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Blues cruise into Semi Final

(February 12, 2022)

Sidley United 6 - 0 Harting - Sussex FA Intermediate Cup Quarter Final 

Sidley United put West Sussex Championship outfit Harting to the sword to book a place in the Semi Final of the Sussex FA Intermediate Cup. 

The visitors were the lowest ranked side left in the last eight but their league form was impressive, meaning the Blues couldn't afford to take them lightly. However the pattern of the game indicated a measure of control for the home side and they took the lead on only 9 minutes when Louis Walker's attempted cross from the right dropped over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Harting defended doggedly as Sidley failed to convert more chances with Sam Crabb coming closest when he hit the crossbar on 20 minutes. However they grabbed an important second goal when Paul Rogers controlled a cross and fired into the roof of the net on 42 minutes. 

The Blues continued their push forward in the second half. On 48 minutes they won the ball high up the pitch and Charlie Cornford fed Crabb who poked the ball past the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 3 - 0 before Cornford got on the scoresheet on 57 minutes with a low strike into the far corner of the net.

The Harting goalkeeper made a number of good stops but the fifth goal came through a lovely lob from Lee Carey from fully 35 yards on 61 minutes. The Blues made their substitutions with the game wrapped up and one of those who came from the bench, Nathan Crabb, completed the scoring in the final minute to make it 6 - 0.

The Blues will face SCFL side Rustington in the last four for a place in the final. That match is scheduled for March 12th. 

Sidley Team: Hutchins, Walker, Featherstone, McEniry (Clifford), Hickman-Smith, Ellis, Carey, Cumming-Bart (Elliott-Noye), Cornford, Rogers, S Crabb (N Crabb).

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