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Clean Sheet As Blues Beat Hawkhurst

(March 25, 2017)

Sidley United 2 - 0 Hawkhurst United - ESFL Premier Division

Sidley United produced a rare clean sheet as two second half goals were enough to defeat Hawkhurst for a second time this season. 

A strong wind and an uneven pitch made it difficult for both sides to get into their rhythm but Blues started the better with Sean Baldwin firing just over the bar after only 4 minutes. 

Hawkhurst sought to get their pacey forwards in behind the Sidley back line but too often the wind meant that long balls carried safely through to Blues' goalkeeper Joe Rogers. 

The visitors did have the ball in the net shortly before the half time whistle from a corner but the referee spotted a handball offence and disallowed the goal.

Sidley again began the second half strongly, now dominating the play and forcing a number of corners. And from one corner the ball was turned into the net on 60 minutes by a Hawkhurst defender.

Four minutes later Blues doubled their lead from another corner as hesitation between defender and goalkeeper allowed Mark Funnell to nip between them and poke the ball home for his first goal of the season.

The remaining 25 minutes saw both teams try to create chances without much success, but it was enough for Sidley to do the double over Hawkhurst and maintain their position of 3rd place in the table.

They have one match remaining, at home to St Leonards Social on April 8th.

Sidley Team: Rogers, Elphick, Hempe, Eldridge, Funnell, Cole, Day, Carey (O'Callaghan), Agutter, Bailey (Scrace), Baldwin (Copley).

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