastic effort from a free kick come back off an upright, but Jamie Horncastle was there to convert the rebound.
After the interval, Heggarty had another good chance following impressive play by Harry Williams.
On the hour mark, Kieran Hartley scored Chichester’s third. After good work from Clack on the wing, the usually clinical Jones fluffed a golden chance to add to his season's goal tally. However, the ball came out to Hartley who neatly tucked it away into the corner.
Littlehampton were reduced to 10 men, after Daniel Hand, who had clashes with both Martin and Lee, received a second yellow card and his marching orders for an off the ball incident with Lee, who also received a booking.
Ellis Martin converted City’s fourth goal from the spot.
The home fans also got a glimpse of a City prospect with manager Miles Rutherford giving Omar Barry (19) a run out.
Chichester’s next home game is the FA Vase match against Buckland Athletic on the 7th January 2017. With a place in the last sixteen of the cup up for grabs, the club is hoping for a big crowd to support the team.
Reporter - Daniel Andrade