Ringmer 4 Crawley Down Gatwick 2

Paul Cooper and Steve Barrow SUS-140212-082152001
Paul Cooper and Steve Barrow SUS-140212-082152001

By Mike May

Overall this was a much improved performance from the Anvils despite what the final scoreline might suggest.

Played out on a real pudding of a pitch both sides found it difficult to move the ball around.

Ringmer took the lead when tall striker Jordan Stubbins seized on a loose ball drove home from 25 yards.

Ringmer increased their lead from a corner by Seb Saunders which found Jordan Woodley in space to rifle home the Blues’ second.

Although two goals down the Anvils continued to take the game to the home side with Sam Cane pushing forward while Grant Rigler found the tough conditions to his liking in holding the ball up then feeding the speed of Leyton Regan and Lee Thomas.

Ringmer went 3-0 ahead at half-time from a most undeserved penalty was given and put away by Woodley.

Hopes were high for the Anvils as they attacked down the notorious slope, although it was an early shot from Ringmer’s Saunders that just drifted wide of the upright.

On the hour mark the Anvils started to get on top, with Ciaran Steers on for the hard working Harry Lowe they started to stretch the home defence with a Steers corner and a Regan free-kick causing problems,

Their breakthrough finally came after 67 minutes with another Regan free-kick that found Steers who steered the ball home.

Ringmer then rubbed further salt into the Anvil wounds with Saunders stumbling through to notch the Blues’ fourth, but the Anvils quickly responded with Cane running home the Anvils second in added time.

Crawley Down Gatwick: Sam Jackson, Sonny Barton, Jacob Wright, James Day (Geo Wallis), Blair Cooney, Owen Roberts, Lee Thomas, Sam Cane, Leyton Regan, Grant Rigler, Harry Lowe (Ciaran Steers).

Unused subs: Mark Barnard, Alex Read.

Man of the Match: Owen Roberts