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Blues sunk by late Ore goal

(September 24, 2016)

Sidley United 1 - 2 Ore Athletic - ESFL Premier Division 

Sidley United lost their first home game of the season to a late goal from Ore Athletic.

After an even opening, Ore took the lead on 15 minutes when a cross-cum-shot from the left drifted into the net. Shortly after this, midfielder John Carey picked up an injury 
which meant he couldn't continue and was substituted by Lee Roberts.

The Blues fought back from this setback however as they began to win more second balls and ended the half strongly. Ashley Elphick had the best chance right on half time, but he hit his shot straight at the Ore goalkeeper.

Sidley started the second half strongly, dominating for long stretches. Ore defended bravely though, making it hard for Sidley to find an opening. However the equaliser Blues had threatened finally came in the 76th minute when Ben Eldridge got his head to the ball to find the net. 

The encouragement this brought was short lived however when, just 2 minutes later, an attempted clearance from the right back position was sliced into the box where an Ore forward converted, despite not making a clean contact with the ball.

Sidley pushed hard to find another goal against a tiring Ore team; the referee adding 5 minutes of added on time due to time wasting tactics. However, it was not to be and Ore took the points.  A hard result to swallow as few would argue that Sidley weren't well worth a point, but as with the week before they must be more clinical in front of goal at this level.

Sidley Team: Rogers, May, West, Copley, Eldridge, Carey (Roberts), Day, O'Callaghan, Bailey, Elphick, Cole.

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