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Semi-final is looming for Sids

Sidlesham boss Daren Pearce is hoping his side can switch their sights on to winning some silverware after a crucial loss hit their promotion hopes.

 

Officials at the Recreation Ground have been working hard all season to ready The Sids for a return to senior football.

 

But a 3-0 home defeat against Alfold last weekend means Pearce’s side are sixth in SCFL Division Two. A 3-0 win against Clymping on Tuesday restored some confidence, with Jake Goulding (2) and Dan Bassil scoring the goals.

 

But, even with games in hand, the eight point gap to league leaders Rustington looks too big to close with just six matches to play.

 

Three points against fourth-place Westfield at home tomorrow (3pm) will help their cause. But Sids hopes now are firmly focused on retaining the league cup – with Thursday’s semi-final at Pagham’s Nyetimber Lane pitching them against leaders Rustington (7.30pm).

 

Pearce said: “Obviously we want to retain the Division Two cup but the semi will not be easy. The nice thing will be playing on a decent surface at Pagham which will be good for the lads. They do the hard work the rest of the season so it will be good for them.”

 

As for promotion, Pearce said everything is in place – providing they can get the results.

 

He said: “It depends on the FA restructuring. The ground is passed for step six, everything is in place so it is over to the FA and the powers that be. We are aiming for the top two and there are not many other clubs ready to go up. As a club, we always want to progress and that’s why everyone is involved.”

 

Fellow SCFL Division Two side Bosham are up to fifth after a 6-0 victory over Clymping made it sevens wins on the bounce.

 

Next up for the Robins is a trip to second-placed Roffey tomorrow (3pm) before a league cup semi-final against Cowfold on Tuesday (7.30pm) at Steyning’s Shooting Field ground.

 

In SCFL Division One, Selsey’s poor form continues after two defeats in the past week.

 

Steve Bailey’s side are now without a win in seven matches after drawing 1-1 at

 

St Francis Rangers – Frazer Smith scoring – before losing 2-0 at Storrington in midweek.

 

Next for the ninth-place Blues is a home match against St Francis tomorrow (2pm) before a trip to Midhurst on Tuesday (7.45pm).

 

Meanwhile, after three weeks off, Chichester Ladies will return to action in the FA Women’s Premier League South on Sunday, making the trip to play Coventry City (2pm).

 

Matt Wright’s side are seventh in the 12-team division and have all but secured their status in the third tier for another season.

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