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Derby day joy for champions

(April 18, 2022)

Hollington United 0 - 5 Sidley United - MSFL Premier Division 

The new MSFL Premier Division champions enjoyed a Bank Holiday victory at dethroned local neighbours Hollington United.

The first half was a scrappy affair as both teams found themselves battling the pitch as much as each other. A number of stoppages for injuries broke up the rhythm of the game but Sidley broke through on the stroke of half time, although in somewhat contentious circumstances.

The referee awarded Sidley a throw in on the halfway line despite it almost certainly seeming to have come off a Blues player last. Charlie Cornford took the long throw which was met by Tyler Capon to give the Blues a half time lead.

The second half was an altogether more comfortable affair for Sidley as Cornford scored directly from a corner on 48 minutes to double the lead before Danny Ellis' long range strike bounced up and over the Hollington goalkeeper and into the net.

The young Hollington side showed plenty of endeavour, forcing Sidley to show the defensive side of their game. But the Blues made it 4 - 0 when another pinpoint Cornford long throw was back headed into the net by Steve Hickman-Smith on 74 minutes. 

Paul Rogers had a goal chalked off for offside but just moments later he did get on the scoresheet to put some gloss on the scoreline on 80 minutes to put him joint-top of the goalscoring charts in the league this season. 

A comprehensive performance from the Blues, in which they demonstrated the standards that have seen them run out worthy champions. They will now look to make it a league and cup double on the 27th of April against Jarvis Brook. 

Sidley Team: Hutchins, Walker, Featherstone, Elliott-Noye, Hackman, McCue, Ellis, Clifford, Cornford, Cumming-Bart, Capon. Subs: McEniry, Carey, Foster, Rogers.

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