Reserves

The J.C Tackleway 4 - 0 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 24th October 2020

After picking up their first win since forming, It was back down to earth for Sidley United II as they were beaten at J.C Tackleway.

The hosts took a 23rd minute lead through Nathan Smith and they were 2 goals ahead by half time as Kale Williams netted in the 38th minute.

The Blues afternoon didn't get any better after half time as Williams scored again on 60 minutes and Andrew Olorenshaw completed the scoring in the 75th minute.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Hempe, Vincent, Tomlinson, Hardy, Davies, M Ransom, Scott, H Ransom, Mabb, Morgan. Subs: Crathern, Da Silva.

Sidley United 5 - 0 Victoria Baptists - ESFL Challenge Cup First Round - Saturday 17th October 2020

Sidley United II's picked up a first win of the campaign as they saw off Victoria Baptists to reach the Second Round of the ESFL Challenge Cup.

Goals from Corey Scott, Simon Tomlinson, Harley Ransom and two goals from Kel Radford gave the Blues an emphatic victory and a first clean sheet of the season.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Hempe, Vincent, Tomlinson, Scott, Davies, A Mabb, H Ransom, Radford, H Ransom, Morgan. Subs: Crathern, Hardy, J Mabb. 

Sidley United II 0 - 1 Bexhill A.A.C - ESFL Division One - Saturday 10th October 2020

Sidley United II's should take some pride from a narrow defeat against a Bexhill A.A.C side who went top of the table with this win. 

The game started in typical fashion with both sides feeling out the other and Sidley gathered the early momentum with Adam Mabb and Griff Morgan looking threatening.

The Blues were dealt a blow when Chris Copley was forced off through injury although in his absence the defence held firm until half time.

The second half started brightly but it was Bexhill who gained the upper hand when a cross into the box from the right found the unmarked forward to head past goalkeeper Paul Crittenden who was unlucky not to keep the ball out after getting a hand to it.

The goal fired up the Blues and Harley Ransom shot just wide past past the onrushing goalkeeper. The game lived up to the expectations of a local derby with some full hearted tackles going in from both sides. As Sidley pushed for the equaliser, Ransom was again denied a debut goal after Nick Hardy's header played him in.

In the end time ran out for the Blues but with the squad settling now, they will hope to use this momentum to push forward for the rest of the season.

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Hempe, Vincent, Tomlinson, Copley, Davies, M Ransom, Mabb, Morgan, H Ransom, Radford. Subs: Hardy, Scott, Knight-Farman.

Sidley United II 0 - 4 Rye Town - ESFL Division One - Saturday 3rd October 2020

Sidley United II's difficult start to the season continued as they suffered a defeat on Saturday against old rivals Rye Town. 

Time was that Sidley vs Rye would have been a tasty, competitive and full blooded affair. Today though saw less of the old fire between the sides with Sidley starting well and keeping Rye contained within their own half. Unfortunately a defensive mistake saw Rye take the lead on 29 minutes as the winger got free and tapping across for Alex Sarkies to slot past Joe Rogers.  

Craig Pearce doubled the visitors lead before half time when he scored directly from a corner and Sidley were always up against it after that.

The Blues believed they could get something but a sin bin dismissal for Corey Scott when he overly protested against a free kick being given allowed Rye to capitalise while the Blues were down to 10 men and Sarkies got the third goal on 50 minutes before completing his personal hat trick on 65 minutes to put Rye 4 goals up. Sidley continued to battle to try and carve out a goalscoring chance but Rye defended well and saw out the game for a deserved victory. 

Sidley Team: Rogers, Hempe, Vincent, Tomlinson, Scott, Davies, Ransom, Crathern, Morgan, Mabb, Chasumba. Subs: Da Silva, Hardy, Shoesmith. 

Peche Hill Select 4 - 1 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 26th September 2020

Sidley United II fell to defeat at Peche Hill Select on a gusty day in Hastings..

Peche Hill featured a side with former Sidley defender Sean Kelly as well as odd appearance makers Jacob Shelton and Nathan Russell and this experience counted as Blues never really laid a meaningful glove on them. The Blues began strongly but were caught by a Peche Hill counter although Sidley drew level when a ball over the top found Dave Chasumba who slotted home his fourth goal of the season.

This woke Peche Hill up and they added two further goals before half time as they took the game by the scruff of the neck. Sidley looked to shut up shop in the second half but they found themselves being penned back in their own half and finally the home side added a fourth goal with a low strike from just outside the penalty area. However an improved defensive display meant that was the only goal they shipped in the second half.

Peche Hill's goalscorers were Joe Worsley (2), Grant Cornelius and Jacob Shelton. 

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Knight-Farman, Davies, Copley, Morgan, Vincent, Crathern, Radford, Ransom, Hardy, Chasumba. Subs: Mabb, Da Silva, Willard. 

Sedlescombe Rangers II 3 - 3 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 19th September 2020

It was a much better performance for Sidley United II as they recovered from the previous week's heavy defeat by picking up a credible draw against a Sedlescombe side who came into the game with a 100% record. 

The Blues knew they had to start strongly and they did just that as some free flowing football kept Rangers pegged back in their own half. The goal that Sidley had threatened arrived on 20 minutes as debutant Griff Morgan fizzed a ball in to Nick Hardy and although his effort was saved, Sam Knight-Farman followed up to score via the underside of the crossbar.

However celebrations were cut short a few minutes later as Sedlescombe levelled with a free kick which curled into the top corner. However, the Blues responded and went in at half time in front when Chris Copley towered above everyone and thundered home a header from an Adam Day corner. 

The second half saw the home side start to take the game to the Blues and they drew level again with a free kick which evaded everyone and nestled in off the far post. Rangers then won a questionable penalty as Day was judged to have fouled his man and despite Paul Crittenden getting a hand to the spot kick, the ball crept into the corner. 

Sidley regained their rhythm and almost equalised with a terrific volley from Gary Hempe which stung the fingertips of the goalkeeper. Sidley got themselves level though when Dave Chasumba got on the end of Morgan's through ball and finished past the onrushing goalkeeper. Sidley sensed they could get a winner but time ran out and they had to settle for a point. 

Debutant Griff Morgan was named the Sidley Man of the Match. 

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Knight-Farman, Davies, Tomlinson, Copley, Morgan, Ranson, Day, Hardy, Hempe, Chasumba. Subs: Willard, Das, Cousins. 

Sidley United II 1 - 5 South Coast Athletico - ESFL Division One - Saturday 12th September 2020

Sidley United II's were unable to build on a first minute lead as they went down to a strong South Coast Athletico side. 

The Blues couldn't have made a better start as almost immediately Sam Knight played a pinpoint ball over the top of the Athletico defence and Kel Radford finished past the onrushing goalkeeper.

However that proved to be the Blues' highlight as the visitors hit back with goals from Tyler Smith (10), Dave Burch (23) and Brad Owens (27) gave Athletico a 3 - 1 half time lead. 

Sidley started to get on the ball early in the second half but a goal of the season contender from Tyler Smith on 68 minutes when he volleyed home at the far post killed off any hopes of a Blues comeback. 

The visitors were on top and 17 year old goalkeeper Paul Crittenden made a number of critical saves to keep the score down. He was beaten once more on 82 minutes as Jay Easton converted at the back post to wrap up the scoring. 

A tough afternoon against a very strong side. Sidley will look to get back on track when they travel to Sedlescombe Rangers II next week. 

Sidley Team: Crittenden, Knight-Farman, Davies, Copley, Hempe, Ransom, Scott, Day, Radford, Horley, Chasumba. Subs: Willard, Das, Carroll. 

Victoria Baptists 2 - 2 Sidley United II - ESFL Division One - Saturday 5th September 2020

The newly formed Sidley United Reserves side picked up their first point of the season with a draw at Victoria Baptists with a convincing display. 

The Blues began positively and had a couple of chances before David Chasumba opened the scoring with a brilliant lob over the home goalkeeper from 25 yards on 27 minutes. 

Victoria Baptists started to get the ball under control after going behind and they levelled 5 minutes later as their high pressing tactic forced Sidley into a mistake and allowed the home striker to slot past goalkeeper Joe Rogers. 

Sidley looked to try and get on the ball but another defensive error allowed the home side to tap into the empty net to take a half time lead. 

Sidley seemed to get their composure back at half time and they went close on a number of occasions through Kel Radford, Josh Mabb and Chris Copley. The equaliser they had been threatening came on 70 minutes when Chasumba beat the offside trap and slotted past the onrushing goalkeeper. Baptists appealed strongly for offside and the linesman did raise his flag but the referee overruled him and awarded the goal. 

Sidley pushed for the winner but ran out of time and were forced to settle for a point. A good workout though for the Blues who now turn their attention to a home match against South Coast Athletico.

Sidley Team: Rogers, Knight-Farman, Day, Copley, Davies, Ransom, Scott, Mabb, Radford, Horley, Chasumba. Subs: Mabb, Willard, Cousins, Hardy. 

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