Match Reports

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

 

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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