Sids held by Clymping - but they’re a club on the up

Daniel Millins helped the Sids to a point against Clymping  Picture by Kate Shemilt C131760-3
Daniel Millins helped the Sids to a point against Clymping Picture by Kate Shemilt C131760-3

After a lot of work on a waterlogged pitch, Sidlesham’s home match with Clymping in Sussex League division three was given the go ahead but both teams had to battle the conditions as much as each other.

The Sids started brightly although chances were rare - but on 20 minutes John Phillips withstood a heavy tackle and, from 30 yards, hit a brilliant shot, giving the Clymping keeper no chance.

The Sids allowed the Clymping forwards space and on a couple of occasions, Sids keeper Ash Rochester was forced to come and clear the ball on the edge of the box.

In the second half ,Clymping came more into the match but the Sids were still creating chances. A strong wind made it more difficult for both teams.

The Sids brought on Joe Jefkins and Joe Newton and with Clymping pushing for a equaliser, the Sids introduced Dan Bassil up front.

But on 87 minutes, Clymping broke and as Rochester came out, the ball was put past him.

This stung the Sids and they went straight down the other end and had three attempts blocked on the line.

The point put the Sids third but having played a couple of more games than their nearest rivals.

With the new lads settling in, there is a great feeling running through the club.

SIDS: Rochester, Low, Millins, Cowell, Grantham, Robinson, Kelly, McCoy, Platt, T Jefkins, Phillips. Subs: J Jefkins, Newton, Bassil, Smith, Cohen.

TONY ROWLAND