SIDLEY'S FA VASE CHALLENGE
SIDLEY United entertain Hassocks in first round of the FA Vase on Saturday.
Joint manager Peter Heritage said the competition is the biggest trophy in United s calender: When it goes national we re given the chance to play different clubs that we wouldn t normally meet and so a good run will raise our profile.
It s the biggest trophy that we a have a realistic chance of doing well in.
Despite Hassocks lowly position in the Sussex First Division, Heritage is expecting a tough match.
They are going to be a different team to the Hassocks who are second from bottom in the league, he said. They ll still be buzzing from their FA Cup run which has earned them thousands of pounds.
They re also very organised and defend deep and will be looking to catch us on the counter attack so it s up to us to take the game to them.
United still have a long list of names on the treatment table with Wayne Farrier and Paul Sully injured and Danny Poole, Chris Scott and Jimmy Watson all doubtful. Mark Rally and Paul Balch are also unavailable.
A replay will replace Sidley s home league game against Southwick on October 23 if necessary.
Bexhill Town are looking to avenge their 5-0 early season thrashing at the hands of Steyning Town on Saturday when they meet in the first round of the Division Three Challenge Cup.
The Green Machine will be missing Richard Anderson and Conrad Sparkes as they hope to continue their revival under caretaker manager Mark Simpson.
Both Sidley and Bexhill are at home and the matches kick-off at 3pm, with United s October 23 match kicking off at either 7.30pm or 7.45pm depending on the Vase replay.