Ringmer gained a fortunate point in this County League Division One clash at the Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre on Saturday.
Ringmer saw the return of goalkeeper Dan Goodchild and Jordan Stubbings return after his summer break, together with midfielder Seb Saunders who was missing in the midweek Cup defeat at Eastbourne United.
However, Ringmer did not look confident after so many changes to the team over the last couple of weeks, which is understandable. Broadbridge Heath looked sharper to the ball and had the majority of the play. Their main threat came down both flanks, where both fullbacks were exposed and it was not a happy afternoon for them. This caused a lot of concern for the Ringmer defence, but they held firm and kept a clean sheet up to half time.
The home side started the second half eager to get a quick goal and attacked repeatedly. There were only rare attacks from the Ringmer forwards and it was no surprise after 55 minutes when Heath took the lead from a corner kick. Keeper Dan Goodchild palmed out the kick to the edge of the penalty box, but it was picked up by Ollie Moore who hit the ball into the top of the net .Heath went for the kill and only smart goalkeeping kept Ringmer in the game. After 66 minutes Ringmer’s luck changed, when Ringmer broke out from defence and Jordan Woodley picked up the ball just inside the Heath half and on his own, headed for goal. Just outside the area he was pulled back and the assailant was sent off. A free kick was given, which Woodley hit home with a wonderful strike to level the scores and the Ringmer bench sighed with relief.
Although Heath were reduced to 10 men, they still looked dangerous. Ringmer looked dangerous too, with Seb Saunders and Jordan Woodley going close. In the 83rd minute Heath had another man sent off for a second bookable offence, but Heath could have wrapped up all three points and but for the deserved man of the match Dan Goodchild pulling off several fantastic saves, this could have been another disappointing afternoon for the Ringmer team and their faithful followers.
Ringmer will have to step up their game in order to get away from the basement area of the league table, after being fortunate to come away with a point in this encounter.
Team: Goodchild; Essam; Mikolay; Bunn; Sherriff; Cooper; Shelton; Stubbings; Pople; Saunders; Woodley. Subs: Trickett; Taylor