Sidley stage thrilling comeback

SIDLEY United's remarkable turnabout in fortune continued on Saturday with a very impressive 3-1 win at Arundel.

Thursday, 21st October 2004, 1:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 8:08 pm

The Blues had to do it the hard way after falling behind on the half hour but a stunning second half performance saw them stretch their winning run to three matches and move up to 11th in the Sussex top flight.

"It was a great result because Arundel are a good team," said joint manager Andy Laskey who felt his side should have been three-up before conceding the opener.

Chas Lister fired wide from close range, the Arundel goalkeeper made a spectacular double save to deny Steve Morris and Jimmy Watson in quick succession, and Jordan Wood failed to make the most of a one-one-one. They were punished when an Arundel free kick was slammed towards the Sidley area where Andy Boxall scored with a powerful header.

Sidley began to look a little heavy-legged towards the end of the first half but a few choice words during the interval saw them take the game to their hosts with Watson inspirational in the heart of midfield.

The equaliser came on 55 minutes when a move involving Jason Finch, Ben White and Lewis Hole was rounded off by the incoming Lister who fired past the stranded keeper.

A quarter of an hour later Watson was poleaxed in the Arundel penalty area and White made no mistake with the resultant spot-kick. Hole made certain of victory with a third eight minutes from time by letting fly in stunning style from 25 yards.

Asked if it was Sidley's best result of the season so far, Laskey said: "In some ways it was the most important one because it followed on from two wins and in the past we had a habit of winning two games and losing two games. It's all credit to the players because they have come back from the 8-1 loss to Chichester."