Hard fought draw

Sidbury Utd 0, Wellington 0

Second-placed Sidbury hosted fourth place Wellington at Byes Lane. The game ended goalless, as both teams cancelled each other out.

The first half was even with Wellington closing down the gulls very quickly and stopping them getting into any real rhythm. The best chances fell to Sidbury, with Ashley Small missing a one-on-one at a tight angle after a very clever turn on the centre half, and Sam Elstub blazing over the bar, after a Sidbury corner had dropped to him six yards out.

Sidbury should have had a penalty when again Small beat the defender only to be brought down just inside the corner of the 18yard box, but the ref was too far away to give it and thought the defender got a touch.

Wellington also came close after a whipped in free kick found an unmarked player only for him to head wide from eight yards.

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The second half was much of the same with both teams working hard and Sidbury just edging it but they couldn’t find away to score. A special mention has to go to the captain Sam Seldon who worked his socks off and was the Drews of Sidbury MOM. Wellington did score, but the goal was ruled out after the striker turned it in with his hand. Wellington could have nicked it late on but Sidbury keeper Harvey made a fine save when one-on-one with the striker.

Manager Schofield said: “It was disappointing to have dropped points at home, seeing as the other top teams have already beaten Wellington this season, but we are still unbeaten and the lads are confident we can push for promotion this season. Wellington worked harder than us, especially in the middle of the park”

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This week Sidbury are again at home, this time to Alphington. 2.15 ko at Byes Lane.

Team: Harvey 7, Salter 7, Bacon 8, Channing 8,

Coombes 7, Seldon 9, Benyon 7, Dave Green 7, Danny Green 7, Elstub 6, Small 8; Subs: Churchill 6, Beacham 6.

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