THIS match was another must-win game if Ringmer were to pull clear of the drop zone.
Redhill were an eighth placed team and are a hard team to beat when they are on form. The team remained much the same but joining Mark Price on the bench with a foot injury was former Redhill player Gavin Gordon and 16-year-old Ringmer Rover Callum Conner.
Ringmer’s chances came from the start, Nic Wheeler stealing the ball and shooting in after only three minutes; the ball rebounded off Redhill keeper Joe White into the path of Marc Whiteman whose shot also rebounded off of White as the Surrey side’s stopper made a double save.
Redhill won a free kick 25 yards out which too rebounded out off a defender before being fired back in, where Tom Rand made a great fingertip save. Then, on 14 minutes, a ball upfield from Scott Marshall found Tom Lyons, who ran through the Reds defence to score the opening goal.
Ringmer kept up the pressure and seemed the more dominant side. A long ball upfield to Joe Dryer who crossed into the visitors’ box but Whiteman’s shot went inches wide. More chances came for the Blues, with Wheeler shooting just over, Lyons shot onto the roof of the net, then squared across a few minutes later for Dryer, who hit the side-netting. Redhill, however, had the last chance of the half when a loose ball in the Ringmer area went begging but the Reds failed to get a foot to it and was finally cleared by Matt Caruthers.
The restart was a quick start to the second half from Redhill, the early pressure earning them the first chance at a goal but good defending from Aaron Phillips and Caruthers saw the hastily shot ball go over the Ringmer crossbar.
Ringmer gained more control after this and were soon in the hunt once more with chances coming thick and fast. Wheeler’s brilliant effort on 65 minutes, running in from the right, evading defenders, finished in him forcing White into a good save. Whiteman also had a good shot saved after a cross from Dryer, who then had a chance a few minutes later, but was again just wide.
There was to be no mistake from Whiteman though when he tucked away a through ball from Lyons for number two on 68 minutes. Brad Curtis almost made it three minutes later when his shot from 25 yards out on the right rocketed through the defenders, White just managing to deflect it away. Dryer again saw two more shots go wide.
Redhill then had a short period of pressure around the 75th minute, Wheeler getting back in defence to foil a run in on goal and Tom Rand had to make an important save after the visitors broke through the defence. Ringmer, however, dominated once again after this and goal three came along after a great ball from Louis Munnery, who had again been solid at right back and worked hard down the right flank. He supplied Dryer who knocked the ball on to Whiteman – and he put it away into the net.
Then came a change up front as Gordon and Seb Saunders replaced Whiteman and Lyons. Saunders was straight in with a shot after receiving the ball from Dryer, which White had to save. A few minutes later Conner got his chance to run out for the seniors and was soon in the action. Ringmer continued to have chances but no further goals were scored – although another Curtis shot ended up in the net but was for some reason disallowed.
This was Ringmer’s second 3-0 win in a row after their win of the same score over Pagham, and was a well-earned three points.
BLUES: Rand, Munnery, Philips, Curtis, MacMillan, Caruthers, Wheeler (Conner 80), Marshall, Lyons (Gordon 76), Whiteman (Saunders 76), Dryer.
RESERVES GO TOP SHOREHAM RES 1-6 RINGMER RES
RINGMER Reserves out-performed third-placed Shoreham to beat them 6-1 and take top spot in the Reserve East Division table with one game still to play. They knocked off Saltdean who had sat there for most of the season but cannot now answer as they have finished all there league matches as has Shoreham. Whatever happens now Ringmer will win the league this season. Robbie Frost bagged four of the goals on Saturday, with Sam Sowter and Jordan Lee getting one each.