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Spirited Blues sunk by last gasp goal

(October 22, 2016)

Sidley United 1 - 2 Hollington United - ESFL Premier Division

"Football's a cruel game" is the old cliche and that was certainly the case for Sidley against title favourites Hollington United.

The Blues began positively and had much the better of the opening 15 minutes with efforts from Scrace and Elphick going close. However Hollington took the lead with a goal out of nothing on 32 minutes as Reece Johnson found the far corner with a low strike from the edge of the area to cap a good break.

This was harsh on the Blues who were far more positive and energetic than the previous weekend and they continued on this better display in the second period.

Hempe almost equalised with a opportunist effort after a defensive mistake but the goalkeeper tipped his effort onto the post. But Blues weren't to be denied a deserved equaliser. Hempe put the ball into the box with a low cross and Arron Scrace turned and fired his effort into the net via the post to bring Sidley level on 70 minutes.

Both sides pressed and Sidley felt they might nick the win themselves against a clearly rattled Hollington. But they were to suffer stoppage time heartbreak as a shot from the edge of the area beat Rogers with practically the last kick of the game to steal the win.

Tough to take but a much improved performance will give Sidley belief that if they play like that every week it will only be a matter of time before the positive results come.

Sidley Team: Rogers, May, Hempe, Eldridge, Cole, Corke, Sanderson, Day, O'Callaghan, Elphick (Bailey), Scrace.

 

 

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