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Blues Come From Behind To Win Final Away Game

(March 18, 2017)

Joe Rogers

Westfield II 1 - 3 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division 

Sidley United recovered from going a goal down as strikes from Arron Scrace, James Bailey and Jordan Cole sealed the win in their final away match of the campaign.

Blues started on the front foot, having the better of the early exchanges, but with only 12 minutes played, some hesitant defending allowed a Westfield attacker to steal the ball only to be fouled as he headed towards goal. The resulting free-kick was lofted in to the penalty area where it took a slight deflection off a Sidley player to end up in the net.

Sidley pushed forward looking to get back into the game but were unable to get into a rhythm. This led to a succession of fouls by both sides, further disrupting the flow of the game. Sidley's equaliser came in the 29th minute when a Gary Hempe free kick 30 yards from goal was met by Aaron Scrace who fired it back across and into the net from a tight angle.

Half time saw the teams level and with little to choose between them. However, Sidley started the second half on the front foot and took the lead courtesy of a goal from James Bailey. A just reward for the hard working forward who was consistently doubled up on by the Westfield defenders who recognised his threat.

The lead however was less than secure as Westfield looked dangerous every time they came forward, missing two very good opportunities to level the score. A third Sidley goal was clearly needed to secure the win, but it was goalkeeper, Joe Rogers who saved the day for Sidley when he made an important, indeed match winning, save when one-on-one with a Westfield attacker just five minutes before the end.

The third Sidley goal finally arrived in added time. From a corner, substitute Jordan Cole rose above the crowd to head the ball firstly against a defender, and then at the second attempt into the net. All in all, a scrappy but well-won three points against a determined Westfield side who never gave up.

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

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