Rye win keeps title hopes alive

Rye United defender Phil Rhodes gets to the ball just before a St Francis Rangers attacker
Rye United defender Phil Rhodes gets to the ball just before a St Francis Rangers attacker
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Rye United kept their title hopes alive with a 5-2 win at home to St Francis Rangers on Saturday.

Matt Maclean and Sam Adams (penalty) were on target for Rye as the first half ended 2-2 before Liam Upton, Scott Ramsay and Adams made sure of the victory.

Rye’s Sussex County Football League Division One title rivals Three Bridges came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Pagham so Rye are two points clear having played two more games.

Elsewhere, Little Common made sure of finishing outside the two relegation places in Division Two with a 2-0 win at Storrington. Both goals came in the last 20 minutes through Jared Lusted and Sam Brown.

Bexhill United moved up to sixth courtesy of a 3-2 success at home to Steyning Town. Dan Hill, Dominic Clarke and Ashley Kidman were on target, the latter scoring his first senior goal.

Westfield are virtually certain to finish no lower than 13th after winning by the same score at home to Loxwood. Gordon Cuddington, Joe Barham and Sam Willett scored the goals, the latter in the 90th minute.

Full reports on the games involving Rye, Common, Bexhill and Westfield will appear in Friday’s Observers.

Standings (played-points) – Division 1: 1 RYE UNITED 37-84, 2 Three Bridges 35-82, 3 Lancing 36-80, 4 Hassocks 37-69, 5 Pagham 36-68, 6 Peacehaven & Telscombe 36-67, 7 Lingfield 36-64, 8 Redhill 36-54, 9 AFC Uckfield 36-52, 10 East Grinstead Town 37-52, 11 SIDLEY UNITED 37-50, 12 Selsey 37-44, 13 Crowborough Athletic 37-43, 14 Ringmer 37-39, 15 Worthing United 36-39, 16 Arundel 37-38, 17 Shoreham 38-36, 19 St Francis Rangers 37-16, 20 Chichester City 35-15.

Division 2: 1 East Preston 33-89, 2 Hailsham Town 32-72, 3 Dorking Wanderers 32-66, 4 Littlehampton Town 33-57, 5 Eastbourne United AFC 34-53, 6 BEXHILL UNITED 34-53, 7 Loxwood 33-52, 8 Southwick 34-48, 9 Storrington 34-41, 10 Mile Oak 34-40, 11 Rustington 33-40, 12 WESTFIELD 33-36, 13 Steyning Town 33-34, 14 Wick 33-33, 15 LITTLE COMMON 34-32, 16 Midhurst & Easebourne 33-32, 17 Seaford Town 34-31, 18 Oakwood 34-27.