Rye hopes suffer another blow

Action from Rye United's goalless draw with Sidley United. Picture by JUSTIN LYCETT (dh15310h)

Action from Rye United's goalless draw with Sidley United. Picture by JUSTIN LYCETT (dh15310h)

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Rye United’s title hopes suffered a setback with a goalless draw at home to Sidley United on Easter Monday.

It was Rye’s first 0-0 of the season in any competition and the second successive league game they’ve failed to hit the target having netted in all of their first 34.

Although Rye remain top of Sussex County Football League Division One, only goal difference is keeping them above a Three Bridges side which has two games in hand. Mid-table Sidley have now hit the 50-point mark.

Elsewhere, Little Common and Bexhill United fought out a scrappy 1-1 draw in Division Two. Dan Hill put Bexhill ahead with an 88th minute penalty only for Russell Eldridge to level with a magnificent 90th minute free kick.

Also in Division Two, Westfield lost 3-2 in an entertaining game at home to Seaford Town. All the goals came in the second half with David Pugh equalising twice for Westfield before Seaford won it with a stoppage time penalty.

Westfield are certain to finish outside the two relegation places despite losing, while Common have moved up to third-from-bottom - above Midhurst & Easebourne on goal difference having played an extra game.

Full reports will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played-points) - Division 1: 1 RYE UNITED 36-81, 2 Three Bridges 34-81, 3 Lancing 35-77, 4 Hassocks 37-69, 5 Pagham 35-67, 6 Lingfield 35-64, 7 Peacehaven & Telscombe 35-64, 8 Redhill 35-53, 9 SIDLEY UNITED 37-50, 10 AFC Uckfield 35-49, 11 East Grinstead Town 36-49, 12 Selsey 36-44, 13 Crowborough Athletic 37-43, 14 Worthing United 35-39, 15 Ringmer 36-38, 16 Arundel 36-37, 17 Shoreham 37-36, 18 Horsham YMCA 37-36, 19 St Francis Rangers 36-16, 20 Chichester City 34-14.

Division 2: 1 East Preston 31-86, 2 Hailsham Town 31-69, 3 Dorking Wanderers 31-63, 4 Littlehampton Town 32-54, 5 Eastbourne United AFC 34-53, 6 Loxwood 32-52, 7 BEXHILL UNITED 33-50, 8 Southwick 34-48, 9 Storrington 32-40, 10 Mile Oak 34-40, 11 Rustington 33-40, 12 WESTFIELD 32-33, 13 Steyning Town 31-33, 14 Wick 31-33, 15 Seaford Town 33-31, 16 LITTLE COMMON 33-29, 17 Midhurst & Easebourne 32-29, 18 Oakwood 33-27.