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Disappointing Blues slump to defeat

(October 15, 2016)

Robertsbridge United 4 - 1 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division

A disappointing performance saw the Blues slump to a heavy defeat to Robertsbridge United.

Sidley had a warning after just 35 seconds when the home side hit the bar with a cross come shot from the left but failed to heed it as just a minute later, prolific striker Guy Ballard powered a shot past Rogers at his near post to give Robertsbridge the perfect start.

Sidley began playing their way into the game and getting into some good positions but they failed to make the best of them. Ashley Elphick had the best opportunity but dragged his shot wide of the near post.

Right on half time, Blues twice breathed a sigh of relief as Robertsbridge broke through and Rogers took out the striker outside the area and was shown a yellow card as opposed to red. Then the resulting free kick hit the underside of the bar before being cleared away.

Sidley began the second half positively, with Elphick hitting the post inside 30 seconds. However they fell further behind on 59 minutes as a ball over the top found Ballard who lobbed Rogers neatly. 

As the rain started to fall, Robertsbridge made it 3 as Jethro Warren cut inside and bend his effort into the fat corner on 70 minutes.

Sidley finally had something to cheer as Scrace tapped home a cross from the right on 73 minutes. But any hope of that sparking a Blues comeback was swiftly ended as 2 minutes later Robertsbridge broke through again and Ballard finished calmly past Rogers to claim his hat trick.

A disappointing performance to match the result and Blues will have to step up a level to get a result against title favourites Hollington United next week.

Sidley Team: Rogers, May, Hempe, Copley (Brockhurst), Eldridge, Carey (Day), Sanderson, O'Callaghan, Elphick, Cole, Scrace.

 

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