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Sidley slip to Sedlescombe defeat

(December 10, 2016)

Sidley United 1 - 2 Sedlescombe Rangers - ESFL Premier Division 

Sidley United will have come away disappointed with this result after gifting Sedlescombe 2 second half goals and ultimately the victory.

Blues started strongly and had a good early shout for a penalty after a shot appeared to be blocked by a hand in the area but the referee was unmoved.

A prolonged period of pressure saw Sidley win a succession of corners with Sedlescombe attempting to break when they could. Their best chance came from one of these breakaway moves with Sidley stopper Joe Rogers tipping the shot onto the bar.

Barely a minute afterwards, Sidley took the lead. An early ball forward found Arron Scrace whose 20 yard effort bounced In front of the visiting goalkeeper and into the net to give Blues a half time lead.

The half time scoreline fairly reflected Sidley's dominance but they were pegged back just 25 seconds into the second period. A ball into the box caused hesitancy between Rogers and a Sidley defender and the visitor's Ryan Edwards pounced, poking the ball off the underside of the bar and into the net.

This setback galvanised Sedlescombe and it took Sidley some time to get their rhythm back, going closest through Ashley Elphick's header. But it was the visitors who scored again on 75 minutes as a poor clearance from Rogers went straight to Edwards who deftly lifted the ball over him and into the empty net. 

Sidley, not for the first time this season, were left to reflect on mistakes which cost them points whilst Sedlescombe celebrated a win they had not looked like getting. 

Sidley Team: Rogers, Hardy (Brockhurst), Gardner, Copley, Eldridge, Cole, O'Callaghan, Sanderson, Corke, Scrace, Bailey, Elphick.

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