Match Reports

Sidley United 3 - 2 Ore Athletic - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 4th November 2017

Sidley United picked up their second home win of the campaign with a narrow victory against second bottom Ore Athletic.

While Sidley welcomed back Joe Rogers in goal, the visitors had to kick off the match with 9 men as a couple of their players were running late but the numbers were levelled up after a few minutes.

And after 5 minutes they took the lead as Jordan Cole failed to get enough on his attempted back-pass to Rogers, allowing Kale Williams to nip in and finish from the angle.

The Blues settled down afterwards and gradually got on top. They levelled when a neat through ball played in Sean Baldwin who kept his composure and finished low into the net.

There was controversy just before the interval. After hitting the post from a free kick and then also the crossbar in short succession, Ore had strong claims for a penalty for handball as the ball appeared to be blocked by a Sidley arm. But the referee was unmoved despite their strong appeals.

In the second half, Sidley stepped up their performance and they took the lead on 49 minutes as Adam Day cut a deep cross back into the area for Arron Scrace to turn and fire home his first goal of the season.

Day then made it 3 - 1 with a terrific left foot strike from the edge of the penalty area which flew into the top corner on 73 minutes. But a lung-busting run down the left from an Ore player saw the ball played across for Scott Ramsay to bundle home with 5 minutes to go to set up a nervy finale. 

But Sidley held on to claim the points, a result that moves them up towards the middle of the table and will hopefully improve confidence ahead of their long trip to Rogate 08 in the Sussex FA Intermediate Cup next weekend.

Sidley Team: Rogers, Hempe, Garman (Bailey), Cole, Copley, Elliott-Noye, Hill (Eldridge), Cooper (J Aston), Day, Scrace, Baldwin.

Robertsbridge United 1 - 0 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 28th October 2017

Sidley United slipped into the bottom three after another disappointing performance at Robertsbridge.

Last season's 4 - 1 defeat was the Blues' worst performance of the season and they put in another contender for that accolade here as they were too often lacking in any real goal threat.

The home side took the lead after 5 minutes when some poor marking allowed the ball to be played across to Chris Phillips to slot home.

Both sides had plenty of endeavour but the lack of quality on show was apparent as goal scoring opportunities were severely lacking.

The second half introduction of Andy Garman briefly livened up the Sidley side but their best chance came from a well struck Adam Day free kick which was pushed up and over the bar by the home goalkeeper.

While Robertsbridge created extremely little themselves, it wasn't they who needed to score and Sidley did have the better of the football towards the end but sadly could not carve out any clear opportunities to equalise.

A disappointing performance and one that Sidley will have to bounce back from quickly when they take on second bottom Ore Athletic at home next Saturday in a game where the Blues must really target all three points.

Sidley Team: Hempe, May, Miller, Elliott-Noye, Cole, Copley, Funnell, O'Callaghan (Garman), Day, Scrace (Bailey), Baldwin (Carey).

Battle Baptists 3 - 1 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 21st October 2017

Sidley United saw a half time lead overturned but could consider themselves somewhat unfortunate to lose to Battle Baptists.

Kicking with the wind at their backs, Sidley opened the scoring on 24 minutes when Josh Elliott-Noye beat the home goalkeeper with a strike from 25 yards out.

The Blues could have doubled their lead but the woodwork twice denied them as Gary Hempe's header from a corner came back off the crossbar before Sean Baldwin struck the post with a low free kick just before half time.

With the wind strongly in Battle's favour in the second half, Sidley found themselves being pushed back and the conceded in the 65th minute when the ball was given away and Finlay Garlick equalised, despite Sidley claims that Adam Day had been fouled in the lead up to the goal.

Sidley won an indirect free kick from a backpass which came to nothing before Battle took the lead in fortuitous style as Dale Vinall's 76th minute strike took a deflection which left George Aston stranded.

And just 2 minutes later Caleb Spicer Dreeling tapped home after Aston had parried an initial shot. The Blues continued to push hard but couldn't get back into the game with the final scoreline not truly reflecting the nature of the match.

Sidley Team: G Aston, Elphick (May), Hempe, J Aston, Cole, Copley, Garman, Elliott-Noye, Thompson (Scrace), Day (Miller), Baldwin.

Sidley United 1 - 0 St Francis Rangers II - Sussex FA Intermediate Cup Second Round - Saturday 14th October 2017

 Sidley United endured a largely frustrating afternoon but still did enough to progress in the Sussex FA Intermediate Cup. 

The Blues began well and took an early lead as the lively Andy Garman beat his man and crossed for Adam Day to head home after only 6 minutes.

St Francis' main tactic was to play a long early ball over the top but the Sidley defence, led superbly by Chris Copley, dominated and didn't allow any opportunity for opponents to get in on goal.

That said, Sidley didn't fashion too many chances themselves despite dominating possession. The closest they came was when Sean Baldwin was played through on goal but the goalkeeper kept out his lobbed effort.

Sidley were even more dominant after the break and only two more excellent saves by the visiting goalkeeper denied them extending their lead. Even when the Blues finally did beat him their luck was out as Baldwin saw his effort come back off the post.

Luckily for Sidley though the early goal was enough to see them through against a Rangers side that failed to force George Aston in the Blues goal into a single save all game.

Sidley Team: Aston, Elphick, Hempe, Copley, Cole, Cooper, Elliott-Noye, Thompson (Bailey), Garman (May), Day (Miller), Baldwin.

Sidley United 2 - 1 Robertsbridge United - Hastings FA Intermediate Cup - Saturday 7th October 2017

Sidley United progressed to the next round of this cup competition with a home victory over Robertsbridge United.

Still missing a recognised goalkeeper, it was the turn of George Aston to take over the gloves this week, with Gary Hempe returning to his more accustomed role at wing back. Sidley also gave a start to new signing Andy Garman, who was to play a pivotal role in the result.

Sidley started well, often getting on the front foot and taking the game to their opponents. They opened the scoring on 19 minutes when top scorer Sean Baldwin met Garman's delicious ball in from the right to powerfully head home.

Aston was twice called upon to make key saves, first using his feet to block a low shot before excellently tipping an effort over the bar. Sidley then got a second as Garman again skipped past his man and flashed a low cross in which was met at the back post by Hempe who thumped his effort into the net to give Sidley a 2 - 0 half time lead.

But as with last week the Blues never really got going in the second half, seeming to drop deeper and handing Robertsbridge the territorial advantage.

And the visitors struck on 72 minutes as Sidley gave the ball away in a central area and Philip Green fired home. Baldwin nearly restored the 2 goal lead but struck the post for Sidley and the Blues were grateful to Aston for another good save late on to make sure of the win.

Sidley will play Westfield in the Quarter Finals. 

Sidley Team: Aston, Elphick (May), Hempe, Copley, Funnell, Carey, Thompson, Cooper (Miller), Garman, Day, Baldwin.

Sidley United 3 - 3 Sedlescombe Rangers - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 30th September 2017

Sidley United snatched a point with an injury time strike as they drew at home to Sedlescombe Rangers on Saturday.

A breathless start saw the visitors strike in the second minute when a piece of slack marking allowed Matthew Shaw to get a strike away which deflected past Gary Hempe in the Sidley goal.

However a minute later, Blues equalised as Dan Hill cut inside and his left foot shot struck the inside of the post before rolling into the opposite corner of the net.

The Blues got on the front foot and had some more pressure but had to wait until the 33rd minute to get in front when some neat play on the edge of the Rangers box allowed Sean Baldwin to get a powerful low strike away which beat the goalkeeper low at his near post to give Sidley the lead at the interval.

But in the second half the Blues never got going and the visitors levelled and Sedlescombe levelled on 72 minutes through Jack Booth after a defensive mistake by the home side. Rangers then took the lead on 79 minutes through Jon-Jo Wright.

Sidley could have gone under but showed great character and determination to take something from the game and deep into stoppage time they did just that as Baldwin, now top scorer in the league, finally converted after a scramble in the box to steal a draw.

Sidley Team: Hempe, Elphick (May), Cole (Aston), Tudor, Copley, Funnell, Thompson, Cooper, Hill (Scrace), Sanderson, Baldwin.

St Leonards Social 3 - 1 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 23rd September 2017

A patched up Sidley United side went down to two late goals as they lost 3 - 1 at St Leonards Social.

Starting on the front foot the home side opened the scoring on 9 minutes as Shane Ryan netted. However Sidley responded and equalised through Sean Baldwin 10 minutes later.

Blues' regular goalkeeper Joe Rogers returned to action but suffered a recurrance of his knee injury and had to be substituted at half time, with full back Ian May taking over in goal and new signing Cam Burgon coming on to play in defence.

In the second period Arron Scrace had two good opportunities to put the Blues in front, firstly being denied when through one on one before flashing a shot over the bar following good work on the wing by Ashley Elphick.

A draw was looking the most likely outcome but with 10 minutes to go Brett Patten weaved his way through the Sidley defence to put Social back in front by finishing powerfully into the corner of the net.

Pushing forward for the equaliser, Sidley were always susceptible to the counter attack and the hosts finished the game off in the 90th minute as Jack Elliott finished off a good move down the left to put the game beyond doubt.

Sidley will be hoping to get back on track with the return of some key players when they welcome Sedlescombe Rangers to Hooe Rec next Saturday.

Sidley Team: Rogers (Burgon), May, Miller, Eldridge, Cole, Funnell, Elphick, O'Callaghan (Hardy), Day, Scrace, Baldwin.

Bexhill Town 0 - 1 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 16th September 2017

Sidley United made it back to back wins in the ESFL Premier Division with a derby victory at Bexhill Town in a match where both teams finished with 10 men.

The Blues began strongly and took the lead after 15 minutes as Arron Scrace chested down stand in goalkeeper Gary Hempe's long kick forward into the path of Sean Baldwin, who finished low into the bottom corner.

A difficult start for the home side was made even tougher when Josh Clifford was shown a second yellow card on 25 minutes for a foul, having earlier been booked for dissent. 

However Sidley failed to make their numerical advantage count as Bexhill pushed hard for an equaliser, forcing Sidley into a defensive shape and effectively cancelling out the man advantage.

Two half time substitutions seemed to lift Sidley who went close early in the second period through Scrace before they also lost a man when Sam Thompson picked up a second yellow card with 20 minutes to go.

Shortly afterwards a collision between Ian May and an opponent led to both players being booked, but Blues player-manager John Carey, unhappy at the decision, had too much to say to the referee who dismissed him from the touchline for dissent.

Sidley held on though for the win but will come away with many areas of the game they will still look to improve upon as they continue their campaign next weekend away to St Leonard's Social. 

Sidley Team: Hempe, May (Elphick), Aston, Copley, Carey (Funnell), Cole, Thompson, Cooper, Scrace, Sanderson (O'Callaghan), Baldwin.

Sidley United 5 - 1 Crowhurst - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 9th September 2017

Sidley United recorded their first win of the new season with a comprehensive victory over newly promoted Crowhurst.

The visitors were the brighter during the opening 10 minutes but the floodgates opened as Sidley scored three goals in 5 minutes. First Sean Baldwin controlled a lofted ball forward before cooly stroking into the net on 20 minutes.

Two minutes later Anthony Cooper doubled the Sidley lead with a great 25 yard strike before Cooper then grabbed a third goal when he slotted home after good work by Arron Scrace.

Not to be outdone, Baldwin grabbed his second when he followed up Scrace's blocked shot to give the Blues a comfortable half time advantage.

To their credit Crowhurst didn't let their heads drop and they were unlucky to concede a fifth goal when a mix up between two defenders allowed the ball to roll over the line on 65 minutes.

With the game effectively over Sidley will be disappointed that they lost concentration at the back as the visitors struck a consolation goal on 75 minutes to slightly taint Sidley's day but it was a small blotch on an otherwise excellent day as Sidley righted the wrongs of the previous week.

Sidley Team: Hempe, May, Aston (Godden), Copley, Carey, Cole, Thompson, Cooper, Scrace (Bailey), Sanderson (Elphick), Baldwin.

Sidley United 0 - 6 Hollington United - ESFL Premier Division - Saturday 2nd September 2017

It was not the start that Sidley United were hoping for as they were soundly beaten at home by last season's champions Hollington United.

With regular goalkeeper Joe Rogers still out injured, full back Gary Hempe took over the gloves and but for some excellent saves from him the scoreline could have been worse.

Sidley, sponsored by The Red Lion pub, began well and had the better of the opening 10 minutes, going close through Sean Baldwin and Anthony Cooper.

But Hollington took the lead on 17 minutes. The ball was fed wide to an attacker who was flagged offside. The Sidley defence were guilty of stopping and expecting the free kick but the referee overruled the linesman and allowed play to continue with Danny Woodley eventually finding the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Ross Southwood doubled their lead on 32 minutes with an excellent 30 yard lobbed volley which dropped over Hempe and into the net. The next goal was always going to be crucial but in truth only one side looked like getting it as Hempe made two excellent stops before half time.

But early in the second half Hollington struck twice in quick succession. A cross from the left found Doni Dovla unmarked and his strike across goal found the corner before 2 minutes later Sidley defenders again left Grant Payne unmarked at the back post to plant his header past Hempe.

With the game losing its competitive edge, it looked like the damage was over but Hollington struck twice in injury time after running though some tired Sidley legs as Sam White struck from the right of the area before Dovla added a galling sixth goal as he walked the ball over the line in stoppage time.

A tough defeat but one Blues must bounce back from quickly. Next up is a visit from newly promoted Crowhurst next Saturday.

Sidley Team: Hempe, Miller, Scrace (Godden), Cole, Aston (Eldridge), Copley, Thompson, Cooper (Bailey), Funnell, Sanderson, Baldwin.



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