Eastbourne UA 1 Ringmer 2

With a very strong wind blowing straight down the pitch the pattern of play was set from the outset with the side having the advantage of the wind behind them laying siege to their opponents’ goal while their opponents had to be content with infrequent breakaways. Ringmer played against the wind in the first half and went a goal down in the third minute when a mis-hit shot from Ryan Alexander from just outside the penalty area went just beyond the reach of Jack Stern and into the top corner of the net. Given the conditions it was important that Ringmer recovered quickly from this early upset and did not fall further behind in the remainder of the half. That they achieved that was due in no small measure to several fine saves from Stern, one with assistance from the post, and a fair slice of good fortune. However it was not all one-way traffic with Kieran Patel putting a shot just wide of the target after twenty minutes and a thirty yard strike from Joe Dryer stinging the palms of James Firmin in the home goal just before half-time.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first with Ringmer scoring the equaliser after some ten minutes when a free-kick from the touchline near the corner flag by Joe Dryer eluded everyone in the six yard box before floating into the net by the far post. Alex Mikolay and Jayson Sowter worked hard in midfield as Ringmer kept up the pressure on the home goal. Their reward came just ten minutes from time when David Altendorf burst through the home defence to fire the ball into the bottom corner of the net beyond the reach on Firmin. The home side almost snatched an equaliser with two minutes left to play when a powerful strike of Lucas Mann looked destined for the net only for the post to intervene to send Ringmer’s travelling fans home in jubilant mood with their team fifth in the table.