Ringmer suffer first defeat in five after late Dorking winner

Aaron Hopkinson fouled on route to goal. Picture by Steve Saunders
Aaron Hopkinson fouled on route to goal. Picture by Steve Saunders

In-form Ringmer suffered their first defeat in 5 games, when Dorking’s Daryl Coleman’s 86th minute winner snatched all 3 points for the visitors in this close league encounter at the Caburn on Saturday.

Surprisingly, manager Jason Hopkinson left out regular goal-scorer Jordan Woodley and put him on the bench, together with striker Louis Pople. With the non-availability of Billy Trickett and last week’s injury to Seb Saunders, this reduced Ringmer’s attacking options. It left Aaron Hopkinson, Jacob Shelton and Jack McClean as the main threats, supported by last week’s goal-scoring hero Jordan Stubbings.

Dorking are riding high in the league and nearly took an early lead, when a Sean Bradley effort was well saved by Ringmer keeper Dan Goodchild. Ringmer responded with efforts from Hopkinson and McClean, but the main battle was in midfield where man of the match Ringmer’s Matt Scott, had one of his best games of the season. He broke up many of Dorking’s attacks and they responded in an aggressive manner, using spoiling tactics to try and reduce the Ringmer play.

Dorking took the lead after 26 minutes, following a throw-in taken by Dorking into the Ringmer penalty area. It was latched on to by danger man Sean Bradley and he hit home from 20 yards. This was an injustice to Ringmer, who did not deserve to be one down at this stage.

Ringmer responded well, but could not break down the Dorking rearguard and the Ringmer supporters were getting frustrated and cried out for Woodley’s introduction. However, Dorking should have increased their lead, after striker Drewett missed an open goal, to the relief of the Ringmer defenders.

Ringmer came out for the second half with new signing from Hastings, Tom Vickers making his debut, but still could not break through. Hopkinson tried to force some openings and Dan Bolwell tried to get in on the act, but to no avail. Jordan Woodley was finally introduced and immediately made an impact by taking on defenders and with his stocky build could not be brushed off by the visitor’s defenders. He deservedly got the equaliser from a typical Woodley free kick, to level the scores after 62 minutes. Louis Pople was also introduced to liven things up in attack. Dorking’s rough tactics were beginning to annoy the Ringmer management and in the last 20 minutes they started to take control and go for the winner. Dan Rogers was superb at the back, but could not prevent Dorking getting the winner in the 84th minute, from a free kick 25 yards out taken by Daryl Coleman. It slipped under Keeper Dan Goodchild and into the net.

Ringmer deserved a point from this game, with the majority of the play and now travel to league leaders Littlehampton next Saturday, with hopes high of bringing 3 points back to the Caburn, as well as returns to fitness for Saunders and captain and central defender Callum Sherriff.

Team: Goodchild; Essam; Bolwell; Bunn; A. Storey; Rogers; Hopkinson; Stubbings; Shelton; Scott; McClean.

Subs: Vickers; Pople; Saunders; Woodley; Sherriff; R. Storrie