County League Division One Redhill 1 Ringmer 1

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RINGMER travelled to Surrey for this last game of the season and returned with a point.

Despite setting out a 3-5-2 formation, Ringmer struggled to get the ball forward.

In the first 10 minutes the home side missed two opportunities to take the lead before, on 20 minutes, Ringmer were forced into a goal line clearance made by Aaron Hasan.

No real momentum or aggressive play was created by the away side and the travelling fans had to wait some 26 minutes before Marc Whiteman had their first real opportunity, scuffing his effort wide.

Sensing that Lingfield may have squandered their few chances and that their luck may be in, Ringmer saw Danny Davis have a strike go inches wide.

Just prior to half time Lingfield had their number four Dean Hamlin booked for an off the ball remark to the referee, Mr Colin Mallows, who seemed in no mood for dissent from either side. The interval brought to a halt 45 minutes of a game few would have paid to watch if they had known the fare on offer.

Second half and, with three substitutions, Ringmer’s players looked lively and no doubt with Sammy Donnelly’s half time assessment ringing in their ears.

Ringmer changed to a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Davis being the more likely to make the difference in the hole behind Whiteman. And make a difference he did too when, on 67 minutes, a loose ball in the six yard box was dispatched wide of the keeper and into the net.

But Lingfield were not to be denied as the Ringmer goal inspired them into a game plan which resulted in Daryl Oakins netting the equaliser.

One-all was a fair result on the day and no doubt as the Lingfield manager squeezed into the 12 shirt and came on for the last 90 seconds, both sides probably settled for the point.

It was an end of season game with only pride to play for and no doubt promises of a better season ahead for in particular at Ringmer in 2012/13.

BLUES: Rand, Curtis (A Philips), Marshall, Hasan (Mattern), Macmillan (c) Curruthers, Wheeler, Davis, Gordon (J Sowter), Whiteman, Dryer. Sub not used: Price.