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Slow Sidley lose lunchtime derby

(September 15, 2018)

Bexhill Town 3 - 1 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division

A frustrating afternoon at The Polegrove saw Sidley United slip to defeat to cross town rivals Bexhill Town.

After a scrappy opening 10 minutes the game settled into a pattern of play that was familiar throughout with Sidley dominating the ball and Bexhill sitting deep looking to exploit the pace of their forwards with balls over the top of the Blues defence.

And despite the Blues enjoying the better of the play it was Town who struck first on 29 minutes as a free kick from wide on the right was not dealt with by the Sidley defenders and was tucked home by Doni Dovla. 

One became two 8 minutes later as a corner was again not well defended which allowed Kevin Barden to score. At the break the Blues went to 3 at the back and recent signing Zac McEniry came on to lead the line and this allowed them to practically set up camp in the Bexhill half but still they struggled to create chances against a determined Town defence.

Finally though Sidley did reduce the arrears on 61 minutes after good work by Danny Ellis as he beat two players and laid the ball off to Josh Elliott-Noye to stroke home.

The Blues continued to push forward and forced a number of corners which saw the referee add on 8 minutes of stoppage time. And in the 5th minute of time added on Bexhill made sure of the win with a breakaway goal as a long clearance was latched onto and finished by Jay Edwards. 

A good win for Town but frustration for Sidley who suffered from defensive errors and a lack of cutting edge up front. They will need to sharpen up at both ends of the pitch when they take on a Hawkhurst United side that has 3 wins from 3 next weekend.

Sidley Team: Rogers, Walker, Eldridge (Rea), Cole, Funnell, Elliott-Noye, Wells, Elphick (McEniry), Scrace, Ellis, Carey (Dadswell). 

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