A NEW kit, new logo and a new manager was not enough to inspire Sidlesham to victory on their return to SCFL Division One.
After making the short move up the road from Selsey, Steve Bailey’s first game at the helm of the Recreation Ground side ended in disappointment as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat against Mile Oak.
After two first half strikes for the visitors, a Ben Mepham goal with ten minutes to go gave Sids hope of bagging a point.
But, playing in a smart yellow and blue kit with a new logo emblazoned on the shirt, the young side were unable to find an equaliser.
Bailey, though, will be buoyed by what was a positive performance from a young side who have only spent a few weeks playing together.
Next up for Sids is a trip to Steyning Town tomorrow (3pm) in the Peter Bentley Cup.
Fellow SCFL Division One side Selsey also suffered defeat in their opening match of the season.
Manager Daren Pearce, who swapped places with Bailey in the summer, was left to rue missed opportunities as a revamped Blues side lost 2-0 to Southwick at the Bunn Leisure Community Stadium.
In front of a crowd of more than 150, Pearce’s side dominated possession but just could not convert their chances in what was a frustrating match for Selsey.
Blues will hope a home match against Billingshurst tomorrow (3pm) in the cup will help register the first victory for their new manager.
SCFL Division Two side Bosham still have a few weeks yet before their season gets underway.
Fixtures released this week have thrown up an opening day trip to Roffey for the Robins and new manager Dennis Hughes on August 18. The delay was because Brighton Electricity FC won an appeal to be included within the division for the coming season.
* Chichester City Ladies round off their pre-season preparations this weekend when they welcome Championship side Tottenham Hotspur to Oaklands Park (Sunday, 2pm).
Aaron Smith’s side kick off their second season playing third-tier women’s football when they host Oxford United on August 19 (2pm).
Before then, though, the National League South side will welcome a Spurs side who play one league above them and are pushing for a place in the Women’s Super League.
Chi will hope to put up as good a performance as they did last weekend when they were defeated 2-0 at Lewes.