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

Season 2000/01


Three Bridges 0 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 15th May 2001

The champions of the Sussex County League finished with a flourish at Three Bridges on Tuesday. 

The Blues made the running from the start and took the lead through a well struck volley from Paul Balch which the home goalkeeper may feel he should have done better with.

Sidley then doubled their lead soon after when Tim Bolton scored from close range at the second attempt before Brad Poole made it 3 before half time, heading home a corner.

Sidley continued to dictate the play in the second half and should have added more goals but Adam Day was just too high with a bullet header and Corke and Dave Ward also went close. Crowther was only required to make one genuine save as the Blues finished the campaign with a comfortable victory.

After the final whistle Sidley United were presented with the Sussex League trophy for the first time in their history.

Sidley Team: Crowther, Ball, Sully (Finch), Poole, Carrier, Copley, Ward, Day, Balch, Bolton (Dadswell), Corke.

Sidley United 2 - 1 Selsey - SCFL Division One - Saturday 12th May 2001

CHAMPIONS!! Sidley United clinched the Sussex County League championship title in the most dramatic fashion on Saturday.

In a game switched to Selsey due to cricket at the Gullivers, the Blues began well and should have had a penalty when Owen Ball was sent sprawling in the box by a clumsy challenge by Selsey goalkeeper Steve Judd but the referee waved away a chorus of appeals.

Paul Balch was proving to be a real handful and he was unlucky not to open the scoring twice as first he unleashed a dipping 35 yard half volley which bounced back off the underside of the crossbar before he then hit the post with a spectacular overhead kick.

But into the second half Sidley opened the scoring when Dave Ward's corner was headed back across goal by Brad Poole and the ball was bundled in by a combination of Balch and captain Wayne Farrier with Farrier credited with getting the last touch.

And on 79 minutes Sidley were in dreamland as a long ball over the Selsey defence saw Simon Corke shake off the attentions of a defender and finish with a sublim strike into the far corner of the net.

Knowing they were close to glory, Sidley began to sit back and allowed Selsey a route back into the game with three minutes to go when Alun Morey scored with a shot which deflected past Crowther in the Sidley goal.

With Sidley hanging on, a rash challenge by Crowther upended Paul Lee in the box and Selsey had a stoppage time penalty to deny the Blues the title. Lee stepped up himself and although Crowther guessed the right way, he wasn't needed as the ball cannoned back off the post. As soon as the ball was back in play the referee blew for full time and Sidley had clinched an astonishing but thoroughly deserved triumph.

An incredible achievement from a group of players and a team that has created a real family atmosphere and one that will forever live in the annals of history.

Sidley Team: Crowther, Ball, Sully, Poole, Farrier, Copley, Ward, Ball, Balch, Corke, Day.

Sidlesham 4 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Monday 5th May 2001

Adam Day grabs a consolation as Sidley's unbeaten run finally comes to an end.

Pagham 0 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 5th May 2001


Hassocks 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Thursday 3rd May 2001

Tonight could prove to be a pivotal night in the County League title race as Sidley United came from behind to defeat Hassocks with two late goals, just as news filtered through that title rivals Burgess Hill Town had lost at Three Bridges.

Late goals from Peter Heritage, on as a second half substitute and Paul Balch swung the game in Sidley's favour.

Chichester City United 0 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 1st May 2001


Sidley United 2 - 1 Sidlesham - SCFL Division One - Saturday 28th April 2001

Chris Copley and a Jason Finch goal secure another win for Sidley.

Sidley United 0 - 0 Littlehampton Town - SCFL Division One - Thursday 26th April 2001


Redhill 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 24th April 2001

Goals from Dave Ward and Gerard Moyse.

Horsham YMCA 0 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 21st April 2001

Brad Poole grabs his first goal of the season as super Sidley win again.

Sidley United 6 - 0 Ringmer - SCFL Division One - Wednesday 18th April 2001

A thumping win at home for the Blues with goals coming from Peter Baker (2), Heritage (2). Day and Balch.

Sidley United 2 - 0 Wick - SCFL Division One - Monday 16th April 2001

Chris Copley and Peter Baker on the scoresheet as Sidley stretch their unbeaten run.

Sidley United 3 - 2 Sidlesham - John O Hara Cup Final - Friday 13th April 2001

Sidley United completed the first part of a potential league and cup double as they defeated a spirited Sidlesham to lift the John O Hara cup. 

It was however a nightmare start for the Blues as Farrier brought down Steve Warwick in the penalty area with a rash challenge and Wayne Eastman scored to give Sidlesham an early lead.

The Blues bounced back though, led by Farrier as they started to take hold of the game. Dave Ward's rising effort cannoned off the crossbar with Rochester in the Sidlesham goal well beaten.

Sidley's equaliser had more than a touch of good fortune about it. Paul Balch clearly fouled a Sidlesham player who then fell on the ball and the referee awarded Blues a free kick for handball. The quickly taken free kick came through to Adam Day and his low shot struck the inside of the post before finding the back of the net.

Blues then went in front on 40 minutes as Balch was brought down on the edge of the area. Peter Baker's free kick was parried by Rochester but Day was on hand to bundle the ball home. 

Sidlesham began the second half well and levelled through Warwick on 57 minutes as Sidley failed to deal with a ball into the box.

But that setback spurred the Blues on and they won a penalty for a handball in the box but Rochester kept out Baker's penalty. 

Baker then hit the bar with a first time volley before Sidley got back in front when a nice move involving Day and Balch ended with Jimmy Watson clipping his effort over the advancing goalkeeper.

The final whistle brought great scenes as Sidley lifted a County cup trophy but an even greater prize is now on the horizon.

Sidley Team: D Poole, Ball, Sully, Farrier, Copley, B Poole, Ward, Watson, Balch, Day, Baker.

Sidley United 2 - 1 Horsham YMCA - SCFL Division One - Saturday 7th April 2001

Two goals from Dave Ward settled this close encounter.

Lancing 0 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Wednesday 4th April 2001

Paul Balch and Adam Day on the scoresheet for the Blues.

Sidley United 0 - 0 Pagham - SCFL Division One - Saturday 31st March 2001


Whitehawk 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 6th March 2001

Goals from Baker and Moyse keep Sidley in title contention.

Sidley United 4 - 2 Arundel - SCFL Division One - Saturday 3rd March 2001

A Paul Balch hat trick, including a stunner from the halfway line help Sidley to a terrific win over Arundel with the fourth goal coming from Peter Baker.

Sidley United 4 - 0 Three Bridges - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 27th February 2001

A thumping home win courtesy of goals from Wayne Farrier, Peter Heritage, Adam Day and Dave Ward.

Wick 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 24th February 2001

Goals from Paul Balch and Adam Day keep Sidley's unbeaten run going with a win away at Wick.

Sidley United 1 - 0 Chichester City United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 17th February 2001

A goal from full back Paul Sully earned Sidley a narrow home win against Chichester.

Sidley United 2 - 1 Eastbourne United - SCFL Division One - Wednesday 24th January 2001

Goals from Owen Ball and Peter Heritage earn the Blues a win against their local rivals.

Sidley United 2 - 1 Eastbourne Town - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 16th January 2001

Peter Heritage grabs a brace as Sidley pick up a first win of the new calendar year.

Saltdean United 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 2nd January 2001

Balch again scores for Sidley as they claim an away draw.

Ringmer 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 26th December 2000

Paul Balch the scorer for Sidley.

Sidley United 1 - 0 Lancing - SCFL Division One - Saturday 23rd December 2000

Adam Day's first goal of the season is enough to settle this encounter with Lancing.

Sidley United 1 - 0 East Preston - SCFL Division One - Saturday 16th December 2000

Gerard Moyse grabs the only goal as Sidley make it three wins in a row.

Sidley United 2 - 0 Redhill - SCFL Division One - Saturday 18th November 2000

Sidley claim a home win thanks to goals from Willard and Moyse.

Littlehampton Town 2 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 11th November 2000

Goals from Owen Ball, Dave Ward and Jimmy Watson see Blues pick up a first win in November.

Burgess Hill Town 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Wednesday 1st November 2000

Paul Balch is the scorer for Sidley as they claim a valuable point away to high flying Burgess Hill Town.

Sidley United 1 - 2 Saltdean United - SCFL Division One - Wednesday 25th October 2000

Moyse on target as Blues are beaten at home.

Sidley United 2 - 2 Whitehawk - SCFL Division One - Saturday 14th October 2000

Sidley United claimed a share of the spoils thanks to a brace from Gerard Moyse.

Sidley United 4 - 1 Burgess Hill Town - SCFL Division One - Saturday 30th September 2000

A stunning win for Sidley United with goals from Copley, Farrier, Atkin and McDonald.

Arundel 2 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 9th September 2000


Sidley United 0 - 1 Hassocks - SCFL Division One - Monday 28th August 2000


Eastbourne Town 0 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Friday 25th August 2000

Gerard Moyse scores the only goal of the game as Blues pick up their second win of the season.

Eastbourne United 2 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 22nd August 2000

McDonald and Atkin on target for the Blues.

Selsey 1 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 19th August 2000


East Preston 0 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 12th August 2000

Andy Atkin the goalscorer as Sidley United kick off the campaign with a win at East Preston.







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