Sidley ride luck to grab win

Will Dunstall on the ball for Bexhill United against Oakwood
Will Dunstall on the ball for Bexhill United against Oakwood

Sidley United rode their luck a touch before running out 2-0 winners at home to Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.

Dorking missed several chances and had an effort disallowed for offside before goals in the closing 15 minutes from Ricky Martin and Kevin Rose gave Sidley all three Sussex County Football League Division One points.

Little Common moved up to fourth in Division Two on the back of a 4-2 success away to Mile Oak. Lewis Hole put Common in front with a header from Russell Eldridge’s free kick.

Common struck twice more in quick succession before half time. Jerome Smith made it 2-0 from Jared Lusted’s free kick and Jamie Crone flicked the ball over his shoulder before firing home the third.

Mile Oak pulled one back at the start of the second period, but Crone made the points safe by scoring a fourth Common goal with 10 minutes remaining. The hosts nabbed a late consolation.

Also in Division Two, Bexhill United had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Oakwood. Andy Garman put Bexhill ahead in the second half with a wonderful solo goal only for Oakwood to reply with a penalty 10 minutes from time.

Westfield’s five-match winning run in the same division was ended by a 3-2 loss at home to leaders Newhaven. Tom Archer and Danny Woodley scored for a Westfield side which was denied by a late Newhaven winner.

Full reports on all four matches will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played-points) - Division 1: 1 East Preston 16-39, 2 Peacehaven & Telscombe 16-37, 3 RYE UNITED 17-36, 4 Redhill 15-32, 5 Ringmer 16-32, 6 Hassocks 17-31, 7 Lingfield 16-29, 8 Lancing 17-28, 9 Pagham 15-28, 10 East Grinstead Town 17-26, 11 Horsham YMCA 16-25, 12 SIDLEY UNITED 16-21, 13 St Francis Rangers 16-21, 14 Arundel 16-21, 15 Crowborough Athletic 17-19, 16 Hailsham Town 14-18, 17 Dorking Wanderers 16-16, 18 Selsey 16-16, 19 Shoreham 16-16, 20 AFC Uckfield 17-9, 21 Chichester City 19-9, 22 Worthing United 17-3.

Division 2: 1 Newhaven 14-35, 2 Littlehampton Town 13-32, 3 Eastbourne United AFC 13-27, 4 LITTLE COMMON 13-26, 5 BEXHILL UNITED 12-26, 6 Broadbridge Heath 14-25, 7 WESTFIELD 13-22, 8 Loxwood 15-20, 9 Southwick 15-19, 10 Midhurst & Easebourne 13-18, 11 Seaford Town 12-17, 12 Wick 13-16, 13 Mile Oak 14-15, 14 Oakwood 14-12, 15 Steyning Town 13-9, 16 Storrington 15-9, 17 Rustington 13-8, 18 Saltdean United 15-1.