Shoreham battle to hard-fought victory

George Rudwick netted in his side's 2-2 draw with Broadbridge Heath last night
George Rudwick netted in his side's 2-2 draw with Broadbridge Heath last night
  • Mussels secure sixth straight home success
  • Shoreham climb to 14th place in the County League Division 1
  • Mussels boss Kane Louis delighted with the success

SHOREHAM Football Club continued their excellent recent home form with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Chichester last night.

The victory was Mussels’ sixth in a row at Middle Road and moved them up two places to 14th in County League Division 1, seven points clear of the relegation zone, after third-from-bottom Hailsham lost 2-1 at home to Horsham YMCA.

Shoreham were much the better side in the first half and should have led by more than George Rudwick’s superb 20th-minute strike at the break.

Mussels had to defend well and battle hard in the second period, before Kai Bichard sealed the win in injury-time, moments after Chichester had struck a post.

Shoreham boss Kane Louis said: “It was a great first half display and if we go in two or three up at half-time, it’s more comfortable.

“I made sure that the lads stayed on it for the second half. To be fair to Chichester, they hammered the balls at us and I was thinking we deserve to hold on and win here.

“The first half was attack after attack from us and we should have had more goals. We didn’t and you have to deal with the scoreline and the second half was more a game of us defending.

“We showed we’ve got the heart for that and I’m really pleased, especially after the Lancing game last midweek. That was a little blip when we showed no character. Saturday was better at Eastbourne United however it didn’t go our way but, after that display tonight, I’m very happy.”