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Blues' Cup Hopes Ended By Hollington

(March 11, 2017)

Sidley United 0 - 1 Hollington United - Hastings FA Intermediate Cup Semi Final

Sidley United's final remaining hopes of silverware this season were ended by an early goal as Hollington United progressed to the final of this cup competiition.

The league leaders began on the front foot, dominating the early spells as Sidley began slowly. And they were made to pay for this slow start on 12 minutes as a corner was turned home by Grant Cornelius.

Gradually though Sidley grew into the game and had the better of the final 20 minutes of the first half, albeit without creating many goal scoring opportunities. Ashley Elphick was perhaps a standout performer for Sidley, always energetic and hard working in the full back position.

The second half saw Sidley firmly in control of the play as Hollington resolved to protect their lead. Despite Sidley having the bulk of the pressure, they were unable to get behind the Hollington defence, who did a good job of closing the hosts down and restricting their chances.

In the end, Sidley's hard work went unrewarded and they were left to focus on trying to collect as many points as possible from their final 3 remaining league matches whilst Hollington's hopes of a league and cup double live on.

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

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