Littlehampton scored a revenge victory over Ringmer in this County League Division One fixture, after Ringmer had dumped Littlehampton out of the Sussex RUR Cup in mid week and secured a place in the semi final.
Sadly, before the match began, Ringmer held a minute’s applause in tribute to the loss of club stalwart Andy Tasker, who passed away the previous evening. Andy had a creditable playing career for Ringmer, but also represented Horsham and Lewes and in his later playing days represented the veterans in the Mid Sussex league, helping them win trophies. He also helped the youngsters’ development at the club. He is a sad loss to not only to his family, but everyone who knew him.
Ringmer were hit by injuries, due to the fixture congestion of 4 games in a week This would hit any side, even if they have a strong squad and the manager brought in goalkeeper Jack Lovick and defenders Ben Tompsett and Ben Creasey. This however, did not deter Ringmer and they started off brightly. They took the lead after 14 minutes, when Ryan Storrie broke down the left and his cross was diverted in to his own net by a Littlehampton defender, Ross McKay.
Littlehampton who are 2nd in the table, were jolted and attacked repeatedly, but Tompsett and Ardean-Webb stood firm. Ringmer’s midfield was getting overrun and an unfortunate error by young Lovick handed Littlehampton the equaliser. Littlehampton’s Ben Gray forced his way down the wing and his cross slipped through young Lovick’s hands into the net.
Littlehampton had their tails up, but Ringmer responded with a effort from Striker Trickett, which went wide. Littlehampton were contesting all the referee’s decisions with skipper Julian Curnew the main culprit and in the 44th minute they took the lead. Lovick’s kick out went directly to striker Jack Williamson, who went on to hit the back of the net.
The second half was the same as the first. Littlehamton came storming out, attacking down the slope and scored in the 66th minute through Ben Gray and in the 74th minute through Dan Simmonds to wrap up the points. It may look like a bad defeat on paper, but the squad is having an outstanding season, reaching two cup semi-finals and with manager Jason Hopkinson bringing in and developing youngsters. Together with his management team, he can be proud of what they have achieved on a minimal budget.
Ringmer entertain St Francis on Saturday. K.O. 3pm. in their next Sussex County League Division 1 fixture.
Team: Lovick;Creasey; Mikolay; Stracey,Ardean-Webb; Tompsett; Saunders; Stubbings; Trickett; Bunn; Storrie. Subs: Pople; Wilkinson; Taylor; Burly