Hutchings Stunner Helps City Win Crunch Match
Haywards Heath Town FC 0-3 Chichester City
Reporter: Dan Andrade
Picture: Tommy McMillan
Video: Credit HHTFC
A stunning effort from Steve Hutchings, along with goals from Lorenzo Dolcetti and Josh Clack saw an impressive Chichester City side power past Haywards Heath on Saturday afternoon.
The win moves City joint second in the Southern Combination Premier League, level on points with their opponents.
The home side had the first meaningful chance of the game. Callum Saunders’ fierce long range effort was saved by City keeper Ant Ender. The rebound was converted but an offside flag denied Town’sTrevor McGreasie an opener.
It was the visitors who would take the lead in the 15th minute. Harry Williams put a looping cross into the box, which Heath’s shot-stopper Josh James misjudged, leaving the Italian player Dolcetti with an easy headed finish.
Next Kieran Hartley had a shot which almost caught out James and the unsighted keeper had to dive to prevent the ball trickling in.
Dolcetti continued to influence the game with smart play, setting up Dan Hegarty on the edge of the box but Hegarty fired over the bar when the centre midfielder might have done better.
In a half where City had most the chances, Clack found himself in a promising position on his right foot, only to see his shot somewhat comically go out for a throw-in after the winger horribly sliced his effort.
However, in the early stages of the second half Clack made amends for this poor effort by doubling Chichester’s lead. After a quality counter attack, Hutchings found an unmarked Clack who fired in the second to give City some breathing space.
Moments later came the highlight of the match. Clack returned the earlier favour and found Hutchings on the edge of the box. Hutchings, who led the line tremendously throughout, took two touches and found the top corner with a curling effort which gave James absolutely no chance.
Clack had an opportunity to get his second, however James foiled the tricky winger with a great save in the 70th minute.
Heath never gave in and pushed to break down the City defensive wall, however Ellis Martin and Jack Lee were in dominant form, as was Ender with several quality saves to make sure they went back to Oaklands Park with a clean sheet and all three points.
This was a very convincing performance by City and they head into the final fixtures of the season in high spirits.
City are up against Eastbourne United AFC at Oaklands Park on Saturday and Miles Rutherford’s side will look to keep pressure on Shoreham and Haywards Heath at the top of the table.