Big night of football in store

Rye United full-back Micky O'Callaghan keeps a close eye on Joe Briggs during the 1-1 draw at home to Pagham on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead
Rye United full-back Micky O'Callaghan keeps a close eye on Joe Briggs during the 1-1 draw at home to Pagham on Saturday. Picture by Simon Newstead
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Another big night of football lies in prospect with three of the area’s Sussex County League clubs in action tonight (Tuesday).

Rye United host Redhill and Sidley United entertain Arundel in Division One, while Little Common are at home to Eastbourne United AFC in a match which could have a significant bearing on the Division Two promotion places.

Seventh-placed Rye expect to welcome back the like of Jack Franklin, Sean Kelly, Anthony Storey and Joe Winchester against a second-placed Redhill side which lies just a point off the summit.

Rye are unbeaten in eight under joint bosses Storey and Marc Gall, and were 4-1 winners in September’s reverse fixture. They trail their opponents by nine points having played three fewer matches. Kick-off at The Salts is 7.45pm.

Sidley will be looking to continue their run of four wins in their last five games against an Arundel team which they will go above if they win tonight. Kick-off at Gullivers is 7.45pm.

The Blues are now up to 15th place and eight points above the three relegation positions. Sidley and Arundel, who are unbeaten in their last three, have yet to meet this season with the reverse fixture scheduled for the final day of the campaign.

Common and Eastbourne look to be the only two clubs in with a realistic chance of finishing third in Division Two. Common are six points behind Eastbourne with a game in hand so they really can’t afford to lose tonight.

A 4-0 defeat at title-chasing Littlehampton Town on Saturday ended Common’s run of seven points from a possible nine, while Eastbourne have scored five in winning each of their last two matches having conceded seven to leaders Newhaven immediately before that. Kick-off at The Recreation Ground is 7.30pm.