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Extra time joy as Blues progress in cup

(November 10, 2018)

Sidley United 3 - 1 West Chiltington (AET) - Sussex FA Intermediate Cup Second Round

Two strikes in extra time sent Sidley United through to the Third Round of the Sussex FA Intermediate Cup and a tie against league rivals Sedlescombe Rangers.

A minutes silence to mark remembrance day preceded the game but the Blues began brightly, overrunning their opponents from West Sussex early on as they created several good chances which they were unable to convert. 

The half became rather stop start as it wore on but Sidley continued to enjoy the best of the play, forcing a succession of corners as they pressured the visitors. 

Goalless at half time, the early parts of the second half continued in the same vein and the few chances that West Chiltington did force were spurned by some wayward finishing. 

Finally Sidley broke through in the 78th minute as Lee Carey scored. That seemed to be enough but in the first minute of stoppage time the visitors struck an equaliser to force the match into extra time. 

Sidley could have felt sorry for themselves but instead they set about reclaiming the lead. 5 minutes into the extra half hour an Adam Day free kick cannoned back off the crossbar and Josh Elliott-Noye headed home the rebound. 

The result was put beyond doubt 3 minutes into the second period of extra time. Sean Baldwin weaved his way past a couple of defenders before laying the ball off to Carey to score his second of the game. 

The Blues will travel to Sedlescombe in Round Three with one ESFL side guaranteed a place in the Quarter Finals. Next week though its back to league action as Sidley make the short trip to Buxton Drive to take on Bexhill A.A.C.

Sidley Team: Langley-Fineing, Elphick (Day), Cole (Scrace), McEniry, Copley, Funnell, Wells, Elliott-Noye, Ellis, Carey, Baldwin (Dadswell). 

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