What a cracker of a result for Ringmer! Collecting three points against an experienced Horsham outfit with, expectations of competing in the Ryman league in the near future and a gutsy second half rearguard display to secure the points.
Ringmer have a congested fixture list coming up and with 3 games this week, pulled out all the resources that manager Jason Hopkinson could muster. He shuffled his pack yet again and gave Ben Watkinson, Seb Saunders and new signing Jay Tidy starting places. This was vital in collecting all three points.
Horsham came out of the blocks from the start, hoping to unsettle Ringmer with their flowing movement and passing, but could not penetrate the defence and with Josh James in confident form, this never looked likely. Horsham were slowly becoming frustrated and conceded a goal in the 34th minute when Louis Pople headed on a cross which found young Jordan Stubbings, who expertly volleyed his effort in from 15 yards in of the post.
Ben Watkinson was working tirelessly up front and gave Horsham nightmares with his never-say-die attitude. His efforts contributed to Ringmer’s second goal, when in the 44th minute and chasing a lost cause ball, succeeded in gaining possession. He somehow managed to nutmeg Horsham Keeper Smith, which fortunately fell for the ever impressive Seb Saunders to tap home from 2 yards.
The second half was a one way traffic affair. Horsham threw everything at Ringmer but they would not concede, with Captain Sherriff controlling the back four and Watkinson ever dangerous on the break they kept there lead intact. Horsham substitute McRae’s physical presence was upsetting the Ringmer defence and was spoken to several times by the Referee. Ringmer could and should have wrapped up the points, when Ringmer broke out of defence from Louis Pople, who passed to Ben Watkinson. He just beat the Horsham keeper to the ball and his effort trickled slowly to the goal with the spectators willing it to hit the back of the net.Unfortunately it bobbled against the post and was cleared.
Ringmer withstood the storm and as the final whistle went, breathed a sigh of relief. It was however, a richly deserved victory with Ben Watkinson named man of match and they now look forward to another encounter on Thursday night, when Newhaven visit the Caburn in the 4th round of the John O Hara cup. Hopefully all the lads are raring to go and have not picked up injuries, to continue Ringmer’s cup run.
Ringmer: James; Ardean- Webb;Bolwell Stracey; Sherriff; Rogers; Saunders; Tidey; Watkinson; Stubbings; Pople; Subs: McClean; Trickett; Bunn; Storrie; Mikolay