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Blues on brink of title triumph; Reserves finish with loss

(April 09, 2022)

Sidley United 6 - 1 Ringmer AFC - MSFL Premier Division

Sidley United put one and a half hands on the Mid Sussex Premier League trophy after a comprehensive victory over nearest rivals Ringmer AFC.

Coming into the game Sidley knew that 3 points would be enough to all but clinch the title and they started strongly with Tyler Capon missing a glorious early opportunity before Lee Carey struck the post with a free kick.

However the Blues finally broke through although in somewhat fortuitous circumstances. Sam Crabb burst into the area and saw his effort parried out by Ringmer goalkeeper Riley Taylor with the ball hitting a Ringmer defender and rolling into the net on 36 minutes.

Two more quickfire goals followed. A long throw by Charlie Cornford was headed home by Crabb at the near post via a touch off a defender on 38 minutes before Capon burst into the area and although Taylor got a hand on his strike, it rolled slowly to end up in the net regardless on 44 minutes. 

Ringmer received a lifeline at the start of the second half when they won a penalty which Marcin Ruda calmly converted on 53 minutes but the Blues responded to go again and Capon beat the offside trap on 64 minutes to calmly slot home as Ringmer stopped and appealed in vein.

The fifth goal followed on 68 minutes. Initially the flag went up against a Sidley player who was inactive but as the ball came across to a clearly onside player, the referee correctly allowed play to continue with the cutback finding Nathan Crabb who steered the ball into the net.

A number of rolling subs followed towards the end of the match which somewhat disrupted the game's momentum but Sidley still managed to notch a sixth as Toby Clifford nodded home a Cornford free kick on 88 minutes to wrap up the scoring.

Ringmer can now only draw level on 53 points in their final match and with Sidley boasting a 24 goal advantage and 3 games left, the title is all but safe for the Blues who will look to officially put it beyond any doubt next Saturday when they welcome Lindfield to Little Common Rec.

Sidley Team: Hutchins, Featherstone, Walker, Hickman-Smith, Elliott-Noye, Carey, Ellis, Cumming-Bart, Cornford, Capon, S Crabb. Subs: McCue, N Crabb, Clifford, McEniry.

Sidley United II 2 - 4 Rye Town - ESFL Division One 

The Sidley United II side finished their ESFL Division One campaign with a 4 - 2 defeat at home to title chasing Rye Town.

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