Ringmer collected three points in this exciting encounter with a superb performance and two wonder strikes from Jordan Woodley.
Ringmer went into this game with a stronger side than over the last couple of weeks. Manager Jason Hopkinson must be well pleased with this battling performance, although at times the defence looked suspect and goalkeeper Dan Goodchild had one of those up and down days
Ringmer started off brightly and forwards Billy Trickett and Louis Pople came close in the early stages. Hassocks battled hard themselves, but keeper Goodchild kept out their efforts. Dan Bolwell is always badly missed when he is not available and upon his return it gives the side a better balance down the left hand side, with his foraging runs that gives the opposition lots to think about. With this in mind, Ringmer took the lead after 24 minutes, after an attack down the left ended with Woodley picking up the ball and advancing to the penalty area. He hit a crisp shot, which was fumbled by Hassocks and rolled over the line.
Hassocks hit back with their midfield getting a firmer grip on the game, but Ringmer increased their lead after 37 minutes, when Billy Trickett’s effort somehow forced itself over the line and put Ringmer in command, but directly after half time Hassocks pulled a goal back through Dan Jaques. With Hassocks’ George Brown bossing the midfield, it gave Ringmer some anxious moments, but Seb Saunders and Jamie Bunn made sure Hassocks did not have full control and increased their lead after 50 minutes when a mix up in the Hassocks penalty area ended with an own goal. Hassocks came storming back and goals from Nick Pitcher and Alex Gatham levelled the scores, but this game was not going to end in stalemate for Ringmer. The ever impressive Woodley scored the winner after 76 minutes, with a lovely strike which he richly deserved, but the game ended with a controversial decision, when striker Louis Pople was sent off for an incident of the ball.
On a brighter note it was a good battling performance, but Ringmer need to stiffen up their defence. On many occasions they looked exposed by the Hassocks attacks.
Team: Goodchild; Mikolay; Bolwell; Bunn; Sherriff; Storey; Saunders; Stubbings; Trickett; Pople; Woodley. Subs: Cooper;Scott;Taylor