Hailsham Town recorded a fine 4-0 win over Ringmer to move up to 15th in the table.
The Stringers made it five wins in their last five home league games with a convincing win over the Blues.
Ringmer’s team again consisted of their main squad, with only Matt Percival, who was on the injury list, and Ryan Bradley were missing. So all looked good for a good contest.
However, the pitch, which looked all right to the eye, did not favour the Blues’ football ingstyle. This bore out as the match progressed, with players finding it hard to turn and also to stay upright.
After Ringmer had given the Stringers an early scare, Hailsham took the lead on 16 minutes when Mesach Smith fired home from long range, his powerful effort squirming underneath visiting ’keeper Haig Kingston.
The score remained close into the break, after Hailsham had seen a very good penalty shout waved away, whilst the excellent Danny Williams hooked off the line on the stroke of half time.
Both sides in fact had calls for handballs in the penalty area dismissed by the referee.
Ringmer supporters were not despondent at half time This thought started to fray though when an innocuous tackle just outside the Ringmer box earned Jayson Sowter a yellow card.
Town, meanwhile, came out strongly after the break and, after pouncing on a defensive mistake, Danny Leach kept his cool to beat Kingston to the loose ball and fire into an empty net on 51 minutes.
Four minutes later, Trevor McCreadie was upended in the box in what was an at times very physical encounter – and Leach added his second by scoring at the second attempt after Kingston had done well to block his spot kick. The decision to give a penalty was hotly disputed by Ringmer.
Town’s fourth came 10 minutes from time when Shane Saunders netted from close range after Ringmer had again been caught out following a failed push forward.
To their credit on a sticky pitch, Ringmer never gave up, but an excellent Hailsham defensive performance, with further clearances to go with the clinical finishing up front, helped Town to a fine victory.
TOWN: Benjean, Dean Stevens, Williams, Lewis, Earley, Saunders, Salvidge, Simon Stevens (Blaney), Leach, McCreadie (Dallaway), Smith. Unused Subs: Ottley, Chatfield.
BLUES: Kingston, Sowter, Matten, Price, Pollard, M’Baye, Westcott (L Brown), Marshall, Reid, Whiteman, Watson. Unused: M Brown, A Hasan.