At THE start of the season Selsey boss Steve Bailey seemed a calm but confident man.
For those people that were listening, he said he believed his side based on the tip of the Manhood Peninsula were on the verge of something exciting.
Six weeks in to the season and it’s easy to see why.
His youthful Blues team have started the season in fine form, chalking up a 100 per cent record in SCFL Division One so far.
Throw in a couple of cup victories and it’s easy to see why the feel-good factor is back at the High Street Ground.
In fact, their only defeat so far came in a midweek Peter Bentley cup game against SCFL Premier side Chichester City, a match in which Selsey took the lead before conceding four in six minutes.
It is a very tiny blip in a wholly positive campaign so far.
With six wins out of six, the Blues are the early pace-setters in the league, sitting two points ahead of Little Common and Wick at the top of the table.
Central to Selsey’s form has been a strong defence, which has conceded just twice in the league all season.
Throw in the attacking intent of Jake Goulding (nine goals in nine matches), Morgan Forry (five in his past five) and Ryan Morey – and it’s clear why the club are doing well.
The Blues were pushed all the way last time out, though, against Billingshurst in the Division One cup.
Facing a side who were fourth bottom, perhaps Bailey’s team thought they were in for an easy afternoon. But Hurst proved tough opponents taking the lead midway through the first period.
It took until five minutes from time for Selsey to level, James Kilhams slotting home after good work down the left-hand side.
Then, in extra time, Morey grabbed the winner to send the Blues into the next round.
Next up is a trip to Seaford Town tomorrow in the league (3pm) where that 110 per cent record will be on the line.
Then it’s on to another cup, the RUR charity competition on Tuesday with a visit to Haywards Heath to face fellow Division One side St Francis Rangers (7.30pm).