Sidley United II 2021/22

Sidley United II 2 - 4 Rye Town - ESFL Division One - Saturday 9th April 2022


AFC Hollington 3 - 2 Sidley United II - Hastings FA Junior Cup Semi Final - Saturday 12th March 2022


Sidley United II 0 - 1 The J.C Tackleway - ESFL Division One - Saturday 5th March 2022


Peche Hill Select 0 - 3 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 5th February 2022

Sidley United II's moved top of the ESFL Division One as Sean Baldin bagged a hat-trick in a 3 - 0 victory at Peche Hill Select.

A depleted Blues side began well in the windy conditions that the Tilekiln Rec always has to offer and they could have led within 10 minutes as a scramble in the Peche box fell to the feet of Nick Hardy who could only steer his shot wide of the goal.

Sidley continued to post a threat and won a penalty when Ash Elphick was brought down. Gary Hempe stepped up to take the resulting spot kick but his effort hit the inside of the post and rolled along the goal line before being cleared.

Sidley continued to press though and the breakthrough finally came with a ball forward to debutant Linton Rogers who chested it into the path of Baldwin who took a touch then unleashed a trademark strike past the goalkeeper. One became two when Simon Corke skipped into the box and fizzed a pass across to Baldwin at the back post who squeezed his shot in past 2 defenders on the goal line to put the Blues 2 - 0 up before the break.

The second half was played at a much slower tempo with the home side attacking with the wind behind them. Peche continued to press with the Sidley back line holding strong with George Rayner putting in some vital challenges.
With the game pushing towards the full time whistle some good work in the Peche half by Corke drew foul on the edge of the box allowing Baldwin to step up and complete his hat-trick with a superb curling free kick into the top right corner of the net.
A well deserved 3 points for the Blues who now currently sit top of Division 1 by 3 points having played 2 more games than title rivals Bexhill A.A.C.
Sidley Team: Crittenden, Rayner, Freeman, Davies, Hempe, Corke, Gilbert, Hardy, Elphick, Rogers, Baldwin. Subs: Scrace.

SC Pass & Move Arrows 5 - 1 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 29th January 2022

It was a day to forget for the Reserves as they missed the chance to go top of the ESFL Division One, crashing to a heavy defeat to SC Pass & Move as goalkeeper Ritchie Gray was sent off. 

Coming off a defensive battle against the same side the week before, the Blues hoped to execute the same tactic. However mistakes all across the pitch were made and the Arrows fired themselves into a 3 - 0 lead at half time with the Blues best chance falling to Joe Vincent who just couldn't quite get on the end of a ball fired across by Ash Elphick.
Shell shocked at half time the Blues had a plan to get back into the game shooting downhill but it never came to pass as the Arrows added 2 more goals to their tally before Gray was given his marching orders for a second yellow card for throwing the ball at the celebrating opposition.
The Blues, knowing the game was gone, started to get some more chances and pulled one goal back from the penalty spot after Alex Williams was brought down after a driving run and he picked himself up to bury the penalty to grab a consolation goal.
Certainly a week to forget for the Blues but with Bexhill A.A.C also losing, the title race is still wide open.
Sidley Team: Gray, Davies, Hempe, Ransom, Tomlinson, Wells, Vincent, Corke, Elphick, Williams, Baldwin. Subs: Dangerfield, Hardy.

SC Pass & Move Arrows 1 - 2 Sidley United - Hastings FA Cup Quarter Final - Saturday 22nd January 2022

The Sidley United II side came out on top in the battle of the last remaining Division One sides to progress through to the Semi Finals of the Hastings FA Junior Cup.

The Blues began the game defending on the downhill slope with the Arrows on the front foot although the blues back line held firm, limiting opportunities for the home side. However a clever ball from the home side found a player in behind the Sidley’s defence but he was denied the opening goal by the linesman’s flag.
On the stroke of half-time and against the run of play the Sidely took the lead as a header from Rosh Wells found its way to Sean Baldwin, who saw the home goalkeeper off his line and hit an instinctive half volley from around 35 yards out over him and into the net to leave the home side stunned.
The second half saw the Arrows continue to push for the equaliser but Sidley doubled their lead as a clever run Simon Corke saw him get through on goal and he beat the onrushing goalkeeper to the ball and lofted it over him and into the bottom left corner of the net.
The home side started to throw more men forward and with 10 minutes to go they pulled a goal back as a cleared long throw in was played back in and bypassed everyone, landing at the feet of Harley Discala at the back post to cleverly slot home to set up a nervy last 10 minutes.
The home side threw everything at it but Sidley held out until the final whistle as Sidley progressed to the Semi Finals where they will face either Westfield Reserves or AFC Hollington. 
The Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the Match was Marc Ransom who commanded the solid Sidley back line and made some vital interceptions.
Sidley Team: Gray, Davies, Hempe, Ransom, Vincent, Tomlinson, Corke, Wells, Elphick, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Dangerfield, Stovell, Hardy.

Rye Town 1 - 4 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 15th January 2022

Sidley United II's put themselves in real title contention as they enjoyed a comprehensive win over Rye Town.
A change in the lineup saw Gary Hempe start his first game since mid November as the Blues started off at a quick pace enjoying the majority of the play with Rye looking to exploit on a counter attack.
Sidley took the lead on 10 minutes when goalkeeper Ritchie Gray thumped his kick over the heads of the Rye back line for Alex Williams to run onto the bouncing ball and lob the onrushing keeper to put the Blues ahead, taking his tally to 20 for the season.
An injury to John Opaye-Tetteh forced the blues into a substitution with Harry Davies coming on in an unfamiliar role but Sidley doubled their lead as Dynamic Scaffolding's Man of the Match Sean Baldwin intercepted a loose pass in the midfield and drove towards the Rye back line, cutting back onto his weaker foot and slotting the ball between the goalkeepers legs just before the halftime whistle. 
The second half began with the home side coming out of the blocks quicker, pushing the Blues deep into their own half. But Sidley went 3 up when a clever free kick found Simon Tomlinson unmarked with a perfectly timed run to stay onside and with the goal at his mercy he slotted past the Rye goalkeeper.
Rye started to throw players forward and pulled a goal back with 10 minutes left on the clock. A flashpoint then occured when Simon Corke was hacked down by the Rye right back. Corke retaliated with a push as he stood up only to then find himself being caught with a punch, sparking a large amount of pushing and shoving with players, management and even fans involved trying to separate and calm the situation down.
Eventaully when all calmed down the decision from the referee was a yellow card for Corke and a red card for the Rye player. Sidley wrapped up the game when they countered on Rye as a clinical pass unleashed Elphick who found himself one on one with the Rye keeper and he calmly finished into the bottom left corner of the net.
The final whistle was blown with the Blues earning a vital 3 points and a 6th straight win in all competitions to remain joint top with Bexhill A.A.C with 4 league matches remaining.
Sidley Team: Gray, Opaye-Tetteh, Corke, Vincent, Tomlinson, Hempe, Ransom, Elphick, Wells, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Davies, Mabb. 
Sidley United II 5 - 1 SC Pass & Move Arrows - ESFL Division One - Saturday 8th January 2022

Sidley United II's moved into second in the table on the back of a thumping win over SC Pass & Move Arrows. 

The morning downpour rarely threatened a postponement as Hooe Rec kept up its reputation of being one of the best around for drainage. Sidley started the half by kicking against the wind and, being penned back in by the conditions, the Blues found themselves a goal down when Pip Hatch beat the offside trap and slotted past the onrushing Ritchie Gray.
Soon after the restart Alex Williams found himself having to leave the pitch with an elbow injury but his replacement George Rayner soo made an instant impact. The ball found Rayner in the box only to see his shot was blocked into the path of Sean Baldwin whose ferocious shot rifled into the roof of the net leaving the keeper with no chance of keeping it out before half time.
Conditions continued to batter the pitch as the game wore on, but it still continued to hold up. The second half began with Pass & Move instantly on the attack down the left hand side but the ball into the box was gathered by Gray. Assessing the conditions his drop kick was initially supposed to set Williams and Ash Elphick on the counter attack but his monstrous kick bounced on the edge of the penalty area and looped over the away goalkeeper and into the net to spark wild scenes.
The Blues could sense there were more goals in this game and they were soon 3 - 1 up when Baldwin’s 30 yard thunderous free kick was hit straight down the throat of the keeper who could only block it into the path of Simon Tomlinson who reacted quickest to strike the ball into the net.
Sidley struck once again; a pinpoint corner from Baldwin found the head of Tomlinson who rose highest out of everyone to score his second of the game. And not long before the full time whistle went the Blues grabbed a fifth with a near carbon copy of the fourth goal - this time Baldwin's corner was about to be met once again by Tomlinson who was hauled down to the ground but it mattered little as the ball fell to Elphick who headed through the crowd and into the net as Blues began the new year with 3 points in very difficult conditions.
The Dynamic Scaffolding ‘Men of the Match’ were Ritchie Gray and Simon Tomlinson for their solid contributions in both attack and defence.
Sidley Team: Gray, Opaye-Tetteh, Corke, Vincent, Ransom, Stovell, Tomlinson, Wells, Elphick, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Hempe, Rayner.

Sidley United II 4 - 1 Peche Hill Select - ESFL Division One - Saturday 18th December 2021

Sidley United II's moved into joint second in the table and only 3 points from top spot after a strong win at home to Peche Hill Select. 
After 6 successive away games the Blues welcomed a young Peche side managed by former Blues player Craig Willard to Hooe Rec and they began brightly with Alex Williams going close on a couple of occasions from some amazing deliveries by Ashley Elphick, but it was Peche who took the lead, springing the offside trap to get in behind.
The lead was short lived as some brilliant work down the left side from Joe Vincent and Simon Corke found Elphick in the box who found the bottom left corner to bring the Blues level within minutes. And Sidley then took the lead as Williams forced the Peche goalkeeper into a super save but Elphick was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
The Blues bombardment continued as a dangerous run from Sean Baldwin saw him unselfishly square the ball to Williams to slide into an empty net for 3 - 1. Williams found himself in the referees firing line as he was sin binned just before the end of the first half.
The second half resumed in the same fashion as the first. Despite being a man down, Blues got another goal as Elphick spotted a run from the returning Harley Ransom with a clever through ball and Ransom left the keeper standing as he calmly and cleverly lobbed the ball over him into the back of the net.
The game began to fizzle out towards the end and the whistle soon blew as Sidley secured their fourth win in a row leaving it all to play for in the new year.  
The Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the Match was Ashley Elphick with his 2 clinical finishes and superb deliveries.
Sidley Team: Gray, Opaye-Tetteh, Davies, Corke, Vincent, Tomlinson, H Ransom, Wells, Elphick, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Dangerfield, Mabb, M Ransom.

South Coast Athetlico 1 - 4 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 27th November 2021

Alex Williams plundered a four-goal salvo as Sidley United II claimed an excellent victory in the East Sussex Football League under under the floodlights at Bexhill College.
Sidley started the game in wet and windy conditions strongly; pinning their opponents into their own half leaving Athletico with only a route one option in order to get up the pitch which was easily dealt with by the Blues.
Some decent possession and build up play led to a perfect first time pass from Simon Corke setting Alex williams through on goal, evading the offside trap and calmy slotting past the on rushing goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.
A driven corner from Sean Baldwin found the head of Ash Elphick in a vein similar to goals scored in their previous game but this time Elphick narrowly missed the far post. Under no threat Sidley continued to press and after a ball from Simon Tomlinson down the line looked to be travelling out for a goal kick, Williams pounced on the lapse of concentration from the opposition who were busy appealing that the ball had gone out and he rounded the goalkeeper out by the corner and from what looked like an impossible angle managed to steer home for his second goal.
With 10 minutes left in the first half a high ball caught out the Sidley centre halves who failed to challenge for the ball allowing Connor Benton-Powell to break free and score with a unsaveable lobbed attempt. With the Blues going in at half-time 2-1 up, a fiery half time team talk saw manager Scrace lay down the law by sticking to his game plan knowing it would be even more effective with the driving wind in the second half.
The second half saw Athletico come out on top using the conditions to pin the Blues back and coming close on a couple of occasions but some great saves from goalkeeper Ritchie Gray kept Sidley in front. Another Baldwin corner was met by Elphick once again but his bullet header was somehow kept off the line by the home defender.
Sidley found their momentum again and soon found themselves 3-1 up. John Opaye-Tetteh found himself with time on the ball at right back to feed a wonderfully weighted pass over the top of the home defence to Williams who struck the ball on the half volley catching the goalkeeper off guard and finding the far bottom corner sealing his hat-trick.
More possession play led to Tomlinson charging up the left and delivering a great cross to the far post which was met on the volley by Corke who struck just wide of the frame. Athletico managed to win a few corners late on but failed to make them count while Baldwin and Williams found themselves linking up deep in the opposition half with a strike from Baldwin forcing a good save.
As the game was drawing to an end Sidley weren't finished yet and nor was skipper and Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the Match Williams as he chased a monstrous through ball from keeper Gray to find himself one on one with the Chopbacks goalkeeper and Williams calmly slotted the ball past him for his fourth of the game and his 18th of the season. The full time whistle went to give the Blues a very well deserved 3 points whilst also completing a league double over the Chopbacks.

Sidley Team: Gray, Opaye-Tetteh, Davies, Carey, Corke, Gilbert, Elphick, Tomlinson, Wells, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Dangerfield, Mabb, Vincent, Stovell. 

Sedlescombe Rangers II 4 - 5 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 20th November 2021

The Sidley United II's got back to winning ways in the league as they come out on top in a goal-fest against bottom side Sedlescombe Rangers II.

After last weeks cup win the blues turned their attention to bottom of the league Sedlescombe, a side Blues hit nine past earlier on in the campaign.
Sidley found themselves a goal down instantly though as a quick move by the home side in the first minute shocked the sleeping Blues. Sidley settled down and started to find some rhythm; stretching Sedlescombe all over the pitch.
The equaliser came when Alex Williams receibed the ball and, with a pinpoint pass between the two centre halves, found Ash Elphick who rounded the keeper and slotted into the empty net. Starting to create more and more chances the Sedlescombe goalkeeper made some cracking saves to stop the Blues taking the lead with Marc Ransom going closest.
Sidley eventually took the lead with Elphick beating his man and fizzing a cross into the box to Williams who steered it into the net. Blues found their third goal of the game before the end of the first half; a driven corner by Sean Baldwin found Elphick unmarked at the back post to head home giving the Blues a 2 goal lead going into the second half.
Sedlescombe immediately got back into the game in the second half as their pacy winger found himself 1 on 1 with Ritchie Gray to score and they pulled lebel when a clever back heel across the 6 yard box found an unmarked player at the back post to tap into the empty net.
Looking to regroup the Blues went ahead again when Elphick hit a first time volley to play in Williams who steamed into the box smashing it into the bottom right corner. Blues hit five with a carbon copy of the 3rd goal as another pinpoint corner from Baldwin found Elphick once again who headed home for his hat-trick to seemly seal the game.
Sedlescombe made it a nervy end to the game by finding another goal late on. But the Blues held on for the points despite substitute Nick Hardy missing a 1 on 1 chance with the goalkeeper with the final kick of the game.
The Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the Match was hat-trick hero Ashley Elphick.
Sidley Team: Gray, Opaye-Tetteh, Corke, Davies, Carey, Ransom, Gilbert, Stovell, Elphick, Williams, Baldwin. Subs: Dangerfield, Hardy, Crittenden.

Sandhurst 1 - 4 Sidley United II - Hastings FA Junior Cup - Saturday 13th November 2021

Sidley United II's put their recent poor form behind them as they avoided a cup upset at Division Two side Sandhurst and progress in the Hastings FA Junior Cup.
Playing on a sticky pitch the Blues started brightly with Alex Williams and Ash Elphick both hitting the woodwork before Elphick broke the deadlock when a Sandhurst goal kick could only find Rosh Wells, who directed the ball back towards Elphick who had beaten to offside trap and superbly finishing past the keeper with a low drive into the bottom left corner.
Sandhurst managed to level the game though against the run of play when a long ball over the top found the striker who beat blues keeper Paul Crittenden to the ball only to see his goal bound effort bounce off the post. Unfortunately for the Blues, his strike partner reacted the quickest to slot into an empty net.
Blues made a few adjustments at half-time and goalkeeper Ritchie Gray made a welcome return after being out for 10 weeks from an injury picked up on the opening day of the season. The changes seemed to have a positive effect as some quick attacking football down the left side allowed Sam Gilbert to pick out Graham Stovell in the box who fired past the keeper to restore the lead for Sidley.
Two soon became three as Gilbert once again cut inside to find Sean Baldwin for his first goal of the season. The Blues continued to camp in the oppositions half as they continued to carve out chances. With the game all but finished some good work in the middle by Baldwin saw him slip Williams in leaving him with just the keeper to beat and he slotted it into the bottom left corner to completely wrap up the tie.
A much improved all round performance this week with every player putting in a solid performance. The Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the match was Sean Baldwin who dictated and dominated the midfield capping his display with a well deserved goal.
Sidley Team: Crittenden, Opaye-Tetteh, Hempe, Davies, Ransom, Wells, Gilbert, Stovell, Elphick, Williams, Baldwin. Subs: Hardy, Carey, Gray.

Yapton 5 - 0 Sidley United II - SCFA Junior Cup - Saturday 6th November 2021

It was a day forget for the Reserves as they exited the SCFA Junior Cup with a heavy defeat at West Sussex outfit Yapton. 

Credit goes to the 11 players who made the 120 mile round trip to fulfil the fixture. Unfortunately the home side dominated the match and the Blues focus now turns to Sandhurst next week in the Hastings FA Cup as they look to put their run of bad form behind them.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Hempe, Carey, Dangerfield, Tomlinson, Trickett, Stovell, Wells, Corke, Elphick, Baldwin. 

Sidley United II 2 - 4 Battle Town II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 30th October 2021

Sidley United II's suffered back to back defeats as Battle Town claimed their first points of the season with victory at Hooe Rec.

Despite Alex Williams scoring twice for the Blues, the visitors took all three points thanks to a hat-trick from Adam Thomsett with Bradley Rayner grabbing their other goal.

The Blues will need to pick themselves up as they turn their attention to the Sussex FA Junior Cup next Saturday, making the long trip down to face Yapton.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Opaye-Tetteh, Hempe, Dangerfield, Carey. Ransom, Stovell, Tomlinson, Elphick, Williams, Baldwin. Subs: Clifford, Davies, Vincent.

Sidley United II 0 - 4 Bexhill A.A.C - ESFL Division One - Saturday 23rd October 2021

The Reserves suffered a first league defeat of the campaign as local rivals Bexhill A.A.C got revenge for their opening day loss.

A generally below par performance by the Blues wasn't helped by a half constantly disrupted by the blow of the referee's whistle as both sides cancelled each other out with neither creating any real chances of note.
The second half was one to forget for Sidley as, even though Bexhill A.A.C went down to 10 men early on, the home side failed to capitalise and became victims of their own ignorance and soon found themselves put to the sword by the clinical visitors as they ran out 4 - 0 winners with the goals coming from David Ammoun, Oscar Hammond (2) and Dave Pugh.
A day to forget for the Blues who will be hoping to get back to winning ways next week against Battle Town II.
Sidley Team: Crittenden, Davies, Hempe, Dangerfield. Carey, Wells, Stovell, Elphick, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Opaye-Tetteh, Hardy.

The J.C Tackleway 1 - 1 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 16th October 2021

Sidley United II's were held to a draw by The J.C Tackleway as their winning start to the season came to an end.

In surprisingly calm conditions at Barley Lane the hosts took control of the game from the off with some good passing movement to cut through the Sidley lines. They took the lead when a clever quick free kick found the busy Toby Payne who slotted the ball past Paul Crittenden to put the hosts ahead.
It took a while for the Blues to wake up but when they did they looked dangerous as they searched for an equaliser. Alex Williams came close to finding it but his header hit the inside of the post before being cleared off the line by the Tackleway defence. 
A half time reality check for the Blues seemed to give them the kickstart they needed as they began the second half by pinning their hosts in their own half with a barrage of efforts with the home side throwing bodies in the way to deny the Blues. However a Sidley equaliser came in similar fashion to the goal they conceded as a clever quick long throw from Ash Elphick found Williams in behind the back line to pull Sidley level with a clever finish.
Simon Tomlinson hit the bar and another effort was cleared off the line as Sidley went after a winner. Tackleway looked dangerous on the counter attack with Payne forcing Crittenden into a smart low save to ensure Sidley came away with a point at the end of the game. 
Whilst Sidley may feel this was two points lost, they know they need to be on their game as they face top of the table Bexhill A.A.C next week who will want to avenge their loss to the Blues on the opening day of the season.
The Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the Match was 18 year old goalkeeper Paul Crittenden for some smart saves.

Sidley United II 3 - 0 South Coast Athletico - ESFL Division One - Saturday 9th October 2021

Sidley United II's got back to winning ways on Saturday, making it 4 wins from 4 as they saw off a previously unbeaten South Coast Athletico.
The Blues were looking to make up for their cup exit the previous week and knew they needed to start strong which they did, putting the high pressure on the South Coast back line pinning them in and eventually causing them to make a mistake in the 3rd minute.
A sloppy back pass was easily read by Graham Stovell who found himself one on one with the keeper and he clinically finished into the far corner to give the Blues an early lead.
Looking to not sit on a one goal cushion the Blues went close to a second with Simon Tomlinson going very close for Sidley. A second goal eventually came when a ball clipped down the line which looked like a lost cause was rescued by Toby Clifford who passed the ball into Alex Williams who used his acceleration to cut back across his defender to calmly finish past the goalkeeper.
Two became three when some good hold up play by Sean Baldwin saw him skip past two players to drill the ball across the six yard box with Williams coming in to tap home for his second. Blues remained on top for the rest of the half with a Gary Hempe free kick forcing the keeper into a good low save.
The game started to settle down in the second half until South Coast were temporarily reduced to 10 men when it appeared that a player had thrown the ball at the ref for overturning a decision and was duly sin-binned. 5 minutes later the visiting goalkeeper was also sin-binned as South Coast went briefly down to 9 men in a chaotic spell for the visitors.
Sidley failed to capitalise on the advantage though as the game started to wear out. The visitors found themselves in some good positions in the late stages of the game but the Sidley defence stood firm to secure the three points and the clean sheet.
A commanding performance by the Blues who will hope to carry it over to next weekend as they make the short journey to Barley Lane to take on J.C Tackleway. 
The Dynamic scaffolding man of the match was Simon Tomlinson for driving the team forward from the back and playing his part in the solid Sidley defence.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Tomlinson, Davies, Carey, Hempe, Wells, Clifford, Stovell, Elphick, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Chasumba, Dangerfield, Gilbert, Vincent, Corke.

Sidley United II 1 - 2 Rye Town - ESFL Challenge Cup - Saturday 2nd October 2021

Sidley United II's bowed out of the ESFL Challenge Cup as two first half goals from Sam Hesmer helped Rye Town to victory. 

Despite much of the county succumbing to the foul conditions, Hooe Rec showed why it’s one of the best pitches in East Sussex as it withheld a torrential downpour all day as Blues welcomed an unbeaten Rye Town.
The game got off to a slow start which was expected given the horrendous conditions with Sidley controlling most of the possession going close on a couple of occasions. They finally breaking the deadlock in the 28th minute as Ash Elphick linked up with Sean Baldwin who slipped him in down the right hand side for Elphick to fizz the ball across the Rye box to find Toby Clifford to slide it in to put the Blues ahead. The lead however was short lived as Rye found an equaliser through Hesmer to take the sides into the break at 1-1.
The second half saw Rye take the lead after their high press led to Sidley making a mistake at the back and saw Hesmer get his second goal. Rye looked threatening on the counter with some good hold up play. As the game went into the last 20 minutes Sidley started to create more chances with Clifford, Williams and Carey all going close really testing the Rye keeper. 
Unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be and the final whistle went to see the Blues dumped out of the cup at the first hurdle.
The Dynamic Scaffolding man of the match was Rosh Wells who put in a big shift in the middle of the park.
Sidley Team: Crittenden, Opaye-Tetteh, Davies, Carey, Hempe, Wells, Dangerfield, Clifford, Elphick, Baldwin, Williams. Subs: Chasumba, Tomlinson, Vincent, Hardy.

Battle Town II 4 - 6 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 25th September 2021

Sidley United II's made it three wins from three as they came from three goals down to come out on top in a goal-fest against Battle Town II.

With the sun shining and the Battle pitch looking on top form, it looked to be ideal conditions for the Blues but it didn't begin this way. Unable to find their rhythm, Sidley were caught out with a ball over the top with the Battle striker racing through and slotting past Paul Crittenden in the Sidley goal. A second goal followed as Battle got in one on one and Crittenden brought down the striker for a penalty. He was inches away from redeeming himself but the resulting spot kick just evaded him.

Things went from bad to worse when a clever Battle move ended with the left midfielder curling a brilliant effort into the bottom corner on 30 minutes to make it 3 - 0 and leave the Blues shell-shocked.

Sidley frustrations began to tell but they pulled a goal back when a clipped ball in from John Opaye-Tetteh found Alex Williams and he finished clinically. This breathed new life into Sidley as Opaye-Tetteh fed Graeme Stovell who slotted home at the second time of asking through the legs of the defender. With half time approaching, Sidley pulled level as Stovell fed Williams who drove into the box and smashed the ball past the Battle goalkeeper to level the scores.

In the second half the Blues finally started to move the ball and took control of the game, but it just wasn't happening in the final third. A triple change paid off within 10 minutes as the hard working Luke Dangerfield fed Williams who cleverly teed up Elphick in the middle of the area for his first goal for the Reserve side. Not resting on a one goal lead, Sidley kept coming forward and Gary Hempe made it 5 with a low drilled effort into the bottom corner from outside the area.

Sidley got their sixth goal when Hempe's corner found Elphick who headed home his second goal of the game. A clever Battle move found an unmarked player to tap home at the far post just before the final whistle but Sidley will be delighted to show character to come back from a 3 - 0 deficit to take full points. They know they will have to be on top form next week as they welcome Rye Town in the ESFL Challenge Cup.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Opaye-Tetteh, Davies, Carey, Hempe, Wells, Dangerfield, Stovell, Clifford, Gilbert, Williams. Subs: Chasumba, Elphick, Rayner.

Sidley United II 8 - 3 Sedlescombe Rangers II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 18th September 2021

Sidley United II's overcame Sedlescombe Rangers II in a rampant and dominant display in their first home match of the season.

Sidley were extremely quick out of the blocks with Alex Williams smashing the ball past the Sedlescombe goalkeeper after a lovely ball through by Graeme Stovell after just 35 seconds. One became two 10 minutes later after good work by Williams found an unmarked Sam Gilbert to slot his second goal of the season.

Toby Clifford's pinpoint pass found Williams with his back to goal and he turned the goalkeeper and slotted into the empty net. But with Sidley three goals up, Rangers started to creep into the game as a looping header evaded Blues goalkeeper Paul Crittenden and ended up in the net via the underside of the crossbar. And a comeback looked on as Sedlescombe got a second goal soon after with a wicked deflection sending the ball looping up over Crittenden and into the net.

This sparked Sidley back into life and Williams gathered a loose ball and smashed it home to restore the two goal cushion before half time.

The second half began and once again the Blues started strongtly with some beautiful passing football. From one such move, Clifford drove towards the Sedlescombe goal and unleashed an unstoppable drive which gave the goalkeeper no chance. A triple change saw some fresh legs introduced and one such player, Dave Chasumba, slotted home a cross from Gary Hempe to notch Sidley's sixth goal.

Debutant George Rayner opened his Sidley account after some good work by Simon Tomlinson before Tomlinson himself got the last Sidley goal with a terrific curling effort. In the dying moments of the game, a mix up saw a Rangers player pulled down for a penalty which was dispatched past Crittenden as the game came to an end.

The Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the Match was hat-trick hero Alex Williams.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Opaye-Tetteh, Davies, Carey, Hempe, Tomlinson, Dangerfield, Stovell, Clifford, Gilbert, Williams. Subs: Chasumba, Wells, Rayner..

Bexhill A.A.C 2 - 4 Sidley United - ESFL Division One - Saturay 11th September 2021

Sidley United II's kicked off their ESFL campaign with an impressive win over Bexhill A.A.C.

The Blues raced into a four goal lead at Buxton Drive in the first half. Gary Hempe opened the scoring on 2 minutes when he turned home a low driven free kick by Alex Williams. Blues doubled their lead on 12 minutes as a clever corner by Hempe found debutant Ashley Carey with a thunderous header before a defence splitting pass from Joe Vincent found another debutant Sam Gilbert who clinically and calmly slotted past the onrushing goalkeeper to make it 3 - 0.

The Blues lost their goalkeeper Richie Gray to injury with Carey taking over between the sticks. But a well worked routine in midfield left Simon Tomlinson to feed Williams to finish past the goalkeeper to make it 4 - 0. Bexhill clawed one back before half time in a half dominated by the Blues.

In the second half a corner from AAC eluded everyone and found it's way into the Sidley goal. This sparked Bexhill into life but Sidley held on to claim the three points.

The Dynamic Scaffolding Man of the Match was Graeme Stovell with a solid all round display in the heart of the Sidley midfield.

Sidley Team: Gray, Opaye-Tetteh, Trickett, Carey, Hempe, Vincent, Stovell, Corke, Tomlinson, Gilbert, Williams. Subs: Chasumba, Mabb.

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