After the highs of last season Chopbacks prepare for fresh battles ahead

The departure of Neil Sutcliffe as both club Chairman and first team Manager The Chopbacks have had to make a number of changes to the management setup before the start of the new football season writes Tony Cook. First was to install a new first team manager and Sam Cook accepted that role. He needed to rebuild his coaching team […]

Chopbacks are the CHAMPIONS

Wisden Junior Cup Final Victoria Baptists 1 South Coast Athletico 3 The final game of South Coast Athletico’s second season had arrived, the opponents were Eastbourne’s Victoria Baptists, the match was the final of the Wisdens Sports Junior Cup  and the ground was Hastings United’s. The two teams had already played each other twice during the season, Baptists leading by two goals in […]

League wants ideas to boost grassroots football numbers

The East Sussex Football League (ESFL) is hoping to defy a national trend and encourage more teams to join for next season. Across the country the number of grassroots football teams is falling and many local teams have disappeared in recent years. Now the ESFL is looking to attract more clubs with the deadline to […]

Going up! Chopbacks end league season on a high

Bexhill Rovers 1 South Coast Athletico 2 The Chopbacks league campaign drew to a close on Saturday, a win was going to be enough to secure promotion to the ESFL Division 2, but home team and league winners Bexhill Rovers, who only dropped points in one match the entire season, stood in their way. Both teams were suffering from the […]

Off–form Chopbacks scrape through victorious

Bexhill Broncos 0 South Coast Athletico 1 South Coast Athletico’s penultimate league game of the was an away match against Bexhill Broncos. Victory for the Chopbacks would bring a second place promotion opportunity within touching distance as it would leave third place Victoria Baptists needing to win both of their final fixtures and score some 38 goals to pip South Coast to  […]

Chopbacks fail in bid to clinch early promotion

Bexhill A.A.C II 2 South Coast Athletico 1 This weekend’s League fixture saw the Chopbacks travel to Bexhill AAC II and South Coast put in a less than convincing performance against one of the league’s poorest performing teams. Athletico looked lethargic and disjointed, conceding a sloppy goal after just 11 minutes through poor marking. A stalemate ensued. After 74 minutes a […]

Chopbacks roll into the final

South Coast Athletico 4 Rock A Nore 1 Saturday February 16th could not come quicjkly enough for South Coast Athletico. It didn’t just mean another football match, it meant the chance to secure the team’s place into the ESFL Wisden’s Sports Challenge Cup final. But first they had to take on higher league opposition Rock-a-Nore at South Coast’s Bexhill College ground. Both […]

Chopbacks fight back to rescue a draw

South Coast Athletico 2 Victoria Baptists 2 With the countdown to the end of this season well and truly underway, South Coast Athletico hosted Victoria Babtists at the weekend. The first fixture was an exciting one as South Coast clawed their way back from being two goals down to win that match 6-4, so going in to the game everyone […]

Chopbacks make a slow start but finish with a flourish

South Coast Athletico 7 Magham Down 0 South Coast Athletico were in league action at the weekend, hosting a recently strengthened Magham Down side. The two sides last met in October when the match ended in a 12-0 win for the Chopbacks. Coast’s Manager Neil Sutcliffe kept the team grounded in his pre-match comments making it clear this game would be very […]