Five-star Rye crush Chichester

Rye United V Sidley. 3/12/11
Rye United V Sidley. 3/12/11

Rye United continued their Sussex County Football League title bid with a 5-0 win at home to Chichester City.

Alfie Weller, pictured, struck twice on his first senior start, Wes Tate also bagged a brace and Matt Maclean scored the other as Rye brushed aside the bottom club in Division One on Saturday.

Rye remain six points clear of second-placed Lancing having played an extra game and 14 ahead of fifth-placed Three Bridges having played six more matches.

Westfield picked up a creditable 1-1 draw away to Littlehampton Town in Division Two thanks to a second half equaliser from David Pugh. Westfield are one point and two places above the bottom two.

Full reports on both matches will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played-points) - Division 1: 1 RYE UNITED 31-71, 2 Lancing 30-65, 3 Pagham 29-59, 4 Hassocks 31-57, 5 Three Bridges 25-57, 6 Peacehaven & Telscombe 30-51, 7 Redhill 27-47, 8 Lingfield 28-45, 9 AFC Uckfield 29-43, 10 East Grinstead Town 32-42, 11 SIDLEY UNITED 31-40, 12 Crowborough Athletic 33-39, 13 Selsey 29-37, 14 Shoreham 30-34, 15 Arundel 29-31, 16 Horsham YMCA 30-30, 17 Worthing United 27-28, 18 Ringmer 29-26, 19 St Francis Rangers 32-16, 20 Chichester City 26-8.

Division 2: 1 East Preston 27-74, 2 Hailsham Town 24-55, 3 Dorking Wanderers 24-49, 4 Eastbourne United AFC 29-46, 5 Littlehampton Town 27-44, 6 Southwick 28-41, 7 Storrington 28-37, 8 Mile Oak 29-36, 9 BEXHILL UNITED 26-36, 10 Rustington 28-35, 11 Loxwood 25-34, 12 Wick 26-32, 13 Steyning Town 29-32, 14 Midhurst & Easebourne 25-26, 15 WESTFIELD 26-25, 16 LITTLE COMMON 27-24, 17 Oakwood 27-24, 18 Seaford Town 25-19.

Hastings United won 3-0 at home to Sidley United in a friendly courtesy of strikes by Lee Carey (2) and Joe Barham. Charlton Athletic duo Bradley Goldberg and Jamal Willer were introduced as half time substitutes.