A scratch Ringmer went down 2-1 at struggling Chichester City on Saturday.
The Blues suffered the league setback after manager Sammy Donnelly found himself with a bare XI having received late notifications of non-availability from players who had been picked to play in the team.
The Ringmer boss didn’t even have the luxury of selecting any subs and players had to be played out of position.
Nonetheless they started well, but an own goal on the half hour gave Chi the lead going into the break.
Scott Marshall’s goal two minutes into the second half gave Ringmer some hope but a disputed penalty 13 minutes later, converted by Ken Hagan, put Chi back into the lead at 2-1.
The visitors did not really recover from this setback and, with no sub relief apart from one player who finally turned up at the match, Ringmer began to suffer from a mixture of frustration and fatigue, and the top six side were eventually beaten into submission.
The Reserves did better this weekend after suffering the same fate the previous weekend as the 1sts had this – when they struggled to put a team together in the 3-1 loss at Dorking.
This week, however, they came out 3-2 victors at home against a good Lancing reserve team. The Ringmer goalscorers were Louis Brown, Danny Davis and Robbie Frost.