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

Season 2009/10


Loxwood 0 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 1st May 2010

Promotion was achieved at Loxwood as Sidley claimed a win thanks to Jack Franklin's second half free kick. With Little Common kicking off an hour earlier, Blues knew that they needed just a point to clinch promotion but they took care of business themselves with a solid defensive display, capped by Franklin's quality strike from just outside the area.

The home side shaded the first half hour before Sidley got to grips with their hosts and had the better of the final 20 minutes of the first half although chances at either end were limited.

But early in the second half Franklin hit a free kick right into the top corner to settle Sidley. After that the Loxwood goalkeeper appeared on a single handed mission to deny Sidley the second goal, first keeping out a looping header from Zac McEniry before touching a Kenny Pogue effort onto the bar. 

However the fact that the goal didn't come mattered little in the end. A long distance effort was all the Sidley goalkeeper had to worry about as Blues clinched promotion to Division One next term.

Southwick 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Tuesday 27th April 2010

Sidley put themselves within touching distance of promotion with a hard fought victory. Matt McClean grabbed the all important goals for the Blues who had to overcome a contentious penalty to seal the win.

It was a poor performance from the Blues in truth as Sidley missed a hatful of chances before McClean finally gave the Blues the lead when he converted Kenny Pogue's pullback.

But Southwick were awarded a penalty for handball that was blasted at a Sidley defender from next to no distance and they duly tucked it home to make Sidley nerves jangle.

But McClean struck again from the edge of the area in the second half to take the points. Sidley go to Loxwood on Saturday needing just a point to make sure of promotion to Division One.

Littlehampton Town 0 - 7 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 24th April 2010

An excellent showing from the Blues as they crushed Littlehampton.

Jason Taylor got the Blues off to a good start with a drilled finish from the edge of the area before Kevin Rose made it 2 with a clever flicked finish.

Matt McClean got 2, Taylor added another before 2 more from Kenny Pogue sealed a tremendous win and put the Blues within sight of promotion.

Sidley United 1 - 2 Rustington - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 17th April 2010

In a game played at Bexhill United's Polegrove ground, Sidley put in a disappointing performance. They took the lead after 6 minutes but seemed to switch off, allowing Rustington to strike back and claim the win.

Sidley United 2 - 1 Bexhill United - Hastings Senior Cup Final - Tuesday 13th April 2010


Sidley United 5 - 0 Oakwood - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 10th April 2010


Little Common 3 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Monday 5th April 2010

Local rivals Little Common dented the Blues' promotion bid as Steve Morris bagged a hat-trick against his old club. Blues had come back from 2 - 0 down through an Adam Day corner and an excellent Jack Franklin free kick before Morris headed a late winner as Dan Spice was also sent off for Sidley.

Midhurst & Easebourne 0 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 3rd April 2010


Sidley United 0 - 0 Worthing United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 27th March 2010

Sidley United played out a goal-less draw with promotion rivals Worthing United but were thankful to goalkeeper Gavin Bourne for a second half penalty save.

In a tight game where both sides largely cancelled each other out, the big opportunity came in the 84th minute as the visitors were awarded a spot kick but Bourne brilliantly beat away Julian Curnow's low penalty to preserve a point.

Sidley United 4 - 1 Steyning Town - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 20th March 2010


Sidley United 2 - 1 Seaford Town - SCFL Division Two - Tuesday 16th March 2010


Sidley United 2 - 1 Littlehampton Town - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 13th March 2010


Storrington 0 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 6th March 2010


Sidley United 4 - 0 Southwick - SCFL Division Two - Tuesday 2nd March 2010


Eastbourne Borough 8 - 1 Sidley United - Sussex Senior Cup Third Round - Tuesday 23rd February 2010

Sidley United put up a brave showing against a strong Borough side as they exited the Sussex Senior Cup.

The Blues began slowly though, conceding three times in the first 10 minutes. However they improved after that, and enjoyed a moment to savour as Kenny Pogue struck from the edge of the area just before half time to make the scoreline 4 - 1.

Borough hit 4 more in the second half and their scorers were Jamie Taylor (3), Matt Crabb (2), Ben Austin, Liam Enver-Marum and Simon Weatherstone.

Oakwood 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 13th February 2010

A Zac McEniry brace turned this game around for the Blues who were staring at a defeat until McEnery's two late goals.

Sidley United 0 - 3 Rye United - SCFL Division Two - Tuesday 9th February 2010


Sidley United 3 - 2 Westfield - SCFL Division Two - Tuesday 2nd February 2010

Sidley United won this local derby thanks to a hat-trick from striker Kenny Pogue. 

All the goals came in the second half and Pogue's opening two goals seemed to put Sidley firmly in control. However Warren Parsons brought Westfield back into the game midway through the half.

Pogue completed his hat-trick on 79 minutes but ex Sidley man Matt Dadswell set up a nervy finish as he headed home Later Baker's cross with 2 minutes to go.

But Sidley held on for the win to consolidate their place in the top three.

Sidley United 1 - 0 Little Common (AET) - Hastings FA Senior Cup Semi Final - Wednesday 27th January 2010

A screamer from club captain Sean Kelly settled this close contest right at the end of extra time to put the Blues in the final of the local cup contest.

Sidley had the majority of the play but there were relatively few chances created from either side.

Common had the best chance though when they were awarded a penalty in the 18th minute but Jared Lusted, who scored the winner when the two sides met on Boxing Day, saw his effort saved.

It looked as if the game would be settled by penalties until Kelly took aim from around 40 yards out and his effort thundered into the top corner to set up a meeting with either Rye United or Bexhill United in the final.

Sidley United 4 - 0 East Preston - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 23rd January 2010


Sidley United 3 - 2 Clymping - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 12th December  2009

A stoppage time winner from Jason Taylor clinched this game as Sidley came from behind to claim all three points.

Allan McMinigal gave the Blues the lead in the first half but Clymping came out strongly in the second period and equalised when Joe Stokes headed in a free kick on 50 minutes.

The visitors then went in front 10 minutes later when Joe Shelley smashed home a through ball only for McMinigal to equalise on 77 minutes.

With both sides pushing for the winner, it was Sidley who grabbed it as Taylor finished deep into added time to secure the points.

Littlehampton Town 1 - 3 Sidley United - Sussex Senior Cup Replay - Saturday 5th December 2009


Sidley United 7 - 0 Midhurst & Easebourne - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 21st November 2009


Seaford Town 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Tuesday 17th November 2009

A good away win for the Blues. Zac McEniry gave Sidley the lead after a dedensice mistake, giving Sheldon Levett in the home goal no chance.

In the second period, Sidley doubled their lead as a good move down the left allowed Josh Elliott-Noye to find space at the far post to bundle the ball home.

Chris Stanyard pulled a goal back for Seaford with their first dangerous move of the match but Sidley stayed strong enough to hold on for the three points.

Steyning Town 3 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 7th November 2009


Sidley United 2 - 1 Lancing - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 31st October 2009

Sidley United claimed another three points thanks to a Chris Agutter brace.

Sidley United 2 - 2 (AET) Littlehampton Town - Sussex Senior Cup - Saturday 24th October 2009


Clymping 2 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 17th October 2009


Sidley United 1 - 2 Storrington - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 10th October 2009


Crawley Down 4 - 1 Sidley United - SCFA RUR Cup Second Round - Saturday 3rd October 2009


Sidley United 1 - 2 Rye United - Division Two Challenge Cup - Tuesday 29th September 2009


Sidley United 5 - 0 Oakwood - Sussex Senior Cup - Saturday 26th September 2009


Sidley United 2 - 0 Steyning Town - SCFA RUR Cup First Round - Saturday 19th September 2009


Rye United 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Wednesday 16th September 2009

It was honours even in the local derby as both sides kept their unbeaten league form going.

Dan Spice, having joined the club on a dual registration basis from Hastings United gave the Blues a 34th minute lead.

But Duncan McArthur brought Rye level with virtually the last kick of the half, striking from outside the penalty area into the bottom corner.

Rye piled on the pressure in the second half but Sidley, with Spice outstanding at the back, defended well as well as rode their luck at times to secure a point.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Cody, Elliott-Noye, Spice, Parsons, Rea, Darby (McMinigal), Agutter, Day, Honey (McEniry), Pogue.

Rustington 1 - 1 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 12th September 2009

Sidley United won't know whether this was 2 points dropped or 1 point gained as they came away from Rustington with a 1 - 1 draw.

Sam Hesmer gave the Blues the lead on 15 minutes when he latched onto a long through ball and chipped home goalkeeper Andy McCarthy. 

The home side created a couple of half chances before the break but they had to wait until the 75th minute to equalise when Steve Kirkham forced home a flick on.

Rustington then went close to winning it as Kirkham hit the bar before Lee Gibbs went close. Sidley survived a final minute penalty appeal when James Bennett went down in the area but the referee waved away Rustington's appeals.

Erith & Belvedere 2 - 1 Sidley United - FA Vase First Round - Sunday 6th September 2009

Sidley United were knocked out of the FA Vase in a match which contained an unsavoury incident. Blues went behind after just 4 minutes as Herbingi Grant finished off a neat passing move but they levelled just 5 minutes later as Paddy Cody cut inside before scoring a 35 yard screamer into the top corner.

The home side scored again right on the stroke of half time through Chris Hill's volley but the main talking point came shortly after the goal. An off the ball incident involving Kingsley Parsons and Erith's Grant sparked a melee amongst the players and the end result was a red card for goalscorer Grant.

However rather than head to the changing rooms, Grant waited for Parsons to leave the field at half time and was seen to swing his right arm at Parsons who protested his innocence. Grant alleged that Parsons struck him in the face and the row lasted several minutes before the players were separated.

In the second half Sidley worked a couple of half chances through Agutter and Hesmer but they weren't able to convert. Erith thought they had scored a third on 76 minutes as a free kick was followd up but the offside flag was up. 

Chris Honey had a late effort well parried away as the Blues ran out of time and saw interest in another cup end for the season.

Sidley Team: Bourne, Cody, Miltiadou, Rea (Hesmer), Rose, Parsons, Darby, Agutter, Day (Elliott-Noye), McMinigal (McEniry), Honey.

Lancing 1 - 2 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 29th August 2009


Worthing United 0 - 0 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 22nd August 2009


Ringmer 2 - 1 Sidley United - John O Hara Cup - Tuesday 18th August 2009

Sidley United bowed out of the John O Hara cup but ran Division One outfit Ringmer close.

Blues took the lead with a goal straight from kick off as Kenny Pogue ran through to score and he went close to doubling the Blues' lead 5 minutes later.

Ringmer then began to get a grip of the game and they equalised on 20 minutes as Sam Sowter showed good strength to hold off his marker and slot home.

The second half saw both sides stuggle with the offside trap although Pogue was twice denied, firstly by the home goalkeeper and then by a goal line block by a defender.

But with extra time looking, Ringmer struck in the final minute of stoppage time as a ball in found Matt Ford at the far post who slammed the ball home to win the tie. 

Sidley Team: Bourne, Rea, Miltiadou, Parsons, McEniry, Darby, Hesmer (McMinigal), Day, Honey, Pogue, Elliott-Noye.

Molesey 2 - 1 Sidley United - FA Cup - Saturday 15th August 2009


Wealden 3 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Tuesday 11th August 2009

A disappointing result in the end as Sidley let a 3 - 1 lead slip to end up drawing to a local rival.

East Preston 0 - 3 Sidley United - SCFL Division Two - Saturday 8th August 2009

Blues won their first competitive match under new boss John Lambert with an impressive win at East Preston. Chris Agutter and Kenny Pogue netted in the first half and Matt Darby added a third in the second.




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