Rye held to frustrating draw

RYE United have lost further ground in their quest for the Sussex County Football League title.

The Quarterboys are 11 points behind Division One leaders Pagham after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Lancing on Saturday.

Sam Adams gave Rye, who fielded striker Scott Ramsay in goal, the perfect start, but missed chances again proved costly as Lancing equalised later in the first half.

Elsewhere, Josh Willis saved an 84th minute penalty to earn Sidley United a 0-0 draw at home to Worthing United in the same division.

Little Common are through to round three of the Sussex Senior Cup after goals from Jamie Crone (2) and Jordan Wood gave them a 3-1 win at home to Southwick.

Despite falling behind to a first minute penalty, Bexhill United won 2-1 away to Hailsham Town in round two of the Sussex Division Two Challenge Cup.

Paul Rogers and Dominic Clarke were on target for Bexhill, but Clarke’s former club, Westfield, lost 4-0 away to Storrington in round one of the same competition.

Full reports on each of these matches will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played-points) – Sussex Division 1: 1 Pagham 13-39, 2 RYE UNITED 14-28, 3 Peacehaven & Telscombe 14-25, 4 AFC Uckfield 13-23, 5 Three Bridges 11-21, 6 Lingfield 11-20, 7 Lancing 11-19, 8 Redhill 10-18, 9 Crowborough Athletic 13-17, 10 East Grinstead Town 14-17, 11 SIDLEY UNITED 10-16, 12 Selsey 9-15, 13 Horsham YMCA 13-15, 14 Hassocks 11-13, 15 Ringmer 12-13, 16 Worthing United 10-7, 17 Shoreham 9-5, 18 Arundel 9-4, 19 St Francis Rangers 11-4, 20 Chichester City 8-3.

Division 2: 1 East Preston 11-28, 2 Hailsham Town 11-28, 3 Dorking Wanderers 10-24, 4 Southwick 13-21, 5 Littlehampton Town 10-18, 6 Storrington 12-17, 7 Rustington 11-17, 8 Wick 10-15, 9 BEXHILL UNITED 10-13, 10 Mile Oak 12-13, 11 Seaford Town 9-12, 12 WESTFIELD 10-11, 13 Eastbourne United AFC 11-11, 14 Oakwood 12-11, 15 LITTLE COMMON 10-9, 16 Steyning Town 11-9, 17 Midhurst & Easebourne 11-7, 18 Loxwood 8-5.