Dorking Wanderers 1 Ringmer 4: Ringmer repeated the earlier victory in the season, with same score as their RUR cup success and on this occasion gained 3 precious points, with the diminutive midfielder Jamie Bunn scoring a richly deserved hat trick.
Dorking started off the better of the two sides, as Ringmer seemed to have a hangover from their Sussex Senior Cup defeat to Peacehaven earlier in the week. With Dorking number 10 Lloyd Jeremy, causing havoc in the Ringmer defence, they deservedly took the lead when from a corner, Chris Boulter headed home. It should have been cut out by the Ringmer defenders, but Boulter was gifted a easy header.
Dorking’s passing was crisp and direct and they should have capitalised on their opportunities, with the pitch playing true after the recent wet weather. However, Ringmer started to clear their heads and when Jamie Bunn and Alex Mikolay started to get a grip of midfield and James Mc.Clean starting to give Dorking’s full backs problems down the right, It proved decisive when Ringmer drew level. Jamie Bunn finished of a fine move, hitting home from 12 yards
The equaliser settled Ringmer down and with the pitch playing fine, it suited the Blues style of play. Dorking were always dangerous, but Ringmer keeper Jack Lovick looked comfortable with whatever Dorking threw at him and the earlier threat of Dorking’s Jeremy was becoming less of a threat. Just before half time Ringmer took the lead, after a lovely sweeping move ended with winger Jack Mc.Clean squaring for Dan Bolwell, who coolly struck home with a sweet left foot from 20 yards.
The second half continued in the same pattern as the the end of the first and Ringmer increased their lead with a rather fortunate goal from Jamie Bunn. He received the ball wide on the right and his cross-come shot sailed over the Dorking keeper Dean Culpit, in to the far corner of the net. Even Jamie Bunn was surprised as the ball nestled in the back of the net. The goal deflated Dorking, at which time the heavens opened and hailstones bombarded the pitch, during this time Ringmer got their 4th, when Jamie Bunn completed his hat trick, after picking up the ball in the penalty area and side stepped the defender. He slotted home from 15 yards. A superb effort from young Bunn, which also gave him the man of the match accolade.
Generally, there was not much to choose between the two sides, but Ringmer’s execution in front of goal proved decisive.
Ringmer entertain Littlehampton on Tuesday 28th January kick of 7.45pm in the RUR cup and on Saturday 1st February are away to Chichester. KO 3pm, while the reserves are at home on Saturday to Littlehampton Reserves, KO 3pm
Blues: Jack Lovick; Aarden-Webb; Dan Rogers; Steve Stracey; Callum Sherriff; Shaun Lee; Jack Mc.Clean; Mikolay; Billy Trickett; Jamie Bunn; D Bolwell
Subs: Ben Watkinson; Seb Saunders
Photo: (Jamie Bunn - Hat Trick Hero) Steve Saunders