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City fighting on all four fronts

Chichester City continue to fight on four fronts as the Lillywhites’ search to bring silverware to Oaklands Park steps up a gear.

The next four matches for Miles Rutherford’s side will see them compete in four different competitions.

With the matches coming thick and fast, the side currently sitting third in the SCFL Premier know the next few weeks will go a long way to deciding their fate for this season.

Tomorrow, Chi welcome Crawley Down Gatwick to Oaklands Park (3pm) as they look to keep a run going which has seen them take 22 points from a possible 24 since early November.

Then, on Tuesday, City travel to Broadbridge Heath in the semi final of the Sussex RUR cup (7.45pm). Having beaten Hassocks 4-0 away in the league last time, thanks to goals from Josh Clack (2), Lorenzo Dolcetti and Scott Murfin, Chi will be in confident mood for the week ahead.

Also on the horizon is an away trip to Haywards Heath in the fourth round of the Peter Bentley Cup on February 6.

But, by far the biggest focus is on the FA Vase, a competition in which Chi have reached the last 16 for the first time.

After beating Horley Town 2-1 in the last round, their opponents have raised questions over City’s inclusion of a number of players who have turned out for step four teams already this season.

So far, Chi, who are step five, are yet to comment on the issue.

But, with the FA Vase match against Cheshire side 1874 Northwich to come on February 3, it is no doubt a distraction.

Elsewhere, in SCFL Division Two, Sidlesham will be looking to halt a four game losing run which stretches back to November when they travel to Rustington tomorrow (2pm).

Daren Pearce’s side lost to Montpelier Villa 1-0 last time, a result which has seen them drop to fourth in the table.

Near neighbours Bosham will be looking to follow up a 3-0 victory over leaders Roffey last week with a positive result away at Brighton-based Montpelier tomorrow (2pm).

Graeme Dowden and Callum Coker (2) scored the goals for the Robins.

In the FA Women’s Premier South, Chichester City Ladies return to league action against Swindon Town at Oaklands Park on Sunday (2pm).

* Chichester City have made a public appeal for volunteers to help out at the club on matchdays. Anyone interested can contact the club on Twitter @chicityfc

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