Billingshurst ‘get out of jail’ with draw at Bosham

Nick Tilley SUS-160316-110634002
Nick Tilley SUS-160316-110634002

Billingshurst manager Adie Konieczny said they ‘got out of jail’ in their 0-0 draw at Bosham and that it would have been an ‘injustice’ if they had nicked a late winner.

The first chance saw Bosham’s Nick Edgington’s shot was blocked by the brave dive of Lee Bradshaw before it reached the goal.

Bosham then had a goal disallowed when Dave Storey pounced on a loose ball following some pressure on the Hurst goal, but the linesman’s flag was up.

Freddie Bowles twice went close, before the home stopper made a diving stop to deny Nick Tilley. At the other end, a Louis Bell shot smashed against the bar.

In the second half, a Stuart Barber diving lunge averted a cross away from a man at the back post and up against the bar and out. Bosham talisman Marco Giambelardin in came off the bench and forced Tom Betts in the Hurst goal into a fine double save.

Billingshurst almost nicked it late-on when substitutes Ben Tourhai and Billy Lannon combined letting the ball run for Elliott Hawkes, he in turned left it for Tilley, who blazed high and wide.

Konieczny said: “We got out of jail, but we defended well and have become a lot more solid defensively and becoming a hard team to beat which is a great trait to have.

“We were indebted to our keeper who kept us in the game with a fantastic double save and it proves you get out what you put in as he trains relentlessly with Owen Matthews his coach.

“Nick could have won it for us late-on but it would have been an injustice, however, one I would have been prepared to take.”

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