Match Reports


Sidley United 2 - 2 Peacehaven & Telscombe II - MSFL Championship - Saturday 14th September 2019

A stirring second half comeback earned Sidley United a point as they drew with Peacehaven & Telscombe II. 

The Blues began well and in the early stages looked solid but they fell behind when a smart one-two got Tom Stevenson in on goal and he finished past Joe Rogers to put the visitors in front on 17 minutes. 

And despite playing much better than the previous week it looked as if the Blues might suffer successive defeats as Stevenson struck an excellent free kick to double Peacehaven's lead on 28 minutes.

Sidley had chances to reduce the arrears but Ash Elphick and Tom Saunders were off target as they went in behind at the break to the only two strikes the visitors had at goal. 

But the second half was a totally different affair as Sidley took the game to their opponents and deservedly got a goal back as Arron Scrace beat the onrushing goalkeeper to a ball forward and poked it into the net on 65 minutes. 

Sidley thought they had levelled shortly afterwards when, after some terrific work by Danny Ellis, a ball was half cleared to Dom Bristow whose excellent strike from outside the area found the back of the net but the linesman flagged for an offside in the middle which obstructed the goalkeeper's view much to the frustrations and doubts of the Sidley faithful. 

As Peacehaven sat in to defend, visiting goalkeeper Dane Tasker put in a man of the match performance as he made no less than three very good saves to deny Sidley as time started to run out. 

Undeterred a dominant Sidley kept coming and won a penalty on 85 minutes as Zac McEniry won a header before being clattered by the goalkeeper. The ever reliable from the spot Gary Hempe stepped up to send Tasker the wrong way and level the scores. 

However despite the visitors slowing things down as much as possible, there was little stoppage time added and Sidley ran out of time to find a winning goal that their performance probably deserved. 

Sidley Team: Rogers, Davies (Walker), Scrace, McEniry, Saunders, Elliott-Noye, Bristow, Wells, Elphick (Hempe), Ellis, Baldwin. 

Ashurst Wood 3 - 1 Sidley United - MSFL Championship - Saturday 7th September 2019

Sidley United slipped to a first defeat of the season on a frustrating afternoon in East Grinstead. 

On a less than ideal 3G pitch, the Blues showed promising early signs but soon started giving away cheap free kicks which put them under pressure. 

They fell behind when the referee spotted a push in the area by Josh Elliott-Noye and awarded a penalty which was tucked past Joe Rogers by Chris Clark on 25 minutes. Elliott-Noye was perhaps lucky to then only be shown a yellow card after the referee booked him for elbowing an opponent. 

However Sidley rallied and had chances to get level before they did just that on 36 minutes as Zac McEniry powered home a header from a free kick. The Blues were well on top for the rest of the half but were unable to take one of their chances to get in front. 

Early in the second half Sidley again made a number of chances but fell behind on 55 minutes as a good move down the left ended with a cross into the area where it was headed home by Matthew Scutter.

The third home goal followed on 66 minutes as a blocked clearance saw the ball fall to Eddie Tester and his shot eluded Rogers as it crept under the crossbar. 

Sidley kept pushing forward and changed shape, pushing McEniry up front, but they couldn't find the killer ball and ultimately came away empty handed. 

They will be back at home next week as they welcome Peacehaven & Telscombe II to Hooe Rec. 

Sidley Team: Rogers, Davies (Scrace), Hempe, McEniry, Saunders, Elliott-Noye (Elphick), Wells, Cornford (Dighton), Ellis, Carey, Baldwin. 

Sidley United 4 - 1 Hurstpierpoint - MSFL Championship - Saturday 24th August 2019

Sidley United continued their winning start to life in the Mid Sussex League as they came from behind to beat 10 man Hurstpierpoint.

The Blues started slowly though and fell behind on 6 minutes as a cross from the right was headed into the top corner by Kevin Budge. 

That stirred the Blues into life and they started to get on top with Stef Davies in particular enjoying plenty of space on the right. 

Sidley levelled on 28 minute with a terrific goal as a free flowing move was finished with a thumping volley by Sean Baldwin. And Blues quickly went in front on 32 minutes as Baldwin scored with a powerful near post finish from a tight angle. 

Well on top now the third goal came just 2 minutes later as Lee Carey turned the ball home from close range to put Sidley well in control at half time. 

The game could have taken a different course but Hurstpierpoint struck the post early in the second half instead of the back of the net after a break. But the visitors then went down to 10 men as Nick Chellel was shown a second yellow card for a cynical challenge on Charlie Cornford who was breaking through on goal. 

It didn't take long for Sidley to make the man advantage count as another neat move ended with Don Bristow scoring his first Sidley goal with a strike from just inside the penalty area on 65 minutes. 

Further chances came for the Blues as Hurstpierpoint tired with goalkeeper Gannon making three very good saves and Zac McEniry was perhaps unlucky to be awarded a free kick instead of a penalty after he was fouled but in the end the Blues had to settle for a 4 - 1 scoreline. 

Next up is a trip to Ashurst Wood as Sidley look to continue their winning run in the Championship. 

Sidley Team: Rogers, Davies (Scrace), Hempe, McEniry, Saunders, Elliott-Noye, Bristow, Cornford (Westlake), Ellis, Carey (Ham), Baldwin. 

Mile Oak II 0 - 9 Sidley United - MSFL Championship - Saturday 24th August 2019

A ruthless Sidley United hit the front of the Mid Sussex Football League Championship Division as they crushed Mile Oak Reserves.

After the frustration of the previous weekend when Polegate Town were unable to raise a side, Sidley wasted no time in getting to work here as Lee Carey opened the scoring after 3 minutes and Sidley dominated the play thereafter.

However the first half lent no clues as to the final score as Oak almost levelled, forcing Joe Rogers into a smart stop. After seeing a number of chances go begging, Sidley did double the lead in the 40th minute through Sean Baldwin to give the Blues a commanding half time lead.

And in the second half the floodgates soon opened as Baldwin grabbed the third on 49 minutes before Ash Elphick made it 4 - 0 on 60 minutes.

The home side looked beaten but Sidley were in no mood to take their foot off the pedal and Arron Scrace grabbed the fifth and six on 75 and 83 minutes.

In the final minute of the 90 Baldwin completed his hat-trick but there was still time for Casey Ham to rub salt into the wounds with two stoppage time goals.

"It was a great start to the season" manager John Carey said after the game. "The attitude of the lads was spot on, even at 5 - 0 they wanted more and kept pushing forward when it would have been easy to have sat back."

"I have always said that one day we would knock a side for double figures as we create so many chances in most games. Unfortunately for Mile Oak we took most of ours today. I thought the clean sheet was really well deserved too as the back four were solid all game."

A statement of intent from the Blues who begin the season with their largest win since reforming in 2014. Sidley will take on last season's Division One champions Hurstpierpoint at home next weekend.

Sidley Team: Rogers, Hempe, Walker, McEniry, Saunders, Bristow, Wells (Ham), Ellis (Westlake), Elphick (Scrace), Carey, Baldwin. 

Sidley United vs Polegate Town - MSFL Championship - Saturday 17th August 2019

Match not played as Polegate Town unable to raise a side. Walkover win for Sidley United. 

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