Ringmer hit by a late equaliser after Rogers’ first half strike

Ringmer v Shoreham at the Caburn
Ringmer v Shoreham at the Caburn

Ringmer ended their dismal run of defeats with a deserved draw against their fellow lowly placed opponents at the Caburn on Saturday.

The gusty wind and slippery surface made it difficult for the players, but considering the conditions both teams put on an entertaining show and a draw was a fair result.

It will however, not help Ringmer to climb away from the lower regions of the county league division one table.

With manager Jason Hopkinson banned from the touchline for one game and his assistant not available, the reserve team management of Grant Olive and Nobby Dartnell took over the reins and started off brightly with full back Seb Saunders marauding down the wings and causing problems for the Shoreham rearguard.

Ringmer deservedly took the lead after nine minutes, when one of Saunders’ runs was stopped by a defender.

This ended up as corner and from the resultant poorly hit corner from Saunders, the ball somehow reached defender Dan Rogers who poked home from six yards.

Jack McClean who was not 100% fit, but started to cause concern with his trickery in the opponents’ penalty area.

Together with the wind and the slope, they should have increased their lead, but Ringmer could not take advantage and Shoreham slowly started to get back into the game.

Bright Temba came close to increasing their lead, but was thwarted by the visitors’ goalkeeper.

Ringmer’s own goalkeeper Callum Christie, pulled off several saves to keep the score sheet in Ringmer’s favour at half time.

The second half was a midfield battle, with Ringmer’s Jamie Bunn having an outstanding afternoon.

Jordan Stubbings and Dan Rogers, the two Ringmer central defenders, contained the Shoreham threat.

However, when you’re at the bottom end of the table, three points are very welcome and it looked as though this might be the case, but a long punt out of the Shoreham defence on 87 minutes found their forward Alex Laing and he managed to beat the Ringmer keeper to the ball and forced it over the line.

Both teams ended up sharing the spoils and Ringmer’s hunt for points to drag themselves out of the relegation zone continues.

Team: Christie; Saunders; Mikolay; Bunn; Rogers; Stubbings; Cousins; Brown; Shelton; Temba; McClean;

Subs: Tidy; Burley; Tompsett

Ringmer are third from bottom in County League one on 15 points from 19 matches. Hassocks are just above them on 19 points but have played three games more.

Selsey still prop up the division on three points from 22 played and Crawley Down Gatwick are second bottom on five points from 22.

On Saturday Ringmer are due to travel to East Preston. East Preston are seventh in the league standings.