Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Sidhu’s strike enough to give full-strength United the points

ROTHERFIELD UNITED picked up all three points from their Premier Division clash at MORTIMER on Saturday.

ROTHERFIELD UNITED picked up all three points from their Premier Division clash at MORTIMER on Saturday.

United welcomed back some long-term absentees to boost their squad and took the lead in the 20th minute when some good work from Jack Smillie in the right back position found Ed Bickerton in central midfield who moved the ball on to Tom Candish who played it into Omar Cofie’s path. Cofie saw his effort rebound off the post but Ricky Sidhu was on hand to fire into the net.

Cofie could have doubled the lead when he ran through one-on-one with the keeper but saw his effort drift wide. Mortimer had some good possession and movement up front but the United defence limited them to long distance efforts and corners.

In the second half United began to tire and spent much of the half on the edge of their box. Mortimer found it increasingly difficult to break down United’s resolute 11 man defence, but got a toe into the game when a penalty was awarded to them. Rotherfield’s Ed Gadd was aggrieved with the decision and while remonstrating the decision was sent off. The long delay in play did not help the Mortimer striker who saw his effort saved by stand-in keeper Mark Compton. Rotherfield saw out the remaining 15 minutes with 10 men and had the better chance when Sidhu found himself alone in the box and struck the cross bar with a left footed curling shot.

In Division 2 basement side SONNING narrowly lost out to high-flying ELDON CELTIC as they lost 4-3 at Pound Lane. Meanwhile Daniel Tegg netted all four of his side’s goal but couldn’t stop WARGRAVE RESERVES narrowly going down 5-4 in their Division 3 clash away to WOODLEY UNITED A.



GORING UNITED RESERVES had no answer to BERKS COUNTY ROVERS as they went down to a 3-0 home defeat in Division 5.



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