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Late comeback puts Blues into final

(March 23, 2019)

Robertsbridge United 1 - 2 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Travel Challenge Cup Semi Final

Sidley United booked their place in the ESFL Premier Travel Challenge Cup Final with a stirring late comeback to beat Robertsbridge United. 

A tall and imposing Robertsbridge outfit looked dangerous at set pieces but Sidley fashioned the better chances in the first half. 

Arron Scrace had a header which went just wide before a similar move saw Sean Baldwin also head over the bar. The best chance of the half though fell to Lee Carey who fired over when played through on goal. 

The chances continued to come for Sidley after the break. Carey had a shot cleared off the line by a defender before Danny Ellis' terrific strike was tipped onto the crossbar by the Robertsbridge goalkeeper. 

But those missed chances looked as if they may come back to haunt the Blues as the home side struck in the 78th minute as a corner was eventually headed home at the far post by Ben Hardy. 

Sidley responded almost immediately though. A clever run by Scrace saw him round the goalkeeper and slot home on 80 minutes. That swung the momentum back into Sidley's favour and it seemed there would only be one winner after that. 

And on 84 minutes the goal they deserved came as a bullet header from a corner from Zac McEniry gave Sidley the lead. 

Robertsbridge threw men forward late on to try and rescue the game but Sidley held firm to book their place in the final at The Pilot Field against Sedlescombe Rangers on Monday 29th April. 

Before that though the two sides will meet next week at Bexhill Road in a crucial league game. 

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

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