Football: It’s misery for Mids and Sids

It was a bad week for Sidlesham and Midhurst - both slipped to home Sussex League defeats.

Sidlesham 3 Ifield 5

Sussex League division three

Sidlesham started well and gave Ifield no chance to settle - and from a corner on ten minutes, Andy Hounsome headed the Sids ahead.

The Sids continued to dominate but had to wait until the 40th minute before they increased their lead when Tom Bayley hammered home from an acute angle.

The second half was only two minutes old when Ifield scored and they then took over the match and drew level on 65 minutes. Five minutes later, they took the lead with a great goal.

The Sids were on the back foot but Gary Jones put the Sids back on level terms when he scored from a brilliant free-kick on 80 minutes.

The Sids had Hounsome sent off for a second yellow and on 85 minutes, an Ifield forward scored from an offside position. The Sidlesham linesman was flagging but was over-ruled by the referee.

When Gary Jones suffered a jaw injury, the referee would not stop play saying it was not a head injury - and following a heated exchange with the official, Jones was sent off.

On 90 minutes the referee awarded Ifield a penalty after he again ignored the linesman, allowing them to increase their lead.

This was the Sids’ second consecutive home defeat and although the referee was poor, this defeat cannot be put down to his dismal performance - the hosts simply never got going in the second half.

SIDS: Cohen, Millins, Carrigher, Jones, Low, Hounsome, Platt, Phillips, Bayley, Bassil, Derry. Subs: Newman, Bunker, Brown, Membry.

TONY ROWLAND

Midhurst 0 Steyning 2

Sussex League division two

AFTER nine games, Midhurst are stuck fast on three points and marooned at the bottom of the table.

Of concern to manager Dave Berkowitz and his staff is that most of their games played have been against teams regarded the weaker ones in the division - although Saturday’s game was the exception as third-placed Steyning came to town.

Sean Dummer returned to the squad after a long-term injury and Lawrence Hyde was available.

Many aspects of the team’s play is getting stronger and it will improve as players who left to try to improve their luck with another club return.

Having played three games at home, Midhurst now have an away fixture - they head to mid-table Bexhill.

Midhurst’s reserves host Clymping this Saturday.

MIDHURST: Kearns, Chaplin, Renshaw, Miller, Hotston, Hyde, Turner, Newton, Sheldrick, Norgate, Dummer. Subs: Castleton, Wakeford, Pelling.

TED DUMMER