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Depleted Blues exact perfect revenge on Social

(November 05, 2016)

St Leonards Social 1 - 4 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division 

A patched up Sidley side exacted the perfect revenge on St Leonards Social, this time coming out on top after scoring 4 second half goals.

With several players missing regular goalkeeper Joe Rogers moved to central midfield and gave a start between the posts to young goalkeeper Travis Robinson.

Social started well and had the lion's share of the first half although they took the lead through a mistake as Sidley gave the ball away and Andy Garman slotted past Robinson on 17 minutes.

Mark Larkin missed a great chance to put Social two goals up before half time but as with last week, the second half momentum completely changed, this time in Sidley's favour.

Just 36 seconds into the second period, a crossfield ball found Scrace in space and he cut the ball back to Micky O'Callaghan who scored with a low finish against his former side. 

With their tails up, Ashley Elphick missed a great chance to put Blues in front as he shot wide but he made amends just moments later, latching onto Robinson's long goal kick and finishing cooly on 52 minutes.

As Social pushed forward, Sidley looked dangerous on the break and they got the third goal they threatened on 69 minutes. Scrace found Elphick who squared the ball back to him to convert from 12 yards out.

Sidley were firmly in the ascendancy and despite the scoreline, Social found it diffcult to put Blues under sustained pressure, although a couple of goalmouth scrambles had to be survived late on.

Sidley put the game to bed in the first minute of stoppage time. The offside flag was raised against Bailey but as the ball went to Elphick, who was clearly onside, the referee waved play on and Elphick slotted into the far corner.

An excellent result given the circumstances and a fabulous second half performance should help breed confidence ahead of the visit of rock bottom Rock A Nore next weekend.

Sidley Team: Robinson, O'Callaghan, Tudor, Cole, Eldridge, Day (Cannon), Brockhurst, Rogers, Elphick, Bailey, Scrace. 

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