Westfield woe for Midhurst ... Sids keep up perfect start

Dan Bassil was Sidlesham's star man
Dan Bassil was Sidlesham's star man

Miudhurst were unfortunate to slip to another defeat – but Sidlesham made it two wins from two.

Westfield 3 Midhurst 2

Sussex League division two

It is starting to sound like a hard-luck story but the Stags slipped to another loss after failing to take several clear-cut first-half chances.

Manager Gary Norgate took a strong squad on the longest away journey of the season and after an early scare, Midhurst hit their stride and dominated the first half.

Sheehan and Liam Dreckman looked dangerous on the flanks while White caused trouble running in behind the Westfield defence. Although the Stags pinned Westfield back, they were unable to convert pressure into goals with opportunities coming and going for Sheehan, Lyons, Laoz Hyde.and Dreckman.

Just before half-time the Stags took a well-deserved lead. A hopeful cross in from Mason saw White challenge the keeper, who spilled the ball. It fell directly to Hyde to drill home from six yards.

Early in the second half, a free-kick was whipped in and the Westfield midfielder rose to score a free header from 12 yards out.

Westfield pushed for a second and a poor goal kick from Newton rebounded straight through to the Westfield striker, who rounded Standen to make it 2-1.

Midhurst’s heads didn’t go down and man of the match Hyde scored his third of the season with a tidy back-post header from a Dreckman corner.

The Stags were looking more likely to go on and win the game, but Westfield grabbed a late winner. Norgate was caught in possession in midfield and the ball was fed into the Westfield winger, who squared to allow the striker to finish into an open goal.

This was another disappointing result, but there are signs from the Stags that they have the quality to do well in this league. More focus, concentration and ruthlessness in front of goal will see them right.

Manager Norgate said: “I had a great feeling before the game we were going to get something and in all honesty we should have. The lads are still forming as a team and we have five or six to come back in for selection still; however, we now need to kick on and start getting wins under our belts”

MIDHURST: Standen, Newton, Mason, Norgate, Broughton, Hyde, Sheehan (J Stevens), Stevens (Casselton), White, Lyons, Dreckman. Sub not used:

Dowdell.

Sidlesham 1 Ifield 0

Sussex League division three

Sidlesham kept up their 100 per cent start to the season with a win over Ifield.

Manager Gary Jefkins started with the same line-up and after only two minutes a clash of heads between Sidlesham centre-half Barry McCoy and an opponent left the Ifield player down for ten minutes.

The game was even for 25 minutes with neither team really clicking and only a few half-chances were created.

Paul Barnes missed a great chance to open the scoring right on half-time for the Sids after an exquisite through ball by Tom Bayley. The keeper reacted quickly to ensure the teams went in level.

Sidlesham started the second half well and began to move the ball quicker with Joe Jefkins and Bayley beginning to get some joy on the wings.

On 55 minutes McCoy’s delicate chipped pass found Bassil, who rounded the keeper and put the ball into the empty net.

Bassil was quick to double the lead, receiving the ball on the edge of the box from Bayley with his back to goal, holding the ball up well and after keeping the ball away from the defender, swivelling and smashing a volley past the keeper.

Against the run of play the Ifield right winger broke and Sidlesham keeper Lee Arnell misjudged the flight of his cross, giving the Ifield striker an easy tap-in.

Minutes later, Bayley capatilised on a well-timed flick on from Bassil’s header, running through and slotting the ball past the advancing keeper.

Five minutes later an Ifield free-kick by the corner flag was swung in and deflected off McCoy’s outstretched leg.

Sidlesham regrouped and Bassil squared to Tom Jefkins, who popped up on the penalty spot with a good touch to smash the ball in through a crowded penalty box.

This Saturday, the Sids travel to unbeaten Roffey.