Ringmer started of their Sussex League campaign with a disastrous home defeat home defeat against one of this year’s title favourites at the Caburn on Saturday.
Manager Jason Hopkinson missed this encounter and his report from the acting manager Paul Daubeney will be interesting upon his return.
Although Ringmer were missing several 1st team players, the way they performed was not acceptable and a few players will be looking over their shoulders to see if they will retain their places. New signings Ryan Cooper and Jordan Woodley were making their debuts and it was difficult for them to impress. Woodley started of brightly, but gradually faded from the game.
Littlehampton started off well and seemed a yard quicker to the ball, especially in midfield and also looked sharp up front with striker George Gaskin causing lots of problems for Callum Sherriff and Dan Rogers in Ringmer’s defence. However, Ringmer should have taken the lead when they broke out from defence early on. It ended with Jacob Shelton free in the 18 yard box, but he sliced his effort wide.
The visitors came storming back and took the lead after 16 minutes, when danger man Gaskin hit home from 15 yards past the helpless Dan Goodchild.
Ringmer responded when a Jordan Woodley free kick went just wide, but you always had the feeling Littlehampton had more in their tank.
Ringmer substitute Loius Pople nearly equalised a minute before half time after a darting run forced him into the penalty area and with the visitor’s keeper coming off his line, he agonisingly chipped the ball over the bar.
Littlehampton came out for the 2nd half attacking down the slope, determined to get a 2nd goal, but gallant saves from Goodchild kept the score to one. It couldn’t last and after 60 minutes the visitors increased their lead when George Landais hit home from an acute angle. Ringmer heads dropped and the visitors went for the kill. Further goals from Landais, Swain, Frangop, Garnham completed the bad result for the Ringmer fans.
A terrible day at the office for the home team, who now need to get their squad up and running for the long season ahead.