Ringmer returned to winning ways with a hard-earned win against there more physical opponents on a pitch that was a credit to the groundstaff and helpers concerned. So,with the sun shining and 3 points in the bag it was a pleasant day all round.
Compared to the pitches played on recently, the ball ran more smoothly, which always benefits this young Ringmer side. The long ball is not manager Jason Hopkinson’s game. He prefers the pass and move game, which I am sure the players do as well. James Tidy was making his debut in midfield and will prove a useful addition to the squad, when fully match fit.
Lingfield came within a whisker of taking an early lead, when a Taylor effort went just wide and they pushed forward down the slope to try to take advantage, but the Ringmer back four held firm, with Dan Rogers partnering skipper Sherriff in the centre.Ringmer’s Jack McClean was a threat to the Lingfield defence and his early effort was thwarted by Lingfield keeper. Billy Trickett had a volley go just wide, while Jordan Stubbings had an effort cleared off the line, but Lingfield continued to present a threat. Although Ringmer play pass and move, they do tend to rush their play on occasions, which brings out mistakes. This could be due to their youth and inexperience, but this will hopefully be rectified in the remainder of the season. Ringmer started the 2nd half attacking down the slope and pinned Lingfield back. They fed McClean more frequently, which proved a dividend when he was pulled down in the area in the 68th minute and the resultant Bunn penalty was hit confidently home. Sparks started to fly and the ref cautioned 3 players inside 10 minutes, which unsettled Ringmer and proved costly when Lingfield drew level after 70 minutes. Dan Rogers attempted pass out of defence and was intercepted. After a quick one – two between Davis and O’Hara, O’Hara was was put clean through and hit home from 10 yards. Ringmer were stung and bombarded the Lingfield goal. Subs Seb Saunders, Steve Stracey and Ben Watkinson were brought on to unsettle the Lingfield rearguard and eventually got the winner in the 85th minute when Dan Bolwell’s effort was partially saved by the goalkeeper, but the rebound hit the Lingfield defender and bobbled back into the net.
Seb Saunders sent his headed effort wide, but Ringmer went on to win and gain 3 points. Jason Hopkinson was pleased with the result and named Jamie Bunn his man of the match. He stressed the point that with some additions to the squad next season, we will be hopefully chasing for honours after the young players have gained experience after this season’s campaign.
Ringmer: James; Webb; Rogers; Mikolay; Sherriff (Capt); Rodwell; McClean; Tidy; Trickett; Bunn; Stubbings
Subs: Stracey; Watkinson; Pople; Saunders