Chopbacks leave it late to secure victory

South Coast Athletico – 3
Sedlescombe Rangers II – 2

After a free weekend the Chopbacks were back in action this week against Sedlescombe Rangers II.

The match started very slowly with few chances for either side in the opening exchanges although South Coast came close on a couple of occasions. however, the game remained scoreless.

Dan Aldous was brought on for his debut and made an instant impact on the 30 minute mark when ran onto a Byron Nichol through ball and slotted it into the far corner from about 25 yards out.

Five minutes later and Charley Adams hit a thunderous strike from the edge of the box which the goalkeeper could only palm into the path of Lee Finnigan who had the simplest of tasks to tap home doubling the Chopbacks lead.

Sedlescombe looked for a way to get back into the game but the score stayed 2-0 when the half time whistle blew.

The second half started with a much higher intensity with Sedlescombe looking determined to get back into the game.

They were rewarded  in the 69th minute when they broke into the Chopbacks’ penalty area and played across the box for an unmarked player to slot home, 90 seconds later as the Chopbacks’ defence seemed to have switched off  which allowed Sedlescombe to run through and equalise.

Although initially in shock the Chopbacks responded and the players regained their composure as they looked to retake the lead.

They were rewarded in the 87th minute when a clearance fell to Brad Owens who crossed in for Nichol to slot him his originally parried shot to secure the three points.

With results elsewhere going in the club’s favour South Coast Athletico find themselves top of the table by two points going into their next match against Catsfield.

Man of the Match was Byron Nichol.

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