Champions Chi Too Much For Helpless Pagham

A Josh Clack hattrick and a Scott Jones brace swept neighbours Pagham aside on a day of celebration at Country Gas Stadium, as City lift the SCFL Premier trophy.

On what was a sunny day, a big crowd came to show their support for the champions and were not disappointed by the display.

City started fast, with Gicu Lordache seeing a shot go narrowly wide, and moments later he set up Jones with a delicious ball, but again, the shot was inches off target.

Clack opened the scoring with a well-placed free kick which flew into the right-hand corner of the net. A goal fitting for the occasion.

Minutes later he doubled both his and City’s tally. The winger twisted and turned, beating his defender before drilling a low shot past the visiting keeper, Ryan Maskell.

Clack, who was impressive throughout, could have had a 10 minute hattrick, but his ambitious curling effort went wide.

City’s number 7 did have his hattrick before the break though, and this time he was inch perfect, much to the delight of the City fans.

Half Time: Chi City 3-0 Pagham.

Two minutes after the restart, City were on the scoresheet again. Gicu, who has become a fan’s favourite over the season, lifted a ball into the box, Maskell totally misjudged it leaving Jones with an easy finish for his first.

Matt Axell, one of City’s most consistent players of the title winning season, tried to add to the score line, but saw his long distance shot blaze over the bar.

Clack was relieved to see the offside flag go up as he headed the ball onto the bar from a matter of yards, and 5 minutes later City captain Conor Cody saw his shot cleared off the line after a mazy, determined run from right back.

Jones did find the target again, after being found well by substitute Terrell Lewis, slotting the ball past Maskell to add another goal to his impressive season.

City’s number 9 could have completed his hattrick but headed over from close range to the shock of the home fans.

Ryan Young was called into action midway through the second half, coming out to stop Howard Neighbour, and Pagham’s number 9 also fired over from a free kick moments later.

Charlie Williamson then turned smartly but put the ball wide, in what was the visitor’s best spell in an otherwise one-sided match.

Ryan Peake and Lewis both had headed chances, but neither could convert, and City saw out the game with ease.

After the game Chi were presented with the SCFL Premier Trophy, and there were smiles all round, with this being the final home game of the season.

City have one more game, away at Eastbourne Town next Saturday. Well done this season boys, you have done the city proud.

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