Five-star Rye hammer Horsham

Matt Maclean scored his 20th goal of the season during Rye United's 5-1 win over Horsham YMCA. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
Matt Maclean scored his 20th goal of the season during Rye United's 5-1 win over Horsham YMCA. Picture by Terry S. Blackman

Rye United marked their long-awaited return to league action with a 5-1 win at home to Horsham YMCA on Saturday.

Sam Adams put Rye ahead shortly before half time and Rye ran away with the Sussex County Football League Division One match thanks to four goals in little more than 15 second half minutes.

Matt Maclean bagged his 20th of the season, new signing Ollie Lockyer netted on his debut, Sean Kelly came up from the back to grab the fourth and Dominic Clarke completed the scoring.

In the same division, Sidley United earned a very creditable 1-1 draw away to high-riding Redhill. Both goals came during the second half, with David Pugh netting Sidley’s equaliser.

Little Common put a run of three defeats in four matches since Christmas behind them with a 3-0 success at home to Mile Oak in Division Two.

A Russell Eldridge penalty gave Common a half time lead and an own goal doubled their advantage going into the final half-hour. Eldridge sealed Common’s third win over Oak this season with a late third.

Bexhill United drew 2-2 at home to Wick despite having George Aston sent-off. Jordan Woodley put Bexhill ahead on his home debut, but the Pirates needed a Will Dunstall goal to salvage a point.

Westfield also fought out a 2-2 draw away to Rustington in another Division Two fixture. Jethro Warren scored both of Westfield’s goals. Full reports on all of these matches will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played-points) - Division 1: 1 Peacehaven & Telscombe 23-54, 2 Hassocks 29-52, 3 Ringmer 27-52, 4 East Preston 22-50, 5 Pagham 24-47, 6 Redhill 23-46, 7 RYE UNITED 20-45, 8 East Grinstead Town 26-44, 9 Lancing 25-41, 10 St Francis Rangers 25-39, 11 Lingfield 23-36, 12 Crowborough Athletic 26-35, 13 Horsham YMCA 24-34, 14 Arundel 25-32, 15 Selsey 25-27, 16 Hailsham Town 22-25, 17 Dorking Wanderers 27-25, 18 SIDLEY UNITED 23-24, 19 Shoreham 26-24, 20 Chichester City 27-19, 21 AFC Uckfield 23-9, 22 Worthing United 25-7.

Division 2: 1 Newhaven 24-54, 2 Littlehampton Town 19-48, 3 Eastbourne United AFC 20-42, 4 LITTLE COMMON 21-39, 5 Broadbridge Heath 22-37, 6 BEXHILL UNITED 21-37, 7 Midhurst & Easebourne 20-36, 8 Loxwood 22-35, 9 WESTFIELD 20-31, 10 Mile Oak 21-27, 11 Seaford Town 20-26, 12 Southwick 22-23, 13 Wick 20-23, 14 Storrington 23-23, 15 Steyning Town 20-20, 16 Rustington 21-15, 17 Oakwood 20-13, 18 Saltdean United 22-1.