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Poor Sidley crash at Robertsbridge again

(October 20, 2018)

Robertsbridge United 2 - 0 Sidley United - ESFL Premier Division

Robertsbridge Rec continues to be an unhappy hunting ground for Sidley United as they slipped to a poor defeat there for the third season in a row.

The Blues enjoyed the better of the opening 10 minutes, creating a number of chances but were unable to convert them while Robertsbridge's early tactic was to play a long ball forward and turn the Sidley defence around.

And that tactic proved effective with two goals coming within moments of each other as the Sidley defence got caught out on 16 and 18 minutes with the home side seeing their first two chances on goal find the back of the net courtesy of Chris Phillips and Curtis Coombes. 

Sidley tried to play their way back into the game but the remainder of the match followed a similar pattern; with Sidley too often having wild efforts or making poor choices when it came to the final ball.

The home side created little else and were happy to defend well in the second half, which they did but they were certainly helped by a lack of understanding between the Sidley attackers as well as poor finishing meaning the only time the Robertsbridge goalkeeper had to really make a save was when his own man almost headed the ball past him.

A difficult result to take as once again Sidley were made to pay for a poor first half performance and a failure to be clinical in front of goal. Indeed the Blues have now scored just once in the last three matches. They will hope for better on both fronts when they take on a Bexhill Town side who have won every game this season at Hooe Rec next week.

Sidley Team: Langley-Fineing, Walker, Hempe (Cochrane), Cole, Funnell, Wells, Carey (K Parsons), Elphick, Ellis, McEniry (Dadswell), Baldwin.

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