Hailsham Town 2nd XI – 9 v 1 – Ringmer 2nd XI Reserve Premier Division

Everyone hoped that Ringmer’s last game of this torrid season might be an evenly fought contest, particularly as both teams are in the drop zone from the Reserve Premier division. A small statistic to note was that whilst Ringmer had accumulated 13 points over the whole season, Hailsham had managed to a tally of 28 points, before this game. Ringmer have competed well all season, although not getting results they have always given the opposition a competition. For some reason, Ringmer capitulated in the second half of this game, allowing Hailsham to romp to a win in a crushing and humiliating defeat.

Suffice to say, there was not a lot of Ringmer football to write about. Most of the lads worked hard but the strong Hailsham side exposed the flaws. The first half finished 1-1, Town’s goal was on 35m and Ringmer’s goal was on 44m when Rob broke with the ball on the left, he then cut inside and shot, the Hailsham keeper denying the first shot however Rob collected the rebound and buried the ball in the middle of the goal. The half time score was flattering for Ringmer because Town had at times barraged the Ringmer goal from all angles and directions without success.

At half time both Jesse and Ben R came off sick. Ben Courtnage and Louis Brown stepped forward, Ben went to right back for Jesse, Louis B went to left back, Neil went to left midfield and Louis M went up front with Rob.

Although Hailsham scored a few goals in the second half, Ringmer did have a couple of chances on goal from Louis M and Rob. At 75m, Richard Hooper came on for Andy in a direct swap. The tempo of Town’s regular scoring carried on unabated until eventually the referee’s FT whistle put Ringmer out of their misery.

Ringmer Football club should not forget the lessons learned this season so that when they repeat the success of the previous season they are prepared for the challenge of the Reserve Premier. It is a significant step up, probably akin with County two/three, it punishes mistakes.

Have a great summer, lick the wounds and remember you play because you love to play football and you want to play at a club that believes in development. The events that have marred this season were outside your control, well done to all those that have persisted despite everything, this shows your true character and loyalty, hopefully you will be strengthened by this experience.

Best wishes to you all, adieus.