I don't usually post in this section (for obvious reasons) but I'm so glad I took the long trundle to 'rundel last night.
What a fantastic game! I thought both sides would be a credit to County 3 - and could even give a few County 2 sides a run for their money.
For the first 40 minutes, I thought that Sidlesham dominated and could have been out of sight by the time Billingshurst got up to speed.
Ref seemed a bit card happy early on but overall thought he had a good game.
Billingshurst seemed to wake up late in the 1st half and could have had the lead at the break with a period of sustained pressure.
After the break, Sidlesham wrested the initiative back but suddenly Billingshurst seemed to identify a weakness and right winger, Luke Hickling, started to cause lots of problems. When he finally took the chance to cut in and shoot rather than cross, Billingshurst took the lead and within seconds they were 2 up as Sidlesham put the ball back to the keeper from the restart only for his clearance to be charged down into the net.
I'm surprised that the Sid's keeper was an outfield player, I thought he had a great game overall.
Sidlesham could have reduced the deficit straight from the restart, the striker rounded the keeper but was forced just too wide for a shot, cut the ball back only for the subsequent effort to go just wide of the gaping net.
Once Hickling was withdrawn (possibly to save him from being sent off?), the game seemed to change again and Sidlesham came roaring back, reducing the deficit with 15 minutes to go before a dramatic equaliser in the 3rd minute of stoppage time.
When Sidlesham took the lead midway through the first period of extra time, it looked like they'd push on to seal it - only for Billingshurst to tie it up just before the break. The second period of extra time proved just as frantic, with Sidlesham being reduced to 10 men just before the end for foul and abusive language.
Even the shoot out ebbed and flowed. Billingshurst missed their first spot kick, Sidlesham had their 4th saved before it went to sudden death when another save gave Billingshurst the spoils.
Brilliant advert for West Sussex League footie. Good noisy crowd. Really glad I made the long trip west (to the surprise of some Sidlesham supporters I chatted with). Home just before midnight.
Well done both teams.
And I almost forgot the pitch invasion by the ducks that hang out by the tea bar, just after the kick off.