Reports from Sidley United's seasons in the Sussex County Football League

Season 2004/05


Whitehawk 1 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 30th April 2005


Sidley United 1 - 0 Arundel - SCFL Division One - Saturday 23rd April 2005

A superb second half strike from Steve Morris ensured survival for Sidley United in their final home game of the season.

Sidley United 0 - 1 Whitehawk - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 19th April 2005


Hailsham Town 0 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 16th April 2005


Sidley United 2 - 0 Ringmer - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 12th April 2005

Sidley United are out of the relegation zone after this home win against Ringmer.

Steve Morris, sent off late on against Pagham on Saturday, opened the scoring in the 13th minute when his quickly taken free kick went through the defensive wall and wrong-footed goalkeeper Ross Standen.

Ringmer enjoyed the better of the first half thereafter but they lacked potency in front of goal, having just four shots on target in the whole match.

Sidley began the second half more positively and they doubled their lead in the 58th minute when Ian Oliver poked the ball into the roof of the net following Stuart Weston's burst into the box. 

The outcome was never really in doubt after that goal and Sidley now have their destiny in their own hands.

Sidley United 4 - 0 Pagham - SCFL Division One - Saturday 9th April 2005


Sidley United 2 - 3 East Preston - SCFL Division One - Saturday 2nd April 2005

Sidley United were plunged deep into relegation trouble following a home defeat by East Preston.

All the damage was done in the first half as Blues went in 3 down at the break thanks to goals from Matt Huckett and 2 from Chris Hibbard. 

Sidley did have chances themselves but Callum Wooller, Steve Morris and Kevin Rose all spurned chances.

Blues did have a much better second half and following a change of shape plus some half time substitutions, they responded with a tap in from Rose on 70 minutes and a Graham Morris penalty on 81 minutes.

And the home side may have got somerhing out of the game but efforts from Shae Spreafico and Rose were blocked on the line.

Sidley are now 4 points from safety but do have games in hand on rivals Hailsham Town and East Grinstead Town.

Sidley United 1 - 1 Redhill - SCFL Division One - Monday 28th March 2005


East Grinstead Town 2 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 26th March 2005


Eastbourne United Association 1 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 12th March 2005


Rye & Iden United 2 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 8th March 2005


Sidley United 2 - 0 Eastbourne Town - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 1st March 2005

Sidley United boosted their survival hopes with a priceless and well-deserved win at a rain soaked Gullivers but a lot of the gloss was taken off by Keith Miles' horror tackle.

The Blues' opening goal stemmed from a clearance by goalkeeper Greg Thurstans which caught the Eastbourne defence napping. Miles got a low strike away which was parried by Town goalkeeper Russell Tanner straight to Stuart Weston who tapped into the empty net. 

And Sidley struck just moments later as Jason Finch's looping free kick drifted past Tanner who was obviously distracted by the movement of Kevin Rose. 

Two goals up and coasting to victory, the red mist descended for Miles as he made an ugly, above the knee lunge at Town's Lee Walsh. Miles was rightly shown a straight red card and play was halted for around 10 minutes as the stricken Walsh was tended to before being stretchered off.

It later transpired that Walsh suffered knee ligament damage which will almost certainly end his season while Miles was given a 56 day ban for the challenge - the worst seen at Gullivers in many a year.

As the game resumed Town could consider themselves unlucky not to get on the scoresheet but a goal-line clearance by Finch denied Ben Putland.

Three valuable points against a relegation rival could go a huge way to securing Sidley's Division One status.

Southwick 3 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 26th February 2005


Sidley United 5 - 0 Sidlesham - SCFL Division One - Saturday 19th February 2005


Worthing United 2 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 5th February 2005


Three Bridges 4 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 22nd January 2005


East Grinstead Town 1 - 2 Sidley United (AET) - John O Hara Cup Quarter Final - Saturday 15th January 2005

Sidley United made it through to the semi finals of this county cup competition with an extra time win at East Grinstead Town.

The home side began strongly and had early chances through Chris Arrow and Ben Brockbank. But it was Sidley who took the lead on 32 minutes as Keith Miles held off his man to find Owen Ball who had time and space to fire past Dave Tidy in the Grinstead goal.

Blues though were rather hanging onto their lead rather than trying to extend it and they were made to pay on 62 minutes. A break from the edge of their own box and a defence splitting pass allowed Kris Trevor to pick his spot.

The home side had more chances to win the game but some smart saved by Greg Thurstans kept Sidley in the tie and forced extra time.

The extra 30 minutes seemed to affect a tiring Grinstead side though and Sidley grabbed the winner 8 minutes from the end as Steve Morris turned and hit a left foot volley which flashed into the top corner leaving Tidy helpless.

Littlehampton Town 6 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 8th January 2005


Sidley United 3 - 2 Hassocks - SCFL Division One - Monday 3rd January 2005

Matt Dadswell was the hero as his goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time sealed a win for Sidley United.

Graham Morris gave Sidley the lead in the 28th minute with a glancing header and they doubled their lead four minutes into the second period when Ian Oliver emphatically turned in Steve Morris' cross.

But after the goal Hassocks were the better side in the second half and they drew themselves level with goals from Matt Robins on 71 minutes and Anthony Hibbert on 84 minutes.

But just as it looked like Sidley would have to settle for a point, Dadswell popped up with a sweet left foot finish to win the game right at the death.

Sidley United 5 - 3 Rye & Iden United - SCFL Division One - Monday 27th December 2004


Hastings United 4 - 0 Sidley United - Hastings Senior Cup Semi Final - Tuesday 21st December 2004

Sidley United were beaten away at their higher grade rivals which former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall prepares to take charge of.

With Jimmy Watson rested Blues lacked the ability to control the middle third and Hastings utilised the space they were afforded to good effect.

Sean Ray opened the scoring, heading in former Sidley man Russell Eldridge's corner on 13 minutes before Simon Rowland doubled their lead 7 minutes later. Receiving a throw with his back to goal, Rowland turned and struck an angled drive past Greg Thurstans in the Sidley goal and in off the far post.

Sidley created a few half opportunities either side of half time with Ian Oliver going closest but it was Hastings who struck again on 65 minutes as Chris Honey spring the offside trap and slotted through Thurstans' legs.

With 5 minutes to go Danny Ellis followed up after Honey's piledriver was parried as Hastings put the seal on the win.

Chichester City United 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 11th December 2004

A late Kevin Rose strike salvaged Sidley a point away to the defending league champions on Saturday.

Scott Tipper had given Chichester the lead when a shot took an unfortunate deflection off Owen Ball, forcing Newstead to parry the ball out where Tipper mopped up from close range.

Blues could have levelled before half time but Graham Morris had an effort cleared off the line before striking the crossbar with another. 

Sidley really took charge of the second half with Mark Lynch particularly impressive in the centre of midfield. However they had to wait until 2 minutes from the end for their reward as Rose controlled Jason Finch's cross from the left before firing home to ensure Sidley came away with a point.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Parsons, Finch, Ball, G Morris, Lynch, Dadswell, J Wood, Rose, Miles, Lister (Oliver).

Sidley United 2 - 5 Horsham YMCA - SCFL Division One - Saturday 4th December 2004

Sidley United were comfortably beaten by the league leaders who went 13 points clear at the top following this win.

Ally Russell gave the visitors the lead on the half hour mark as he beat the Blues goalkeeper to Liam Ahearne's long ball forward to head into the empty net. And Blues went in at the break 2 down as a neat move down the right saw the ball fall to Clinton Moore who lashed the ball home with a clinical finish.

Russell grabbed his second with another stunning finish on 57 minutes as he cut inside and unleashed an effort from 30 yards which flew into the back of the net.

Sidley could have collapsed at this point but instead got themselves right back into it with 2 quick goals. On 61 minutes Kevin Rose's shot was parried and Keith Miles rifled the ball home before Rose headed home at the far post to make Horsham a little nervous. 

But on 77 minutes a long ball forward allowed Moore to run onto it and finish smartly before he wrapped up the scoring with his hat-trick goal 5 minutes later with a curling strike from the edge of the area.

Pagham 1 - 4 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 27th November 2004

Keith Miles bagged hid first hat trick for Sidley United as they enjoyed an excellent win away at Pagham.

Miles worked half a yard of space for the opening goal in the 40th minute but Pagham equalised in the first minute of the second period following hesitation on the part of Greg Thurstans.

Miles though headed Sidley back in front 12 minutes later before Pagham's Lee Stevens was shown a straight red card for a late tackle on Graham Morris. With a man advantage, Miles completed his hat trick with a left foot finish two minutes from time and Ian Oliver grabbed the fourth in stoppage time as Sidley moved out of the relegation zone. 

Sidley United 1 - 2 Littlehampton Town - SCFL Division One - Saturday 20th November 2004


Sidley United 2 - 1 Redhill - John O Hara Cup - Saturday 13th November 2004

Sidley United progressed to the next round of the John O Hara cup with a home win against Redhill.

Kevin Rose got the Blues off to a perfect start after only 4 minutes. Redhill gradually worked their way into the game, hitting the crossbar and forcing Greg Thurstans into a smart save before the break. 

Blues doubled their lead just 47 seconds into the second period as Graham Morris converted a simple chance.

Redhill were offered a route back into the match on 60 minutes as Justin Jones won a penalty and then stepped up to convert. However despite a frantic last half hour, they couldn't force an equaliser.

Eastbourne Town 3 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 10th November 2004

Sidley United ended the match with 10 men as they were beaten at near neighbours Eastbourne Town in a game with more than 1 controversial moment.

Keith Miles was shown a red card in the 25th minute while the scoreline was still goalless. It was actually Miles who was brought down by Town defender Lee Walsh but Miles foolishly reacted by throwing the ball at the back of his opponent, prompting the referee to show him the red card for violent conduct.

And Sidley were made to suffer as Shaun Loft headed the home side into a two goal lead before half time. 

Kevin Rose pulled a goal back for the Blues when he headed home Jordan Wood's cross before Blues were killed off in the final quarter of an hour. Steve Dallaway appeared to be in an offside position but the flag didn't come to the Sidley defence's rescue and Dallaway scored to put the result beyond doubt.

Sidley United 1 - 1 Three Bridges - SCFL Division One - Saturday 6th November 2004


Sidlesham 2 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 30th October 2004


Sidley United 2 - 2 East Grinstead Town - SCFL Division One - Saturday 23rd October 2004

Sidley United came twice from behind to salvage a point against East Grinstead Town.

The visitors made the perfect start, taking the lead after just 4 minutes. A quickly taken free kick was played down the right and the resulting cross into the box was headed home from 15 yards by Chris Arrow.

The rest of the first half was an even affair on a very wet pitch although neither side created many clear opportunities. Keith Miles had the best effort for the Blues, firing wide when left unmarked.

But early in the second half Sidley levelled when on 52 minutes Steve Morris' shot was pushed out by the goalkeeper as far as Ben White who netted the rebound.

On 77 minutes the visitors went back in front when a cross from the left was headed home by Ben Brockbank but Sidley levelled again just 4 minutes later as Kevin Rose found the bottom corner from 20 yards to ensure Sidley took a point. Sidley did have Greg Thurstans to thank for a stunning acrobatic save 5 minutes from time to keep out Ben Brockbank's looping header which had seemed destined for the top corner.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Parsons, Finch (Harrison), Ball, G Morris, White, Watson, S Morris, Wood (Rose), Miles, Lister.

Arundel 1 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 16th October 2004

Sidley United came from behind to claim an impressive win which moved them up to 11th in the table thanks to a stunning second half performance.

Chas Lister fired wide from close range before Steve Morris and Jimmy Watson were both denied and Jordan Wood failed to make the most of a one on one situation.

And they were made to pay for those missed chances when an Arundel free kick was powerfully delivered and Andy Boxall headed home.

A few choice words at the interval seemd to galvanize Sidley with Watson in particular seeming inspirational in the middle of the field.

The equaliser came on 55 minutes when a neat move involving Jason Finch, Ben White and Lewis Hole ended with Lister firing past the stranded goalkeeper.

A quarter of an hour later Watson was poleaxed in the penalty area and White made no mistake with the resulting spot kick. Hole then made certain of the win with 8 minutes remaining, letting fly in stunning style from 25 yards.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Parsons, Ball, G Morris, Finch, White, Watson, S Morris, Lister, Wood (Hole), Miles (Rose).

Eastbourne United Association 2 - 3 Sidley United (AET) - Sussex Senior Cup First Round - Tuesday 12th October 2004

This Sussex Senior Cup tie had it all; five goals, a rash of cards and even a 37 minute delay which meant that after extra time the match finished finally at 10.50pm as Sidley set up a potential money spinning tie against Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves in the next round.

The tie got off to a difficult start when in the first minute, assistant referee Jean Billings slipped while running and an ambulance had to be called to the ground. After the lengthy delay Sidley got back into the swing of things after 5 minutes of play, taking the lead when Keith Miles headed home a corner.

Eastbourne levelled on 31 minutes as a cross found the head of Steve Prodger but Sidley went back in front 60 seconds into the second half when Ben White stood the ball up for Steve Morris to seal a flowing move.

Closing in on a vital win though referee Darren Eaton, who had made a number of bizarre decisions for both sides throughout the evening, made himself the villain as he awarded Eastbourne a last minute penalty for handball despite it being an Eastbourne player who handled.

This sparked massive complaints from the Sidley players, with four booked as well as joint managers Andy Laskey and Peter Heritage dismissed for arguing vociferously. When the game restarted, former Blue Scott McDonald made no mistake from the spot and forced extra time.

But it was Sidley who had the final word when in the final minutes of the match Ben White bundled the ball home and put Sidley through to the next round and a mouth watering home tie.

Sidley Team: Parker-Read (Thurstans), Parsons, Finch (Hole), White, Ball, G Morris, Watson, S Morris, J Wood, Miles (Rose), Harrison.

Sidley United 2 - 0 Worthing United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 9th October 2004

Sidley United emerged victorious from this lunchtime encounter to breathe new life into their difficult season. 

Blues came into the game having shipped 15 goals in three games but some of those demons can be forgotten after an improved display and a much desired clean sheet, albeit against a Worthing United side who turned in a very poor display. 

The defence was boosted by the returning Owen Ball and debutant goalkeeper Allan Parker-Read enjoyed a relatively comfortable afternoon.

10 minutes in, Sidley took the lead when Worthing goalkeeper Dean Fuller spilled a corner under pressure from Lee Wood and Keith Miles drove the ball over the heads of two defenders on the goal-line.

Steve Morris' cross from the left led to Miles getting Sidley's second 10 minutes from time as he hooked the ball over his head whilst lying on the ground from a yard out having headed the awkward initial chance into the turf.

Worthing's goal threat became less and less after this although a couple of half chances could have been taken on another day.

Sidley Team: Parker-Read, Parsons, Ball, White, L Wood, Ward (Harrison), Watson, S Morris, J Wood, Miles (Trickett), G Morris.

Sidley United 0 - 3 Hailsham Town - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 5th October 2004

A last half hour collapse condemned Sidley United to a home defeat to near rivals Hailsham Town on Tuesday.

The Blues were marginally the better side during the first hour but fell apart when they went behind on 63 minutes with confidence appearing to drain away from the players.

Although effort and desire was an improvement from Saturday's horror defeat at home to Chichester, the Blues still need to find more in themselves if they are to climb the table.

They had a golden chance to take the lead in the first half but a clean through Lee Wood was denied by a diving stop from visiting goalkeeper Mark Oldroyd and they were made to pay in the final 30 minutes.

Tobi Hutchinson's cross from the left was turned in at the back post by Peter Cooper at the back post before the second went in on 69 minutes as Hutchinson's cross seemed to strike Graham Morris around a yard out before trickling over the line.

The third also stemmed from a cross from the left, this time by Ashley Jarvis which Simon Stephens eventually thumped into the net from 25 yards after Thurstan's mis-timed punch.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Parsons, Finch, White, L Wood, Ward (Trickett), Watson, S Morris (Rose), J Wood, Miles, G Morris.

Sidley United 1 - 8 Chichester City United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 2nd October 2004

It was an embarrassing day at the Gullivers as Sidley United were hammered by last season's champions Chichester City United.

By their own admission, Sidley will accept this was their worst performance of the season as they couldn't get near the visiting players all afternoon.

16 minutes elapsed before the West Sussex side got the opening goal as Scott Murfin got the better of Lee Wood and poked past Thurstans before two strikes within three minutes on the half hour mark from Paul Thomas and Olamide Dedegbe effectively killed off the contest.

Russell Hardwell slammed home a fourth goal from the angle of the box following a short corner as Sidley's afternoon got worse and worse. At the start of the second half, Keith Miles pushed back into the midfield and Sidley did start to play some football with Dave Ward striking the angle of post and bar within two minutes of the restart but it proved not long before the defence was opened up again.

Dedegbe on 63 minutes and Murfin on 68 put the visitors 6 goals to the good before Sidley did register through Billy Trickett on 73 minutes when he tapped home following up Ward's parried shot.

But Chichester kept coming and two more strikes from Roger Moore added insult to injury as Sidley suffered a nightmare afternoon.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, G Morris, Finch, White (Henchy), L Wood, Ward, Watson, S Morris, J Wood, Miles, Hole (Trickett).

Moneyfields 4 - 1 Sidley United - FA Vase - Saturday 25th September 2004

After last year's excellent performance in the competition, Sidley United exited the FA Vase this season with little more than a whimper.

There was little sign of the demise that would ensue though during an evenly matched first half. Sidley fell behind on 20 minutes after Jordan Wood conceded a throw in and three passes later Chandler converted.

United retaliated swiftly when Steve Morris smashed a free kick from the edge of the area into the net four minutes later.

But three minutes into the second half Moneyfields retook the lead in spectacular style as Gavin Jones fired home splendidly on the turn.

Things went from bad to worse as Danny Horrell struck on 59 minutes and Singh grabbed a fourth on 70 to put the Wessex League side into the next round.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Parsons, Finch (Dadswell), L Wood, Ball, G Morris, Watson, S Morris, J Wood (Boyd), Harrison (Trickett).

Sidley United 2 - 2 Eastbourne United Association - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 21st September 2004

Jordan Wood bagged a brace as Sidley claimed a draw against a very strong Eastbourne United side.

With his confidence up following his goal on Saturday, Wood buzzed around from the start and he fired Sidley into a sixth minute lead, cutting in from the right and firing into the net.

Sidley could certainly consider themselves to be fortunate in the first half as Eastbourne hit the woodwork four times and had a blatant penalty turned down.

However they weren't so lucky in the build up to the two goals the visitors scored through Mark Warren on 34 and Andy Atkin on 45 minutes as on both occasions Sidley felt that a visiting player was offside. 

However Sidley got themselves into the ascendancy in the second half and Wood finally managed to level the scores with 5 minutes to go, finishing off a smart passing move involving several Blues players.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Parsons, Finch (Trickett), L Wood, Ball, Hole, G Morris, Watson, S Morris, Heritage (White), J Wood.

Sidley United 2 - 1 Southwick - SCFL Division One - Saturday 18th September 2004

Sidley United began their campaign at home with a win as they beat Southwick thanks to goals from Steve Morris and Jordan Wood.

Owen Ball and Lee Wood formed a strong central partnership at the back and this was the basis for Sidley to go on and take charge of the game and they grabbed an early goal.

Graham Morris unleashed a scorching shot which Wood got a touch to on its way into the net. But Sidley then gave away a silly goal when Jimmy Watson's pass was intercepted by the referee and there passes later Jon Donaghue was in the clear to finish beyond Greg Thurstans in the Sidley goal, although Blues felt they had a strong case for offside against the Southwick striker.

However they could forget that grievance when with 20 minutes to go Morris half volleyed Chas Lister's cross into the net to give Blues a first league win of the season.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Finch, Parsons, L Wood, Ball, Lynch, G Morris, Watson, Lister, S Morris (Heritage), J Wood (Boyd).

Whitehawk 6 - 1 Sidley United - SCFA RUR Cup First Round - Tuesday 14th September 2004

Sidley United made life more comfortable for their hosts than they would have liked on Tuesday as they gifted 2 goals in the first 6 minutes on route to exiting the SCFA RUR Cup. 

The nightmare start began when Owen Ball impeded his man in the area needlessly and Ashley Carr made no mistake from the spot. Minutes later Blues' goalkeeper Greg Thurstans raced off his line but failed to make contact with the ball, leaving Tommy Pattenden a simple tap in.

Carr rolled Lee Wood to stroke in the third on 15 minutes and the tie was then effectively over. A shell shocked Sidley conceded a fourth when Andy Beech converted before the interval.

Sidley were a lot better in the second half and Keith Miles pulled a goal back from the penalty spot but Blues conceded a fifth despite a blatant offside being missed by the linesman who was busy talking to the Whitehawk bench.

The sixth goal arrived six minutes from time as Pattenden completed the scoring and ended Sidley hopes of silverware in this competition. 

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Parsons, Hole, L Wood, Ball, Trickett (J Wood), Ward, Watson, S Morris, Miles (C Morris), Lister.

Redhill 4 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 11th September 2004

Sidley United went down to a new look Redhill side who have inherited a new manager and a raft of Ryman League players on Saturday. 

Although Sidley can feel aggrieved after a big call went in the home side's favour as their goalkeeper handled outside the penalty area with the score goalless but the referee chose to only brandish a yellow card as a result.

Ringmer took the lead in comical fashion as Blues' goalkeeper Greg Thurstans allowed the ball to slip out of his grasp and over the line.

The Blues were poor in the second half and Ringmer struck two almost identical goals in quick succession to put the game out of reach. First a cross from the left allowed Bigger to convery before a similar move saw Jenns apply the final touch.

Sidley did get a goal back when Keith Miles netted with a hooked finish but the hosts wrapped up the game in the final minute through Bracken on the break.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, G Morris, Finch (Trickett), L Wood, Dadswell, Lynch, Ward, Ball, S Morris (Parsons), Miles, Harrison.

Wealden 1 - 2 Sidley United - John O Hara Cup First Round - Saturday 4th September 2004

Sidley United negotiated a potential banana skin as they overcame Division Two side Wealden to reach the next round of the John O Hara cup.

The Blues' line up featured six players aged 21 or under and included two debutants.

Things didn't start well though for the Blues as Sidley fell behind to a soft goal on 14 minutes from Manton. They hit back though through Richard Harrison's rasping drive 10 minutes later.

Sidley then took the lead just before half time when Karl Tarrant flicked on to Graham Morris who touched the ball home and Sidley controlled the match thereafter to win.

The avalanche of late pressure from the home side never materialised and Sidley booked their place in the second round where they will face either St Francis Rangers or Redhill.

Sidley Team: Thurstans, Finch, Fletcher, L Wood, Dadswell, Lynch, Trickett (Parsons), G Morris, Myall, Tarrant (Heritage), Harrison.

East Preston 2 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 28th August 2004

Sidley United claimed a point from an amazing match at East Preston which included four penalties with one contentiously retaken.

Blues also lost three players to injury in the first half including Ben White after just a few minutes. Despite this though Karl Tarrant struck after just 5 minutes to give the Blues the lead.

Sidley were then awarded the first of the spot kicks after 25 minutes when Dave Ward was tripped up just inside the area and Graham Morris converted to double Sidley's lead.

Keith Miles had to be substituted when his calf flared up before East Preston pulled a goal back through Jim Smith although Wiley in the Sidley goal felt he was impeded.

East Preston were then awarded a spot kick although no-one was quite sure what for but Wiley demonstrated his prowess at saving them to keep Blues in front.

But the home side were awarded another penalty which led to yet more controversy. Wiley saved the effort only for the referee to penalise him for 'encroaching' and so ordered a retake. Sure enough East Preston changed the taker and Josh Biggs tucked the ball into the corner.

Sidley felt further aggrieved as they felt they should have been awarded another penalty when Tarrant appeared to be ruthlessly taken out but the referee was unmoved with that appeal. 

Despite also losing Dave Ward to injury, Sidley could take heart from the performance and ultimately the result given the circumstances.

Sidley Team: Wiley, G Ball, Morris, White (Trickett), Fletcher, Dadswell, Ward (Parsons), Woods, Miles (Myall), Tarrant, Harrison.

Hassocks 4 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 21st August 2004

It was a disappointing result at Hassocks for the Blues as an early lead turned into defeat.

Sidley took the lead as a ball forward saw hesitancy in dealing with it between the defender and goalkeeper and Steve Morris nipped in to score with ease. However James Laing levelled for the home side four minutes later in similar circumstances, beating Lee Wood and Ben White to score.

Both defences appeared suspect and Blues had further chances but it was the home side who struck next with 2 quick goals. A free kick into the box led to a collision between Blues goalkeeper Rob Wiley and a home forward and as the ball dropped Pat Harding turned the ball home.

Wiley picked up an injury in that incident and received lengthy treatment. But barely a minute later a shot came in from distance from Harding which the struggling Wiley couldn't get down to save.

Clearly needing to come off it was physio Adie Lusted who replaced him between the posts. Up against it and highly inexperienced, Lusted held his own until the 80th minute when he dropped a shot at the feet of Laing who tucked home Hassocks' fourth.

But Sidley grabbed a goal themselves when a ball into the box was twice blocked before Dan Woods finally got the ball over the line for his first goal in senior football.

Sidley Team: Wiley (Lusted), Fletcher, Ball, White, L Wood, Dadswell (J Wood), Ward, Watson, S Morris, Rose, Harrison (Woods).

Ringmer 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 17th August 2004

Sidley United picked up their first point of the season but it could have been three as Ringmer struck an 84th minute equaliser. 

However given the extraordinary incident which denied Ringmer a 60th minute lead perhaps the Blues should be thankful for the point.

After a goalless first half the major talking point came when Dominic Sheperd rounded Rob Wiley and slotted home but Sidley players swarmed around the referee claiming the ball went through a hole in the net. The claims were upheld and the goal was chalked off. 

And Sidley then went in front when Ben White clipped a lovely ball into the box and Dave Ward snuck in round the back to slot the ball into the far corner on 79 minutes.

Getting close to victory, Sidley were unable to hold on and when Chris Johnson's misdirected shot fell to Andy Agutter, the Ringmer man made no mistake, tapping home to ensure a draw.

Sidley Team: Wiley, G Morris, Ball, White, L Wood, Dadswell, Ward, Watson, S Morris (Rose), Miles (J Wood), O'Callaghan.

Horsham YMCA 2 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 14th August 2004

Sidley United began the season with a defeat at Horsham YMCA after a late goal won the game for the home side.

It was a good start for the Blues as first Micky O'Callaghan threatened early on with a free kick and then a shot which went straight at the home goalkeeper before Steve Morris went close.

But it was Horsham who went ahead in the 34th minute. Nick Flint fed Joel O'Hara who finished emphatically past Rob Wiley in the Sidley goal.

Sidley responsed positively and were level just before the break as Jimmy Watson took a pass from O'Callaghan before placing his shot inside the near post.

The home side were better after the break and created a couple of good opportunities, hitting the side net before they won a penalty. Flint stepped up to take it but Wiley guessed correctly and palmed the ball to safety.

However Horsham won the game with 6 minutes to go as substitute James Bird's surging run found James Grant who just beat Flint to the ball to send the ball into the net and seal the win.

Sidley Team: Wiley, G Morris, Ball, White, L Wood, Day, Ward, Watson, S Morris (Rose), Miles (J Wood), O'Callaghan.

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