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Sidlesham shock as club resigns from the league

Sidlesham have shocked the SCFL community by resigning their team from Division One with immediate effect.

 

In a short statement issued on Monday evening, the club cited a disagreement with the parish council over the use of the Recreation Ground home as the reason.

 

Council documents show an agreement made in 1985 which states the club have unlimited use of the eight hectare site with no rent paid.

 

But the council believes the site should be redeveloped so that it can be used by all of the community.

 

The decision means Sids, who were second-bottom of the SCFL Division One table, will no longer fulfil its fixtures for the coming season.

 

A club statement published on social media said: “It is with much sadness and regret that as with immediate effect, Sidlesham First Team have withdrawn from the SCFL.

 

“The local parish council have cancelled our current agreement for use of the pitch.

 

“Negotiations are ongoing for a new agreement, but at this present time the club is unable to operate at county level.

 

“The current uncertainty surrounding the club has made it impossible to recruit new, or now retain existing players to compete at the level required.

 

“Our West Sussex team will continue playing with the hope that a suitable agreement can be reached with the council.

 

“Sidlesham FC won’t be commenting further at this time.”

 

Sids’ last game was at the weekend with a 4-2 defeat to Southwick.

 

— Fellow Division One side Selsey welcome fifth-place Mile Oak tomorrow (3pm) looking to win their first game in four.

 

Daren Pearce’s side drew at Midhurst last time with Callum Dowdell getting the goal for the Blues.

 

But the home side equalised in a tempestuous second half which saw John Phillips sent to the sin bin.

 

That result leaves Selsey seventh, two points behind unbeaten Mile Oak ahead of their clash this weekend.

 

In Division Two, Bosham have a week off having been beaten 2-1 at Cowfold on Saturday. Alex Barnes scored for the Robins, who are seventh in the 15 team league.

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