Reports from Sidley United's seasons in the Sussex County Football League

Season 2010/11


Pagham 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 30th April 2011

Sidley United completed a successful season with an excellent 2 - 1 win away at high flying Pagham.

The Blues took the lead when Kevin Barden won a penalty on half an hour after being tripped in the box and Sean Kelly cooly dispatched to give Blues a half time lead.

Despite losing Dan Spice to injury, Sidley went 2 up in the second half when Paddy Cody got on the end of a Jason Taylor pull-back and the assistant referee flagged that the ball had crossed the line.

Pagham, who played some very neat football, pulled one back with 15 minutes to go when a free kick was flicked past Gavin Bourne, but Sidley held firm at the back in the face of the Pagham pressure to secure an excellent three points and a more than respectable league position in our first season back in Division One.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler, Cody, Spice (Taylor), Jules, Kelly, Brand, Agutter, Barden (Parris), Bird, Miles.

Sidley United 3 - 2 Bexhill United (AET) - Hastings Senior Cup Final - Tuesday 19th April 2011

Sidley United won the Hastings Senior Cup for the 2nd year running against Bexhill United after a pulsating match at the Pilot Field finished 3 - 2 after extra time, in a game where Bexhill finished with 8 men. 

The Blues controlled the match and went in front on 26 minutes when Sean Kelly knocked in a Lawrence Brand cross from the right. Sidley twice hit the crossbar and looked set to win the game with 3 minutes to go when Milton Mitiadou was brought down by Bexhill goalkeeper Ben Oakman, who received a red card but Terry Payne's shot was saved by stand-in goalkeeper Ben White.

Low and behold Bexhill then equalised in the 90th minute when Scott McDonald glanced home. Jason Taylor restored the Blues lead 3 minutes into extra time only for Jack Woodward to restore parity 5 minutes later from a corner. 

Bexhill had Marc Munday sent off as well in the second period of extra time before Matt Dadswell headed in on 109 minutes to put the Blues back in front once again. From then on, Sidley looked to see out the game and, as Bexhill frustration grew, Woodward also saw red for a wild hack.

They might have done it the hard way, but the Blues retained the trophy which was lifted by Dan Spice at the end of the match. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Cody, Rea, Cruikshank, Spice, Brand, Kelly (Dadswell), Bird (Taylor), Miltiadou (Parris), Miles, Payne.

Redhill 0 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 16th April 2011

Sidley United picked up a credible draw away at Redhill as they maintained a mid-table push.

Blues enjoyed the best chance within the first few minutes. Kevin Bird was played through one on one with the goalkeeper but he screwed his shot wide. 

The Blues experimented with playing three central backs and manager John Lambert felt it worked quite well. 

Both sides struck the woodwork in the second half as Redhill had an effort from distance come back off the crossbar before a routine Sidley cross was misjudged by home goalkeeper Chris May who ended up tipping it onto the frame of the goal. Other than that chances were limited and a goalless draw always looked on the cards. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Spice, Cruikshank, Jules, Miltiadou, Rea, Kelly, Payne, Brand, Bird, Parris (Miles).

Rye United 5 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Monday 11th April 2011

Discipline was again a word that reared it's ugly head as Sidley United had 3 players sent off as they went down 5 - 0 at Rye United.

Unbelievably, it was actually the hosts that had 6 players booked first, but Sidley imploded in the last 20 minutes. 

Rye took the lead from the penalty spot after 15 minutes when Dan Spice tripped a Rye forward and that's how it stayed until half time. Rye's second goal came when a ball bounced back into the path of their forward, who was waved onside despite strong Sidley protests and he lifted the ball over Bourne to make it two.

Lee Jules was shown a straight red card for a late challenge, Chris Rea picked up a second yellow for contesting a refereeing decision as the official went card happy and Gavin Bourne was sent off for throwing a ball at a Rye forward who won a penalty which led to their fifth goal.

In between, Rye had chalked up their third after Sidley failed to clear their lines and a quality free kick which beat Bourne at the near post.

A very disappointing night indeed for the Blues, who need to pick themselves up and ask some serious questions before we travel to Redhill on Saturday.

Sidley Team: Boune, Miltiadou, Cody, Jules, Spice, Rea, Brand (Dadswell), Agutter, Barden (Bird), Payne, Miles. 

Sidley United 1 - 0 East Grinstead Town - SCFL Division One - Saturday 9th April 2011

Sidley United had an excellent Saturday in the sun at Gullivers as they beat high flying East Grinstead Town 1 - 0. 

Sidley played some good stuff and were unlucky to go in at half time goalless, after hitting the post.

But the goal came eventually, Kevin Barden turning his man and stroking his shot past Danny Harwood in the Grinstead goal. Sidley in fact had further chances to add to the scoreline with Miles missing two good opportunities. Despite this, Sidley fully deserved the three points to finish the season in style.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler (Miltiadou), Rea, Jules, Spice, Brand, Agutter, Cody, Bird (Parris), Miles, Barden. 

Sidley United 2 - 2 Rye United - SCFL Division One - Monday 4th April 2011

Sidley United agonisingly conceded a 92nd minute goal to draw 2 - 2 at home to Rye United.

The Blues took the lead in the first half when Liam Miles delightfully lobbed Josh Pelling in the Rye goal and Sidley were in control when Matt Dadswell scrambled home a long Dan Spice free kick for a 2 - 0 lead with 20 minutes to go.

But the game turned when the referee missed a Rye handball, and within 20 seconds they had the ball in the net. They pressed hard and Sidley were defending resolutely but it was broken in the 92nd minute when ex Sidley legend Kevin Rose popped up and headed beyond Gavin Bourne.

A fantastic game of football and a truly excellent performance from the Blues, once again demonstrating the spirit that makes this club so great.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler (Elliott-Noye), Rea, Jules, Spice, Cody, Bird, Brand, Dadswell (Aston), Miles (Styles), Barden.

Sidley United 0 - 1 Ringmer - SCFL Division One - Saturday 26th March 2011

Sidley United suffered a disappointing Saturday as they failed to score at home to Ringmer.

The Blues barely mustered an effort on goal until the second half when Terry Payne and Martin Denny were introduced, but it was Ringmer who did score when the referee inadvertantly blocked the Sidley defence's attempt to clear the ball allowing Kieran Patel to lift the ball over them into the net.

Despite pushing three up front, Sidley couldn't find a response and suffered their second home 1 - 0 defeat in a week. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler (Agutter), Spice, Cruikshank, Cody, Bird, Darby, McDonald, Parris (Denny), Dadswell (Payne), Barden. 

Sidley United 0 - 1 Three Bridges - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 22nd March 2011

Sidley United's 7 match unbeaten run came to an end tonight as a softly awarded penalty gave Three Bridges a 1 - 0 win at Gullivers.

Both sides played some really good football first half, and Sidley came closest to taking the lead when Terry Payne's excellent volley flashed just wide. A very entertaining half, and a much better performance all round, ended 0 - 0 at half time.

In the second half, it was closely contested with the turning point coming when Chris Rea was adjuged to have felled a Three Bridges player in the area. Tom Lyons tucked the ball past Gavin Bourne to put the away team in front. Bridges then had a man sent off with 10 minutes to go for raking down Dan Spice's leg. 

But Sidley couldn't fashion the equaliser and lost Terry Payne to a knee injury with a few minutes remaining. A much better team display tonight and the Blues were unfortunate to come away with nothing to show for it.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Rea (Denny), Cody, Cruikshank, Spice, Darby, McDonald, Bird, Parris, Barden, Payne (Dadswell).  

Sidley United 1 - 1 Arundel - SCFL Division One - Saturday 19th March 2011

Sidley United salvaged a point at home to Arundel today after a late penalty and red card which saw the game end 1 - 1.

The Blues started well but lost Kevin Bird to a nasty head injury after 20 minutes. Arundel played the ball around well and took the lead when a cross from the right found Lewis Hamilton who slotted past Gavin Bourne.

In the second half both teams pressed, but little chances were created. The game turned with 5 minutes to go when Terry Payne went over in the penalty area and the referee awarded a penalty. In the ensuing arguments, the referee sent off the Arundel right back as well as booking two Sidley players. Payne picked himself up to convert the penalty.

However, in the dying moments Sidley couldn't fashion another good opportunity to win the game and Arundel happily took away a point from a game which was poorly refereed. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler (Jules), Cody, Rea, Spice, Kelly, Dadswell, Taylor (McDonald), Bird (Craig), Barden, Payne.

Sidley United 0 - 0 Shoreham - SCFL Division One - Saturday 12th March 2011 

Sidley United moved into the top half of the table for the first time this season despite being held to a 0 - 0 draw by lowly Shoreham.

A Blues side missing Terry Payne and Kevin Barden up front, and with Jason Taylor only half-fit found it hard to build any momentum against an equally disappointing Shoreham, and the Blues did not manage a single shot on target in the first half.

In the second period, Sidley did have the ball in the net from a corner but the referee blew for an infringement. The defences ruled the day as chances were limited, though Sidley had to thank Gavin Bourne for a good late save.

Despite dropping points, other results saw Sidley United move into 10th place, their highest position in the table this season. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler, Rea, Cruikshank, Spice, Kelly, McDonald (Dadswell), Bird (Parris), Cody, Miles, Taylor (Short).

Sidley United 0 - 3 Brighton & Hove Albion Reserves - Sussex Senior Cup Third Round - Wednesday 9th March 2011

Sidley United put in a brave display but came up against a very strong Brighton & Hove Albion Reserve team who won 3 - 0 at Gullivers tonight in the Sussex Senior Cup.

Sidley played well when given the opportunity by a team whose passing was of a high standard. But it was only 1 - 0 at half time, with Brighton's goal coming from Torbjorn Agdestein.

In the second half, Sidley tried to get the ball forward but Brighton got their second through a quality free kick from Agustin Battipiedi made it two and their third came from a long kick from the goalkeeper and was scrambled home, possibly last coming off a Sidley defender. 

Overall a great effort from the Blues and certainly no embarrassment but the quality of the oppositon meant we were always going to be up against it.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Cody, Rea, Spice, Cruikshank, Kelly, McDonald (Dadswell), Darby (Hill), Bird, Payne, Barden (Miles). 

Sidley United 2 - 1 Wick - SCFL Division One - Saturday 5th March 2011

Sidley United made it three league wins in a row today by beating 10 man Wick 2 - 1.

The Blues took the lead on 7 minutes when Kevin Barden was felled in the area and Terry Payne sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. The Blues looked to be cruising when Wick were reduced to ten men on the hour mark after their midfielder picked up two silly bookings.

However, Wick equalised right on the strike of half time when a scramble in the box fell to the feet of Rob Wimble, who poked home.

In the second half, Sidley kept coming and Terry Payne got the winner, turning his marker brilliantly and firing low into the corner. Wick pressed and there were chances at both ends in a frantic finale but Sidley held on for the win. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler, Cody (Darby), Cruikshank, Spice, Kelly, McDonald (Dadswell), Bird, Taylor, Barden (Miles), Payne. 

Sidley United 2 - 1 Hailsham Town - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 1st March 2011

Sidley United recovered from going a goal down to win 2 - 1 at home to Hailsham Town tonight.

The Blues fell behind on 5 minutes when a deflected shot landed at the feet of Saunders, who slid home to put the Stringers in front. Sidley responded soon after when a corner was punched up in the air by the goalkeeper only to find Dan Spice who nudged the ball home with his back.

Both sides looked to play the ball on a difficult pitch, and both had good chances to go in front but it was Sidley who grabbed the decisive goal when Jason Taylor slid the ball across the six yard box and Sean Kelly slid the ball home to put Sidley in front.

Hailsham came forward searching the equaliser and came within a whisker of finding it. But Sidley, who defended resolutely, held on to claim all three points.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler, Cody, Spice, Cruikshank, Kelly, McDonald, Bird (Darby), Taylor (Russell), Barden (Miles), Payne.

Shoreham 0 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 26th February 2011

Sidley United moved further clear of the bottom three today with a convincing 3 - 0 win away at Shoreham.

On a very muddy pitch, the home side started well and Gavin Bourne made two excellent saves to keep the scores level. Sidley grew into the game and Kevin Barden hit the crossbar with a dipping shot, before he opened the scoring on 21 minutes by scrambling home Mark Chandler's cross.

Kevin Bird then scored a wonder goal, driving in from 30 yards out to put Sidley two up at the break and Bird made the game safe 90 seconds into the second half when Terry Payne laid the ball to him and he slotted home from the edge of the area.

The game died a little after that as Shoreham tried to press but Sidley, with Spice superbly leading the side, defended well and saw out the remainder of the game to claim a valuable three points. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Cody, Chandler (Whiteman), Spice, Cruikshank, Kelly (Russell), McDonald, Taylor, Bird, Barden (Darby), Payne. 

Sidley United 2 - 2 Crowborough Athletic - SCFL Division One - Saturday 5th March 2011

Sidley United showed resolve and a strength of character to come back from 2 down to draw 2 - 2 at home to Crowborough Athletic.

The Blues had a poor first hour and found themselves two down after Wayne Clarke scored in the first half and their lead was doubled by Jake Forward when he capitalised on an awful Sean Kelly backpass to walk around Gavin Bourne and slot home.

But the Blues rallied and Dan Spice headed Sidley back into it on 65 minutes before Jason Taylor hooked in with just over 10 minutes remaining. In a frantic finale, Sidley could have won it when Kevin Bird got through but his shot was parried by Ben Head.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Cody (Bird), Cruikshank, Spice, Jules, Kelly, McDonald, Taylor, Hales (Dadswell), Payne, Barden (Chandler). 

Lingfield 2 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 29th January 2011

Sidley United twice failed to hold onto a lead as they drew 2 - 2 away at Lingfield. 

The Blues started brightly and took the lead when good work by Kevin Bird gave Andy Hales the chance to side foot into the net. Lingfield restored parity though when Bird was dispossessed and Lingfield broke down the right and their striker slotted underneath Gavin Bourne.

Sidley soon restored the lead though, Terry Payne firing low past the goalkeeper to send Sidley in 2 - 1 up at half time. In the second half, Jason Taylor was felled in the box but no penalty was awarded and Taylor was booked for his protest. Lingfield started to come forward with more sustained pressure and equalised when an attempted clearance fell to the Lingfield forward who turned and swept it in with 10 minutes to go.

Sidley will feel this was another 2 points dropped as again they were unable to finish off the game. However, another away point in the league sees the Blues move further clear of the bottom three.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler, Rea, Jules, Spice, Kelly, McDonald, Bird, Hales, Payne, Taylor.

Crawley Down 4 - 2 Sidley United - SCFA RUR Cup Quarter Final - Tuesday 25th January 2011

Sidley United conceded three second half goals as they bowed out of the SCFA RUR Cup tonight, losing a lively game at Crawley Down 4 - 2.

The Blues started the brighter and had a two goal lead after half an hour, courtesy of a terrific Terry Payne strike and Jason Taylor tapping in Sean Kelly's cross. However, Crawley Down got a goal back just before half time when Tom Burton punished some poor marking from a free kick.

In the second half, Sidley missed numerous one on one chances to get the killer goal with Liam Miles, Kevin Bird and Jason Taylor all missing opportunities. Crawley Down again levelled when Burton again headed in from another free kick and very quickly Wes Millis and Nick Sullivan put Crawley out of reach. 

Sidley will be disappointed with the result as this was a game there for the taking, but another that slipped away.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler (Cody), Rea, Jules, Spice, Kelly, McDonald (Dadswell), Bird, Payne, Taylor, Miles (Denny). 

Sidley United 0 - 2 Selsey - SCFL Division One - Saturday 22nd January 2011

Sidley United's good run of form came to an end today as they were beaten at home 2 - 0 by Selsey.

The pitch made good football very difficult, but Sidley were the better side in the first half and only some great saves from the Selsey goalkeeper kept Sidley out. Martin Denny missing the best of the Sidley chances. 

However, second half Selsey got on top and took the lead on 59 minutes when Graham Bush's shot deflected past Gavin Bourne and despite missing a penalty, Bush doubled the lead when he side footed in from 6 yards to kill the game.

Sidley introduced Matt Darby for his first appearance for the front side since Boxing Day 2009 but it failed to spark the Blues into a comeback. A flurry of yellow cards towards the end of the game only helped break up the play and Selsey took the points.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Chandler,  Rea, Whiteman, Jules, Kelly, McDonald, Taylor, Barden, Denny, Miles. Subs: Darby, Cody, Henham.

Sidley United 4 - 1 Westfield - Hastings Senior Cup - Wednesday 19th January 2011

Sidley United progressed to the semi final of the Hastings and District Senior Cup after a 4 - 1 win over Division Two Westfield at Gullivers on Wednesday night.

The Blues took the lead after 5 minutes when Jason Taylor converted a Terry Payne cross. Terry Payne doubled the lead on twelve minutes from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area.

Sidley could have added to the scoreline but had to wait until the hour mark when Taylor again found the net. Westfield scrambled a goal back but almost immediately Sean Kelly hit a fierce shot which hit a defender as it looped up into the net. 

Sidley will now face Little Common later in the season, and bid to reach the final for the second year running. 

Sidley United 4 - 2 Arundel - SCFA RUR Cup Third Round - Tuesday 11th January 2011

Sidley United set up a Third Round tie against Brighton Reserves in the SCFA Senior Cup after winning a thrilling game against Arundel 4 - 2, which ended with ten against nine. 

Arundel took the lead through Matt Axell cutting in and bending his shot into the top corner. Andy Hales missed a penalty for the Blues after Miles was pulled down but Sidley got well on top after that and levelled through Mark Chandler's tap in. 

At the beginning of the second half Dan Spice headed Sidley in front from a free kick before Chris Rea was sent off for a dangerous tackle. Despite this Sidley continued to come forward and Spice again made it 3 - 1 with another header from a free kick.

Arundel responded almost immediately and scrambled home a second goal before losing centreback was sent off for a second yellow and his fellow central defender also saw red a short while later for something he said to the referee. Spice was denied a hat trick when a perfectly good looking goal was chalked off for a foul.

With Arundel attacking and Sidley breaking, the fourth goal came in stoppage time, Terry Payne finishing at the second attempt after his first shot was saved

Chichester City 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 8th January 2011

Supersub Liam Miles rose from the bench to strike a late winner for Sidley as they came from behind to beat Chichester.

The Blues fell behind within four minutes as poor defending allowed the Chichester forward to turn in the box and poke home. After that, Sidley began to get into the game and they levelled right on the stroke of half time as Danny Spice rose to nod home a cross from the left.

In the second half it was all Sidley as they broke through time and again but failed to find the goal. Debutant Lee Jules was just wide with a header, Kevin Bird missed two glorious opportunities, Jason Taylor rounded the goalkeeper but his shot rolled just wide and Spice had a looping header finger tipped over as Sidley dominated.

But it wasn't until the last few minutes when they breakthrough came as a ball in landed at the feet of Miles, who thundered his volley in off the bar to spark great scenes as Sidley saw out the game.

Sidley Team: Killick, Whiteman (Chandler), Rea, Jules, Cruikshank (White), Spice, Kelly, Hales, Bird, Denny (Miles), Taylor.

Ringmer 3 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Monday 3rd January 2011

Sidley United looked as if they hadn't played for two weeks today, producing a rusty display as they slipped to a 3 - 1 defeat away at Ringmer.

In a tight first the Blues fell behind as a swift counter attack saw the home forward slot under the on-rushing Gavin Bourne. The second goal arrived just 20 seconds into the second half, as Sidley were caught cold from the restart.

The Blues won a penalty with 8 minutes to go which was dispatched by Andy Hales. The offending Ringmer player, despite being the last man, only saw yellow instead of red. Despite good Sidley pressure, Ringmer killed the game off in the 90th minute as a low cross eluded Gavin Bourne and the home forward tapped into the empty net.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Morris (Cruikshank), Short (Denny), Rea, Spice, Kelly, Hales, Bird, Taylor, Payne, Miles (McDonald).

Sidley United 1 - 1 Peacehaven & Telscombe - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 14th December 2010

Sidley United came from behind to earn a 1 - 1 draw against a decent Peacehaven & Telscombe team tonight.

The Blues started slowly and Peacehaven took the lead after just 5 minutes when a looping header from Rob O'Toole dropped over Harry Killick and into the net. Peacehaven had chances to double the lead but failed to convert them. 

In the second half, the Blues were much improved and equalised on 59 minutes when debutant right back Leeroy Short headed in an Andy Hales free kick. Sidley gradually got on top and could have won it at the death but Dadswell's volley sailed over.

Sidley Team: Killick, Short, Morris (Bird), Rea, Cruikshank, Michaels, Dadswell, Hales, Taylor (Denny), Payne, Miles (Barden).

Crawley Down 4 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 11th December 2010

Sidley United can count themselves very unfortunate today, as they lost 4 - 2 away at unbeaten Crawley Down.

Sidley dominated the first half, and could have had more than the one goal lead they took through Terry Payne's excellent finish. A home penalty restored parity before Matt Dadswell was sent off for kicking out at a Crawley player after a clash of heads.

Mark Chandler and Terry Payne both picked up bad injuries which forced them off, and in the second half, Crawley Down were gifted the second and third goals as Dan Cruickshank sliced into his own net and debutant goalkeeper Daniya Tashpulatov missed a clearance to allow Tom Lyons to tap into an empty net.

Liam Miles pulled a goal back with 3 minutes to go with a deft header from a Jason Taylor cross but Crawley Down wrapped up the game in the 90th minute when Lyons finished off a quick break.

A great performance from the Blues, but no reward. Up next is Peacehaven & Telscombe on Tuesday at home in the league. 

Sidley Team: Tashpulatov, Chandler (Bird), Morris, Rea, Cruikshank, Dadswell, Kelly, Taylor, Hales, Payne (Denny), Miles (McDonald). 

Sidley United 5 - 0 Rustington - SCFA RUR Cup Third Round - Tuesday 23rd November 2010

Sidley United cruised through to Round Four of the SCFA RUR Cup this evening with a comprehensive 5 - 0 win over Division Two side Rustington.

Liam Miles opened the scoring for the Blues on 3 minutes and Carl Morris doubled the lead with a free header from a corner. Terry Payne made it three before half time after Jason Taylor slid the ball across and Payne scuffled it in.

In the second half, Taylor added a fourth with a thumping shot which beat the goalkeeper at his near post before Payne completed the scoring with a volley from a corner to make it five and set up a tasty Fourth Round tie against Crawley Down.

Sidley Team: Killick, Chandler, Morris, Rea, Whiteman, Dadswell (McDonald), Kelly, Taylor (Craig), Hales, Payne (Denny), Miles

Sidley United 3 - 1 Hassocks - SCFL Division One - Saturday 20th November 2010 

Sidley United picked up an excellent 3 - 1 win over a Hassocks side who had previously only been beaten once in the league at Gullivers on Saturday.

The Blues took the lead after 11 minutes, when Nick Whiteman capitalised on the goalkeeper missing a cross from a free kick to slot in. Jason Taylor scored the second with a wonder goal, volleying first time from a long Andy Hales cross in off the bar for two. 

Sidley had Whiteman sent off just before half time for kicking out at a player but Hassocks also lost a player at the same incident for kicking the ball at Jason Taylor.

In the second half, Sidley went three up when great play down the wing led to Taylor turning his defender and slotting home. Hassocks pressed and got a consolation through Kieran O'Callaghan but Sidley battled through to pick up another excellent three points. 

Sidley Team: Killick, Chandler, Morris, Rea, Whiteman, Dadswell, Day, Taylor, Hales (Craig), Payne, Miles (Denny). 

Sidley United 2 - 0 Lingfield - SCFL Division One - Saturday 13th November 2010

The changes to the team didn't affect Sidley United today as they picked up a consecutive home win, beating Lingfield 2 - 0 at the Gullivers today.

Sidley took the lead when the referee awarded a penalty after the defender was adjuged to have been holding Terry Payne at a corner. Adam Day stepped up to place the ball in the top corner and give Sidley the lead.

Payne himself doubled the lead ten minutes later as he cut in and unleashed a left foot shot which went unnderneath the goalkeeper.

In the second half, Sidley had more chances to add to the score but couldn't find the third goal. 

Sidley Team: Killick, Chandler, Rea, Whiteman, Morris, Russell, Harding (Miles), Day, Hales, Taylor, Payne (Denny).

Wick 1 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 6th November 2010

Sidley United captain Dan Spice was taken to hospital in an ambulance this afternoon after sustaining a serious looking back injury as Sidley finished with 9 men. 

An even first half produced little in the way of goal mouth action and the game seemed destined to finish goalless. 

But the Blues' powerful defender was left on the floor motionless late in the second half and the game was halted by the referee whilst the ambulance was called. Some 20 minutes later, Dan went off in the back of the ambulance to the hospital where he will be looked at tonight. Having already made all three substitutions, the Blues valiantly battled on with 10 men. 

Despite some calls for the game to be abandoned, the match continued and Wick broke through almost as the game ticked into the 90th minute when their centre forward was pulled down by Harry Killick, who received the red card. Wick despatched the penalty and down to nine men, Sidley had little of the ball in the remaining seconds to get anything out of the game.

But the game was secondary today. Of course everyone at Sidley United wishes Dan the best and hopes the injury is not too severe.

Sidley Team: Killick, Chandler, Rea, Spice, Whiteman (Cruikshank), Aston, Bird (Miles), Day, Payne (Denny), Taylor, Elliott-Noye. 

Sidley United 2 - 1 Chichester City - SCFL Division One - Saturday 30th October 2010 

Sidley United got three very well earned points on Saturday as they beat Chichester CIty 2 -1.

The Blues took the lead in the first half through Terry Payne, clipping his finish over the goalkeeper. Just three minutes later, Jason Taylor doubled Sidley's lead as he raced through and slotted home.

In the second half, the game became very scrappy and Dan Cruickshank saw red for a fairly innnocous foul but Chichester also had a defender sent off shortly after. Chichester got a lifeline on 87 minutes as a mix up at the back saw Sean Kelly put into his own net. The pressure came and Chichester thought they had equalised deep into stoppage time but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Harry Killick in the goal. 

Sidley Team: Killick, Chandler, Whiteman, Spice, Cruickshank, Dadswell, Kelly, Bird (Aston), Day (Denny), Payne (Miles), Taylor.

Oakwood 0 - 2 Sidley United - SCFA Senior Cup Second Round - Tuesday 26th October 2010 

Sidley United had an eventful night as they won 2 - 0 away at Oakwood in the SCFA Senior Cup First Round.

First half headed goals from Sean Kelly and Dan Spice put the Blues in command, and they never looked like surrendering it. Jason Kelly and Danny Woodley up front caused Oakwood all kinds of problems and the Blues could really have had many more than 2. 

The night was tarnished somewhat by the unnecessary red card picked up by Nathan Harding for foul and abusive language towards the referee when he felt he should have been awarded a penalty. Special mention should go to Harry Killick who had an excellent game, making some fine saves and Mark Chandler who had an excellent debut at right back. 

Sidley Team: Killick, Rea, Chandler, Spice, Whiteman, Kelly, Taylor, Dadswell, Bird, Harding, Woodley (Miles) 

Sidley United 1 - 1 Redhill - SCFL Division One - Saturday 23rd October 2010

Sidley United saw two points slip from their hands today at Gullivers as they drew 1 - 1 with Redhill in the league. 

The visitors started the better and the Blues had to ride out the early pressure before growing into the game. Sidley took the lead five minutes before half time as Terry Payne deflected in a Kevin Bird shot from the edge of the area. 

The big decision of the game came five minutes into the second half. A Redhill backpass was short and allowed Terry Payne to nip in. As he rounded the goalkeeper, he was brought down but the referee chose only to show a yellow card to the 'keeper and award a free kick despite everyone - including the Redhill bench - expecting the award of the penalty and the red card.

This galvanised Redhill and they equalised on 61 minutes after a move down the right wing saw a cross into the box for Lee Radford to slot his shot past Harry Killick.

Sidley did push forward looking for the winner, and had the better chances but were unable to find the winning goal. Another good, confident performance but the Blues are disappointed that we didn't collect all three points today. 

Sidley Team: Killick, Rea, Elliott-Noye, Spice, Whiteman, Kelly, Dadswell, Taylor, Bird, Harding (Day), Payne. 

Sidley United 3 - 0 Littlehampton Town - SCFA RUR Cup - Tuesday 19th October 2010

John Lambert's Blues put Saturday's defeat behind them and moved into the Third Round of the SCFA RUR Cup tonight with an impressive 3 - 0 victory over Littlehampton Town.

The scoring was opened in the first minute by Jason Taylor, who turned and drilled his shot into the top corner to give Sidley the lead. Despite being on top in the first half, we couldn't find the second goal until after the interval when the impressive Nathan Harding, on his debut, turned brilliantly on the left wing and crossed for Taylor to head home the second before exquisitly adding a third with a curling shot which floated over the goalkeeper for the third. 

Despite some pressure in the last ten minutes from the visitors, the Blues held firm and move into Round Three of the competition. Next up on Saturday we return to league action when Redhill are the visitors.

Sidley United 0 - 1 Seaford Town - John O Hara Cup Second Round - Saturday 16th October 2010 

The Blues hosted Seaford Town in the John O'Hara Cup and were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.

The Blues cause was not helped by the first half dismisal of Sean Kelly, but despite this it was the hosts who were the better side creating numerous chances but failing to turn decent possesion into goals. 

Kelly had returned to the side at the expense of Jack Aston after being unavailable last time out, Chris Rea also got a start at right back in place of the ill Nick Whiteman his first since returning from holiday. 

Tyler Goatcher struck the visitor's goal in the second half. 

Selsey 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 9th October 2010

Sidley United returned from the long trip to Selsey with a point but it could and should have been all three but for an injury time equalizer that tharwted the blues at the death.

Matt Dadswell who was sent off in the closing stages had opened the scoring for the blues with 15 minutes remaining after a goal less first period. 

Hassocks 0 - 1 Sidley United - SCFA RUR Cup First Round - Tuesday 5th October 2010 

Liam Miles was the hero as a Blues side missing a number of regular first teamers upset the form book in the RUR Charity Cup with a narrow but deserved 1-0 win against a Hassocks side still unbeaten in the league and victors over the Blues only last month 5 - 0. 

The goal came after just 4 minutes as Miles emphatically slammed home Jason Taylor's cutback.

Sidley United 3 - 1 Eastbourne United Association - SCFL Division One - Saturday 2nd October 2010

The Blues recorded their first home points of the season and their first double of the season as they overcome bottom side Eastbourne United Association 3-1 this afternoon. 

The hosts welcomed back Kevin Rose who partnered Dan Spice at the heart of the back four and gave a first start to Adam Day following his retrurn to the club.

Rose was in the thick of the action; firstly converting a penalty after 15 mins given harshly for a handball against a visiting defender then leaving the field in pain to be replaced by Dan Cruickshank in what looked like a recurrance of an ankle injury which he has been carrying for the past few weeks.

Harry Killick unfortunately gifted the visitors a lifeline early in the second half when, in the driving rain, he slipped and the ball squirmed through his grasp into the back of the net.

The Blues' reaction to this set back was good and it was subs Kevin Bird and Martin Denny who combined with five minutes remaining with the latter nodding home to the delight of the home crowd. Terry Payne made certain of the points for the Blues when he headed home a Taylor cross.

Sidley United 0 - 3 Crawley Down - SCFL Division One - Saturday 25th September 2010

Crawley Down arrived at the Gullivers as the early season pace setters in Division One and showed why with a clinical first half performance, albeit with the help of some poor defending from the hosts.

Former Burgess Hill front man Nick Sullivan was the star of the show with a first half hat-trick. 

The second half showed an improvement from the Blues, but without really looking like testing Shayne Goldsmith in the Anvils' goal.

The match marked the return to first team action of Adam Day following his transfer from Bexhill United, he replaced another new signing Kevin Bird early in the second half.

Sidley United 2 - 4 St Francis Rangers - SCFL Division One - Wednesday 21st September 2010

It was not a happy first game of the season at the Gullivers for the Blues as they were unable to follow up on their victory against St Francis Rangers two weeks earlier in a Jeckyl and Hyde performance against the same opposition. 

The first half saw a Blues side looking in good form; tight defensivley and pacey going forward complimenting a good work rate all over. The hosts should have had more to show for their performance than Matt Dadswell's strike - the only goal of the first half.

But the Blues were made to pay for their inability to kill off Rangers in the first half and within 15 minutes of the restart the visitors had struck four goals thanks in the main to some school boy defending.  

After the crazy 15 minutes the Blues were again back on the front foot but only had Liam Miles's close range finish to show for their efforts.

Alot to work on defensively with 9 goals conceded in two games, which will hurt Lambert more than anything with himself being a centre half by trade. It will need to be adressed by Saturday when league leaders Crawley Down are the visitors. 

Hassocks 5 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 18th September 2010 

It was not a good day at the office for Lambsie's men as they were on the end of a crushing 5-0 defeat against a very impressive Hassocks side.

The game was a fairly even affair until just before half time when Chris Rea was receiving treatment and was not waved back on in time as the hosts played the ball into the left back area where Rea would have been and from this the opening goal was scored.

This was ultimatley the turning point in the game, and Hassocks were alot more comfortable in the second period and made their superiority count with a further 4 goals, and leave Lambsie alot to ponder before the next game on Tuesday night; the first at the Gullivers when they entertain St Francis Rangers who they defeated just two weeks earlier.

St Francis Rangers 0 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 11th September 2010

Lambsies men travelled to St Francis Rangers for an early season six pointer and had new signing Terry Payne to thank as he scored the only game to secure the points.

Hailsham Town 2 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 7th September 2010 

John Lambert will be glad to see the back of the Beaconsfield, as for the third time this season the Blues suffered defeat there, this time to the hosts Hailsham Town, having previously used it for home FA Cup and FA Vase games.

Looking to make amends for the poor showing there on Sunday against Corinthian in the FA Vase, it was another poor showing which saw the Blues concede two second half goals, and in truth not looking like getting back into the game which must be a worry for messers Lambert & Farrier going into Saturday's six pointer with St Francis even this early on in the season. 

Sidley United 0 - 1 Corinthian - FA Vase - Sunday 5th September 2010

Sidley United's interest in this seasons non league national cup competitions came to a dissapointing end this afternoon after a tame performance against Corinthian from the Kent Premier League. 

Hoping to wipe the memories of their FA Cup exit at Hailsham Town's Beaconsfield ground to Lancing three weeks earlier the performance, if only slightly better than that afternoon, was not enough to progress into the hat for the next round. 

A penalty midway through the first half following a needless foul by Dan Cruickshank was enough to see Corinthian through to the next round.

Crowborough Athletic 1 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 31st August 2010 

Sidley were on the wrong end of 1 - 0 scoreline at Crowborough; Sam Carrington getting the only goal of an even contest after 61 minutes. 

The game marked the return to Sidley colours for Nathan Russell who has dual signed from Ryman Premier League neighbours Hastings United. 

Eastbourne United Association 0 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 24th August 2010

Sidley United claimed three points at Eastbourne United thanks to Danny Spice's first half header and Allan McMinigal's last minute strike. 

Three Bridges 4 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 21st August 2010 

The Blues suffered late heartache at Three Bridges this afternoon, conceding a last minute own goal after squandering a 3 - 1 lead with only ten minutes remaining. 

Sidley's game plan was to frustrate their opponents and catch them on the break and this was working to a tee with the returning Chris Agutter at the fore of all the good things the Blues were doing.

It was Agutter and Kevin Rose who put the Blues two up before Bridges pulled one back early in the second half. Allan Mcminigal struck a superb third for the Blues who were back in control of the game before disaster struck twice in 5 minutes. First Sean Kelly was forced off with a knee injury and then skipper Danny Spice was sent off for violent conduct. 

Those incidents changed the course of the game and Bridges smelt blood and piled on the pressure and not only pulled themselves level but also sneaked the winner in injury time off the boot of Blues defender Dan Cruickshank.

Peacehaven & Telscombe 0 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 17th August 2010 

Sidley United secured their first points of their first season back in Division One with a hard fought victory against a good Peacehaven side at Piddinghoe Avenue thanks to a first half penalty from the returning Kevin Rose and second half strike from Paddy Cody. 

Sidley United 0 - 3 Lancing - FA Cup - Saturday 14th August 2010 

The Blues hopes of good run in this season's FA Cup were ended this afternoon when Division Two outfit Lancing triumphed 3 - 0 in a game played at Hailsham Town's Beaconsfield ground. 

The game changed on a refereeing division after 15 minutes when the returning Allan Mcminigal was shown a straight red card for a late challenge. The majority of the crowd felt it was a yellow card but the referee deemed it reckless enough to dismiss the Blues winger. 

The visitors opened the scoring shortly after and added two late goals in the second half as the Blues pushed more and more men forward in search of an equalizer but when the luck is not with you, it's not with you - so we now look forward to Tuesday's tough looking trip to Peachaven with league points at stake.

East Grinstead Town 2 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Tuesday 10th August 

East Grinstead claimed the points thanks to goals from Ross Cable and Gareth Broome. Kevin Rose struck a reply with a free kick in the second half for the Blues. 

Arundel 2 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division One - Saturday 7th August 2010

Sidley Team: Killick, Cody, Miltiadou, Kelly, Whiteman, Cruikshank, Elliott-Noye, Rea, McEniry, Grindle, Payne. 



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