Sedlescombe Rangers II 3 - 3 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 19th September 2020

It was a much better performance for Sidley United II as they recovered from the previous week's heavy defeat by picking up a credible draw against a Sedlescombe side who came into the game with a 100% record. 

The Blues knew they had to start strongly and they did just that as some free flowing football kept Rangers pegged back in their own half. The goal that Sidley had threatened arrived on 20 minutes as debutant Griff Morgan fizzed a ball in to Nick Hardy and although his effort was saved, Sam Knight-Farman followed up to score via the underside of the crossbar.

However celebrations were cut short a few minutes later as Sedlescombe levelled with a free kick which curled into the top corner. However, the Blues responded and went in at half time in front when Chris Copley towered above everyone and thundered home a header from an Adam Day corner. 

The second half saw the home side start to take the game to the Blues and they drew level again with a free kick which evaded everyone and nestled in off the far post. Rangers then won a questionable penalty as Day was judged to have fouled his man and despite Paul Crittenden getting a hand to the spot kick, the ball crept into the corner. 

Sidley regained their rhythm and almost equalised with a terrific volley from Gary Hempe which stung the fingertips of the goalkeeper. Sidley got themselves level though when Dave Chasumba got on the end of Morgan's through ball and finished past the onrushing goalkeeper. Sidley sensed they could get a winner but time ran out and they had to settle for a point. 

Debutant Griff Morgan was named the Sidley Man of the Match. 

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Knight-Farman, Davies, Tomlinson, Copley, Morgan, Ranson, Day, Hardy, Hempe, Chasumba. Subs: Willard, Das, Cousins. 

Sidley United II 1 - 5 South Coast Athletico - ESFL Division One - Saturday 12th September 2020

Sidley United II were unable to build on a first minute lead as they went down to a strong South Coast Athletico side. 

The Blues couldn't have made a better start as almost immediately Sam Knight played a pinpoint ball over the top of the Athletico defence and Kel Radford finished past the onrushing goalkeeper.

However that proved to be the Blues' highlight as the visitors hit back with goals from Tyler Smith (10), Dave Burch (23) and Brad Owens (27) gave Athletico a 3 - 1 half time lead. 

Sidley started to get on the ball early in the second half but a goal of the season contender from Tyler Smith on 68 minutes when he volleyed home at the far post killed off any hopes of a Blues comeback. 

The visitors were on top and 17 year old goalkeeper Paul Crittenden made a number of critical saves to keep the score down. He was beaten once more on 82 minutes as Jay Easton converted at the back post to wrap up the scoring. 

A tough afternoon against a very strong side. Sidley will look to get back on track when they travel to Sedlescombe Rangers II next week. 

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Knight-Farman, Davies, Copley, Hempe, Ransom, Scott, Day, Radford, Horley, Chasumba. Subs: Willard, Das, Carroll. 

Victoria Baptists 2 - 2 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 5th September 2020

The newly formed Sidley United Reserves side picked up their first point of the season with a draw at Victoria Baptists with a convincing display. 

The Blues began positively and had a couple of chances before David Chasumba opened the scoring with a brilliant lob over the home goalkeeper from 25 yards on 27 minutes. 

Victoria Baptists started to get the ball under control after going behind and they levelled 5 minutes later as their high pressing tactic forced Sidley into a mistake and allowed the home striker to slot past goalkeeper Joe Rogers. 

Sidley looked to try and get on the ball but another defensive error allowed the home side to tap into the empty net to take a half time lead. 

Sidley seemed to get their composure back at half time and they went close on a number of occasions through Kel Radford, Josh Mabb and Chris Copley. The equaliser they had been threatening came on 70 minutes when Chasumba beat the offside trap and slotted past the onrushing goalkeeper. Baptists appealed strongly for offside and the linesman did raise his flag but the referee overruled him and awarded the goal. 

Sidley pushed for the winner but ran out of time and were forced to settle for a point. A good workout though for the Blues who now turn their attention to a home match against South Coast Athletico.

Sidley Team: Rogers, Knight-Farman, Day, Copley, Davies, Ransom, Scott, Mabb, Radford, Horley, Chasumba. Subs: Mabb, Willard, Cousins, Hardy. 

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