East Grinstead Town 0 Ringmer 1 Division One

Ringmer moved clear at the top of the table with a hard fought victory over a workman-like side who more than made up for their lack of finesse by their energy and endeavour.

An even first half produced very little goalmouth action. The first chance of real note came in the twentieth minute when Charlie Adsett fired over the Ringmer cross bar when well placed to score. However Ringmer’s passing game saw the Blues have the majority of the possession. Their best efforts of the half came in the final twenty minutes. First a cross from Simon Greatwich found Joe Dryer advancing towards the far post but Dryer had to be at full stretch to reach the ball and as consequence his shot lacked his usual power and was gathered by Lee Whibley in goal for the Wasps down by his right hand post. Then Ryan MacMillan’s clever chip forced Whibley to back pedal before tipping the ball over the bar for a corner.

Ringmer continued to have the lion’s share of possession in the second half and after Simon Greatwich and Dryer had both missed chances the Blues finally got a just reward midway through the half. Simon Greatwich put MacMillan through down the left flank and his cross was headed home by David Altendorf for what proved to be the only goal of the game. The Blues could have increased their lead when a quick ball out of defence set Dryer on his way but his shot flashed across the goal face and eluded David Altendorf who had rushed up in support. Then Simon Greatwich ran down the left wing and cut inside before unleashed a powerful strike that cannoned off the goal post. A late spell of possession by the Wasps had Ringmer fans looking anxiously at their watches but Ringmer stood firm and indeed goalkeeper Joe Adams went through the whole game without a single shot to save.