Oakwood boss Mark Gilbert is angry his promising first team goalkeeper Jess Grimstone has been taken by Ryman League neighbours Three Bridges without he says any communication between the two clubs.
Grimstone, 18, was expected to be on the bench for Bridges last night Tuesday for them away to Hastings in the Ryman League Cup.
Bridges’ keeper Simon Lehykj has transferred to County League Division 1 club Hassocks and also the return to the club after six years of Alan Mansfield from Worthing.
Gilbert complained: “I think Three Bridges have shown total disrespect by not having the decency to talk to any of the management team at Oakwood reference their interest.
“Jess has served Oakwood well for a number of years and deserves a chance of football at a higher level. It’s just not neighbourly and our conscience is clear.”
Bridges’ manager Paul Faili said: “Our secretary Martin Clarke spoke to Mark six weeks ago about this, so I don’t know where this idea has come from. Jess is a product of Oakwood’s renowned youth academy. They have done very well. There’s a lot of home grown players who can play Ryman League or above.”
Oakwood drew 1-1 away to promotion contenders Bexhill Utd with an 80th minute goal from the penalty spot by Dave Neathey following Bexhill’s 70th minute opener.