RINGMER’S 2-1 defeat at Rye does not tell the real story and does not do justic to the Blues efforts on this rain-drenched afternoon’s game.
Ringmer knew it would be a hard game against the league leaders but they looked much the better side for a majority of the game. In fact, the visitors, struggling near the bottom of division one, were leading until the 75th minute when two goals in as many minutes saw the high-flying hosts snatch the points away in agonising fashion.
An early scare came in the first 10 minutes as Rye stormed up field, Ringmer keeper Gary Trott, who was standing in for an injured Tom Rand, saved the shot but spilled the ball, but he recovered it well under extreme pressure. After a while Ringmer gained their composure and took the game to Rye, Brad Curtis leading the charge with a solo run, firing inches wide, thankfully for the diving keeper Josh Pelling. Joe Dryer, working on the left, turned inside his defender but saw his shot saved by Pelling five minutes later.
On the half-hour Rye crowded the Ringmer box as a corner came in, causing a melee in front of Trott. The ball was eventually cleared by the Blues who retaliated with a great passing run upfield that ended with Scott Marshall evading the keeper’s dive but he was caught by a desperate tackle as he shot.
Nic Wheeler cross from the right came close but was just tipped over by Pelling; then, a few minutes later, Wheeler turned the ball well from a Louis Munnery throw-in but his shot also went just over.
The half ended without any score but Ringmer looking the better and most likely to score – but with Rye kicking down in the second half the pressure was expected to be far greater from the Quarterboys. It was Ringmer, whoever, who came straight out of the blocks after the break, with Marshall firing in from the right inide the first minute, forcing Pelling to tip the ball over his crossbar once again.
The return attack by Rye had Trott making a good save at the feet of an unknown Rye striker.
Trott’s kick out then found Dryer who took the ball upfield and passed through to Tom Lyons who shot round a defender to go inches wide of goal.
Then on 53 minutes, Wheeler survived a heavy tackle to carry on his run up the right side, crossing over a pinpoint ball to Lyons in front of goal, who fired in past a diving Pelling for the game’s opening goal.
Lyons nearly had another two minutes later after Dryer swung the ball in but Lyons’ shot was deflected just past the post.
The ball was then cleared out from the resulting corner but only to the feet of Marshall who blasted the ball goalward but again just wide. The end-to-end nature of the game continued, with first an effort being headed narrowly wide of the Ringmer goal, and then the Blues seeing two good chances at the Rye end: first the ball was crossed from the right and then back from the left across the goalmouth, but both times it was somehow blocked from going into the net.
Rye were getting closer when a corner pinged around the Ringmer goalmouth was finally shot in from close range – but Louis Munnery made an important block on the Blues goal line to save. Ringmer yet again benefited from Rye’s failure to track back and burst out from the clearance; this ended with Dryer, Lyons and Marshall all having shots but again some how the ball just would not cross the line.
A call for more urgency from the Rye bench saw the ball headed home in the 75th minute.
A period of pressure from Rye earned them a corner; from this Rye finally forced the ball home through a well-packed goalmouth, with a goal from Kenny Pogue. And a few minutes later a free kick on the edge of the Blues’ 18-yard-box was once again flung into a crowded and frenzied goalmouth – and once again the ball was knocked in, for Rye’s second, this time scored by Matt Maclean.
Rye then dropped off again as Ringmer drove on to level but, even with fresh legs up front as Gavin Gordon and Marc Whiteman where brought on, Rye clung on for the last 10 minutes to steal the three points.