Archived News 2001 / 2002 Season
[Monday, 29th April 2002]
EAST Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith has vowed that his side will make it third time lucky and claim their place in
the County League first division.
For the second season running Wasps just missed out on a return to top flight. Last year they were denied by
Hailsham and on Saturday they suffered their first league defeat since December 15 and were pipped to third place
by East Preston.
Sean Duffy's second half goal meant it was the East Preston players who cavorted on the pitch in celebration after
their 1-0 win clinched their immediate return back to Division One.
The consolation for Grinstead came from the revenue generated by a crowd of 469, the highest for a league game at
East Court since the ground opened in 1967.
Smith said: "It's hard at the moment to think of much else except the dissapointment we all feel about coming
up just short once again.
"But the players will lift themselves and so will I and I think we will be even stronger next season. I really
thought this was our year, but you have to give credit to East Preston. They played well on Saturday and, over the
season, the league table doesn't lie.
"We have a good, young, local squad here and hopefully they will all stay to have another crack at it next season.
They have been a credit to the club for what they have achieved and they should all be proud of themselves."
East Grinstead Town 0, East Preston 1 - Click here for match report
EAST Grinstead will be hosting Footie Fun 2002 for the third year running on Sunday, May 19.
Footie Fun is a non-profit making mini-football competition for boys and girls aged from under 7 to under-12 years
of age with the accent firmly on fun and community.
Entries are now being accepted from local schools, football teams and children organisation and the action starts
at 10.30am at East Court.
Please contact tournament organiser Martin Hill on 01342 835900 for more details.
[Wednesday, 24th April 2002]
East Grinstead Town 3, Lancing 1 - Click here for match report
THE battle for the third and final promotion spot from County League Division Two will go to the last game when
Grinstead take on East Preston at East Court on Saturday (ko 3.00pm).
A win for Wasps would see them back in the first division after a seven year absence while the visitors only need
to draw to claim their place back in the top flight a season after relegation.
Both teams won on Tuesday to set up the promotion decider. While EP were enjoying a routine 3-0 home win over
lowly Oving, Grinstead produced a stirring second half performance to get the better of Lancing.
Manager Bob Smith said: "To take it down to the last game is a great achievement by the players, but they
don't want to stop now - they want to win promotion.
"We were a bit tense last night, but once we had scored I thought we played some good football.
"All I hope on Saturday is that we do ourselves justice and that we have a really big crowd down to support us,
that could make a big difference."
Smith will have a full-strength squad at his disposal now that midfielders Matt Thorpe and Steve Greig, who were
both on the bench last night, have returned.
He added: "Having everyone available is a bonus for what is the biggest game this club have had since we last
got promoted nine years ago."
[Monday, 22nd April 2002]
BOSS Bob Smith has appealed to people in East Grinstead to come and support his side in a potential promotion
decider on Saturday.
Wasps will take on East Preston (ko 3.00pm) knowing that victory will put them back in division one of the County
League after a seven year absence, providing they also beat Lancing at East Court on Tuesday night.
Only victory would suffice as any other result would mean only East Preston could overtake Eastbourne Town in one
of the closest promotion races for years.
Grinstead came from a goal down to beat Broadbridge Heath 4-1 on Saturday in their final away game. It meant
Wasps finished the season with just two league defeats on the road.
Broadbridge Heath 1, East Grinstead Town 4 - Click here for match report
Now Smith's men must get their home form right if they are to bring some long-awaited success to East Court - and
that's where a big crowd can make the difference.
Smith said: "Saturday is certainly going to be a big occasion for one of the two teams and it would be
fantastic if we were involved and had a big crowd to cheer us on.
"Our supporters haven't had much to celebrate over the years, but they have stuck by us and I would love to go up
as much for them as the players and the people behind the scenes at the club who have done so much hard work to
turn the club's fortunes around."
Smith could have a full strength squad available for the East Preston game.
Midfielder Steve Greig, who has missed the last four matches, returns from holiday in America on Friday and could
figurewhile Matt Thorpe, who was away on Saturday, was due to return for the visit of Lancing.
Smith added: "The boys are really flying at the moment, but we are under no illusions that we face two very
difficult games. But defensively we have looked very solid recently and on Saturday we could have scored seven or
eight goals, although at half-time I would have settled for a 2-1 win."
GRINSTEAD Reserves are ending the season on a disappointing note. They lost 1-0 at Seaford on Saturday in a match
of few chances but last Wednesday they held promoted Lewes to a goalless draw at East Court.
Seaford 1, East Grinstead Reserves 0 - Click here for match report
On Wednesday night they visit Wealden (ko 6.15pm) and on Saturday make the trip to Shinewater (ko 3.00pm).
[Friday, 19th April 2002]
East Grinstead Reserves 0, Lewes 0 - Click here for match report
In their last home match of the season Wasps found Lewes fielding a very different team to the one we played
against a couple of weeks ago, and will be a bit disappointed not to have squeezed a win. As against Crawley Down
last Saturday we didn't carry a great threat in the opposition penalty area. The bone hard pitch was again the
greatest influence on the game. Although both teams tried to play football it was inevitable that the ball spent
a lot of time trying to leave the earth's atmosphere.
[Monday, 15th April 2002]
FORMER Republic of Ireland international Paul McGhee is giving an unexpected boost to East Grinstead Town's
McGhee, landlord of the Dorset Arms in the High Street, showed, even at 42, that he could still offer plenty at
Sussex County League level when he came on for the last 20 minutes during Saturday's 2-0 win over Shinewater which
kept Wasps in the hunt for a first division place.
East Grinstead Town 2, Shinewater 0 - Click here for match report
McGhee, who played 15 times for Eire during a league career at QPR and Preston, set up the second of two goals
for Kris Trevor to seal a win which leaves Wasps needing to win their last three games to guarantee the third
promotion spot in Division Two.
Manager Bob Smith said: "I went to see Paul and he was very interested in helping out. With Dave Gellatly and
Steve Greig out we are short in midfield.
"Obviously Paul is not as quick as he was when he was a professional, but his touch and awareness was excellent.
I think our boys benefitted from his presence on Saturday."
Gellatly could return for Saturday's trip to Broadbridge Heath (3pm), but McGhee is expected to be involved again
and Smith hopes to persuade him to undertake a coaching role at East Court next season.
For now Smith's priority is guiding Grinstead to the three victories which will see them overtake Eastbourne Town
and enable them to join Shoreham and Rye & Iden United in the top flight.
Last Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Oakwood, when Andy Rabbetts rescued a point with an injury time equaliser, at
least left Wasps knowing exactly what they had to do to go up.
Three wins from the game at Heath and home fixtures against Lancing Tuesday week (7.30pm ko) and the other
promotion contenders East Preston, on Saturday week, are still a tall order, but Wasps produced a good
performance against an improving Shinewater side who can count Shoreham and Eastbourne Town among their recent
Smith said: "I thought we played really well, there was a good tempo to our play although we couldn't really
relax until we had scored our second goal.
"The boys know exactly what it will take to get promoted now. The three games we have left are all going to be
tough, it might all come down to what happens in the final game against East Preston."
East Grinstead Reserves 0, Crawley Down 1 - Click here for match report
On yet another bone hard pitch Wasps suffered their fourth consecutive defeat. But this time we had much of the
play without really threatening the Crawley Down defence.
[Wednesday, 10th April 2002]
WASPS' promotion hopes are hanging by the slenderest of threads after they were held to a draw by gutsy Oakwood
at East Court on Tuesday.
East Grinstead Town 1, Oakwood 1 - Click here for match report
An 89th minute goal from Andy Rabbetts at least saved Grinstead from a disastrous defeat and the point cuts the
deficit behind third-placed Eastbourne Town down to ten.
But Grinstead now have to win their last four fixtures to overtake Town - and they must also hope that East
Preston, who have six matches left, slip-up as well.
THE reserves are in action at home to Wealden tomorrow night (Thursday), kick off 7.30pm.
[Sunday, 7th April 2002]
EAST Grinstead Town maintained their promotion push with a hard-fought 3-2 win at Mile Oak on Saturday.
There was an element of fortune about Wasps' 76th minute winner, which went in off Oak midfielder Wayne
Whitington, but there was no doubt that the visitors deserved their eighth away win of the campaign in County
League Division Two.
Mile Oak 2, East Grinstead Town 3 - Click here for match report
Both their rivals for the third promotion place, Eastbourne Town and East Preston, also won, but Eastbourne have
now completed their fixtures with 65 points. Wasps have five games left and can total 69 while East Preston, with
six matches to go, can get a maximum of 71.
It might all come down to the last game of the season on April 27 at East Court when Grinstead take on... East
Manager Bob Smith said: "We are not looking any further forward than Tuesday's match with Oakwood and then the
game on Saturday against Shinewater.
"All we know is that if we win our last five matches then we will go up, but there could be a lot of twists and
turns in the next three weeks."
At this stage of the season results are more important than performances, a point Smith was happy to acknowledge
after his side had to come from 2-1 down to win in awful conditions.
"We played well for the first half hour and if we'd taken one of the really good chances we had to make it 2-0
then it was game over.
"Mile Oak came back into it, but we showed determination to pull it back and I thought that overall we deserved
Oakwood visit East Court on Tuesday night (kick off 7.30pm) while on Saturday Shinewater, the side who shocked
Eastbourne Town on Easter Monday, are the visitors, kick off 3.00pm.
Grinstead then face Broadbridge Heath away before successive home matches against Lancing and East Preston to
complete their programme. East Preston's run in includes home games against Broadbridge Heath, Lancing, Crawley
Down and Oving as well as a trip to Lancing.
Smith has Kevin Wright available after suspension on Tuesday night and is also hoping to have skipper Dave
Gellatly fit after he missed the last two games with a swollen ankle. But fellow midfielder Steve Greig has gone
travelling to America and will miss the run-in.
Any remaining chances of the reserves gaining promotion probably disappeared in this defeat to the team that will
probably win the league. The game came only three days after a hard game at Lewes (who will probably win the
other promotion place).
Eastbourne Town 5, East Grinstead Reserves 1 - Click here for match report
[Friday, 5th April 2002]
CONGRATULATIONS to Bob Smith and the players after Grinstead were named Division Two team of the month for March.
Wasps will be looking to maintain their pursuit of a promotion place at Mile Oak tomorrow (3pm) but they will be
without Kevin Wright who completes a suspension.
Eastbourne Town complete their fixtures with a trip to Oving. Eastbourne are currently 11 points ahead of Wasps
in the third promotion place, but we have five games in hand.
Rye will join Shoreham in gaining promotion if they take a point from the home game against Seaford.
Don't forget that the first team are back in action again next Tuesday at home to Oakwood, kick off 7.30pm.
THE reserves suffered a setback in their promotion bid from Reserve Section East on Wednesday night when they
suffered a 4-0 defeat at Lewes.
To make matters worse, Ben Alexander broke his leg after a heavy challenge. Ben is in the Sussex County Hospital
in Brighton and is due to have an operation on Friday. Everyone at the club naturally wishes him a speedy
Grinstead stay in third place, eight points behind Lewes but with three games in hand. The sides meet again at
East Court on April 17.
Before then Ian Lindsey takes the side to Eastbourne Town this Saturday. Town are the league leaders and a good
result at the Saffrons would still enable us to overtake them if we won four of the five games in hand we have on
Lewes 4, East Grinstead Reserves 0 - Click here for match report
[Tuesday, 2nd April 2002]
Two controversial penalties in the last ten minutes in an otherwise drab local derby ensured a point apiece in
this Bank Holiday fixture.
The win was more important to Grinstead as they still harbour hopes of promotion but with Eastbourne Town losing
their second successive match and East Preston only managing two successive draws over the Bank Holiday Weekend
with six games remaining Grinstead could still claim that third promotion spot.
However if they play like they did against Crawley Down their chances are still very remote. They never got going
against their resolute neighbours and were lacking in any ideas going forward as the hard bobbly pitch suited
Down's more aggressive and direct game. In fact neither keeper was seriously tested in the whole game until the
late penalty drama.
East Grinstead Town 1, Crawley Down 1 - Click here for match report
An inspired 2nd half display ensured Grinstead all three points last Tuesday against Wealden.
East Grinstead Town 4, Wealden 0 - Click here for match report
Grinstead play their penultimate away game when they travel to Mile Oak this Saturday (3.00ko) and on the
following Tuesday they face local rivals Oakwood at East Court (7.30ko).
[Sunday, 24th March 2002]
A four goal haul from captain Dave Gellatly ensured Grinstead did not suffer any surprise result against
relegation haunted Bosham at East Court on Saturday.
East Grinstead Town 5, Bosham 0 - Click here for match report
With Eastbourne Town suffering a shock defeat against Wealden in the week the race for the third promotion space
has now been left slightly ajar and it was vital that Grinstead, who probably need to win all 9 games remaining
to have a realistic chance of promotion, saw off bottom club Bosham.
East Grinstead entertain Wealden on Tuesday night (26th) before entertaining Crawley Down on Bank Holiday
Monday, 11.00 am kick off. There is no match at East Court on Saturday 30th March.
East Grinstead reserve team suffered a major set back in their promotion battle when they were comfortably beaten
4-1 away at 5th placed Ringmer.
Ringmer 4, East Grinstead Reserves 1 - Click here for match report
Wasps' trip to Ringmer was always going to be a difficult game, and that is precisely how it turned out. We were
only in the game for the first 20 minutes, and can have no complaints about the final score-line.
The third team enjoyed a 2-0 success over bottom of the table East Grinstead Mariners to maintain their
comfortable mid-table position.
East Grinstead Town 3rd XI 2, East Grinstead Mariners 0 - Click here for match report
[Wednesday, 20th March 2002]
AN unexpected defeat for Eastbourne Town last night has given Wasps a glimmer of hope in the second division
promotion race. Town lost 4-3 at home to Wealden which means Grinstead will overtate Town by three points if they
win their seven games in hand. Eastbourne have just two games left. East Preston, the other side still in the
hunt for the third promotion place, have a tough game at Rye on Saturday and, of course, they visit East Court on
April 27 for the last match of the season which could still be a potential promotion decider.
Meanwhile, tonight's reserve team league game against Lewes at East Court has been postponed because of a
waterlogged pitch. The hope now is that drier weather forecast for the end of the week will enable Saturday's
first team game at home to Bosham to go ahead. Remember that Wealden are the visitors to East Court next Tuesday,
kick off 7.30pm.
[Tuesday, 19th March 2002]
THE reserves are due to host Lewes tomorrow night (Wednesday), but the game is already in doubt after heavy rain
on Sunday night and Monday.
Groundsmen Peter Cadman and John Fisher were unable to do any repair work on the pitch on Monday and an
inspection is planned for Wednesday lunchtime. Look out for a posting on the website on Wednesday afternoon for
the result of that inspection.
Meanwhile, Kevin Wright will miss two games at the beginning of April as a result of his sending off in the
reserves' Intermediate Cup defeat at Midhurst on March 4 for deliberate handball.
He misses the Easter Monday match at home to Crawley Down and the visit to Mile Oak on April 6.
One of our promotion rivals, Eastbourne Town, are in action tonight against Wealden at the Saffrons. Let's hope
for an away win, but don't hold your breath!
[Tuesday, 19th March 2002]
BOB Smith was delighted with the character shown by his East Grinstead Town side as they bounced back from the
dissapointment of the Division Two Cup semi-final defeat to record a convincing 3-0 win over Oving at East Court
East Grinstead Town 3, Oving 0 - Click here for match report
Eastbourne Town, who knocked Wasps out of the cup with a 3-1 at Burgess Hill last Wednesday, still look
favourites to deny them the third promotion spot from Division Two as well.
Eastbourne beat Bosham - this Saturday's visitors to East Court - 8-1 and remain 18 points clear of Grinstead who
do have six games in hand. Eastbourne also have a much superior goal difference and three matches left, all
against struggling teams.
But it appears Grinstead are not about to throw in the towel just yet, and only poor finishing and the woodwork
saved Oving from an even heavier beating on Saturday.
Smith said: "Full credit to the players. I wanted a response from them after Wednesday and that's what they
gave me, it was a really good performance.
"The only disappointing thing is that we could have scored a lot more goals, but you can't complain too much
because once again we created a lot of chances."
Smith had to make changes to his midfield. Steve Greig (groin) missed his second game in a row, although he is
hoping to recover in time for Bosham's visit this Saturday (ko 3.00pm).
Matt Thorpe, who took a heavy knock on the calf in the semi-final, started on the bench while work committments
ruled out Peter Benton and Scott Woolley.
WASPS have another home game next Tuesday (March 26) when Wealden are the visitors to East Court in the league,
kick off 7.30pm.
Eastbourne Town 3, East Grinstead Town 1 - Click here for match report
[Monday, 18th March 2002]
After experiencing some technical difficulties over the past few weeks the East Grinstead Town F.C. web site is
once again up and running.
A feature coming soon to www.egtfc.co.uk are player profiles, something that
has been requested by many of you in the past. In the mean time keep visiting for up to date news, match reports,
results, league tables and match fixtures.
[Sunday, 17th March 2002]
Bexhill Town 0, East Grinstead Reserves 7 - Click here for match report
Away to a poor Bexhill team Wasps had no problems romping to a big victory to keep the promotion bid on target.
However we cannot expect such an easy game in any of our remaining fixtures.
[Sunday, 10th March 2002]
East Grinstead Reserves 2, Ringmer 1 - Click here for match report
After the disappointment of last week's soft defeat against Oakwood, and then the Cup defeat against Midhurst in
mid-week, Wasps showed great spirit and character to defeat one of the main rivals for the Reserve section title.
Ringmer showed a lot of skill, and will continue to be at near the top of the table, but today it was Wasps who
took the points.
[Monday, 4th March 2002]
EAST Grinstead Town manager Bob Smith should have top scorer Ben Burns back in his squad for Saturday's local
derby against Crawley Down.
Wasps have made a seven-days approach to Redhill to bring Burns back to East Court four months after he left to
join the first division outfit.
Burns scored 11 goals in 18 appearances before his move to Kiln Brow, but the 19-year-old looks like returning
to give Grinstead's faltering promotion push a boost.
Smith said: "We were disappointed to lose Ben in the first place so to have him back for such a crucial
phase of the season is good news for us."
Burns is likely to go straight back into the starting line-up as Kris Trevor is unavailable for the trip to the
Haven (ko 1.30pm).
Smith will have to make at least one other change because skipper Dave Gellatly is suspended although he will
return for next Wednesday's Division Two Cup semi-final against Eastbourne Town at Burgess Hill FC, ko 7.15pm.
Defender Andy Rabbetts returns this week after missing Saturday's 1-1 draw against second division Shoreham.
Shoreham 1, East Grinstead Town 1 - Click here for match report
In normal circumstances a point against the leaders would be considered a good result, especially as Grinstead
didn't equalise until the 88th minute when midfielder Matt Thorpe scored his ninth of the campaign with a 30
yard shot which flew into the top corner.
But wins for Eastbourne Town and East Preston meant Wasps lost ground in the race for the third promotion spot.
Although Grinstead have seven games in hand on Eastbourne Town, they are a massive 19 points behind them.
Eastbourne have just four matches left and all of them are against sides in the bottom five.
Smith said: "We really can't afford to lose another game because I can't see Eastbourne slipping up in their
last four matches.
"It means we have to go out in every game with a positive attitude. Of our 11 games left eight are at home so
we still have a chance. We're not giving up although we know that Saturday's local derby will be extremely
"Crawley Down beat us last season and that cost us in the promotion race. They are a hardworking side who are
difficult to beat, but we won't need any motivation."
Grinstead have beaten Eastbourne twice in the league and Smith would dearly love to complete a hat-trick in the
cup tie and lead Wasps to their first major final since 1975.
Steve Moore will be missing though because he is cup-tied.
Smith felt the 1-1 draw against Shoreham on Saturday was a fair result.
"They caused us problems, which you would have expected, but I thought we created more chances and we could
easily have ended up winning the game.
"Steve Moore was outstanding at the back and when Mark Whale and George Parsons came off the bench they gave us
some impetus as well.
"Only playing three games in seven weeks hasn't helped us, hopefully the bad weather is behind us now and we
can get on a bit of a roll."
East Grinstead Reserves 1, Oakwood 3 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD Reserves suffered their first home league defeat of the season on Saturday when they went down 3-1 to
Oakwood. They have a must-win home match against fellow promotion hopefuls Ringmer on Saturday (3pm) before
travelling to Crowborough next Tuesday (ko 7.45pm).
[Monday, 25th February 2002]
EAST Grinstead Town face one of their sternest County League tests of the season on Saturday in confident mood,
according to boss Bob Smith. Wasps head to second division leaders Shoreham (3pm) looking for a victory which
would re-ignite their promotion campaign.
Smith's men were frustrated by the weather again on Saturday when the home match with Wealden was called off
because of a waterlogged pitch. Other results means they have dropped down to sixth place, 17 points behind
Eastbourne Town who currently fill the third promotion position. Grinstead do have seven games in hand and
Eastbourne's 3-3 draw at fifth-placed East Preston - the other realistic contenders for third place - was a
welcome result for Smith.
After Shoreham they visit the Haven for the local derby with Crawley Down the following Saturday, but then
eight of their remaining nine league fixtures will be at East Court.
Smith was boosted by his side's determined display in the 1-0 defeat by Ryman League high-fliers Horsham in the
quarter-final of the Floodlight Cup last Tuesday.
He said: "If we can maintain that level of performance in our remaining games we will give ourselves a
"After a poor showing at Oving the boys bounced back well. We have only played twice in the last six weeks and
that has hurt our chances because Eastbourne have now got points in the bag.
"But we got on a roll at the end of last season and only just missed out. There's no reason why we can't do the
"Shoreham will be tough, but we have already beaten them once and we always seem to raise our game against better
teams and we will need to do that again."
James Horner, cup-tied against Horsham, returns for the Middle Road clash but Dave Garrett is still ruled out
with a broken wrist. Peter Benton seems likely to keep his place in midfield. Meanwhile Grinstead will face
Eastbourne Town in the semi-final of the Division Two Cup at Burgess Hill FC on Wednesday, March 13 - kick off
East Grinstead Reserves 1, Newhaven 1 - Click here for match report
Grinstead's Reserves are also hoping to make their games in hand count as they mount a challenge for promotion
from the East Division, but they will have been disappointed with Saturday's 1-1 draw at Newhaven against a home
side strengthened after their first team game was called off. George Parsons' pass allowed Damian Cherry to put
Grinstead ahead after ten minutes, but Newhaven pounced on hesistant defending by Simon Larking to equalise
shortly afterwards. Cherry had a goal disallowed in the second half, but Wasps struggled to make the strong wind
work for them and goalkeeper Kelly Jones preserved a point with a save two minutes from time.
This Saturday the reserves entertain Oakwood (ko 3.00pm), but they are already preparing for next Monday's Sussex
Intermediate Cup semi-final against Midhurst at Wick FC, kick off 7.45pm.
All three Grinstead teams have reached a semi-final this season and hopefully the third team's success at the
weekend can inspire the two senior sides.
TD Sports Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town 3rd XI 2 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Town 3rd XI travelled to Crawley for this Mid Sussex Charity Cup Semi-Final full of confidence
following an unbeaten run stretching back to November. Town were at full strength for the fixture and were
expecting a difficult game against TD Sports Reserves, who play in Division 2 of the Crawley League.
[Wednesday, 20th February 2002]
East Grinstead Town 0, Horsham 1 - Click here for match report
WASPS were beaten but far from disgraced as their Sussex Floodlight Cup run came to an end at East Court on
[Sunday, 17th February 2002]
East Grinstead Reserves 2, Redhill 1 - Click here for match report
Oving 1, East Grinstead Town 1 - Click here for match report
WASPS missed the chance to make up ground on their promotion rivals after they were held to a disappointing draw
on the south coast on Saturday.
[Monday, 11th February 2002]
EAST Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith will be casting anxious glances towards the skies this week as he prays for a
break in the weather.
Wasps' enforced winter break stretched into a fifth week on Saturday when the County League game against Oakwood
at East Court was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
But with more settled conditions forecast, Smith is hopeful his side can resume their Division Two promotion
challenge at lowly Oving on Saturday (ko 2.45pm).
Despite not playing since January 12, Grinstead remain in fourth place and once again some of their rivals for
promotion faltered on Saturday. Shoreham are still on top, but they have picked up just one point from their last
three games following a 4-2 defeat at Eastbourne Town.
East Preston and Lancing, the two teams below Wasps, were both held to draws by teams in the bottom five.
Grinstead trail Eastbourne Town by a hefty 14 points, but they do have six games in hand and eight of their
remaining 13 games will be at East Court.
Smith said: "We trained again on Saturday, it's just a case of keeping the boys ticking over at the moment.
But we are desperate to play again, Eastbourne have got points on the board so they are in a strong position but
there's no reason why we can't close the gap by putting a run of results together."
Dave Garrett (broken wrist) is still out, but Smith will have a full strength squad available otherwise for the
trip to Oving.
Meanwhile the postponed Sussex Floodlight Cup quarter-final against Horsham will take place at East Court next
Tuesday (Feb 19), kick off 7.15pm.
Horsham are unbeaten in their last 17 games but Smith is looking forward to facing the Ryman League Division Two
"It's a great opportunity to test ourselves against a quality side," he added.
"We have nothing to lose and it's a nice occasion for the players and the club to be entertaining a side from
outside the County League."
James Horner is cup-tied for the Horsham game while skipper Dave Gellatly will miss at least one game when he
serves a suspension for accumulating five bookings in the first week in March.
Wasps will face Rye in the final of the Division Two Cup should they get past Eastbourne Town in the semi-final
which will take place next month, probably at Burgess Hill. Rye beat Shoreham 5-4 on penalties in their semi
last week after the sides had drawn 3-3.
Meanwhile Grinstead Reserves will face West Sussex League leaders Midhurst in the semi-final of the Sussex
Intermediate Cup next month at a neutral venue, probably Horsham YMCA FC.
Last Saturday's league game at Crowborough was postponed. This Saturday the reserves entertain Redhill (ko 3.00pm).
[Tuesday, 5th February 2002]
Whitehawk 0, East Grinstead Reserves 1 - Click here for match report
EAST Grinstead Town Reserves took centre stage on Saturday when they reached the semi-finals of the Sussex
A second half goal from midfielder George Parsons earned them a 1-0 win over Whitehawk's second string and put
them in the last four for the first time in 13 years.
The reserves can now concentrate on their promotion battle for a few weeks. On Saturday they hope to play their
first East Division game since November 24 at Crowborough (ko 3.00pm).
Meanwhile first team boss Bob Smith will be without young wingback Dave Garrett for a while after he broke his
wrist in an accident.
Smith doesn't know how long Garrett, who has been in impressive form this season, will be out for but it's
unlikely he will play in the next two or three weeks.
Wasps have played just five times since November 24 and if Saturday's home game against Oakwood goes ahead it
will be their first action for a month. Kick off at East Court is 3.00pm.
Despite an improvement in conditions, East Court was unplayable last Saturday for the visit of Shinewater when
the pitch was inspected by local referee Stuart Booth.
Eastbourne Town won again, 1-0 at Broadbridge Heath, to cement third place, 11 points ahead of Wasps who do have
five games in hand. Lancing are two points behind in sixth, also from 21 games played, after winning 1-0 at home
Apart from Garrett, whose likely replacement is Chris Raymond, Grinstead should be at full strength on Saturday.
Smith said: "We're desperate to play after four weeks without a game. We can't afford to let Eastbourne get
out of sight, even though we have all those games in hand.
"We have been training hard and the boys are raring to get back to action again."
[Wednesday, 30th January 2002]
Bexhill 0, East Grinstead Reserves 1 - match abandoned after 25 mins - Click here for match report
Worthing United 2, East Grinstead Town 2 - Click here for match report
WASPS' promotion bid suffered a setback when they conceded a late equaliser in Saturday's exciting Division Two
battle on the coast.
East Grinstead Reserves 3, Uckfield 1 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD Reserves reached the quarter-finals of the Sussex Intermediate Cup after knocking out third division
opposition for the third time. Uckfield went the same way as Newhaven and Hurstpierpoint when they were beaten 3-1
at East Court by goals from Phil Thompson (2) and Ben Alexander.
Ian Lindsey's side return to league action this Saturday when they visit Newhaven (ko 2.00pm).
[Wednesday, 9th January 2002]
East Grinstead Town 8, Wealden 0 - Click here for match report
WASPS are through to the semi-finals of the Division Two Cup after enjoying their biggest win for years against
Wealden at East Court on Tuesday night.
[Monday, 7th January 2002]
East Grinstead Town 3, Westfield 2 - Click here for match report
WASPS maintained their Division Two promotion challenge with a vital win after a dramatic finale in the mist at
East Court on Saturday.
Eastbourne United 5, East Grinstead Reserves 4 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD Reserves crashed to their first defeat of the season when they went down 5-4 at Eastbourne United in
the East Division.
Poor defending proved costly for Wasps who came from 4-2 down to draw level only to concede another sloppy goal.
Scorers were Sam Bettridge (penalty), Phil Thompson, Ben Alexander and Damian Cherry.
The reserves switch their attention to the Sussex Intermediate Cup on Saturday with a home tie against Uckfield,
the third side they have played from County League Division Three. Kick off at East Court is 3.00pm.
[Wednesday, 2nd January 2002]
Tonights first team game at home against Wealden has been called off due to a frozen pitch!
The first team's next home match is on Saturday, January 5th against Westfield, ko 3.00pm.
[Wednesday, 2nd January 2002]
THE WINTRY weather has wrecked East Grinstead Town's bid to strengthen their promotion challenge in County League
Grinstead's three Christmas fixtures - at home to Oving and Oakwood and the Boxing Day derby at Crawley Down -
were all postponed because of frozen pitches.
It's been a frustrating time for manager Bob Smith who was hoping to pair a new-look strike force in fit-again
Kris Trevor and James Horner, whose previous appearances since joining the club from Redhill in October have all
been on the left-hand side of midfield.
Weather permitting, they will get their chance tonight (Wednesday) when Grinstead kick off 2002 with a home game
against Wealden at East Court, kick off 7.30pm.
One player happy with the spate of postponements is Andy Rabbetts who has returned from a Christmas holiday
having not missed a game.
Rabbetts has been one of Wasps' most consistent performers this season and is likely to resume his partnership
at the heart of the defence with fit-again Steve Moore.
Grinstead are also due to be at home on Saturday with Westfield the visitors, kick off 3.00pm.
Wasps have slipped to fourth place in the table, but their promotion hopes received a boost on Saturday when Rye
beat Eastbourne Town 2-1 to go second.
The reserves have also suffered from the weather with Saturday's trip to Wealden called off.
This Saturday they visit Eastbourne United (3pm) hoping to close the gap on the leaders Eastbourne Town in the
Ian Lindsey's side haven't played a league game since November 24 - six weeks ago - and are eight points behind
Town in second place. But they do have five games in hand and go into the new year with one of only two unbeaten
records in County League football. The other belongs to first division leaders Burgess Hill.
[Monday, 17th December 2001]
Rye & Iden United 4, East Grinstead Town 2 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD boss Bob Smith is running into injury problems at both ends of the pitch as his side prepares for the
busy holiday programme.
Smith could be without three central defenders for Saturday's home match against Oving (3pm) and he is sweating
on the fitness of new frontman Kris Trevor who pulled a hamstring in Saturday's defeat at Rye.
Andy Rabbetts is unavailable while Steve Moore (hamstring) and Scott Woolley (hip) will need further treatment
this week in an effort to be fit.
Wasps face four games in the space of 11 days over Christmas and New Year with three of them at East Court
either side of the Boxing Day derby against Crawley Down.
He said: "We will have a much clearer idea of how the promotion race is shaping up after the holidays.
"We are still in there challenging despite the Rye defeat and I am still hoping to bring in a player or two in
time for the Christmas fixtures."
Using the versatile Steve Greig up front is an option and Smith may also promote Phil Thompson from the
Dave Gellatly faces a suspension after collecting his fifth booking on Saturday. Steve Greig was also cautioned.
Hurstpierpoint 0, East Grinstead Reserves 2 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD Reserves are through to the last 16 of the Sussex Intermediate Cup after beating third division
opposition for the second time this season.
Damian Cherry's brilliant lob from 40 yards and a late goal by Phil Thompson sealed a 2-0 success at
They return to league action this weekend with a local derby at Crawley Down, kick off 1.45pm.
[Monday, 10th December 2001]
Seaford Town 1, East Grinstead Town 2 - Click here for match report
WASPS' boss Bob Smith admits his side face their sternest test of the season on Saturday when they make the long
trip to second-placed Rye & Iden United (1.45pm).
The big-spending East Sussex club are looking for their second successive promotion and are currently second with
a 100 per cent league record at home. They also won 3-2 at East Court in October.
Smith said: "It's going to be a very diffiuclt game, but when we played them at home we came from 2-0 down
and could have won so we know that if we get at them we have a chance. Any sort of result down there would be a
Smith's main injury doubt concerns defender Steve Moore who limped off with a recurrence of his hamstring injury
at half-time during Saturday's 2-1 win over Seaford. Daniel Medcalf, who replaced him, is favourite to continue
Grinstead Reserves' home match with Lewes on Friday was postponed by the County League because the visitors were
unable to raise a side because of a flu bug.
It's cup action for the seconds this weekend when they go to Hurstpierpoint for a third round tie in the Sussex
Intermediate Cup, kick off 1.30pm.
[Monday, 3rd December 2001]
EAST GRINSTEAD Town dropped out of the promotion places in County League Division Two without kicking a ball at
Wasps suffered their third postponement of the season when the home game with East Preston was called off on
Saturday morning because of a waterlogged pitch.
But leaders Shoreham beat Bosham 5-3 to stretch their lead at the top to ten points. Eastbourne Town, 4-2 winners
at Westfield, are now second and Rye & Iden United, who also have games in hand, have moved above Grinstead into
third spot after thrashing Wealden 7-1.
Grinstead boss Bob Smith wasn't too disappointed at his side's lack of activity. It at least gave recent signing
Steve Moore extra time to recover from the hamstring strain which forced him to come off in the 2-0 defeat at
Westfield in Wasps' last match a fortnight ago.
Wasps visit Rye for a crucial re-arranged fixture on Saturday week, but they face another tough game this
Saturday when they visit improving Seaford (ko 2.00pm).
Since appointing Duncan Kneller as manager Seaford, beaten 4-1 at East Court in October, have won three
successive matches and the small, sloping pitch at Crouch Gardens is a notorious advantage for the home side.
Smith said: "It will be a tough game but one we are capable of winning. They have got some good forwards and
seem to be keeping clean sheets, but we will be up for it.
"A week off probably did us a bit of good. The lads have trained hard and we're looking forward to getting back
Grinstead Reserves' Intermediate Cup third round tie at Hurstpierpoint was also postponed and re-scheduled for
The reserves hope to strengthen their East Division promotion push against Lewes at East Court this Friday
(December 7), kick off 7.30pm.
[Monday, 26th November 2001]
Westfield 2, East Grinstead Town 0 - Click here for match report
IT WAS a case of two in, two out at East Court this week as East Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith shuffled his pack
as his side slumped to their first defeat in seven games.
Wasps have lost top scorer Ben Burns to first division Redhill while winger Roger Gualtieri, frustrated no doubt
at a lack of first team opportunities, moved back to his former club Lingfield.
But Smith has strengthened his promotion-chasing squad by bringing defender Steve Moore back to East Court for a
second spell from Oakwood and signing striker Chris Trevor.
Both played on Saturday when Wasps went down 2-0 to Westfield to end a run of six successive league and cup
Grinstead stay second in Division Two despite this setback, as other results went their way, but just two points
seperate five sides tucked in behind leaders Shoreham.
And Wasps face a crucial test at East Court on Saturday when third-placed East Preston, who have never beaten
Grinstead, are the visitors, kick off 3.00pm.
Trevor will make his home debut and Smith feels that the 21-year-old, who hails from Teeside, will be a big
Smith said: "He hasn't played for a couple of years and he needs to get fitter. But I was really pleased with
the way he played on Saturday, he's got a great touch and seems to be able to create a bit of space for himself
in the box which is what all good strikers do. I think he's going to be a real asset for us."
Smith was philisophical about the departure of Burns. The youngster has scored 11 goals this season, but had
gone seven games without a goal before his move to Kiln Brow.
"We can't compete financially with what Redhill offered and Ben wants to try his luck at a higher level so
good luck to him," added Smith.
Moore returned in his favourite position as sweeper behind man of the match Andy Rabbetts at Westfield, the pair
having first partnered each other in the heart of Grinstead's defence exactly ten years ago.
"Steve and Andy were outstanding, but we can't have any complaints about the result," said Smith. "We
struggled in midfield, an area where we have been doing well recently, and we conceded two really bad goals.
"I think Westfield will take points from a lot of teams at home this season. The other results went okay for us
so we didn't lose too much ground, but it's important we bounce back on Saturday."
Wasps will have to keep a special eye on East Preston striker Matt Huckett who scored his 23rd goal of the
season on Saturday.
Smith may have to make one enforced change after midfielder Matt Thorpe broke his nose against Westfield.
"It was a bad blow, but Matt is keen to play and we'll have to see how he does nearer the time," added
East Grinstead Reserves 1, Crawley Down 0 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD closed the gap on the top two in the Reserve Section East with a 1-0 home win over a Crawley Down side
who finished with ten men. Phil Thompson got the goal midway through the first half.
This Saturday they travel to Division Three side Hurtspierpoint in the third round of the Sussex Intermediate
Cup, ko 1.30pm.
[Monday, 19th November 2001]
East Grinstead Town 1, Storrington 0 - Click here for match report
WASPS are up to second in County League Division Two after their perseverence paid off with a late winner
against lowly Storrington at East Court on Saturday.
BOB Smith will strengthen his squad this week when he completes the signing of Oakwood defender Steve Moore.
Moore played for Grinstead for five seasons after joining the club at the same time as Andy Rabbetts in 1992
before joining Oaks where he was first team captain.
He is likely to be in the squad for this Saturday's tough-looking trip to Westfield (2pm) and may even start,
especially with defender Scott Woolley doubtful because of work commitments.
Smith is delighted to have captured Moore, a player he has tried to get back to East Court before.
He said: "Everyone at the club knows what a good player Steve is and we're delighted to have him back. He's
quick, reads the game really well and is a very composed player who can only strengthen our side."
Smith hopes to complete the signing of Redhill forward Ricky Geddes this week but insists he is still trying to
bring in more new faces.
"I'm always interested in players who will make us a better side," he added.
"It's a crucial time of the season but we are going well, confidence is high and the players are working
Smith was delighted with a sixth successive win against Storrington on Saturday.
"They made it hard work for us, but we kept going and I think our fitness was a big factor in the end,"
"The boys are worked hard at training and that will pay off, particularly when the pitches start to get
"This Saturday's game at Westfield will be difficult. They are hard to play against on their own pitch and have
got some good players but we will go there confident we can get a result."
Grinstead Reserves, who didn't play last Saturday, resume their league campaign at home to Crawley Down,
[Sunday, 11th November 2001]
East Grinstead Town 1, Eastbourne Town 0 - Click here for match report
BOSS Bob Smith is trying to improve his East Grinstead Town side from a position of strength after they enjoyed
their best week of the season.
Wasps followed up their midweek cup win over Shoreham with an excellent 1-0 success at Eastbourne Town on
A fifth successive win, and third clean sheet in a row, cemented Grinstead in third place in County League
Division Two ahead of Saturday's home game against Storrington (ko 3.00pm).
But Smith is well aware that there are areas of the team which could still do with strengthening.
Midfield players have scored every one of the 13 goals Grinstead have netted since Ben Burns' brace against
Worthing United at the beginning of October. Burns has been stuck on 11 goals since with Smith trying both
Richard Whale and Sam Bettridge, currently the leading scorer in the reserves, as Burns' partner since the
departure of last season's top scorer James Hylton.
Three potential targets will be watched this weekend, but Smith has signed veteran former Redhill forward
Ricky Geddes as cover and expects to make another important signing in the next week or so.
He said: "We are playing really well at the moment and the fact that we have stopped conceding goals has
been a real bonus.
"But in tight games such as Saturdays, when it could have gone either way, it also shows that we need a proven
goalscorer. We are creating chances, but just not taking them at the moment.
"Ricky is very experienced and will be a useful player to have around to help us out."
If Smith can improve the side he believes they have an excellent chance of going up after last season's near
"It's a very open league and although there are teams below us with games in hand we have points on the
board and are in a good position," he added.
Smith's options should be boosted by the return of defender Chris Raymond who is fit again after missing the
last four games with an ankle injury. Damian Cherry and Roger Gualtieri are among the options should be
shuffled his pack in midfield, but London-based defender Ian Smith, who made two first team appearances, has
left the club because of work commitments.
East Grinstead Reserves 2, Newhaven 1 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD Reserves pulled off a notable scalp on Saturday when they came from behind to beat County League
Division Three side Newhaven 2-1 at East Court in the second round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup.
Bobby Wallis, making his first start of the season, got the equaliser after a goalmouth scramble before good
work by Terry Wright in midfield created an 85th minute winner for Mark Whale.
Ian Lindsey's side travel to another Division Three outfit, Hurstpierpoint, in the third round.
Eastbourne Town's win over Shinewater meant they lost the leadership of the East Division and have no
scheduled game this weekend.
[Friday, 9th November 2001]
East Grinstead Town 1, Shoreham 0 - Click here for match report
WASPS pulled off a notable scalp at East Court on Tuesday night when they inflicted a rare defeat on the
runaway second division leaders.
Unfortunately league points were not at stake, but instead Grinstead booked a place in the third round of the
Sussex Floodlight Cup where their opponents will be Ryman League Horsham, whose team includes former Wasp
Stuart Hardy, or Chichester City United.
[Sunday, 4th November 2001]
Shinewater Association 0, East Grinstead Town 2 - Click here for match report
WASPS moved up to third place in County League Division Two, but manager Bob Smith admitted his side had made
hard work of maintaining their unbeaten league away record on Saturday.
Grinstead have won all four previous visits to Shinewater, scoring 17 goals in the process, and that record
didn't look under threat in the first 30 minutes when Matt Thorpe put his side in front and they squandered
several other opportunities.
But Shinewater battled back in the second half and it needed a penalty save from Scott Kenward, from the home
side's only shot on target, to preserve the lead before Steve Greig continued his goalscoring form by
converting a late penalty.
Smith said: "I was really pleased with the way we played in the first half hour. We played at a good tempo
and knocked the ball around really well.
"But a 1-0 lead is never enough and they came back at us although they didn't really get behind us too often.
It's another three points and we're challenging at the top, but I know we can play a lot better."
Grinstead have scored nine goals in three successive league wins, but all have been netted by midfielders and
Smith suffered a blow last week when James Hylton left the club.
Hylton, who lives in Balham, is unable to train or play midweek games because of work and felt unable to make
the necessary commitment for senior football.
Smith's search for a striker is intensifying, but in the meantime Roger Gualtieri is expected to return to the
team for Tuesday's re-arranged Floodlight Cup tie against Shoreham for his first start since September 8.
That could mean a place in attack for James Horner with Gualtieri slotting into his place on the left-hand side
Grinstead return to league action on Saturday with a tough-looking trip to Eastbourne Town (ko 3.00pm).
Wasps beat them 3-2 at East Court three weeks ago, but their unbeaten away record facest it's sternest
examination yet at the Saffrons.
East Grinstead Reserves 1, Franklands Village 2 - Click here for match report
GRINSTEAD Reserves were beaten 2-1 by third division Franklands Village in the second round of the Mid Sussex
Senior Cup on Friday.
Roger Gualtieri equalised Alex Hunnisett's early goal, but Wasps missed a succession of chances to win the game
and were punished by Paul McKay's 72nd minute winner.
Newhaven visit East Court on Saturday for a Sussex Intermediate Cup second round tie, kick off 3.00pm.
[Wednesday, 31st October 2001]
EAST GRINSTEAD Town slipped a place down to fifth in the County League second division after they were left kicking their
heels on Saturday.
Wasps' home match with lowly Oving was postponed because the East Court pitch was waterlogged.
Last week's Floodlight Cup tie against Shoreham was also called off. The second round game has now been re-arranged for
next Tuesday (November 6), kick off 7.15pm.
It will give manager Bob Smith a chance to guage the improvement in his side since they lost to Shoreham in their opening
league game back in August.
Shoreham currently lead the table by a hefty 13 points after their 4-2 win at Westfield on Saturday, but Smith predicts a
ferocious battle for the other two promotion places.
He said: "Shoreham are in a great position because they have got a nice cushion. But there wasn't a lot to chosse
between us when we played in August and that was when we were struggling for a settled side.
"The league is obviously a priority, but if we could beat them we would probably play Horsham at home in the third round
and that is a great incentive."
Before the cup tie Wasps resume league action on Saturday when they visit Shinewater, a side they have never lost to on
their opponents' ground, kick off 2.30pm.
Defender Chris Raymond, who missed the 3-2 win over Eastbourne Town a fortnight ago, is a doubt because of bruising on his
ankle. James Hylton and Dave Garrett, who came off the bench to play a big part in the win, are pressing for starting
East Preston 3, East Grinstead Reserves 2 - Click here for match report
Garrett was on the scoresheet on Saturday as Grinstead reserves lost their first match of the season when they went down
3-2 at Premier Division East Preston in the second round of the League Cup.
Midfielder George Parsons spent the evening in a local hospital after a small cut severed the artery on the top of his
foot. He needed stitches before finally getting home at 1.30am on Sunday.
The reserves have an attractive home game on Friday when they entertain third division promotion-chasers Franklands
Village in the second round of the Mid Sussex Senior Cup, kick off 7.15pm.
[Tuesday, 23rd October 2001]
!! Tonights first team game against Shoreham postponed !!
Despite all the hard work by the groundstaff, tonight's scheduled first team cup tie against Shoreham has had to be
postponed because of a waterlogged pitch!
[Monday, 22nd October 2001]
East Grinstead Town 3, Eastbourne Town 2 - Click here for match report
Grinstead have the opportunity to close the gap on the leaders even further on Saturday when they entertain Oving at East
Court, kick off 3.00pm.
With four defenders, Peter Benton, Chris Raymond, Keith Bradshaw and Simon Rolfe, injured, manager Bob Smith has few
options at the back. But the performances of his three substitutes - James Hylton, Dave Garrett and George Parsons - against
Eastbourne Town on Saturday may persuade him to make changes elsewhere.
Oakwood 2, East Grinstead Reserves 2 - Click here for match report
Grinstead Reserves surrendered their 100 per cent record in Reserve Section East on Friday when they were held to a 2-2 draw
by Oakwood. This Saturday they travel to East Preston for a League Cup tie, kick off 3.00pm.
East Grinstead 3rd XI 0, Lewes Rovers 5 - Click here for match report
[Monday, 15th October 2001]
Storrington 0, East Grinstead Town 4 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Town 1st XI will be hoping to improve on their poor home record over the next week. On Saturday
(20th) they entertain Eastbourne Town in the league (3.00) and on the following Tuesday (23rd) they are at home
to in from Shoreham in the floodlight cup (7.15).
East Grinstead Reserves 2, Newhaven 0 - Click here for match report
The reserves continued their 100% record with a hard fought win over mid-table Newhaven. Phil Thompson and Ben
Alexander were the second half goalscorers.
East Grinstead 3rd XI 1, East Grinstead United Reserves 6 - Click here for match report
[Thursday, 11th October 2001]
East Grinstead Town 2, Rye & Iden United 3 - Click here for match report
[Monday, 8th October 2001]
BOSS Bob Smith is stepping up his bid to bolster his East Grinstead Town squad as Wasps enter a crucial phase of the
Friday's 2-2 draw against Worthing United left them 11 points adrift of leaders Shoreham in seventh place in County
League Division Two.
And Wasps will have played over a third of their league fixtures after Saturday's trip to lowly Storrington (3pm).
Smith said: "Beginning with the Rye United game tomorrow (Tuesday) we have four matches this month and three of
them are at home and it's vital that we try and win all four.
"Shoreham have opened up a bit of a gap, but the other two promotion places are wide open and we will be there or
"I'm always looking to improve the squad with better players than the ones already here and it may be time to freshen
Injuries to Kevin Wright (hamstring) and Simon Rolfe (ankle) as well as the long-term injury to Keith Bradshaw, who is
out for the season with a broken leg, have affected Smith's selection options.
Luke Dunstan, impressive since he broke into the reserves, is expected to get his first call-up into the senior squad
for Rye's visit and will probably play at rightback.
Two spectacular goals from Ben Burns, the second in the 86th minute, looked to have secured Wasps victory over
Worthing United. But poor defending allowed former Brighton striker Richard Tiltman to snatch an equaliser in injury
Smith said: "They didn't cause us too many problems and I thought we edged the game, but we gave away two bad goals,
our defending on both occasions was poor."
East Grinstead Town 2, Worthing United 2 - Click here for match report
IT'S now eight wins out of eight for Grinstead after their 3-0 success at Redhill maintained their 100 per cent record
in Reserve Section East on Saturday. Goals from Sam Bettridge, his tenth of the season, Ben Alexander and Roger
Gualtieri secured a comfortable win for Wasps who entertain Newhaven this Saturday at East Court (ko 3.00pm).
Redhill 0, East Grinstead Reserves 3 - Click here for match report
[Monday, 1st October 2001]
BOSS Bob Smith is looking for an improved performance from his East Grinstead Town side as they prepare for two
important league games over the next few days.
Wasps reached the quarter-finals of the Division Two Cup at East Court on Saturday, but Smith admitted they made
hard work of their 2-1 win over Mile Oak.
And he knows his side will have to raise their game for the home matches against Worthing United on Friday and Rye
& Iden United next Tuesday, both 7.30pm kick offs.
It's the start of a crucial month for sixth-placed Grinstead in County League Division Two. Four of the five games
during October are at home and by the end of it Smith should have a good idea of whether his side can sustain a
He said: "The next two games are very important, but if we can lift the level of performance from Saturday
there's no reason why we can't win them both.
"We didn't play badly on Saturday, in fact we started very well. But once we went 2-0 up we took our foot off the
pedal and allowed them to come back into the game.
"We created a lot of chances, but it seems we need to make six or seven to score one at the moment. But I'm sure
the goals will start going in, we're creating the opportunities which is the important thing."
Dave Gellatly, operating on the right-hand side, and top scorer Ben Burns, who has nine goals so far, particularly
impressed Smith, but he wants his side to maintain a consistently high level of performance for 90 minutes,
sharpen up on their passing and start getting a bit more vocal.
Midfielder Steve Greig (groin) came off against Mile Oak, but he should be fit for the Worthing United game which
has been brought forward to Friday night to avoid a clash with England's World Cup qualifier against Greece.
Apart from Keith Bradshaw, who is out of hospital after an operation on his broken leg, Smith will have everyone
available although midfielder Lee Power, who recently lost his place in the first team, has left Grinstead
because he couldn't make the necessary commitment for senior football.
Smith said: "It's disappointing, but Lee has done a good job and I wish him all the best for the future."
Bradshaw will not play again this season although he was well enough to watch Saturday's game from the stands.
GRINSTEAD Reserves' East Division game at Wealden on Saturday was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
They visit Redhill in the league on Saturday and the kick off may be brought forward to avoid a clash with the
East Grinstead Town 2, Mile Oak 1 - Click here for match report
Rustington Res. 1, East Grinstead 3rd XI 0 - Click here for match report
[Wednesday, 26th September 2001]
EAST GRINSTEAD Town suffered a serious setback this week when key defender Keith Bradshaw broke his leg.
Bradshaw suffered a fracture of the tibia during the second half of Saturday's 4-1 FA Vase defeat at Thatcham Town.
Bradshaw needed ambulance treatment at the ground after feeling faint, but he was able to travel back to Sussex with the rest of the squad.
It was only on Sunday, after he'd visited hospital, that the full extent of his injury became known.
Bradshaw will be in plaster for ten weeks and with time needed afterwards to regain his fitness, manager Bob Smith is unlikely to have him available
again much before next February.
Smith said: "It's a real blow, both to Keith and the club.
"He scored in the win over Seaford last week and I thought he was back to something like his old self.
"We are going to miss him, but we have cover in all positions now and I'm sure whoever comes in will do a good job."
Simon Rolfe is Bradshaw's likely replacement for Saturday's home game against Mile Oak in the Division Two Cup (ko 3.00pm).
Smith was also contemplating changes for last night's (Tuesday) Sussex Senior Cup tie at first division Hailsham.
With Dave Garrett still struggling to overcome an ankle problem which kept him out at the start of the season, Peter Benton was in line for his first
start of the campaign.
And after several impressive displays as substitute, Steve Greig was expected to start in midfield.
Hailsham Town 2, East Grinstead Town 0 - Click here for match report
Thatcham Town 4, East Grinstead Town 1 - Click here for match report
[Tuesday, 25th September 2001]
East Grinstead Town 'A' U13 2, Brockham Badgers 3 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Town Colts U11 6, Greenway 2 - Click here for match report
[Sunday, 23rd September 2001]
East Grinstead Reserves 5, Eastbourne United 0 - Click here for match report
Peacehaven United 3, East Grinstead 3rd XI 6 - Click here for match report
Under 12 Colts' match fixtures and results now added to the Under 12 Colts Home Page.
[Friday, 21st September 2001]
There are now all of the Under 13 'A' team's match fixtures, results and match reports on the site. To view their page
click the Under 13 'A' link under the Youth Teams section on the left hand menu.
[Wednesday, 19th September 2001]
East Grinstead Town 4, Seaford 1 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Reserves 3, Westfield 1 - Click here for match report
[Tuesday, 11th September 2001]
Pagham 2, East Grinstead Town 0 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Reserves 6, Eastbourne Town 1 - Click here for match report
BOB SMITH should have a full strength squad available when Wasps return to league action on Saturday when they
make the long trip to Bosham (3pm).
Skipper Dave Gellatly is back after a two week holiday and fellow midfielder Steve Greig available after
Dave Garrett limped off at half-time in the cup defeat at Pagham with an ankle injury, but there are no other
injury worries. Grinstead will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run in Division Two to five games against a
side without a league win this season.
[Thursday, 6th September 2001]
Oakwood 0 - East Grinstead Town 1 - Click here for match report
[Monday, 3rd September 2001]
East Grinstead Town 1, Broadbridge Heath 1 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Reserves 10, Bexhill 0 - Click here for match report
EAST GRINSTEAD Town FC opened their new changing rooms and floodlights in a ceremony before last Friday's County
League game against Broadbridge Heath.
The honours were performed by the Mayor of East Grinstead, Mr Alan Lord, and Colin Dixon, managing director of club
sponsors the Rydon Group.
Among the guests were Dennis Jefferies, secretary of the club's East Court landlords East Grinstead War Memorial
Company, Ken Benham, Chief Executive of the Sussex FA and chairman Ron Pavey and other sponsors.
Mayor Lord presented the club with a cheque for £500 to help towards the cost of the project.
Town chairman Phil Cowlard said: "We now have facilities to be proud of, but it wouldn't have been possible
without the help of a lot of people including the Rydon Group, our sponsors, and East Grinstead War Memorial.
"This was a way of thanking them and all the people involved with the club who have done so much to bring the
project to fruition."
The first team are in cup action on Saturday when they travel to first division Pagham in the first round of the
John O'Hara League Cup, kick off 3.00pm.
Next Wednesday (12th) they visit Mile Oak in the first round of the Sussex Floodlight Cup, kick off 7.15pm.
This Saturday the Reserves face a tougher looking test at home to relegated Eastbourne Town, kick off 3.00pm.
[Thursday, 30th August 2001]
New, Sussex County Football League Reserve East Table! Click 'Reserve E Table'
under 'Reserves' on the left hand side menu to view the table.
Don't forget the new Sussex County Football League Division 2 Table which has
now moved. Click 'Division 2' under 'First Team' on the left hand side menu to view the table.
[Tuesday, 28th August 2001]
Wealden 3, East Grinstead Town 4 - Click here for match report
Lancing 2, East Grinstead Town 2 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Reserves 1, Seaford 0 - Click here for match report
JAMES HYLTON is almost certain to make his first start of the season on Friday when Wasps entertain Broadbridge
And there could also be a place for midfielder Steve Greig who came off the bench against Wealden. Both players
have been ruled out so far because of cricket commitments.
With Andy Rabbetts (thigh) and Simon Rolfe (ankle) struggling through injury, defensive cover could be provided
by Keith Bradshaw and Scott Woolley, both of whom missed Monday's win through work commitments. Skipper Dave
Gellatly is on holiday and unavailable while Phil Thompson is struggling with a perforated ear drum and missed
both weekend games.
Before the game Grinstead's new changing rooms and floodlights will be officially opened by Mayor Alan Lord.
Next Tuesday (September 4) Wasps go to Oakwood in the league, kick off 7.30pm.
This Saturday the reserves play Bexhill at East Court, kick off 3.00pm while the third team, under new manager
Phil Major, begin their campaign in Mid Sussex League Division Two with a trip to Lewes Rovers, kick off 1.00pm.
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[Wednesday, 22nd August 2001]
East Grinstead Town 0, Wealden 1 - Click here for match report
[Monday, 20th August 2001]
East Grinstead Town 2, Mile Oak 3 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Reserves 4, Lingfield 1 - Click here for match report
THERE is no panic from East Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith despite his side's faltering start to the season.
Three games into the new County League Division Two campaign, Wasps have just one point from their opening day draw
at East Preston.
That was followed by successive home defeats against Shoreham and, on Saturday, Mile Oak.
Grinstead went down 3-2 to Oak on Saturday and while the manager was pleased that his side had scored two goals and
also hit the woodwork twice he is at a loss to explain how a side with one of the best defensive records in the
league last season suddenly has a vulnerable look about it.
Smith, a former defender himself of course, knows only too well that the basis of any successful team is a strong
He said: "Five of the six goals we have conceded so far have been gifted to the opposition. When you do that you
are always going to be up against it."
Keith Bradshaw missed the Oak match, but the return of Wasps' influential centre half for tomorrow night's (Tuesday)
RUR Cup tie against Wealden means last season's first choice defensive trio will be back in harness.
But injury and holidays are robbing Smith of options in other areas of the field.
Top scorer James Hylton, who hit 17 goals last season, netted for the reserves in a 4-1 home win over Lingfield on
Friday, but he is still ruled out of Saturday action for another fortnight because of cricket commitments.
Hylton opens the batting for Reigate Priory in the Surrey Championship.
Similarly, midfielder Steve Greig is ruled out as he tries to keep East Grinstead in the Sussex Premier League while
Dave Garrett, having recovered from injury, is now on holiday.
Smith ran the rule over new signings Darren Ellis (defender) and George Parsons (midfielder) in the reserves and
Parsons scored his third goal in two games after just 30 seconds before limping off with a twisted ankle, denying
Smith the opportunity to give him a debut against Wealden. Ellis, who played in Dulwich Hamlet's first team last
season, impressed but is some way off match fitness, according to Smith.
Sam Bettridge is due to get a run out tomorrow night after netting twice for the reserves on Friday.
Grinstead have two games over Bank Holiday when they hope to start climbing the league table.
They visit Lancing on Saturday (3pm) before going to Wealden on Monday (11am).
Smith added: "On Saturday we got back to 2-1, had a really good spell and at half-time I felt sure we would get
something out of the game.
"But we conceded another sloppy goal and it was hard after that. Richard Whale and Ben Burns worked hard up front
and we did a lot better in midfield, but the bad goals we are letting in are killing us at the moment. We need a
clean sheet to give the whole team confidence."
On Saturday the reserves entertain Seaford Town at East Court, kick off 3.00pm.
[Wednesday, 15th August 2001]
East Grinstead Town 0, Shoreham 2 - Click here for match report
Grinstead's next match is at home to Mile Oak on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.
The reserves entertain Lingfield on Friday, kick off 7.30pm.
[Monday, 13th August 2001]
East Preston 1, East Grinstead Town 1 - Click here for match report
East Grinstead Reserves 3, Shinewater 0 - Click here for match report
WASPS are due to play their first match under the new East Court floodlights tomorrow (Tuesday) against Shoreham.
They are at home again on Saturday against Mile Oak, kick off 3.00pm.
The reserves play a league match under floodlights against Lingfield at East Court on Friday, kick off 7.30pm.
[Wednesday, 8th August 2001]
MANAGER Bob Smith was pleased with Grinstead's performance even though they suffered a 2-1 defeat at first division Hassocks
in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday.
Wasps began slowly and after 20 minutes Hassocks had opened up a two-goal lead. But Grinstead got into the game and were
unlucky not to score before Ben Burns eventually pulled one back with a well-taken strike in the second half.
Hassocks finished strongly, but couldn't improve on their lead.
Bob said: "Apart from the first 20 minutes and the last five we were probably the better side. It was a good run out before
Chris Raymond made his first appearance of the season after recovering from a knee injury.
Team: Kenwood, Rolfe, Rabbetts, Raymond, Garrett, Wright, Gellatly, Stonley, Thompson, Burns, Power. Subs (all used):
Whale, Woolley, Thorpe.
THE first team kick off their County League Division Two campaign on Saturday at East Preston while the reserves are at home
to Shinewater. Both matches kick off at 3pm.
[Monday, 6th August 2001]
August Match Fixtures Updated for First Team and Reserves! - click here
[Monday, 6th August 2001]
As he prepares for his fourth season in charge at East Court, East Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith won't be drawn into making
rash predictions about his side's promotion chances.
But with virtually all the squad who just missed out last season back for another tilt at County League Division One football,
Smith has every right to feel that his team will at least be challenging for a top three finish again.
Grinstead had to play 19 games in the last two months of last season and fatigue, more than any other factor, was why they
just missed out on a place in the top flight.
Nevertheless, fourth place was Wasps' best finish for six seasons and was proof of the quiet progress Smith has made with his
young squad since he took over in 1998.
Smith said: "I'm really excited about the new season. We're looking fitter than ever before, everyone is really upbeat and
I definitely think we're going to figure in the promotion race."
The only disappointment for Smith during the summer was the departure of midfielder Stuart Hardy whose end of season surge
took him to 17 goals and made him equal top scorer with James Hylton. Hardy is trying his luck with Ryman League Horsham and
leaves with Grinstead's best wishes, but Smith is confident he won't be missed too much in midfield.
Andy Stonley, who made such an impression at the end of last season, Tom Butcher and Matt Thorpe are all around to challenge
the established quartet of Steve Greig, Kevin Wright, skipper Dave Gellatly and Dave Garrett for midfield places.
Wasps had one of the best defensive records in Division Two last season and although Chris Raymond's knee injury means he won't
be available for the first few games, there is a ready made replacement at sweeper in Simon Rolfe.
Keith Bradshaw, Andy Rabbetts and Scott Woolley are all back and the likes of Peter Benton and right-back Luke Dunstan, who
played for Horsham before suffering a knee injury last season, will keep them on their toes.
Goalkeeper Scott Kenward now has Phil Meakin providing competition for his place and a third 'keeper, Lee Browne, has joined
from Haywards Heath to put pressure on those two.
In his first spell at East Court, when he helped Grinstead to their last promotion to Division One eight years ago, Lee Power
was a regular in midfield. But Smith has used the former Three Bridges man up front in the friendlies and two goals in three
games and some impressive displays are evidence of what Power could offer.
Youngster Ben Burns appears to have a big future ahead of him, if his performances at the end of last season are an indicator,
while Hylton will only be available for midweek games until the end of the cricket season in three weeks time.
"There is a lot of strength in depth in the squad now," said Smith. "We have added Lee Power and there may be another
signing or two this week.
"It's hard at this stage to say what sort of league we're going to have. The three sides that got relegated won't necessarily
have made the league any stronger, but we play two of them in the first three weeks so we should have a good indication of
what it might be like."
The mood at East Court is certainly positive. New changing rooms have been built and Grinstead's new lights will be used for
the first time on Tuesday when Shoreham visit East Court for the opening home league game, kick off 7.30pm.
The season kicks off on Saturday at East Preston, one of the teams relegated from Division One last season (kick off 3.00pm).
Wasps have never lost to EP in 11 league and cup games, winning ten of them, and maintaining that impressive run would be a
dream start to the new campaign.
"It will be a good test for us," said Smith. "But we're the same as last season - we don't fear anyone. There is such
good confidence in the camp and rightly so, we went very close last season and there's no reason why we shouldn't have another
GRINSTEAD Reserves have narrowly missed out on promotion from the East Division in the past two seasons, but boss Ian Lindsey
should benefit from the increased strength in depth at East Court as he plans his challenge for honours.
The reserves kick off their programme at home to Shinewater on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.
WASPS' friendly with Pease Pottage on Saturday was postponed because their opponents could not fulfill the fixture. Grinstead
had to switch the match from East Court to Ardingly College, but the 6pm kick off time did not fit in with Pottage's plans.
Grinstead played their final friendly at first division Hassocks on Tuesday.
[Monday, 30th July 2001]
TWO wins over County League Division Three opposition last week maintained East Grinstead Town's excellent pre-season form.
Wasps won 3-0 at TSC on Tuesday night and followed it up with a 2-0 victory over Crowborough at the Alderbrook on Saturday.
Apart from last season's skipper Stuart Hardy, who has joined Ryman League Horsham, manager Bob Smith has been able to call on
all of the squad which just missed out on promotion to Division One.
Most of them have had a run out in the three friendlies so far, but it has been the form of Lee Power which has impressed Smith
as much as anyone.
Power, playing up front, scored in the 2-1 win over Eastbourne United in the first warm-up game.
And he was on target again on Saturday, coming off the bench to seal the win over Crowborough when he controlled a long pass from
Keith Bradshaw before sweetly firing in Grinstead's second goal.
The opener was netted by Richard Whale who had the easiest of tasks to prod the ball into an empty net after the home keeper had
spilled the ball under a challenge from Power.
Smith said: "On chances created we could have won more easily, but I wouldn't say it was our best performance.
"In fairness to the players it was very hot and the pitch was a bit bumpy, but Andy Rabbetts had his first run out of the season
and it was another 90 minutes under their belts for the players."
Smith used his third different goalkeeper when Lee Browne made his debut. If Browne signs, it means Smith will have four
goalkeepers on his books which, he acknowledges, is a good position to have cover in. Three members of last season's under-16
team, Elvis Lynn, David Barham and Rob Whiting were all given a brief run-out in the second half and played in the reserve team
game which followed and ended 0-0.
Ben Burns had his first run out of the season while Tom Butcher impressed in midfield for Ian Lindsey's team.
Team v Crowborough: Browne, Wright, Bradshaw, Rabbetts, Woolley, Thorpe, Thompson, Gellatly, Garrett; Whale, Betteridge.
Subs (all used): Power, Stonley, Lynn, Barham, Whiting.
GRINSTEAD round off their pre-season programme with two games against mid-Sussex opposition.
They entertain newly promoted third division side Pease Pottage on Saturday. This game has been switched to Ardingly College from
East Court, kick off 6pm.
Then on Tuesday (August 7) Wasps travel to first division Hassocks, kick off 7.30pm.
[Saturday, 28th July 2001]
WASPS made it two wins out of two in warm-up games for the new season when they beat TSC 3-0 on Tuesday night.
The County League division three outfit rarely troubled Grinstead keeper Phil Meakin and the visitors were comfortable
Kevin Wright capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to put Wasps in front after 20 minutes, Phil Thompson chipped the
keeper to make it 2-0 after 72 minutes and Roger Gualtieri's 20 yard drive completed a satisfactory night for
Grinstead with their third goal two minutes from the end.
Team: Meakin, Woolley, Rolfe, Bradshaw; Thorpe, Gellatly, Butcher, Wright, Garrett, Power, Whale. Subs (all used):
Stonley, Gualtieri, Betteridge, Thompson, Kenward, Benton.
GRINSTEAD continue their pre-season build-up with a double header at Crowborough on Saturday (July 28). The first team
kick off at 2pm with the reserves in action afterwards.
Ben Burns, who enjoyed such a rich vein of goalscoring form at the end of last season, is poised to make his first
appearance of the campaign.
Meanwhile the County League have announced that Wasps will start their Division Two programme away to relegated East
Preston on Saturday, August 11 (3pm).
The opening home match is the following Saturday against Mile Oak, kick off 3.00pm.
The reserves begin their East Division fixtures at home to Shinewater before entertaining Lingfield under the new
floodlights on Friday, August 17, kick off 3.00pm.
[Wednesday, 25th July 2001]
EAST GRINSTEAD Town boss Bob Smith was happy with his side's performance after they made a winning start to
their pre-season friendlies against Eastbourne United on Saturday. Goals from Sam Betteridge and Lee Power
earned Wasps a 2-1 win over their first division opponents in a competitive runout at Ardingly College.
Betteridge opened the scoring in the first half from the penalty spot after he had been fouled to reward an
impressive first half display by Grinstead. In his first spell at East Court Power made his name as a
midfielder, but on Saturday he partnered Betteridge up front and doubled Grinstead's lead midway through the
second half, outpacing a defender before firing a first-time shot into the top corner.
United pulled a goal back in the last ten minutes, but Wasps thoroughly deserved their victory.
Smith said: "We played quite well, especially in the first half. Some of our football was good to watch,
but we still looked a bit rusty. There are things to work on in the other games."
Niggling injuries meant neither Andy Rabbetts or Chris Raymond were involved while fellow defender Keith
Bradshaw was one of three second half substitutes. Also missing were James Hylton and Steve Greig because of
cricket and striker Richard Whale who was working.
Grinstead: Kenward, Rolfe, Benton, Woolley; Gualtieri, Thompson, Stonley, Gellatly, Garrett, Betteridge,
Power. Subs (all used): Bradshaw, Thorpe, Wright.
Grinstead continue their build-up to the start of the County League season on August 11 with two games against
third division opposition this week.
Last night (Tuesday) they were due to meet TSC and on Saturday they go to Crowborough for a double-header.
The first team match kicks off at 2pm with the reserves to follow.
GRINSTEAD will face two of the sides who pipped them to promotion last season in cup ties this campaign.
They have been drawn away to Hailsham in the Sussex Senior Cup while a trip to Peacehaven is the prize in the
RUR Cup should they overcome Wealden at home in the first round.
Wasps have home advantage against Mile Oak in the Division Two Cup second round, but must visit Oak in the
first round of the Floodlight Cup. In the John O'Hara League Cup Grinstead are away to first division Pagham.
[Monday, 16th July 2001]
EAST GRINSTEAD Town step up their preparations for the new County League season on Saturday with the first of
five pre-season friendlies. First division Eastbourne United are the opponents at Ardingly College,
kick off 2.00pm.
Apart from last season's skipper Stuart Hardy - who is trying his luck with Ryman League Horsham - Bob Smith
will have the squad which finished fourth in Division Two available.
Three players - goalkeeper Phil Meakin and midfield pair Tom Butcher and Matt Thorpe - are also available on
a regular basis after finishing university studies - and some new faces have been pre-season training. They
include midfielder Lee Power, who was in Wasps' last promotion-winning squad in 1993 before spells with
Three Bridges and East Grinstead United - and goalkeeper Lee Browne who has been with Division Three outfit
Haywards Heath for the last few seasons.
Smith also hopes to have former Redhill striker Trevor Hooper at training this week. Smith tried to sign Hooper
last season, but he was committed to managing Surrey League team Bletchingley, but is now keen to have another
crack at senior football.
Smith said: "I'm really pleased we will have Trevor with us. He's big and strong, but he's got a wonderful
touch and I think he will be a real handful at this level.
"Training has gone well, apart from Stuart we have everyone who was here last season and now we're looking
forward to the friendlies."
Grinstead have another warm-up match next Tuesday against Crawley-based Division Three side TSC at Tinsley Lane,
kick off 7.00pm.
Meanwhile Wasps have been drawn away to Wessex League outfit Thatcham in the first qualifying round of the FA
Vase. Grinstead are back in the competition after a three-year absence and they make the trip to Berkshire on
[Monday, 2nd July 2001]
EAST GRINSTEAD Town only finished the 2000-01 season six weeks ago, but after one of the shortest County
League summer breaks ever they are back in training for the new season.
Bob Smith, who is starting his fourth season in charge, was putting the squad through their paces for the
first time on Tuesday alongside assistant Dave Gellatly.
Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at East Court at 7pm and a warm welcome will be extended to any
new faces who want to try their luck in senior football.
Wasps finished last season in fourth place in Division Two, just three points outside the promotion positions,
and Smith is confident his young side can go one better this time around and win back the coveted top flight
status Grinstead lost in 1994.
All of last season's first team squad have already committed themselves to the club for another year with one
notable exception. Skipper Stuart Hardy, who finished the season joint-leading goalscorer with 17 goals, is to
sign for Ryman League Horsham for whom he played a handful of games last season before returning to East Court
for the last two months of the campaign.
But Smith will be able to call on goalkeeper Phil Meakin and midfield pair Matt Thorpe and Tom Butcher, all
three of whom have now finished university. And he is confident of adding to his squad in time for the big
kick-off on August 11.
Grinstead have arranged five pre-season friendlies, the opener being against first division Eastbourne United
on July 21 at Ardingly College. Three days later they visit TSC and play another third division outfit,
Crowborough Athletic, at the Alderbrook on July 28.
Pease Pottage, newly promoted to the County League, visit East Court on August 4 and Wasps round off their
preparations three days later with a trip to first division Hassocks.
Smith has re-structured his management team with Simon Larking now assisting Ian Lindsey running the reserve
team. Phil Major has replaced Steve Hatswell as boss of the third XI in the Mid Sussex League while Larking
will be in charge of the under-18s in the Sussex County Youth League for the second season running. And
Grinstead have made a new appointment in Tony Hayward who will act as football liason between the senior and
youth sections of the club.
The players will find a lot has changed off the field during the last few weeks. Grinstead have new
floodlights to replace the ones stolen in January 1999. This has enabled them to enter both the FA Vase and
Sussex Floodlight Cup competitions for the first time in three seasons. Final adjustments will be made at the
end of the month so that they are ready in time for the big league kick-off.
And only the finishing touches need to be applied to the new dressing rooms which are situated next to the
clubhouse. This means players will enter the pitch from behind the bottom goal instead of having to make the
long walk down (and back up) the infamous East Court slope. The new facilities will be officially opened at
the end of August.
Smith said: "Having the lights and new dressing rooms will give everyone a lift.
"The boys were disappointed not to have clinched promotion last season, but they are determined not to miss
out this time so we are hopefully going to have a successful season."
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