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Blues battle to huge three points

(February 26, 2022)

Sidley United 4 - 1 Westfield - MSFL Premier Division

Sidley United produced a battling second half performance to claim what could turn out to be a huge three points in a potentially decisive afternoon in the MSFL title race.

The Blues found the first half a struggle though and Westfield were well in the game. Eventually the Blues did take the lead when the ball came through to Josh Elliott-Noye who arrowed a low strike into the corner of the net to give Sidley the lead on 18 minutes.

But Westfield dug in and had a great chance to level when Dan Hutchins had to make a one-on-one save. Sidley didn't heed that warning though and Westfield levelled moments before half time as Josh Pickering headed home a cross from the left.

With news coming through that title rivals Ringmer were also drawing away to AFC Southwick at half time, Sidley knew they couldn't afford to drop points and they took the game to Westfield at the start of the second half. On 60 minutes, they took the lead as a corner was flicked on by Paul Rogers and headed home by Zac McEniry.

Only then did Sidley fully settle down and Tyler Capon made it 3 - 1 when he finished smartly on 73 minutes. A number of stoppages for fouls from both sides disrupted the flow of the game and from one such foul, Lee Carey struck Sidley's fourth with a direct free kick low into the far corner on 80 minutes.

A huge result this as Sidley earned three points from a game that at one stage could easily have got away from them. Their title advantage is boosted with Ringmer losing 2 - 1 to Southwick meaning the Blues now hold a 4 point lead with a game in hand.

Next week they will try for the third time to get their game away at Hollington United played.

Sidley Team: Hutchins, Walker, Featherstone, McEniry, Elliott-Noye, Carey, Ellis, N Crabb, Cornford, S Crabb, Rogers. Subs: McCue, Capon, Clifford.

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