AFTER Ringmer’s midweek 1-0 win over AFC Uckfield in the Brighton Charity Cup, Blues supporters eagerly awaited this match to see if they would repeat their new found form.
The team now seemed to have settled in after the previous line-up changes. A similar team sheet as the last three matches saw Tom Rand back in goal following his thumb injury.
With the sun blazing down the match got underway with Ringmer kicking down the slope.
The match started untidily as both sides tested each other; unfortunately this lasted for the whole half which made it rather scrappy and largely without any end product.
Ringmer though certainly had had the better of the half. The Blues’ Scott Marshall couldn’t find a way through a densly populated Pagham box with the first real attempt on 16 minutes, while Tom Lyons and Marshall both had shots go wide around the half-hour point – and a Joe Dryer free kick went just over the Pagham bar just before the half time whistle.
The second half started in the same vein for the first 15 minutes. A tackle by Dryer on Pagham’s Bikram Singh saw a free kick awarded 24 yards out in front of goal. But, from this threatening position, the free kick was played out to the right where it was quickly dealt with by the Blues defence.
Ringmer manager Sammy Donnelly changed things on 60 minutes, and this changed the game. Donnelly introduced a fresh approach, bringing on subs Nic Wheeler and Aaron Phillips. Ringmer then started to find room and each other: Dryer fired in on 65 minutes but his shot was deflected just wide.
Then, a minute later, Lyons got the opening goal after a Dryer corner had at least two shots blocked from Ringmer boots. Lyons finally blasted into the net past a diving Wes Hallet in the Lions goal.
And within six minutes the Blues were two up after Dryer volleyed in from 10 yards after great passing work between Marc Whiteman and Wheeler on the right had set up the chanc4.
Pagham threatened to hit back in the 83rd minutes when Rand had to make his only real save of the day to keep a clean sheet. Then two minutes later on return the wrong Lion got hold of a loose ball in the Pagham box some 20 yards out and belted in a third for Ringmer. Pagham fought on but did not have any answer and Ringmer took a well deserved three points.
BLUES: Rand, Munnery, Dryer, Price, MacMillan, Caruthers, Curtis (Wheeler 60), Marshall, Lyons, Gordon (Phillips 60), Whiteman.
n RINGMER Reserves played their part in a high-scoring 3-3 draw at AFC Uckfield.
The Blues Reserves at the Oaks were first to get on the score sheet but two clear penalties were not awarded to the Blues’ amazement and Ringmer in at the break 3-1 down. A sterling second half effort, however, saw them come back to level the scores at 3-3 too rescue a point.
Ringmer’s goals came from James Novis (23 minutes), Josh Lawrence (55 mins) and Robbie Frost (89 mins). Wayne Brown scored a brace for AFC Uckfield.