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Blues denied double as Sedlescombe win cup

(May 04, 2019)

Sidley United 1 - 2 Sedlescombe Rangers - ESFL Premier Travel Challenge Cup Final

It was a disappointing end to the season for Sidley United as Sedlescombe Rangers defeated them to win the ESFL Premier Travel Challenge Cup. 

The Blues came into the game unbeaten since the turn of the year but they could have been behind in the first minute as a good ball in from the right was fired over the bar from six yards by the striker. 

Sidley worked their way into the game and Sean Baldwin came closest to opening the scoring for them; first heading over at the far post before his left foot strike from the edge of the area flew just wide. 

In the second half Sidley continued to push but they handed the advantage to Sedlescombe. Some careless play in midfield allowed Sedlescombe to break and Dom Bristow fired low into the far corner on 64 minutes. 

Worse was to follow just two minutes later as a move down their right saw some hesitancy in the area and the ball eventually fall to Philip Hatch who finished high into the net to double Sedlescombe's lead. 

The Blues had to come forward and they brought themselves back into the game on 77 minutes. A good run by Danny Ellis ended with his low cross turned home by Arron Scrace. 

Sidley pushed to try and get the equaliser, leaving gaps at the back but Sedlescombe were unable to punish them. In the final minute of stoppage time a scramble in the Sedlescombe area saw the ball hit the post as Sidley agonisingly couldn't force it over the line. 

Congratulations to Sedlescombe on the win who took full advantage of a bad few minutes for the Blues to claim the trophy. The club wish all supporters an enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the start of next season. 

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

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