A Scott Jones brace helped City on their way to a resounding victory over Lingfield in the sunshine at Oaklands Park, in front of a large crowd.
Jones had the first effort of the game, putting his shot just wide after a great cross from Kaleem Haitham. Moments later, Haitham picked up the ball on the half way line and ran through Lingfield’s defence, to then calmly slot it past Dan Burnett.
Jones then bagged his first of the game, stooping low to guide his header home. Soon after Jones turned provider as he set up Matt Axell, who made it three nil within the first 20 minutes, finishing off a flowing team move.
Naseem James, a threat for the visitors throughout, went on a mazy run but could only guide his shot into the side netting.
Rob Hutchings scored the pick of the bunch, collecting the ball with a delightful first touch, and then curling it inch perfectly into the top corner.
Shortly after Jordan Matthews was called into action, denying Jake Connairies by diving low to his left, pushing the ball away.
HT: City 3-0 Lingfield
After the restart, substitute Gicu Lordache brought new life to the game, running through the spine of the visitors before being denied by a last-ditch block.
Jones went onto bag his second of the game, after a quality delivery from Lorenzo Dolcetti. Moments later James threatened again, running full steam ahead before passing to Jay Mayhew, but the substitute’s effort lacked any venom to trouble Matthews.
Tiago Andrade then linked up with Jones, with the number 9 crossing to Lordache, but his shot was straight at the keeper, an unfortunate miss, when it had seemed easier to score.
Lordache continued to create havoc, with Jones setting him up once more, but this time he was denied by a top drawer save by Burnett.
He didn’t have to wait long for his deserved goal, with it coming moments later as he neatly slotted the ball past Burnett, much to the delight of the home fans.
Ben Pashley produced the pass of the game, picking out the lively Haitham, but when his shot was saved the ball deflected off a retreating Lingfield defender and bundled over the line to put Chi in seventh heaven.
Lingfield were unlucky not to score a glamourous team consolation goal, but Ben Connely was denied by an impressive block in the dying minutes, before Mayhew had an effort headed off the line.
City welcome Hassocks to Oaklands Park for a cup game on Tuesday night, 7:45pm kick off. Come down and support the lads.