Ringmer were knocked out of this year’s FA Cup competition by their Ryman South opponents Merstham, at the Caburn on Saturday.
Merstham were a more experienced side and favourites to enter the next round of the competition, but Ringmer after a slow start, competed to the end and only a error from Goalkeeper Dan Goodchild and dubious refereeing decisions made the scoreline as flattering to the visitors than the game deserved. Kicking up the slope, Ringmer went out to do a containing job on their live-wire forwards. Especially winger Tauren Roberts, whose pace was frightening for full back Austin Essom to contain. It was no surprise when the visitors went into the lead after 16 minutes, when a defensive mix up let in Rory Hill to stroke home the opening goal. Merstham dominated the midfield in the opening half and Ringmer rarely got out of their half, but they dug in. Merstham created chances, but the back four stood solid and Dan Goodchild pulled off some crucial saves.
Ringmer came out for the second half with nothing to lose and pressurised the opposition, with Jamie Bunn and Seb Saunders getting more of the ball and had a penalty appeal turned down after a Merstham defender seemed to handball in the area. Ringmer could not penetrate the visitors’ defence, who also looked dangerous on the counter and it was no surprise when after 72 minutes, Dean Gunner increased their lead. His header should have been palmed over the bar by Goodchild, but he unfortunately forced in to his own net and this disheartened Ringmer. The visitors sealed the victory with 2 late goals from dangerman Tauren Roberts and Tutu Henriques and end Ringmer’s Wembley dream.
Team:Goodchild,Mikolay,Essam,Bunn,Lee,Rogers,Shelton,Saunders,Pople,Scott,Woodley Subs: Trickett, Smith, Taylor
Photos by Steve Saunders
Shoreham 4 Ringmer 1
Ringmer travelled to Middle Road on Tuesday night, hoping to collect 3 valuable points and climb up the league table, but unfortunately it was not their night and they came away empty handed after another disappointing display in this county league fixture.
Manager Jason Hopkinson was without several regular players and gave debuts to goalkeeper Gary Smith, full back Ryan Dartnell and midfielder Kieran Perkins and although they performed well, could not stop the rampant Shoreham side who collected their first league win of the season. Shoreham took the lead after 6 minutes following a collision between 2 Ringmer defenders, which let in Shoreham’s Alex Fair to round the debutant keeper and stroke the ball into the net. Ringmer striker Billy Trickett was moved to centre half to team up with skipper Dan Rogers and they tried hard to stem the flow of attacks. With Jordan Woodley also competing in midfield, they still could not stop Shoreham increasing their lead after 24 minutes, when after a Ringmer attack broke down, Shoreham sprang to counter and Mike Damaria hit home from close range. Jordan Woodley had a darting run into the Shoreham penalty box, but his effort was superbly saved by Shoreham keeper Josh Heyburn.
Unfortunately Ringmer debutant Kieran Perkins sustained an injury and was substituted and replaced by striker Louis Pople, but soon after the substitution Shoreham further increased their lead when Alex Fair grabbed his 2nd goal in the 37th minute, running on to a cross and rounding the keeper. Ringmer looked devastated at half time and young Ryan Dartnell had to have a helping hand from Billy Trickett, who also gave him some comforting words as they trudged of for their half time cuppa. Ringmer came out more determined in the second half and had more of the play, but a lack of strikers again proved their downfal,l as no clear chances were created. Young Harrison Burley replaced Ryan Dartnell for his debut, but after 69 minutes Shoreham wrapped up the points, when Mike Damario scored his 2nd goal following a further defensive mix up. Ringmer grabbed a consolation goal in the 90th minute through an own goal.
Ringmer return to cup action on Saturday, when Saltdean visit the Caburn in the FA Vase and lets hope a full strength side is available to allow them to hopefully progress further in the competition.
Team: Smith, Dartnell, Essam ,Perkins, Trickett, Rogers, Smith, Bunn, Woodley, Shelton, Saunders. Subs: Burley, Pople