Wickers edge closer to Division 3 title

Southwick boss John Kilgarriff
Southwick boss John Kilgarriff
  • Southwick need nine points in order to be crowned County League Division 3 champions
  • Wickers kick-off their title charge with a trip to Roffey on Saturday

SOUTHWICK Football Club need just three wins from their four remaining County League Division 3 matches to be crowned champions.

Alex Sarkies and Danny Clayton netted as Wickers took all three points away to Rottingdean Village on Saturday.

Sidlesham, who lead the way in Division 3, ended their campaign with a 1-0 win at Langney Wanderers.

That win leaves Southwick eight points behind Sidlesham, with four games still to play.

Wickers boss John Kilgarriff said his side will just take each game as it comes and they are not looking too far ahead.

He said: “It’s just a case of us taking each game as it comes now.

“Obviously, Sidlesham have the points on the board and have now ended their season, so we know what we have to do.

“The aim for us all season is to finish in the top two and we are now in with a great chance of doing that.

“If you had said to us at the start of the season that we’d need to win three of the last four matches to win the league, we would have taken that.

“We know exactly what we have to do now but we must not look any further than our next game.

“It’s going to be a real nail-biting end to our season.

“I have all the confidence that we have what it takes to win the league, we just cannot afford to get carried away.”

Southwick were dominant in the opening period and should have gone ahead inside ten minutes.

Tom Donnelly squared the ball for Clayton but he skewed his shot wide.

The Wickers went close just five minutes later when Sarkies saw his 20-yard strike hit the bar.

Southwick did go ahead on 22 minutes when Clayton released Sarkies, who fired an effort into the bottom corner.

It was 2-0 15 minutes later when Clayton struck.

Wickers kept the ball for the vast majority of the second period but failed to convert a number of chances as it ended 2-0.

Southwick travel to Roffey on Saturday.

SOUTHWICK: Bridge; Lipscombe, W.McClymont, C.McClymont, Smith; Strevens, Donnelly, Turrell; Sarkies, D.Clayton. Subs: Pryor (Strevens), Gillard (Donnelly), R.Clayton (D.Clayton).