Ringmer complete campaign with defeat against East Grinstead

Kieran Payment's free kick heads goalwards. Picture by Steve Saunders
Kieran Payment's free kick heads goalwards. Picture by Steve Saunders

Ringmer completed their 13/14 campaign, suffering a defeat against County league Runners-up East Grinstead, who will be competing in the Ryman League next season.

On a bright and sunny afternoon, East Grinstead brought a large following to cheer them on past their final hurdle. This produced the highest attendance of the season at The Caburn Ground.

Ringmer manager Jason Hopkinson, was at last able to near enough field a full squad, with the exception of striker Billy Trickett. He and the home fans wanted his youthful squad to end the season on a high, however East Grinstead had other ideas and dictated the play in the early stages. Striker Dan Turner hit the bar, but Ringmer were not easy meat and reacted with a couple of efforts from Jamie Bunn and Seb Saunders, both of which unfortunately went wide.

After 15 minutes influential skipper and centre half Callum Sherriff, suffered a muscle strain and was replaced by Ben Thompsett. His leadership skills were missed against a determined East Grinstead side. Seb Saunders had the opportunity to put Ringmer one up after he latched on to Jack McClean’s cross, but his effort was superbly blocked by 2 defenders. Not many chances were created up to the break and both teams seemed content with the goalless first half.

East Grinstead soon got into their stride in the 2nd half, attacking down the slope and took the lead after 48 minutes, when Dan Turner’s effort was hit home from 15 yards. This left keeper James with no chance. East Grinstead’s followers raised the roof and roared them on to settle the game, but Ringmer hit back when young Jordan Stubbings came close after his effort skimmed the bar. However, the inevitable happened when East Grinstead increased their lead with a 20 yard free kick from Kieran Payment in the 76th minute and the points were wrapped up in the 90th minute when Craig Gordsir netted home a right wing cross, to send the away supporters home happy.

An unsatisfactory result to end the season for Ringmer, but there are many positive points going forward into next season. Bringing the youngsters through under Jason’s management, the team can only get better and a 9th position finish in the league, is a good start to his campaign.

The club’s presentation evening is at 7.30pm on Friday 16th May at the Caburn and all supporters are welcome to attend.

Team: James,Lee,Bolwell,Mikolay,Sherriff,Rogers,McClean,Stracey,Saunders,Bunn,Stubbings.

Subs: Pople,Blundell,Thompsett,Watkinson,Ardean-Webb