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Blues win at Westfield; Reserves beaten by Battle

(October 30, 2021)

Westfield 0 - 3 Sidley United - MSFL Premier Division

Sidley United returned to winning ways with a victory in the local derby as they beat Westfield 3 - 0.

A rainy morning turned into a sunny afternoon at the Parish Field as Sidley started with their usual energy, winning a succession of corners with Westfield defending stoutly, blocking a number of shots.

Westfield would find themselves briefly down to 10 men when Wayne Giles was sin-binned for dissent. However, as the half wore on, Westfield started to get a foot in the game and came close to opening the scoring when a shot at goal struck the foot of the Sidley post.

However, it was Sidley who took the lead 2 minutes before the break when Danny Ellis was fouled and Lee Carey stepped up and struck the free-kick over the wall and into the net to give Sidley a narrow half time lead.

The second half was pretty much one way traffic as Sidley pinned Westfield in their own half as they started to dominate. The home side held out until the 74th minute when a ball into the box was neatly laid off by Paul Rogers into the path of Matt McClean who calmly stroked the ball into the corner of the net.

The game was put to bed just 3 minutes later when Alan Foster scored Sidley’s third; beating the offside trap and running through to slot the ball home. The Blues could have extended the winning margin when they were awarded a penalty when a Sidley played was bundled over in the box but Lee Carey steered the spot kick wide of the post with what proved to be the final kick of the game.

Sidley remain top of the Premier Division ahead of rivals Ringmer AFC on goal difference. The two unbeaten sides meet next weekend in what could prove to be a crucial clash.

Sidley Team: Teixeira, Walker, Featherstone, McEniry, Elliott-Noye, McCue, Ellis, Foster, Carey, McClean, Rogers. Subs: Corke. 

Sidley United II 2 - 4 Battle Town II - ESFL Division One

Sidley United II's suffered back to back defeats as Battle Town claimed their first points of the season with victory at Hooe Rec.

Despite Alex Williams scoring twice for the Blues, the visitors took all three points thanks to a hat-trick from Adam Thomsett with Bradley Rayner grabbing their other goal.

The Blues will need to pick themselves up as they turn their attention to the Sussex FA Junior Cup next Saturday, making the long trip down to face Yapton.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Opaye-Tetteh, Hempe, Dangerfield, Carey. Ransom, Stovell, Tomlinson, Elphick, Williams, Baldwin. Subs: Clifford, Davies, Vincent.

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