FERRING Football Club suffered Division 3 Cup semi-final heartache at Mill Road on Tuesday evening.
Dave Storey struck the only goal for Bosham in just the sixth minute but Ferring joint manager Stuart Maltman was proud of his side’s showing.
He said: “Everyone was expecting us to turn up and take a heavy beating.
“We showed that we can be more than a match for any team in this league with our performance.
“Over the course of the 90 minutes, I didn’t feel that we deserved to lose.
“I was proud of the performance that we put in and it’s a good building block for next season.”
A tight encounter was settled by just the one goal as Storey struck six minutes into the contest.
The Robins could have gone further in front soon afterwards but Ferring keeper Richard Brandson did well to stop Marco Giambelardini’s strike.
Ferring nearly levelled on 15 minutes when Sean Harris-Hardy tried his luck from long range but his shot went the wrong side of the post.
The Robins continued to go in search of a killer second goal and could have got it with 20 minutes left.
Alex Barnes and Adam Brett combined, before the latter could only crash his shot over with the goal at his mercy.
Bosham continued to force the issue and went close to a second again through Ben Blanshard’s header. Matt Docherty then saw a shot go just wide as it remained 1-0.
The Robins were grateful to see Blanshard back in his more accustomed defensive role late on. Ferring broke clear and looked to be close to netting a late leveller but Blanshard put in a superb recovering tackle as Bosham held on to win.
Bosham will face Sidlesham in the competiton’s final on April 28, at a venue yet to be confirmed.
Ferring travel to Southwick on Saturday.
FERRING: Brandson; Coleman, Henson, Henton, Ward; Osbourne, Smith, Harris-Hardy, Kay, Couzens; Amirphasie. Subs: Weir (Harris-Hardy), Taylor (Smith), Jones (Amirphasie), Stubbs, Bowman.