Fine wins for Rye and Sidley

Rye United v Arundel action - Jono Richardson on the ball for Rye
Rye United v Arundel action - Jono Richardson on the ball for Rye
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Rye United and Sidley United picked up much-needed Sussex County Football League Division One victories on Saturday.

Sidley ended a run of eight defeats in 11 matches with a 2-1 success away to AFC Uckfield, while Rye put a sequence of one point from three league games behind them by winning 5-2 at home to Arundel.

Matt Maclean scored a hat-trick for Rye - his first coming after 56 seconds and the last in the first minute of added time - and there was one each for Duncan McArthur (penalty) and Scott Ramsay.

Jason Taylor scored both goals for Sidley, but there was less good news from elsewhere with Bexhill United, Little Common and Westfield all tasting defeat.

Common lost 2-0 at home to Midhurst & Easebourne and Bexhill went down by the same score at Mile Oak in Division Two, while Westfield were edged out 5-4 after extra-time at home to Dorking Wanderers.

Joe Barham, Sam Willett and Ben Ridgway were on target for Westfield in a John O’Hara League Challenge Cup second round tie. Full reports on each of these matches will appear in Friday’s 0bservers.

Standings (played-points) - Division 1: 1 Pagham 14-39, 2 RYE UNITED 15-31, 3 Peacehaven & Telscombe 15-28, 4 Lingfield 13-26, 5 Redhill 12-24, 6 Lancing 13-23, 7 AFC Uckfield 14-23, 8 Three Bridges 11-21, 9 Crowborough Athletic 15-20, 10 Hassocks 13-19, 11 SIDLEY UNITED 12-19, 12 East Grinstead Town 16-18, 13 Horsham YMCA 14-18, 14 Selsey 11-15, 15 Ringmer 13-13, 16 Worthing United 12-10, 17 Shoreham 11-6, 18 St Francis Rangers 13-5, 19 Arundel 10-4, 20 Chichester City 9-3.

Division 2: 1 East Preston 11-28, 2 Hailsham Town 11-28, 3 Dorking Wanderers 10-24, 4 Southwick 14-24, 5 Littlehampton Town 10-18, 6 Wick 11-18, 7 Storrington 13-17, 8 Rustington 12-17, 9 Mile Oak 13-16, 10 BEXHILL UNITED 12-14, 11 Eastbourne United AFC 13-13, 12 Seaford Town 9-12, 13 Steyning Town 12-12, 14 WESTFIELD 10-11, 15 Oakwood 13-11, 16 Midhurst & Easebourne 12-10, 17 LITTLE COMMON 11-9, 18 Loxwood 9-6.