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:: Monday, 3rd May 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Ringmer 2

WASPS finished their first season back in the County League's top flight in a creditable ninth position despite suffering a third successive home defeat in their final game of the season on Saturday.

Injury-hit Grinstead got the boost of an early own goal, but Ringmer hit back to complete the double over Bob Smith's men with an 89th minute winner...... [More]

Wasps have gone off the boil since winning the RUR Cup in late March, but Smith and his players can take a lot of credit after the club's best season since finishing third in 1973.

"We have ran out of steam a bit in the last few weeks, but it's still been a magnificent season," he said.
"Saturday was typical of so many of our recent performances. We started well but lost our way and ended up giving the ball away or knocking it long which isn't our style.
"I know we need strengthening in certain areas and I will be trying to do that during the summer. We have built up great momentum this season and it's important we keep getting stronger and stronger as a club.
"We'll have a few weeks rest, but then it will be back down to work again."

GRINSTEAD'S reserves endured a frustrating end to the season. Last Wednesday's match at Hassocks was 0-0 at half-time when a thunderstorm forced the game to be abandoned while Friday's game at Chichester was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. With nothing at stake, both games are unlikely to be replayed and will be recorded as 0-0 draws, subject to confirmation by the County League.

Excellent Season For Town Reserves

East Grinstead Town Reserves have now completed their first season in the Sussex County Premier Reserve Section and have finished in an excellent 6th place. Having gained promotion last year they fully expected tough opposition when playing the likes of Easbourne Borough, Lewes and Burgess Hill; so to finish in 6th place is quite an achievent...... [More]

:: Monday, 26th April 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Rye & Iden United 2

WASPS were unable to prevent Rye from gaining the victory which keeps their hopes of claiming the County League title alive going into the final Saturday of the season.
But Bob Smith's men rediscovered their pride after their mauling by Arundel the previous week and were unlucky not to get something out of a competitive and enjoyable game in the East Court sunshine...... [More]

:: Monday, 19th April 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Arundel 4

WASPS suffered their heaviest league defeat of the season at East Court on Saturday as the effects of a long season finally took their toll.
Bob Smith's men have struggled for form since winning the RUR Cup a month ago and they will need to win their last two games, which are both at home, if they are to achieve a top-six finish in their first season back in the County League's top flight.

Arundel gained ample revenge for the 5-3 home defeat they suffered against Grinstead in January even though their 47-goal top scorer Miles Scerri was absent through injury...... [More]

Grinstead finish their season at home to Rye on Saturday (3pm) and Ringmer on May 1. Adam Dart's badly bruised shin will keep him out of the last two fixtures and Smith is sure to contemplate freshening up the side in the wake of Saturday's performance.

GRINSTEAD Reserves are finishing their first season back in the premier division strongly. Matt Garrett got the goal which ended Horsham YMCA's title challenge at East Court last Wednesday and on Saturday youngster Andy Goodwin grabbed a hat-trick in an eye-catching 5-1 away win at lowly Rye.
The reserves play East Preston away on Saturday (3pm).

TWO goals from Phil Hayward ensured a winning end to the season for the third XI who beat Uckfield II 2-0 on Saturday in Mid Sussex League Division Two.

:: Monday, 5th April 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Eastbourne Town 0, East Grinstead Town 1

WASPS are back on course for a top-six finish in their first season back in Division One of the County League after ending Eastbourne's title challenge at the Saffrons on Saturday.
Not even a second successive red card for skipper Dave Gellatly could take the gloss off an excellent performance by Bob Smith's men who won the match courtesy of Kris Trevor's injury time goal, his 16th of the season...... [More]

East Grinstead Town 1, Three Bridges 2

DAVE Gellatly was sent off in injury time as Wasps lost an ill-tempered league game to Three Bridges 2-1 at East Court last Tuesday...... [More]

GRINSTEAD hope to consolidate their top-five place over Easter when they play two matches.
Their final away game of the season takes them to Sidlesham, where they won in the Senior Cup back in November, on Saturday (3pm) before Redhill, whom they have beaten twice in league and cup this season, visit East Court on Easter Monday (11am).
Manager Bob Smith will be loathe to change a winning team, but he hopes to have Nick Levitt (dead leg), Phil Thompson (bruised cheekbone) and Lee Hanson (groin) available for the holiday programme.
Drew Cooney was due to start a suspension on Monday following his red card against Three Bridges in January, but the club have appealed against the dismissal and no date has yet been set for the hearing.

Eastbourne Town Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 0

East Grinstead played their part in an entertaining Reserve team game but came away with no points. The first half was quite even with Eastbourne taking the lead after 20 minutes from a corner...... [More]

IN a memorable season for the club, Grinstead will make more history on Good Friday when they stage a County League Cup final for the first time.
East Court hosts the Division Three Cup final between local rivals Crowborough, who clinched promotion back to senior football at the weekend, and Uckfield. Kick off is 3pm.

:: Monday, 29th March 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
AFTER waiting 52 years to win some silverware, East Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith is determined that it wouldn't be quite as long before the club were celebrating more success.
Wasps beat Three Bridges 4-0 in last Tuesday's RUR Cup final and the celebrations at Culver Road and then back at East Court continued long into the night.
But once the hangovers had cleared, Smith began planning long-term success for the club this week.
He received a boost straight away after defender Drew Cooney, arguably Grinstead's most consistent performer this season, decided to stay at East Court until the end of the season following an approach from Crawley Town.
The 19-year-old has been a revelation at the heart of Grinstead's defence this season, but he faces a five-week suspension after being sent off in a Senior Cup tie against Bridges in January.
The ban is due to start next Monday although Cooney is planning to appeal.
Keeping youngsters like Cooney, Adam Dart and skipper Dave Gellatly is key to Wasps' hopes of sustaining their current success, according to their manager.
Writing in the programme for last night's league re-match with Bridges, Smith said:
"I am an ambitious manager and I won't stop until we are competing regularly for trophies and titles at County League level and, who knows, even further up the non-league ladder.
"I firmly believe that a town of 30,000 people is capable of supporting a successful non-league team. We have nurtured a lot of the players here at the moment through our own superb youth system and that will continue.
"Whilst we would never stop any player who wants to better himself, we are in a much stronger position now to compete with clubs at our level, especially as the cup win has given us something tangible to show for our hard work."

Smith will soon start planning for his seventh season in charge at East Court, but he is determined that Wasps finish their first year back in Division One for a decade as strongly as possible.
He was at a friend's wedding on Saturday but was delighted to hear that Wasps weren't suffering from any cup final hangover as they won 3-2 at Whitehawk to avenge an early season defeat against one of their rivals for a top six finish.

A high conversion rate of chances made was the key to their win. They only created four clear-cut opportunities and lost top scorer Steve Banks through illness at half-time.
But by then Grinstead had raced into a 3-1 lead after scoring three times in 11 minutes.

Whitehawk 2, East Grinstead Town 3

Kris Trevor got his third in three games and 15th of the season to open the scoring on 17 minutes, beating goalkeeper Tom Rand from close range after Adam Dart had set up the chance.
Nine minutes later skipper Dave Gellatly robbed Stuart Corlett before firing a cross-shot past Rand for his 14th goal of the campaign...... [More]

GRINSTEAD are hosting the County League's Division Three Cup final on Good Friday between Crowborough and Uckfield, kick off 3.00pm. It is the first time the club have staged a major cup final for the league.

Three Bridges Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2

After weathering the first 5 minutes from Bridges, Town started to control the game. Ben Burns squandered a good chance after 15 minutes and Elvis Lynn also went close. It was the home side who took the lead after half an hour when Town defended poorly at the back post...... [More]

:: Tuesday, 23rd March 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

THEY'VE done it!
Wasps ended a 52-year wait for a trophy by destroying local rivals Three Bridges to win the Sussex RUR Cup last night (Tuesday).
Dave Gellatly produced a true captain's performance with a hat-trick as Bridges, who finished the game with nine men, were well beaten.
Gellatly completed his treble with an injury time penalty, his second spot-kick of the night, and moments later he was leading the celebrations in front of the considerable contingent of Wasps' supporters in a crowd of 407.
It was a magical night for everyone associated with the club, especially for boss Bob Smith.

He said: "We have waited a long time for this and I would like to think we can go on from here and win more trophies.
"Hopefully the players will have enjoyed this ­ I know I have ­ and they will want to stay so we can build for next season."

Gellatly never had any doubts that his side were always going to emerge victorious against their local rivals.
"We definitely wanted to win more than them. We were up for it from the start and there was no way we were going to lose.
"The club hasn't won anything for ages and we were determined not to blow it.
"The players wanted to do it for ourselves, the manager and everyone at the club and I'm so pleased we did."

East Grinstead Town 4, Three Bridges 0

Gellatly gave his side the perfect start on four minutes when he hammered a right-foot shot past Alan Mansfield from the edge of the box after Kris Trevor's pace had set up the chance down the left.
Andy Alexander had what turned out to be Bridges' best chance on 14 minutes but he fired wide from eight yards after he was left unmarked at a corner...... [More]

WASPS play Bridges again next Tuesday in the County League first division, kick off 7.30pm at East Court. This Saturday they are away to Whitehawk (3pm).

:: Tuesday, 23rd March 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pagham 0, East Grinstead Town 2

NICK Levitt celebrated his Wasps' debut with a goal as Bob Smith's men gave themselves a timely confidence boost at windswept Pagham on Saturday.
Successive away defeats in County League Division One had punctured Grinstead's euphoria ahead of this week's RUR Cup final.
But three days before their showdown with Three Bridges, Wasps completed the double over Pagham to move back up to seventh place in the table...... [More]

WASPS face two of their rivals for a top-six spot in the space of four days.
On Saturday they make the trip to Whitehawk (3pm) before entertaining Three Bridges next Tuesday (7.30pm).
The reserves, whose game with Premier Division leaders Horsham YMCA was postponed on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch, entertain Chichester on Saturday (3pm).

Coming Up At East Court

Thursday March 25th (7.15pm) - Millennium Sunday League Cup semi-final: Heath Park Rangers v FC Jelly
Saturday March 27th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Chichester
Tuesday March 23rd (7.30pm) - First Team v Three Bridges

:: Monday, 15th March 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS' boss Bob Smith admits he is concerned about his side's form in the build-up to the club's first cup final since 1975.
Grinstead desperately need a confidence boost at Pagham on Saturday (3pm) in their final league match before they tackle Three Bridges in the final of the RUR Cup at Culver Road, Lancing next Tuesday (7.15pm).

Wasps have lost their last three away games in Division One, the latest setback coming at title-chasing Chichester on Saturday when they went down 3-0.
Although Chichester scored two of their goals in the last five minutes, Smith admitted they deserved to win although he was furious that his side hadn't been awarded a penalty seconds before Chichester took the lead in the 38th minute.
"As far as I'm concerned that was the turning point in the game," he said.
"One of their guys handled a shot on the line and we all stopped to appeal.
"The referee didn't see it, they broke and a few moments later we were 1-0 down. I couldn't believe it."
Smith was also disappointed that Chichester's Lewis Fennimore only got a yellow card for a two-footed tackle in the first half which curtailed Phil Thompson's afternoon.
But he admitted that Wasps struggled to provide any decent service for strikers Kris Trevor and Steve Banks.
Banks eventually dropped back into midfield and swapped places with Dave Gellatly, but apart from long range efforts by Adam Dart and Kevin Wright, Grinstead created little in attack.

Chichester United 3, East Grinstead Town 0
Chichester's direct approach always looked more threatening.
Neil Murfin gave them a 38th minute lead with a shot from the edge of the penalty area...... [More]

BOB Smith admits that the cup final has been a distraction for his players in recent weeks, but won't use that as an excuse for a downturn in league form.

"There won't be any problem against Bridges, we will raise our game and at the very least give a good account of ourselves on Tuesday," he said.
"But I don't want our league form to tail off whatever happens in the final." Defender Drew Cooney returns from a skiing holiday for this Saturday's trip to Pagham (3pm), a side Wasps beat 3-0 on the opening day of the season.
Then all thoughts will turn to next Tuesday's RUR Cup final against a Bridges side unbeaten in three matches against Grinstead in league and cup this season.
Smith will take heart from the fact that his side drew twice against them last month in the Senior Cup and only went out on penalties.
"We know what to expect. It will be a very difficult game and we start as underdogs which may help us.
"We need everyone to be on their game and I'm confident that will be the case. If so, then we are a match for any side in this league.
"To reach our first cup final for 29 years is a fantastic achievement in itself, but it would be even better if we were to win it - that's the aim."
Dennis Moore was among the Grinstead side beaten in the 1975 RUR Cup final by Haywards Heath, their last cup final appearance.
Moore is on the coaching staff at East Court these days, but his son Steve will maintain family links when he plays on Tuesday.

THE club are running a coach to the final which will leave East Court at 5.15pm and return from Lancing at 10.15pm. Tickets are £6 (adults) and £3 (under-16s). Supporters wishing to travel should book through Richard Tramontin (01342 313560 or 07973 803997) or Alan Woolley (01342 322200).

East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, East Preston Reserves 0

The result was well deserved for Town but it did not show the complete dominance they had in this game. Town were the more brighter and hungrier team and in the first half created numerous opportunities for the front pair of Adam Simpson and Ben Burns...... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday March 20th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Horsham YMCA
Thursday March 25th (7.30pm) - Millenium Sunday League Cup semi-final: Heath Park Rangers v FC Jelly

:: Thursday, 11th March 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
ANOTHER notable first in a memorable season for East Grinstead Town saw two players represent Sussex for the first time in the club's history on Saturday.
Wasps' skipper Dave Gellatly played in midfield and goalkeeper Dave Tidy was on the bench as the county lost 2-0 to Cornwall in the South Western Counties Championship on Saturday.
Gellatly is the first Grinstead player to start a match for Sussex since Steve Moore more than a decade ago.

Manager Bob Smith said: "It's another example of the way the club has progressed this season.
"Dave has deserved his call-up because he has consistently produced good performances, particularly during our excellent recent run of results. Everyone at the club is very proud of both players."

After a week off, sixth-placed Wasps return to County League action on Saturday when they take on second-placed Chichester at Church Road (ko 3.00pm).
Chichester were deserved 3-0 winners at East Court back in October, but Wasps have won 11 and lost just four of their 15 league games since then and Smith is keen to get an idea just how much his side have improved against one of the title chasers.
And he will also demand a big improvement on their display against Southwick ten days ago when they looked jaded in suffering a 2-0 defeat.
The availability of defender Luke Dunstan means Grinstead will travel with a virtually full-strength squad and, with the RUR Cup final less than a fortnight away, Smith expects a better performance from his players who will be anxious to make sure they are lining up against Three Bridges on March 23 in the club's first cup final for 29 years.

Smith said: "The cup final is never far away from our thoughts at the moment, but we have two league games before then and I expect the guys to produce performances which will make me pick them for the final in both those matches.
"We have a very strong squad of players with guys in the reserves capable of stepping in if someone isn't performing to their best."

Wasps have been told they will be wearing their blue away kit in the final because of a colour clash with Bridges.
Meanwhile defender Dave Garrett, out since November with a knee injury, will undergo exploratory surgery next week.

THE club are running a coach to the final which will leave East Court at 5.15pm and return from Lancing at 10.15pm. Tickets are £6 (adults) and £3 (under-16s). Supporters wishing to travel should book through Richard Tramontin (Email: richard.tramontin@egtfc.co.uk, Phone: 01342 313560 or 07973 803997) or Alan Woolley (01342 322200).

Whitehawk Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 3

Town Reserves negotiated a difficult away game at Whitehawk with a tremendous all round team performance which lifted them to 6th place in the Reserve Section Premier League. The first half saw Town show their battling qualities as they defended against the elements...... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday March 13th (3.00pm) - Reserves v East Preston
Wednesday March 17th (7.15pm) - Millennium Sunday League Cup semi-final: County Oak v Horley Flyers

:: Wednesday, 3rd March 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
BOSS Bob Smith pulled no punches after his East Grinstead Town side slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Southwick on Saturday.
It was only Grinstead's second defeat in their last ten County League Division One outings and they have won the other eight, but Smith felt it was "a result waiting to happen."

Five players played despite suffering from a flu bug which swept through the camp last week, but Smith refused to use that as an excuse for their lacklustre display.

He said: "We've been doing enough to win games in the last few weeks, nothing more. To be honest, we haven't played well since we lost on penalties to Three Bridges in the Senior Cup at the end of January.
"Some of the players were still a bit under the weather, but I won't use that as an excuse. This was a result waiting to happen and it will be interesting to see how we react."

Wasps have no game this weekend, but Smith will demand an improvement from his side when they travel to title-chasing Chichester on March 13, ten days before the RUR Cup final against Bridges.

"Perhaps this result was the kick up the backside we needed," added Smith.
"No one's place in the cup final team is guaranteed, everyone will need to raise their game at Chichester and carry it on until the end of the season."

Southwick 2, East Grinstead Town 0

Grinstead seemed to have cured their falibility at set-pieces, but it was two goals from corners which undid them on Saturday.
"We defended well in open play, but got done at two corners which is disappointing," added Smith.
"We created five or six good chances, but we didn't pass the ball well enough and didn't support each other well enough when we had possession."...... [More]

GOALS from Matt Garrett and James Upton earned East Grinstead Town III a 2-0 win over East Grinstead United III in Saturday's Mid Sussex League Division Two derby at East Court.

Coming Up At East Court

Wednesday March 3rd (7.30pm) - Reserves v Sidley United
Thursday March 4th (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Horsham

:: Thursday, 26th February 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
RESULTS on the road will determine whether East Grinstead Town can maintain their top five place in the County League, according to boss Bob Smith.

Wasps made it eight Division One wins out of nine on Saturday when goals from Adam Dart and Kris Trevor sealed a 2-0 success over ten-man Sidley.
But Grinstead's next home date isn't until March 30 and they have four away games before then and two afterwards, the road trip starting at improving Southwick on Saturday (3pm).

Visits to title-chasing Chichester and Whitehawk, another side with top six pretensions, follow this weekend's game, but having lost just once on the road in the league since November 7, Smith doesn't believe his side have anything to fear.

"We've shown at places like Arundel, Redhill and Hailsham in recent weeks that we are a side who enjoy trying to hit teams on the break," he said.
"There is more pressure at home to force the pace, but providing we are solid defensively I would always back us to score a goal or two away from East Court and hopefully that will continue.
"Saturday's game will be a good test for us. In their last home match, Southwick put six past Chichester and they won again on Saturday so they will be flying. But we will go there with a lot of confidence."
Dave Gellatly and James Horner return to the squad this weekend and it might not be long before another midfielder Matt Thorpe is back in the first team reckoning.

Smith was delighted to hear that Thorpe had scored twice on his comeback for the reserves at Mile Oak on Saturday in his firat game since an ankle operation in November.

Added Smith: "Matt will be a terrific bonus for the last few weeks of the season, it will be like signing a new player again and I was really pleased his first game back on Saturday went so well."

East Grinstead Town 2, Sidley United 0

The 24th minute dismissal of Sidley midfielder Adam Day changed the course of a game which until then the visitors were controlling.

Day got a straight red from referee Adrian Taylor for swearing at an assistant who kept his flag down after Lee Hanson had cleared Kevin Rose's header off the line at full stretch....... [More]

GRINSTEAD Reserves returned to winning ways with a handsome 5-1 win at Mile Oak in the premier division. Matt Thorpe (2), John Richardson, Ben Burns and Richard Houghton, with his first goal for the club, were on target.

PHIL Hayward scored all five goals as East Grinstead Town III won 5-2 at Hurstpierpoint Reserves in Mid Sussex League Division Two.

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday February 28th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Hassocks
Wednesday March 3rd (7.30pm) - Reserves v Sidley United
Saturday March 6th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Sidley United

:: Thursday, 19th February 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS’ opponents in the SCFA RUR Charity Cup Final on 23rd March will be Three Bridges following their defeat of Chichester City United in a semi final penalty shoot out at Wick after the match ended 3 – 3 after extra time.

Chichester scored first but then had to come from behind scoring after 82 minutes to level the score at 2 – 2 at the end of normal time. Each side then scored once in the first period of extra time. Three Bridges went on to win 5 – 4 on penalties.

As both the WASPS and Three Bridges play in amber and black stripes, we will have to wait for the League’s decision on who will be asked to play in their away kit in the final which will be held at Lancing FC, the home of the Sussex FA. Kick off will be at 7:30 pm.

:: Monday, 16th February 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS climbed to fifth place in the table after returning to winning ways with a victory over struggling Selsey that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggested at East Court on Saturday.

First half goals from Adam Dart and top scorer Steve Banks put Grinstead in control in their first County League Division One home match for seven weeks.
And although Alan Morey pulled one back on 57 minutes, only the bravery of Selsey's young goalkeeper Rob Hill and the woodwork denied Wasps further goals as they made it seven wins from the last eight league matches.
Kris Trevor in particular will still be wondering how he didn't add to his goal tally after being denied three times in one-on-one situations by the brave Hill.
But no one was complaining afterwards as Wasps leapt above Hassocks, Arundel, who lost at home to Whitehawk and Three Bridges, held to a goalless draw by Eastbourne Town, into fifth place.

Manager Bob Smith said: "We went 2-0 up after 33 minutes and everyone must have thought it was a case of how many goals we would win by.
"But going forward Selsey were one of the better teams we've played this season and they caused us some problems. When we broke we always looked a threat and with better finishing we would have had two or three more. It wasn't a great performance by us, but winning without playing that well is a good habit to get into."

East Grinstead Town 2, Selsey 1

Smith was able to welcome back skipper Dave Gellatly, who missed last week's defeat by Rye & Iden due to injury, and he had another influential afternoon in midfield.
Gellatly should have scored after seven minutes, but mis-kicked six yards out after a sweeping Grinstead move....... [More]

SKIPPER Dave Gellatly misses this Saturday's home match against Sidley (ko 3pm) as he serves a one-match ban for accumulating five bookings. Lee Hanson could replace him in midfield providing he recovers from the foot injury which has kept him out for the last two games. James Horner's unavailability could mean a first start since October for Elvis Lynn who played well when coming on for the last 20 minutes on Saturday.

Wasps have already beaten Sidley twice, scoring four goals on both occasions, and Bob Smith is demanding another good performance from his side.
"A top six finish is our aim which would be a tremendous achievement in our first season back in Division One," he said. "For that to happen we must maintain a high level of performance throughout the 90 minutes which we lacked a bit on Saturday. We went 2-0 up and switched off and you can't afford to do that against some of the better teams in this league of which Sidley are one."

Kevin Wright's appeal against the red card he received in the 3-1 home win over Sidlesham in December will be heard next Monday.

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday February 21st (ko 3.00pm) - First Team v Sidley United
Saturday February 28th (ko 3.00pm) - Reserves v Hassocks
Wednesday March 3rd (ko 7.30pm) - Under-18s v Horsham

:: Monday, 9th February 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
THERE was more cause for celebration at East Court this week as Wasps reached their first cup final for 29 years.
A goal in each half from Kris Trevor and Steve Banks saw off second division Oakwood at Redhill's Kiln Brow ground last Wednesday to book Grinstead's place in the final of the RUR Cup.

It was in the same competition that Wasps last reached a major final back in 1975 when they lost 4-1 to Haywards Heath after taking the lead. Coach Dennis Moore was in the side that night and his son Steve will, injury permitting, be in the team which faces either Three Bridges or Chichester in the final at Culver Road, Lancing on Tuesday, March 23.

In the space of three days last week Grinstead climbed into the top six in County League Division One - their highest position since finishing third in 1973 - won the team of the month award for January and then ended that long wait for a cup final appearance.

It was a case of after the Lord Mayor's Show on Saturday though as Wasps went down 2-0 at Rye & Iden United, their first league defeat since November 7th following six successive Division One wins.
But boss Bob Smith wasn't too disappointed as he reflected on a momentous week for the club.

He said: "The club is absolutely buzzing at the moment and I was so proud of our performance against Oakwood.
"They tried to intimidate us but we kept our cool and scored two quality goals. I'm so proud of the players and so pleased for everyone at the club and our supporters.
"Twenty-nine years is a long wait for a cup final but we will enjoy the occasion whoever it's against. But we will be going there to win, no one remembers the beaten finalists and I'm determined that we have something to show for our efforts this season."

Oakwood 0, East Grinstead Town 2

On an eventful night at Redhill, Grinstead got the perfect start with a goal after 57 seconds. Banks played Trevor into space down the left and he raced into the box and chipped Oaks' goalkeeper Neil Burling, the ball going in off the far post despite Ben King's desperate attempt to clear....... [More]

Rye & Iden Utd 2, East Grinstead Town 0

WASPS were brought back down to earth on Saturday and they could have few complaints about the 2-0 defeat by a Rye & Iden side who look capable of mounting a late challenge for the County League title....... [More]

SKIPPER Dave Gellatly sits out this Saturday's home game against Selsey (3pm) - Grinstead's league first match at East Court for six weeks - because of a suspension incurred for collecting five cautions.

Manager Bob Smith is likely to keep changes to a minimum but he had some more good news this week when midfielder Matt Thorpe resumed training.
Thorpe damaged his ankle in pre-season and had an operation in November.
"Matt's return is great news," said Smith. "He has been our leading goalscorer from midfield for the past couple of seasons and will be a great addition to the squad for the run-in.
"I hope his injury problems are behind him because when he gets fit Matt will be a great addition to our squad."

East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Uckfield Town 2

The Reserves lost in the Quarter-Final of the Mid Sussex Charity Cup to County Division Three team, Uckfield Town.
The game started very well for Town who were on top in the early exchanges....... [More]

:: Thursday 5th February 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Our first cup final for 29 years!

WASPS have ended their long wait to reach a major cup final. They will meet either Three Bridges or Chichester in the final of the RUR Cup next month after booking their place with a 2-0 win over second division Oakwood at Redhill FC on Wednesday night.

Kris Trevor gave Grinstead a dream start with a neatly taken goal inside the first minute and victory was secured on 82 minutes when Steve Banks headed home Adam Dart's free kick.
Oakwood had Gerry Manville sent off for head-butting Drew Cooney in the last minute.

Manager Bob Smith said: "It's a fantastic achievement to reach our first final since 1975, but it will mean so much more if we go on and win it.
"The players were superb, especially in the second half when we settled down and kept the ball a lot better. I would also like to thank our many supporters who gave us such great support."

Grinstead: Tidy; Hearn, Wright, Thompson, Cooney, Moore, Horner (sub: Dunstan 85), Gellatly (sub: Hanson 61), Banks, Trevor, Dart. Unused subs: Whibley (gk), Burns, Simpson.

:: Monday 2nd February 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town's outstanding performances in recent weeks have been recognised by the Sussex County League.
Bob Smith's men have won six Division One matches in a row for the first time in over 50 years and have been beaten just once in the last 13 league and cup games.
So it was no surprise when Wasps were named team of the month for January on Monday.

Smith said: "It's great news and reflects the hard work everyone at the club does - the players, my backroom staff and our hardworking committee members."

There was more good news for Grinstead this week when they climbed two places to sixth in the table without kicking a ball.
Rivals St Leonards, who beat them 4-0 at East Court in September, have resigned from the league because of crippling debts which have forced the club to close.
Their records have been expunged which means Wasps above Rye & Iden and Three Bridges.

Wasps visit Rye on Saturday (3pm), but before then their energies are focussed on Wednesday night's RUR Cup semi-final against Oakwood at Redhill FC (7.45pm).

Grinstead haven't reached a major final since 1975 and Smith is desperate to put that right.

He said: "We have had some hard games with Oakwood in the past and this will be no different, even though they are a second division side. We will need to be as good as we have been in recent weeks to get a result."

Wasps should be at full-strength although skipper Dave Gellatly is having treatment on a sore foot while Lee Hanson (ankle) remains a doubt.
Luke Dunstan, who missed last Tuesday's Senior Cup replay against Three Bridges because of work commitments, returns to the squad as does striker Kris Trevor who was cup-tied against Bridges.
Gellatly starts a one-week ban for accumulating five bookings on Monday and he will miss the home game against Selsey on February 14.

East Grinstead Town 1, Three Bridges 3 - on Penalties

Smith preferred to look on the positive side after watching his team lose 3-1 on penalties against Three Bridges after the match had finished 0-0 after extra time last Tuesday....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday February 7th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Uckfield Town
Monday February 9th (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Chessington & Hook

:: Monday, 26th January 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
STEVE Banks made an impressive return to form with an eight-minute hat-trick as Wasps equalled a club record which has stood since 1953.
A sixth sucessive win in County League Division One is their best sequence for over 50 years and it was never in doubt against a Shoreham side with just one league win all season and seemingly destined for relegation.

Manager Bob Smith tinkered with his formation by playing three up front, but even after such a handsome win it is hard to say whether it was a success.

With other players looking to support the forwards and get amongst the goals themselves, the visitors were often left short-handed in midfield and they might have been punished by better sides than Shoreham who, to their credit, never gave up.

Wasps have now won ten out of the last 12 in league and cup, but Banks had failed to score in five games since netting twice against Hailsham before Christmas so his hat-trick, the second in the league by a Grinstead player this season, gave his manager particular pleasure.

Smith said: "That was Steve at his best. He's been on the bench a few times recently and it can be hard to get into a game when you come on as a sub.
"But he got 90 minutes under his belt last Tuesday and looked a lot sharper as a result on Saturday. He worked really hard and deserved his goals. It's made my job harder but it's a nice problem to have.
"Steve, Kris Trevor and Adam Simpson have all done well up front and Ben Burns and John Richardson are scoring goals in the reserves. We've got lots of options and that's what you want as a manager."

Shoreham 1, East Grinstead Town 5

Grinstead's biggest away win in Division One since 1968 was never really in doubt after defender Drew Cooney had scored his third goal in a week on 17 minutes. It was a replica of the previous two as he met a corner from Phil Thompson with a thumping close range header....... [More]

GRINSTEAD finished Saturday's match with ten men after Lee Hanson limped off with a foot injury, although manager Bob Smith was hoping he would be available for Tuesday night's Senior Cup third round replay with Three Bridges.

The sides drew 2-2 last Tuesday with Drew Cooney and Dave Gellatly, who took the game into extra time with a 90th minute equaliser, on target for Wasps.

Wasps have no match this weekend because goalkeeper Dave Tidy is with the Sussex squad in Jersey for their SW Counties Championship match.
But they return to action on Wednesday week (Feb 4) at Redhill FC in the semi-final of the RUR Cup against second division Oakwood when Grinstead will be bidding to reach their first major final since 1975. Kick off is 7.45pm.

Their next league game is away to Rye & Iden United on February 7, kick off 3.00pm.

East Grinstead Town Reserves 4, Whitehawk Reserves 0
The Reserves kept their good league form going with a comfortable win against Whitehawk. The win puts them up to 5th place in the County Premier Reserve League and they have games in hand on those above them.

Town got off to the perfect start when a mistake by the Whitehawk keeper after a couple of minutes gifted John Richardson a tap in goal....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Wednesday January 28th (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Epsom & Ewell
Monday February 2nd (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Chessington & Hook

:: Wednesday, 21st January 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three Bridges 2, East Grinstead Town 2

WASPS stretched their unbeaten run to seven games after skipper Dave Gellatly kept their Senior Cup hopes alive with a 90th minute equaliser in last night's (Tuesday) third round tie at the Jubilee Field.

Gellatly took the tie into extra time when he met Phil Thompson's corner with a thumping close range header....... [More]

The replay is next Tuesday (27th January) at East Court, kick off 7.15pm.

:: Monday, 19th January 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
GRINSTEAD'S season gets better and better after they chalked up a fifth successive win in the County League's top flight at fifth-placed Arundel on Saturday - the first time that has happened since January 1974.
Another outstanding team performance by Bob Smith's men was topped off by first goals of the season for Lee Hanson and Drew Cooney and two more for the rejuvenated Kris Trevor who now has three in two games since returning to East Court from Three Bridges.

The spine of the team - goalkeeper Dave Tidy, defender Steve Moore, skipper Dave Gellatly and Trevor - was again strong at Mill Road, but Smith rightly reserved special praise for some of the unsung heroes who have helped Grinstead win nine out of their last ten in league and cup.

He said: "I was so pleased for Drew and Lee who got their first goals this season. Their workrate and commitment epitomise what we are about at the moment while Luke scored an absolute cracker from 25 yards - I don't even think he thought he could score a goal like that!
"It was one of the best wins we have had since I took over six years ago. Arundel beat the leaders Chichester away a fortnight ago and are a side with a genuine chance of winning the title. But we thoroughly deserved the win, I suppose the only criticism you could make is that we gave away two sloppy goals from set-pieces, but the rest of our defending was good."

Arundel 3, East Grinstead Town 5

Wasps are flying at the moment and Trevor gave them the perfect start with a goal inside the opening minute. Arundel's defence gave him too much space to collect Gellatly's angled pass and ghost past Rob Grove before firing into the far corner from 10 yards....... [More]

WASPS have the chance to record six successive top flight wins for the first time in over 50 years on Saturday when they visit bottom of the table Shoreham (3pm), but Smith will make sure there is no complacency from his side at Middle Road, a ground where their recent record is not good.

He said: "We're eighth now and five more points should make us safe which was our only objective this season. Then we can start aiming for the top six. We must go to Shoreham with the right attitude because it will be another hard game."

Kris Trevor missed Tuesday's Sussex Senior Cup third round tie at Three Bridges because he was cup-tied, but he will return to the squad at Middle Road. Grant Hearn, who has been missing for nine weeks after having an operation to improve his vision, made his comeback in the reserves on Saturday and was due to be included in the squad against Bridges.

But Dave Stares (ankle) is still having treatment and there is mixed news of Wasps' long-term injury victims. Dave Garrett will have an exploratory knee operation before the end of the month after breaking down in training last week when he was on the verge of a comeback after ten weeks on the sidelines.

But midfielder Matt Thorpe is due to return to training in November after an ankle operation in November.

East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Barcombe 2

The Reserves progressed to the quarter-final stages of the Mid Sussex Senior Charity Cup when they defeated Barcombe from the Mid Sussex Premier Division. Town started confidently and created a number of half chances in the first 20 minutes. However, their early domination failed to provide a goal and it was the visitors that took the lead after 30 minutes....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Wednesday January 21st (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Epsom & Ewell
Saturday January 24th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Whitehawk
Sunday January 25th (2.00pm) - Ladies v Lordswood

:: Monday, 12th January 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS came from a goal down to book their place in the semi-finals of the Sussex County RUR Cup after making it eight wins in nine games at the Beaconsfield on Saturday.

Their third victory over Hailsham this season was achieved the hard way after the home side deservedly took a first-half lead and were only denied further goals by the agility of Grinstead 'keeper Dave Tidy.
But it was a different story after the break and a memorable return to the club for Kris Trevor.
The striker returned to East Court on Friday after an unhappy three-month spell with Three Bridges and celebrated by grabbing Grinstead's 54th minute equaliser. Further goals from Adam Dart - his first at senior level - and skipper Dave Gellatly earned their side a home semi-final against second division Oakwood next month.
Victory rounded off a great few days for manager Bob Smith who is delighted to have Trevor back on board.

He said: "We have done brilliantly in the last few weeks, but Kris is a quality player and we're thrilled he's back with us.
"When he came on at half-time he gave the whole side a lift and I suppose it was written in the script that he would get us back in the game. In the first half we were poor, we lacked a spark and struggled on what was a very boggy pitch.
"But once we equalised we got stronger and stronger and I don't think they could have any complaints about the result. Oakwood is going to be a very hard match in the semi-final and we will show them every respect, but we will be at home and there is no bigger incentive for us than to get the club into a major final for the first time since 1975."

Trevor and Steve Banks were kept on the bench as Smith stuck with Adam Simpson and James Horner up front in the first half. But there was no cutting edge to the visitors in the first half and they were fortunate that Hailsham weren't out of sight by half-time.

Hailsham Town 1, East Grinstead Town 3

The home side's policy of getting the ball forward quickly and turning Grinstead's defenders earned them a 21st minute lead when Nick Barden's shot from the edge of the box flew into the bottom corner with Tidy wrong-footed....... [More]

GRINSTEAD face a stern test at high-flying Arundel in County League Division One on Saturday (3pm) as they look to extend their winning run to six games.

Dave Stares is having treatment for the ankle injury which forced him to miss Saturday's win while boss Bob Smith has an interesting selection dilemma after Kris Trevor and Steve Banks came off the bench to spark their side into life at Hailsham.

GRINSTEAD'S third team are through to the quarter-finals of the Sussex Junior Cup after beating Billingshurst 2-0 at East Court on Saturday.

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday January 17th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Barcombe
Wednesday January 21st (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Epsom & Ewell

:: Friday, 9th January 2004 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS began the new year as they ended the old with another impressive victory as their climb up the first division table continued.
A fourth successive league win - Wasps' best sequence in the County League's top flight since October 1974 - came on Saturday when two goals from Adam Simpson helped secure a league double over YM and their first win at Gorings Mead for nearly 30 years.

Grinstead had to defend stoutly in a thoroughly entertaining game against a YM side who twice fought back from two-goal deficits. But the visitors, whose confidence is sky-high at the moment, worked tirelessly to make it six wins in their last seven league games.

Simpson's double, which took his personal tally to four in three games, also vindicated manager Bob Smith's decision to leave top scorer Steve Banks on the bench. Smith's only changes came in defence where Dave Stares, who limped off in the second half with a recurrence of his long-standing ankle injury, and Luke Dunstan replaced Michael Turville and the indisposed Drew Cooney respectively.

Dave Garrett, missing since November 1 with knee trouble, resumes training this week and Cooney will be back in contention for Saturday's trip to Hailsham in the quarter-final of the RUR Cup (3pm). Wasps have won both league games against the Stringers this season, but they will need to reproduce their current level of performance if they are to reach the last four.

Horsham YMCA 2, East Grinstead Town 3

For the third game running Grinstead made the ideal start when they went in front after four minutes. Phil Thompson's low, driven cross from the right ricocheted off a YM defender into the path of Simpson who buried a low shot into the bottom corner from 15 yards....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday January 10th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Hassocks
Wednesday January 14th (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Tooting & Mitcham

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Due to an electrical fire at the ground, Saturday’s Reserve Premier Division fixture against Horsham YMCA has had to be postponed. It is hoped that power will be restored next week so that the Reserves’ 4th Round Challenge Cup match against Hassocks on 10th January can go ahead as scheduled.

We have not been able to establish the cause of the fire which completely burnt out the meter feeding the clubhouse. Despite this blow, we wish all our supporters and friends a Happy New Year.

:: Monday, 29th December 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS ended a year to remember with a suitable flourish by securing their fifth win in their last six Sussex County League games in Saturday's local derby at Kilnbrow.

The game was as good as won after just 22 minutes by which time Grinstead had raced into a 3-0 lead, all this despite the absence of top scorer Steve Banks because of flu.
Redhill, to their credit, piled on the pressure either side of half-time and things might have been interesting had they been able to add to Matt Dean's 53rd minute goal. But Wasps battened down the hatches to secure a victory which lifts them into the top half of the first division table for the first time since September.

Delighted boss Bob Smith said: "Some of the football we played in the first half hour was superb and our finishing matched it.
"We didn't start the second half very well and Redhill, to their credit, threw everything they had at us. But once we'd subdued the threat they were posing in wide areas we looked quite comfortable. We're on a good run at the moment and the lads are full of confidence. Long may it continue."

Grinstead open 2004 with a trip to Horsham YMCA on Saturday (3pm) and Smith admits it will be hard change a winning side even though Banks, Dave Stares and Luke Dunstan should all be available.

"We still have Sam Stratton and Dave Garrett to come back as well which means we have more and more options," added Smith. "As long as we can steer clear of injuries there's no reason why we can't keep on climbing the table in the second half of the season."

Reshill 1, East Grinstead Town 3

Wasps got the perfect start at Redhill by scoring with less than two minutes on the clock. Lee Hanson spread the play from left to right and Phil Thompson's far post cross was headed home by Dave Gellatly, the captain's fifth goal in his last seven matches....... [More]

:: Monday, 22nd December 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
CHRISTMAS came early for Grinstead's players and supporters on Saturday as they enjoyed their best win in the County League's top flight for 25 years.

A fourth Division One victory in the last five games has lifted Bob Smith's men up to 11th in the table and put them in good heart for Saturday's local derby at Kiln Brow against Redhill (3pm) after Wasps completed a league double over a side whom they meet again next month in the quarter-final of the RUR Cup.

Smith said: "It was a terrific performance although Dave Tidy made a good save just after half-time when it was 2-1 which proved crucial.
"Once we got the third goal we relaxed and some of our football in the last 30 minutes was terrific."

Referee Grant Smith only passed the East Court pitch fit at 2pm after a morning of heavy rain, but the excellent drainage had done its work again and Grinstead demonstrated once again why they prefer it when the going is a bit heavy.

"Players like Dave Gellatly love it when there is some give in the ground, he comes into his own and he's not the only one," said Smith.
"Steve Moore has made a big difference since he came back into defence and I like the way Kevin Wright and Adam Dart are dovetailing down our left-hand side.
"It was a great win, but we're not getting carried away. I see the Hassocks' manager said on Saturday that they only need two more points to reach 40 and be sure of staying up - and they are third in the table!
"That's our objective. We must be in this division next season, but if we keep playing as we are perhaps we can set our sights a little higher."

East Grinstead Town 5, Hailsham 1

Grinstead made a blistering start and were 2-0 ahead after 11 minutes.
Banks opened the scoring on eight minutes, finishing from close range after Dave Gellatly had fired the ball across the face of goal following a quickly taken free-kick....... [More]

WASPS will have to make one change to their defence for Saturday's trip to Redhill with Dave Stares unavailable. Luke Dunstan or Michael Turville are the likely replacement.

The games involving Grinstead's reserve and third teams were postponed on Saturday.

:: Tuesday, 16th December 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Sidlesham 1

Wasps looked the more dangerous side in the first half on Saturday, but they had to wait until the 48th minute before going in front when Phil Thompson's inswinging corner from the right flew past a startled Kearns and inside the far post.

It was just the confidence boost Wasps needed and either side of the double sending-off, Adam Simpson and Thompson squandered good opportunites to increase the lead....... [More]

GRINSTEAD boss Bob Smith is considering using video evidence to try and rescind the red card shown to Kevin Wright during Saturday's eventful league win over Sidlesham at East Court.
Wright and the visitors' Ben Johnson were both sent off after a 63rd minute scuffle by referee Darren Eaton.

Smith said: "Their guy pushed his head towards Kevin but he didn't retaliate. Fortunately someone was videoing the game and has got the incident on tape and we will use that if necessary to try and show that the referee made a mistake, otherwise Kevin will be banned."

Sidlesham finished with nine men after Glen Bridgeman got his marching orders for deliberate handball as Wasps moved up to 12th place in Division One after their third league win in four starts.

It came ten minutes from time after Bridgeman was rightly dismissed for handling Steve Banks' shot on the line.
Dave Gellatly's penalty was saved by Byron Kearns, but Mr Eaton ruled it had to be re-taken because Bridgeman hadn't made his way off the pitch. Gellatly made no mistake second time around and 2-0 down with nine men, there was no way back for the visitors.

Smith added: "I felt sorry for their manager because it was the referee's fault that the player who had been sent off wasn't off the pitch.
"It was very eventful, but we deserved to win. They have got two of the best strikers in the league so to restrict them to just a consolation in injury time was superb."

Smith brought back fit again Steve Moore for his first game of the season alongside Dave Stares and shifted Sam Stratton to rightback. Moore's steadying influence has been badly missed by Grinstead in the first half of the season and his manager was delighted with his performance.

"Steve made a big difference," he added. "He organises us so well. I don't think we realise how much we have missed him and that is not a criticism of anyone else."

Neither Stares or Stratton are available for Saturday's home game with Hailsham (3pm) so Drew Cooney and Luke Dunstan are likely to be drafted into the starting line-up.

Grinstead should have completed the signing of Ben Burns from Three Bridges by then, but Burns - last season's top scorer - will get his fitness back in the reserves before he is considered for first team duty.

:: Thursday, 11th December 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, East Preston 3

WASPS gave as good as they got for an hour against Championship contenders East Preston on Saturday before the visitors completed the double over Bob Smith's men with three goals in the last 28 minutes.

It ended a run of three successive wins for Grinstead, but Smith was still encouraged by his side's performance....... [More]

BOB Smith is planning a couple of changes for Saturday's important home game against Sidlesham at East Court (3pm).
Adam Dart (illness) and James Horner (work) both missed the 3-0 defeat by East Preston but will return to the squad.
Steve Moore will have steped up his comeback by playing in a friendly against Combined Counties League side Godalming & Guildford at East Court on Wednesday evening.
Luke Dunstan is having treatment for an ankle injury but he may also have a run out while striker John Richardson, who had his first taste of Division One football as a second half substitute on Saturday, will get another opportunity to press his claims for a place alongside top scorer Steve Banks.

"Sam Stratton and Dave Stares are missing some of the Christmas games so it will be good to have Steve (Moore) back in the fold by then," said Smith.
"The friendly gives me the opportunity to try one or two things, it should be a good workout for the squad."

Wasps beat Sidlesham in the Senior Cup last month and a repeat win on Saturday would give them some breathing space in a congested mid-table in County League Division One.

"It's a very important game. We have two home matches before Christmas and I will be looking for maximum points," added Smith.

Yapton 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 0

The Reserves bowed out of the Sussex Intermediate Cup to Yapton from the West Sussex Premier League with a display which can best be forgotten. Two early first half goals settled the Cup tie in a match where the Reserves put in a very lethagic performance....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday December 13th (3.00pm) - First team v Sidlesham

:: Tuesday, 2nd December 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith is hoping a run of home games can help his side continue their climb up the County League table.
Wasps have three successive matches at East Court before Christmas with East Preston the visitors on Saturday (3pm) followed by Sidlesham and Hailsham.

Smith's side made it four wins out of the last five in league and cup last Tuesday with a hard-fought 1-0 home verdict over Horsham YMCA coming three days after they had won 4-2 at Sidley to record their first Division One win for two months.

He said: "There are 12 clubs seperated by 11 points which shows just how tight the league is this season.
"We are 15th, but a couple of wins and we could be in the top eight which is why it's important to make the most of your home games."

A repeat of the spirit and energetic performance which characterised the victory over YM will be needed against third-placed East Preston who beat Wasps 2-1 when the sides met on the coast in November.
But Grinstead did beat EP 3-2 in a cup tie in October and they have only lost once in 12 meetings at East Court.

Smith is likely to name an unchanged team with new signing Sam Stratton continuing alongside Dave Stares in the centre of defence, but his selection options are improving all the time.

Kevin Wright continued his comeback from a groin problem in the reserves' 6-2 League Cup win over St Francis on Saturday and Steve Moore, out since the start of the season with a knee problem, played the second half as he started the comeback trail.

Midfielder Matt Thorpe had an operation to repair damaged ankle ligaments last week but he won't be back in training for another three months. Dave Garrett (knee) should be back in a month's time.

"Things are definitely improving on the injury front," said Smith.
"We've added to the squad with the signing of Sam Stratton and now we are gradually getting everyone fit and available.
"We need competition for places in every position. It makes my job hard when I come to choose the side, but it's a nice problem to have."

Saturday's league game at Arundel was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch so Smith ran the rule over the reserves who beat St Francis 6-2 in the League Cup.

Richard Houghton, a midfielder who has moved into the area after playing in the Wessex League for Bemerton Heath Harlequins, scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance and Smith said he was impressed with the performances of three youth team players: midfielder James Upton, who also netted, defender Michael Turville and Adam Currier who came off the bench to score twice.

"The youngsters were very impressive and it is good to see boys from the youth team coming into senior football and acquiting themselves well," added Smith.

East Grinstead Town Reserves 6, St Francis Rangers Reserves 2

Another Cup win for Town as they progressed into the Quarter Finals of the County Reserve Section Cup. Town had the best start possible when Scott Woolley opened the scoring after one minute....... [More]

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East Grinstead Town 1, Horsham YMCA 0

WASPS recorded their second league win in three days after a hard-fought success on Tuesday at East Court, their first over YMCA for 11 years.

A tightly fought contest was settled in the 24th minute when YM defender Tim Brown, under pressure from Steve Banks, lobbed his own keeper James Plumley from the edge of the box....... [More]

WASPS expect to be unchanged for Saturday's trip to Arundel although James Horner will need treatment on an Achilles injury which forced him off at half-time last night.

Meanwhile midfielder Matt Thorpe has an operation today on the ankle ligament injury which has kept him out all season. Matt hopes to be back in training in three months time.

:: Thursday, 27th November 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sidley United 2, East Grinstead Town 4

WASPS made it three wins from their last four games with their first league success for nearly two months at the Gullivers on Saturday.

Bob Smith's men came from behind to win an entertaining County League Division One tussle with two goals in the second half....... [More]

GRINSTEAD stay 16th despite Saturday's 4-2 win over Sidley, but in the most open County League for years 12 teams are seperated by just 12 points and manager Bob Smith is hoping that his side can use this result as a springboard for a climb up the table.

He said: "The spirit and determination on Saturday couldn't be faulted. We have one or two lads coming back from injury to increase competition for places so I'd like to think we have turned the corner."

New signing Scott Stratton was due to make his home debut on Tuesday as Wasps entertained Horsham YMCA in their first home match since October 29.

Grinstead visit high-flying Arundel on Saturday (3pm) and should have young striker Jordan Leatherdale, who was unavailable at the weekend, back in the squad.

Kevin Wright played his first game since October 29 in the reserves on Saturday and felt no effects of the groin injury which has troubled him for much of the season.
But Smith has cooled in his interest in Oakwood defender Mo Shuga'a while seven-day approaches for two strikers have drawn a blank.

Smith said: "We are always looking to add to the squad and Scott Stratton is a good signing for us.
"He's very vocal and organises us well which is something which we have lacked. He had an ankle injury at the start of the season and can't get back into the Godalming & Guildford team, but once he gets match fit he will be a big asset for us."

East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Trumpton Town 1

The Reserves recorded another Cup Victory as they progressed to the 3rd Round of the Mid Sussex Senior Charity Cup. Town were always the more dominant side and if they had taken more of their chances they would have won comfortably....... [More]

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Sidlesham 0, East Grinstead Town 2

LOCAL rivals Three Bridges await Grinstead in the last 16 of the Sussex Senior Cup after Wasps enjoyed a thoroughly deserved second round triumph over Sidlesham on Saturday.

Steve Banks scored his tenth goal of the season to put the visitors in control just before half-time and Dave Gellatly made the game safe in the last minute from the penalty spot after the impressive Banks had been fouled.
Just as importantly was a second clean sheet in three games, achieved without the influential Dave Stares who was unavailable because of family commitments....... [More]

GRINSTEAD hope to sign leftback Mo Shuga'a (CRRT) from second division Oakwood in time for Saturday's league trip to Sidley United (3pm), a side Wasps thrashed 4-0 in the Senior Cup earlier in the season.

Smith said: "I was impressed with Mo when we played Oakwood last season. I'm always looking for players who will improve our squad and give it more depth and he fits the bill.
"Sidley is a crucial game for us. They have improved a lot since we played them in the league and it is a hard place to get a result.
"But so is Sidlesham and we did that on Saturday so we will go there with confidence."

On the injury front, Dave Garrett will be out until Christmas because of the knee injury he suffered nearly three weeks ago while fellow defender Kevin Wright (groin) is still at least a week away from a return.
Dave Stares returns to the squad this weekend.

Grinstead play their only home match of the month next Tuesday (25th) when they entertain Horsham YMCA, kick off 7.30pm

East Grinstead Town Reserves 6, Rye & Iden Reserves 3

This was an important win for the Reserves which lifts them to fourth place in the Reserve Section Premier Division. However, the game did not start well for Town as they let the visitors dictate the first 10 minutes....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Wednesday November 19th (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Crawley Town
Saturday November 22nd (3.00pm) - Reserves v Trumpton Town
Tuesday November 25th (7.30pm) - First team v Horsham YMCA

:: Wednesday, 12th November 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hassocks 3, East Grinstead Town 1

A second half fightback failed to prevent Wasps from suffering a sixth successive league defeat on their first visit to Hassocks' Beacon ground on Friday....... [More]

Manager Bob Smith must have hoped his side had turned the corner after last Tuesday's 1-0 win at Redhill sealed a quarter-final place in the RUR Cup.
But Wasps were back to their benevolent worst in defence when individual errors meant they largely contributed to their own downfall against a hardworking Hassocks side.

Trailing 2-0 with an hour played, the introduction of Dave Stares, who was held up in traffic and didn't arrive until 8pm, and Andrew Twinn from the bench finally helped Grinstead build some attacking momentum.
Steve Banks scored his ninth goal of the season and the visitors threatened to equalise, but Hassocks sealed victory with an injury time third.

Smith said: "We can't have any complaints about the result over the 90 minutes.
"We had a good spell at the start and when we were 2-0 down, but mistakes are crucifying us at the moment. We might have got away with them last season in Division Two, but not at this level."

Of the four sides below them in the table only Redhill won so the damage to Grinstead's league position was not too great.
And by the time they return to league action on Saturday week Smith hopes to have one or two new faces in his squad.

"There are some irons in the fire and hopefully we can freshen things up in the next week or so," he added.

The absence of defenders Kevin Wright, Dave Garrett and Steve Moore through injury is being keenly felt though and this is the part of the team which Smith may consider priority as he tries to improve his squad.
But Wasps desperately need to find a foil for Banks up front. Phil Thompson was the third different striker tried in as many games, but he made little impression against Hassocks and ended the match with his forehead swathed in bandages after a clash of heads in the second half.

GRINSTEAD are away to Sidlesham in the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Defenders Dave Stares and Luke Dunstan, who missed the Hassocks game through work commitments, are likely to return to the starting line-up.

Royal & Sun Alliance 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2

The Reserves successfully negotiated this potentially tricky second round tie in the Sussex Intermediate Cup. The first half saw Town have plenty of possession and territory but without putting the home keeper under any pressure....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday November 15th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Sidley United
Wednesday November 19th (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Crawley Town

:: Wednesday, 5th November 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Redhill 0, East Grinstead Town 1

WASPS returned to winning ways after three successive defeats to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Sussex RUR Cup after a hard-fought win at Kiln Brow on Tuesday night.

Skipper Dave Gellatly capped an impressive display by scoring the winner on 33 minutes when he beat former Grinstead keeper Scott Kenward with a low, angled drive after Drew Cooney flicked on Grant Hearn's deep free-kick....... [More]

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East Preston 2, East Grinstead Town 1

WASPS are hovering uncomfortably close to the first division relegation zone after suffering their first ever defeat at East Preston on Saturday.

Grinstead got the perfect start with a second minute goal by Steve Banks, but in the end they could have no complaints about the outcome. Both sides were fairly evenly matched except in the final third where EP goalscorers Lee Farrell and Matt Huckett were a constant threat....... [More]

WASPS' defender Dave Garrett is a doubt for tonight's (Tuesday) RUR Cup third round tie at Redhill because of the twisted knee he suffered in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at East Preston.
But fellow defender Dave Stares was expected to return against his old club while Steve Moore, out since early August with a knee problem, is due to make his comeback in the reserves on Saturday.

There is also better news of midfielder Phil Thompson who was back in the squad on Tuesday after missing eight games with an achilles problem.

Manager Bob Smith is hoping to add to his squad in the next week or so. Official approaches have been made for four players and another is expected to be submitted this week.

He said: "We're going through a sticky patch at the moment, but I am doing all I can to bring in new faces to freshen up the side and there could be some movement in that regard by the end of the week.
"We have had some bad luck with injuries, but at the moment we lack experience in some important positions and that is a problem I am trying to address.
"I still think that with a full-strength squad we are capable of a top six finish in what is a very tight league, but we need to bring in a player or two to give the whole club a lift."

Grinstead are back in league action on Friday when they visit Hassocks (ko 7.45pm).

East Grinstead Town Reseves 6, Bexhill Reserves 0

The Reseves comfortably negotiated Bexhill in the County Reserve Section Cup at East Court with a six goal spree. With Jordan Leatherdale making his first start for the Reserves he could not have made a more positive start....... [More]

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EAST Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith is on the lookout for a new striker after Kris Trevor left East Court and signed# for County League division one rivals Three Bridges.

Trevor, who scored seven goals in 14 games this season, is the second Grinstead player to join Bridges in the last month following the departure of last season's top scorer Ben Burns.

Smith said: "I spoke to Kris early last week and he told me he would be staying, but by Friday he had changed his mind.
"It was a big shock to everyone at the club and very disappointing. Kris was happy here, but Bridges are going for the title and he wanted to give it a go there."

Smith is sizing up several potential replacements but there won't be any new faces in the squad before Saturday's league trip to East Preston (3pm).

Wasps badly need to maintain their unbeaten record at EP following Saturday's 3-0 home defeat by unbeaten leaders Chichester City United meant they slipped to 16th in Division One, their lowest position so far this season.

With Trevor gone, Smith paired Adam Simpson with top scorer Steve Banks but they made little impression against the best side seen at East Court this season.

Smith said: "We need someone who is mobile and good in the box to feed off Steve in the same way that Kris did and hopefully we can get him either from outside or within the club."

One player expected to get an opportunity soon is the youth team's top scorer Jordan Leatherdale. The 18-year-old, who was on Crystal Palace's books, has played for Sussex Schools U-19s this season and made his reserve team debut as a second half substitute on Saturday.

He will play a full game for the reserves this weekend and may soon find himself fast-tracked into the first team squad.

Smith added: "There are some good young players coming through including Jordan and they may get their chance soon. I've heard good reports about Jordan and I'm sure he wouldn't be overawed by first team football."

There was some good news for Smith when Banks himself turned down an approach from Ringmer on Friday.

But the manager is only too aware that Grinstead, one of the few clubs in the league who do not pay their players, are fallible to clubs with big budgets.

He added: "It is something as a club we are going to have to address at some stage in the future, but I still believe we have the squad here to do well, especially if we can strengthen the team with a new face or two."

Kevin Wright suffered a recurrence of the thigh strain which kept him out for two games late on against Chichester and he is doubtful for Saturday's match and next Tuesday's RUR Cup third round tie at Redhill (8pm).

But Phil Thompson is ready to return after missing eight games with an Achilles injury following a successful run-out in the reserves on Saturday.

East Grinstead Town 0, Chichester City United 3

A SPIRITED second half display against the unbeaten league leaders at least meant a traumatic week for Wasps' boss Bob Smith ended on an optimistic note.

East Court was still buzzing with the news of Kris Trevor's departure at kick-off but by the end the home fans were ready to acknowledge that there is life after Trevor....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday November 2nd (3.00pm) - Reserves v Bexhill Town

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Selsey 3, East Grinstead Town 0

WASPS were again without half a team through injury and suspension on Saturday, but manager Bob Smith refused to use that as an excuse for their poor performance on the south coast.
Instead he admitted to a tactical mistake of his own which was only rectified after Grinstead went 2-0 down and were heading for their fifth league defeat of the season....... [More]

BOB SMITH should have a trio of important players available on Saturday when Wasps face one of their toughest games of the season.
County League leaders Chichester City United come to East Court with the only unbeaten record in Division One (ko 3.00pm), but skipper Dave Gellatly and Adam Dart should be fit to return while Dave Garrett is available again after suspension.

Smith said: "They are going well but there's no reason at home why we can't give them a real test. It will be nice to have one or two more players available because competition for places is vital and one or two players need to know that their place isn't guaranteed.
"We need to sharpen up in all areas of the pitch and I will be making that point to the players this week at training."

Meanwhile goalkeeper Dave Tidy was an unused substitute for Sussex when they won 1-0 against RAF at Uxbridge last week.
Tidy was the first Grinstead player to get a call-up for the county in over a decade.

Smith said: "Dave has been very consistent this season and this honour reflects well on him and the club."

East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Cowfold 1

The Reserves faced Cowfold from the Premier Division of the West Sussex League in the Mid Sussex Senior Charity Cup and won with an uninspiring display. The game never really got going and the Reserves did just enough to win the game. It was Cowfod who stuck first after 20 minutes to take the lead and this spurred Town into action....... [More]

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East Grinstead Town 3, East Preston 2 (aet)

WASPS can look forward to a local derby at Redhill after coming from behind to win a thrilling RUR Cup tie in extra time at East Court on Saturday.

Two goals in six minutes early in the second half from Dave Stares and Steve Banks appeared to put Wasps in charge after they had trailed 1-0 at the interval....... [More]

WASPS' boss Bob Smith still has defensive selection problems for Saturday's Division One trip to lowly Selsey (3pm).
Kevin Wright remains a doubt because of a thigh problem and Dave Stares limped off during Saturday's cup win over East Preston with an ankle knock although he should be fit after treatment this week. Grant Hearn is available after suspension while Dave Garrett completes his ban on Saturday.
Of the long-term casualties, Phil Thompson (Achilles) should be fit for a reserve team run out in ten days time while Matt Thorpe will have an operation on his ankle on November 20. Smith hopes he will play again before the end of the season.
But defender Steve Moore is still troubled by his knee problem though and is going to see a specialist for further diagnosis and may need an operation.

Coming Up At East Court

Wednesday October 15th (7.30pm) - Sussex County League v Mid Sussex League
Saturday October 18th (3.00pm) - Reserves v Cowfold (Mid Sussex Senior Cup 1st rd)
Sunday October 19th (2.00pm) - Ladies v Seahaven (Sussex Challenge Trophy)

:: Tuesday, 7th October 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ringmer 3, East Grinstead Town 2

INCONSISTENCY continues to plague Grinstead in their first season back in County League Division One.

Saturday's 3-2 defeat at the Caburn Field was their second in four days following three straight wins and sent Bob# Smith's men back into the bottom half of the table....... [More]

DEFENDER Dave Stares makes a welcome return to Wasps' defence on Saturday for their RUR Cup second round tie against East Preston at East Court (2pm).
The former Whyteleafe and Redhill centre half was outstanding in two appearances against Southwick and Hailsham before a holiday meant he missed Grinstead's last three games.
His return at the likely expense of the suspended Grant Hearn is the only likely change to the team beaten 3-2 by Ringmer in the league on Saturday.

Manager Bob Smith is still without Matt Thorpe (ankle) and Phil Thompson (achilles), but midfielder Lee Hanson returned after a month out with a foot injury in the reserves on Saturday and could be back in the squad. Defender Steve Moore, missing for two months with a knee problem, could make his comeback in the reserve team game at Burgess Hill on Saturday (2pm).

Dave Garrett is still banned while Hearn misses the match after his red card in the FA Cup tie at Slough in August.

Smith said: "Only Hailsham, Shoreham and Sidley are left in our half of the draw if we win so it's a great incentive to make progress.
"Having Dave Stares back is a big boost. He gives us a physical presence at the back and that seems to have lifted the whole team in the two games he's played."

Smith was disappointed that his side failed to return from Ringmer without at least a point to show for their efforts.

"We were in front twice but lacked that belief that we could go on and win the game," he added. "That comes with experience and sometimes we forget that half our side at the moment is aged 21 or under.
"But they will learn and we will get better as players start coming back from injury. Our strongest side is capable of matching any team in this league and hopefully it won't be long before I am able to play it."

Saturday's kick off has been brought forward an hour because of the Turkey-England match later that day.

EAST Grinstead Town have been chosen to stage a representative match for the Sussex County League for the first time in their history.

East Court will host a game between the league's Division Three XI and the Mid Sussex League next Wednesday (15th) at 7.30pm to celebrate the Mid Sussex's League's 100th anniversary.

Chairman Bruce Talbot said: "This is a nice honour for the club and reflects the hard work we have put in to improve our facilities over the last few years."

Coming Up At East Court

Wednesday 7th October (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Chertsey
Saturday 11th October (2.00pm) - First Team v East Preston
Wednesday 15th October (7.30pm) - Mid Sussex League XI v Sussex County League Division Three XI

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East Grinstead Town 1, Whitehawk 2

UNDERSTRENGTH Wasps suffered their second home defeat of the season and could have no complaints about the outcome against a well-drilled Whitehawk team at East Court on Tuesday night.

Grinstead were missing seven players through injury or suspension and were on the back foot for long stages in the first half before going behind on 43 minutes when Kevin Wright failed to clear his lines on the edge of the box and Simon Rowland had time and space to beat Dave Tidy....... [More]

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Sidley United Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 0

The Reserves made the long trip to Sidley and can be disappointed that they did not come back with at least a point. Whilst they were playing a very experienced team, Town created numerous chances in the match....... [More]

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MANAGER Bob Smith praised the quick-thinking of his own staff and Hailsham counterpart Brian Dennis after striker Kris Trevor had to be revived on the pitch.
Trevor was knocked unconscious and swallowed his tongue after falling awkwardly on the rock-hard Hailsham pitch in the 55th minute of last Tuesday's County League game.
Smith's assistant Dave Gellatly, a retired fireman, physio Pam Presland and Dennis managed to prise open Trevor's jaw with a set of keys before loosening his tongue. He was released later that evening after treatment at Eastbourne General Hospital.

Smith said: "We were very fortunate that there were people on the scene quickly who knew what to do, but for those involved it was a very worrying few minutes.
"It just shows what can happen in any standard of football. As a club it has brought home to us the importance of having as many trained people as possible who can deal with that sort of situation, whether it happens in adult or junior football."

Trevor was advised to miss last Saturday's game with Sidley but he will return to Grinstead's squad this weekend.

Smith added: "Kris is fine now. He had a sore neck for a couple of days and was told to rest by his doctor for a few days, but he should be back in action soon."

East Grinstead Town 4, Sidley United 0

WASPS made it three wins in a week after a convincing performance against first division rivals Sidley in Saturday's Sussex Senior Cup first round tie at East Court.

Grinstead now face East Preston, also at home, after following up successive league wins over Southwick and Hailsham with another impressive display....... [More]

DEFENDER Dave Garrett started a three-week ban following his red card in last month's cup tie against Lancing on Monday while Grant Hearn is suspended for a week from next Monday after his dismissal in the FA Cup defeat at Slough.
But Dave Stares returns after a holiday for Saturday's league trip to Ringmer (3pm) while Lee Hanson is close to a return after a month out with a foot problem.

:: Wednesday, 24th September 2003 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
TWO league wins on the spin have helped boost spirits at East Court, although, as some of you may be aware by now, Tuesday's 3-1 victory at Hailsham (our first away from home in Division One for TEN years by the way) was marred by the incident involving our own Kris Trevor.

Kris was superb all night and had scored twice when he fell awkwardly on the hard pitch after a heavy challenge ten minutes into the second half. It was only the prompt attention of assistant manager Dave Gellatly, physio Pam Presland and Hailsham's manager Brian Dennis which prevented a tragedy after Kris lost consciousness and swallowed his tongue.

Fortunately, after treatment on pitchside by Dave, Pam and Mr Dennis and then by paramedics, he came round in the dressing room and even asked Bob to go back on!

He went to hospital in Eastbourne for a check-up and got permission to return home that night. The attitude of the Hailsham people was a credit to their club and the County League and we thank them for their help.

The game was delayed for 15 minutes and when it re-started Hailsham got a goal back, but we ended up with a nice win to follow last Saturday's 2-0 success over Southwick.

Hailsham 1, East Grinstead Town 3

WASPS' first away win in County League Division One for a decade was overshadowed by the incident involving Kris Trevor who had to be revived on the pitch after he fell awkwardly following a 55th minute challenge from home defender Leon Legge.
It certainly took a lot of the gloss of what was an excellent display although players on both sides were glad to hear that Kris was on the mend when they returned to the changing rooms at the end....... [More]

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East Grinstead Town 2, Southwick 0

DAVE STAIRS celebrated his debut with a goal as Wasps ended a six-match winless run with a thoroughly deserved league win over Southwick at East Court on Saturday.
Stairs has been plagued by an ankle injury suffered in pre-season but he produced an impressive display alongside Dave Garrett at the heart of the Grinstead defence....... [More]

LUKE Dunstan (groin) and Phil Thompson (achilles) joined Wasps' lengthy injury list this week, but there is good news with Lee Hanson (foot) and Steve Moore (knee) due to resume training soon.

Meanwhile boss Bob Smith is hoping that Ben Burns, subject of an official approach from Three Bridges, stays at East Court.

Smith said: "I told Ben I want him to stay here and fight for his place and I hope he does. His goal on Saturday won't have done his cause any harm."

Wasps are at home to Sidley United on Saturday in the first round of the Sussex Senior Cup (3pm). Next Tuesday they return to Division One action against Whitehawk, kick off 7.30pm

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday 27th September (3pm) - First Team v Sidley United
Tuesday 30th September (7.30pm) - First Team v Whitehawk
Wednesday 1st October (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Cobham

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East Grinstead Town 0, St Leonards 4

THIS always looked like being our toughest assignment since promotion to Division One, but our hopes of upsetting a side in the Dr Martens League weren't helped by two extraordinary decisions from the stand side assistant who kept his flag down when everyone else in the ground thought Gavin Ramsden was offside as he scored on 24 and 35 minutes to put the visitors 2-0 up and in control....... [More]

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Lewes Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 0

This was a match Town dominated for long periods but a five minute spell midway through the first half saw them concede two goals which eventually decided the game. Before the home side scored Town had at least four good goal scoring chances which they squandered....... [More]

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AFC Newbury 2, East Grinstead Town 0

INJURY-HIT Wasps were left regretting missed chances, including a first half penalty, as their hopes of an FA Vase run bit the dust in Berkshire on Saturday.

Grinstead were without the holidaying Steve Banks, cup-tied Stuart Hardy and fellow midfielder Lee Hanson, who had a foot injury, but ought to have at least taken their Wessex League hosts to a replay....... [More]

STUART Hardy, who wasn't signed in time for the Vase game, returned to the Grinstead side for last night's League Cup tie at Whitehawk.

Steve Banks was unavailable for that game and also misses Saturday's home league match against Hassocks (3pm) while Lee Hanson remains a doubt because of a foot injury sustained in last week's 3-3 draw against Eastbourne Town when Trevor and Adam Simpson, with two goals in the last ten minutes, earned Wasps a point after they trailed 3-1.

James Horner's return from holiday gives Smith another option in wide positions and he is expected to be in the squad for both matches this week.

St Leonards, a Dr Martens League side last season, visit East Court next Tuesday (7.30pm) also in the league.

Boss Bob Smith said: "It will be nice to settle back down to league games and having Stuart and James back gives us a few more options and competition for places."

East Grinstead Town Reserves 0, Eastbourne Borough Reserves 1

It shows how far the Town's football club has come when they are disappointed to lose by the odd goal to a club from the Southern League.

The first half was in fact dominated by Town who took the game to the visitors....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Saturday 13th September (3pm) - First Team v Hassocks
Tuesday 16th September (7.30pm) - First Team v St Leonards
Wednesday 17th September (7.30pm) - Under-18s v Epsom & Ewell

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East Grinstead Town 3, Eastbourne Town 3

ADAM Simpson came off the bench to score twice in the last ten minutes as Wasps came from 3-1 down to rescue a point and preserve their unbeaten home record in County League Division One.

A crowd of 157 saw Greg Manton fire Eastbourne into a 10th minute lead, but Kris Trevor equalised five minutes later with a header from a rehearsed corner kick routine....... [More]

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WASPS have made their second significant signing since returning to the top flight of Sussex football after securing the return of midfielder Stuart Hardy to East Court.
Hardy scored 37 goals in 70 appearances for the club between 1999 and 2001 before establishing himself as a regular in Horsham's Ryman League side.
He took a year out to coach the game in America but returned in July and linked-up with Horsham before opting to return to Grinstead.

Boss Bob Smith said: "Stuart's return is a marvellous boost for everyone at the club. For a midfielder his goalscoring record is outstanding and he can only improve our squad."

Hardy is due to play some part in tomorrow night's (Tuesday) re-arranged league game against Eastbourne Town, but he wasn't signed in time to play on Saturday when Wasps travel to Wessex League outfit AFC Newbury in the preliminary round of the FA Vase (3pm).
Instead he will probably have another 90 minutes for the table-topping reserves who entertain Eastbourne Borough on Friday at East Court (7.30pm).

Grinstead's other pre-season signing, defender Dave Stares, may also get a run out on Friday after missing the start of the season due to an ankle injury and holiday.

Steve Moore is also on the comeback trail after an ankle injury while James Horner will get a run out on Friday after returning from holiday.

The return of Stares and Moore is a welcome boost for Smith who needs cover at the back following successive red cards for two of his defenders. Dave Garrett was dismissed for retaliation during last Tuesday's 6-0 win over Lancing in the first round of the RUR Cup while Grant Hearn saw red on Sunday for two fouls as Wasps crashed out of the FA Cup to Slough Town.

The 5-0 scoreline flattered the home side, but there was no doubt that the Ryman League outfit, who were playing Conference football three years ago and reached the first round proper last season, were worthy winners.

But Smith was left to reflect on a 36th minute incident when Steve Banks was bundled to the ground in the box by Nick Gyoury but no penalty was given.

Smith said: "It was a stonewall penalty which could have changed the game because at that stage we were giving as good as we got.
"We got a bit ragged towards the end and Grant's red card is a blow because we will be without two key defenders at the same time. But they are a strong side, one of the strongest in the competition at this stage, yet for an hour we competed well with them so there are positives to take out of the day."

Grinstead will face another tough afternoon on Saturday against a Newbury outfit managed by former Aston Villa, Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday striker Guy Whitingham. A coach leaves East Court for Berkshire at 11am.

The cup theme continues next Tuesday when Wasps visit Whitehawk in the first round of the County League Cup (7.30pm).

Slough Town 5, East Grinstead Town 0

WASPS' first match in the FA Cup since 1997 ended in disappointment as a powerful Slough team eventually over-ran the visitors in front of a 374 crowd at Windsor & Eton FC on Sunday.

Grinstead had two good spells in the first 25 minutes and then again midway through the second half, but they couldn't convert their pressure into goals, something which the home side did impressively with Ian Hodges converting an 89th minute penalty to complete an impressive hat-trick....... [More]

East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Eastbourne Town Reserves 1

The Reserves maintained their unbeaten start and remain top of the Reserve Section Premier League after this draw on Friday night. It was a game East Grinstead should have won as they created a number of goalscoring opportunities....... [More]

Coming Up At East Court

Wednesday September 3rd - Under-18s v Horley (7.30pm)
Friday September 5th - Reserves v Eastbourne Borough (7.30pm)

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East Grinstead Town 6, Lancing 0

WASPS made short work of second division Lancing as they cruised into the second round of the Sussex RUR Cup on Tuesday.

But a good night's work was marred by the 81st minute dismissal of defender Dave Garrett who retaliated after he was punched by Lancing striker Sean Mahoney....... [More]

East Grinstead Town 1, Shoreham 0

A TRADEMARK header from striker Steve Banks earned Wasps their second league win of the season at East Court on Saturday.

Banks opened his account for the campaign with 11 minutes to go, towering above Shoreham goalkeeper Pat Lawrence at the far post to head home a free-kick from substitute Adam Dart....... [More]

Three Bridges 2, East Grinstead Town 0

TWO goals in the last 11 minutes condemned Wasps to a first defeat of the season at the Jubilee Field last Tuesday.

Bridges, one of the favourites to lift the County League title, broke the deadlock when Andy Alexander fired home after Wasps had failed to clear a long throw....... [More]

On Sunday they play only their second FA Cup tie since 1982 after being re-admitted to the competition this season.
It's also Grinstead's first competitive match on a Sunday as they visit Slough Town in the preliminary round.
The match will be played at Windsor & Eton FC's Stag Meadow ground, kick off 2.00pm, and a coach leaves East Court at 10.45am. Supporters are welcome.

Manager Bob Smith said: "We won't need any motivation for this game. The lads are really looking forward to playing in a prestigious competition like the FA Cup and I think we can give a good account of ourselves."

Smith was planning to embark on a spying mission this week to watch the Ryman League Division One South side.

A GOAL from Brian Tilley, his first for Grinstead since his return to the club, maintained the reserves' unbeaten record in the premier division after they defeated Burgess Hill Town 1-0 at East Court on Friday.

Forthcoming Fixtures At East Court

Wednesday August 27th - Reserves v Three Bridges (7.30pm)
Friday August 29th - Reserves v Eastbourne Town (7.30pm)
Wednesday September 3rd - Under-18s v Horley Town (7.30pm)

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East Grinstead Town 3, Pagham 0

WASPS made a dream start on their return to the top flight of Sussex football as Kris Trevor grabbed a hat-trick to sink Pagham at East Court on Saturday.

Trevor struck twice in 14 first half minutes to reward a purposeful start by Wasps before completing his hat-trick with a 60th minute penalty as Grinstead became the first Division One leaders of the season....... [More]

TO complete an excellent day for Grinstead, the reserves opened their Premier Division campaign with a 3-0 win over Pagham at Nyetimber Lane. Four players made their debuts and a young side, managed by Steve Norris in the absence of holidaying boss Phil Major, were comfortable winners. Gary Granger, one of the debutants, and Stuart Moseley scored in the first half before substitute Matt Jones wrapped up the win with five minutes left.

The reserves entertain Burgess Hill at East Court on Friday, kick off 7.30pm.

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AN injury to defender Steve Moore has given East Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith a selection headache as his side prepare to make their return to the top flight of County League football.

Moore is on crutches after injuring knee ligaments when he fell awkwardly during Wasps' final pre-season friendly against Lancing at East Court on Saturday.

According to Smith, he faces at least six weeks out although that might be a conservative estimate if it is revealed that he has torn the ligaments.

Smith said: "We'll know more later this week how bad it is, but losing someone of Steve's experience is obviously a blow."

Moore's absence will probably mean a debut for new signing Dave Stares when Pagham provide the opposition for Grinstead's first game in the top flight since 1994 at East Court on Saturday (3pm).

Smith firmly believes that last season's promotion-winning squad deserve the chance to try and establish Grinstead as a force in Division One and thinks they are up to the task.

"We've got a good squad of 17 or 18 players now, all of whom are capable of doing well at this level," he said.
"They deserve their chance which is why I haven't made loads of new signings. After a month or so we may decide that we need to strengthen certain areas of the team, but I think overall that we will be okay.
"Everyone is really looking forward to it. I watched Pagham last week and they will be a good test for us, but we shouldn't fear anyone in this division now that Burgess Hill are out of it."

Midfielder Matt Thorpe played 90 minutes of a training match for the reserves on Saturday as he recovers from an ankle injury but he won't be considered this weekend while Keith Bradshaw is still struggling on hard pitches with a long-standing knee complaint.

Luke Dunstan is set to occupy Thorpe's central midfield role while Kris Trevor and Steve Banks are almost certain to start up front after impressive pre-season displays.

Smith is appealing for a good turnout on Saturday.

"First division football is a big step up and our supporters will notice the difference, but hopefully it will be entertaining," he added. "We need as much backing as possible and it would be nice if our promotion attracts a few more people to come along."

Wasps rounded off their preparations with a 4-1 win over second division Lancing.

Dave Gellatly volleyed them into a half-time lead and added a second before substitutes Adam Simpson - with his first touch - and James Horner netted either side of a Lancing consolation.

Grinstead won five out of their six friendlies, the only defeat coming last Monday when they went down 2-1 to Hythe Town despite a goal from Lee Hanson.

Wasps visit Three Bridges next Tuesday (7.45pm) in an eagerly awaited Division One local derby.

IT'S ALSO a big day for Grinstead's second string on Saturday when they visit Pagham in their first match since promotion from the Reserve Section Premier Division (3pm). New assistant manager Steve Norris will be in charge in the absence of boss Phil Major who is on holiday.

Next Wednesday (August 21) the reserves face Three Bridges at East Court (7.30pm).

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EAST Grinstead Town manager Bob Smith has completed his first major summer signing with the capture of big defender Steve Stares from Redhill.

Stares signed after playing in Saturday's friendly against Corinthian Casuals when Wasps maintained their unbeaten record in pre-season games with a 5-0 win over the Ryman League outfit.

Smith said: "I'm delighted we have got Steve on board. He's very powerful in the air and very quick. With Andy Rabbetts retiring we have good competition for places in the centre of defence now what with Steve Moore, Grant Hearn, Drew Cooney and Keith Bradshaw."

With virtually all of last season's promotion-winning squad having re-signed, the arrival of Stares is likely to be Smith's only major close season capture. The only player to have left is midfielder Paul Otway who has joined Crawley Down.

Dave Gellatly capped an excellent display wide on the left with two goals against Casuals. Steve Banks also netted twice with Kris Trevor completing another impressive afternoon's work by Wasps.

Smith added: "It was another good performance. The front players all worked hard, I thought Luke Dunstan had a good game in midfield and, most importantly, we kept a clean sheet.
"We've let in one or two sloppy goals in pre-season so it was nice to get that aspect of our game right."

Wasps have two more friendlies before they play their first game in Division One of the Sussex County League for ten years on August 16 when Pagham visit East Court.

Tonight (Monday) they are due to visit Kent League Hythe Town for what is expected to be Grinstead's toughest pre-season test.

On Saturday they play their only friendly at East Court against second division Lancing, kick off 3.00pm. The sides are also due to meet in the first round of the Sussex RUR Cup on August 26.

It will give supporters their first opportunity to see the ground improvements which have been carried out at the club during the summer.

These include a new hard-standing path and access steps around the entire pitch perimeter, a project which has been partly financed by a grant of £18,000 from the Football Foundation. There is also a new protected walkway for the players and officials while the tea bar has been refurbished and extended.

Chairman Bruce Talbot said: "I think the supporters will be really impressed with how the ground looks. We had to make the improvements to comply with the league's ground grading requirements and to gets us back into the FA Cup and to get it done in time was a tremendous effort on the part of everyone concerned.
"The whole place looks really smart. The committee members have worked really hard and we are all geared up for first division football.
"The facilities are now on a par with most clubs in our league and we hope they help us attract a few more supporters this season. The football they will be watching will be better and they will be able to do so in more comfort than ever before."

Wasps have also secured a main sponsorship deal with the Rydon Group. It's the 13th year running that the Forest Row-based building company have supported the club.

"We are really grateful to Rydon for their support," added Talbot. "We have new kit for our teams this season which looks really smart and we've even got yellow and black nets!"

Grinstead had to abandon plans to install seats in their existing stand because of health and safety problems. Instead they are applying for planning permission to build a new 100 seater stand with access for disabled spectators at East Court in time for the start of the 2004-05 season.

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STRIKER Kris Trevor made it seven goals in three starts as East Grinstead Town maintained their unbeaten pre-season record with a 3-2 win over a Whyteleafe XI on Saturday.

Trevor followed up his hat-trick in last week's 5-1 win over Haywards Heath with a double while strike partner Steve Banks also netted.

Manager Bob Smith was pleased with another encouraging performance by his side as the countdown to the start of the County League season on August 16 continues.

He said: "We let a poor goal in at the end which flattered them a bit, but overall I was happy. We could have won by a few more."

Trevor was denied another hat-trick by the crossbar but his pre-season form is delighting his manager.

"Kris was on fire again," added Smith. "He is looking really sharp and I think we have shown in pre-season that we will score goals this season at the higher level. All we have to do now is cut out the silly mistakes."

Dave Tidy made three good saves against a Whyteleafe team who Smith reckoned were on a par with County League Division Two opposition.

Dave Gellatly and Adam Dart both made their first appearances in pre-season although defender Dart had to go off for treatment to a knock when the score was 2-0 in the second half, temporarily reducing Wasps to ten men.

All of last season's promotion-winning squad have now re-signed with the exception of midfielder Paul Otway, who is believed to have signed for Crawley Down, and goalkeeper Scott Kenward who has been training with Horsham.

Smith is still hopeful of adding to his squad before the Division One opener against Pagham with a ball-playing midfielder a priority.

Grinstead entertain Corinthian Casuals in a double header at Ardingly College this Saturday with the first team game starting at 2pm and the reserves kicking off at 4pm.

It will be the second pre-season run-out for Phil Major's second string who were due to meet Forest on Tuesday night. They kick off their Reserve Section Premier campaign following promotion at Pagham, also on August 16.

Meanwhile, Wasps have put back their RUR Cup first round tie against second division Lancing to Tuesday August 26 (7.30pm).

Grinstead have been drawn at home to fellow first division side Sidley United in the first round of the Sussex Senior Cup with the tie scheduled for October 4.

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THE form of striker Kris Trevor is bringing a smile to the face of East Grinstead Town boss Bob Smith as the countdown to the new County League season continues.

Trevor scored a hat-trick as Wasps thrashed Haywards Heath 5-1 on Saturday to make it two wins out of two in pre-season friendlies.

The 24-year-old missed the first half of last season because of a heel injury, but he returned to play a big part in Grinstead's successful promotion campaign.
And, on current form, he is sure to cause first division defences a headache or two when Wasps return to the top flight.

Smith said: "We all know what a quality player Kris is and I have to say that in pre-season he has looked really sharp.
"He has worked hard on his fitness before we came back for pre-season and it shows. His touch, pace and finishing ability are excellent and I'm sure he is going to play a big part for us this season."

Smith was again without several first team squad members on Saturday because of holidays, but Keith Bradshaw played his first game since breaking his leg in September 2001 when he partnered Steve Moore in the heart of the defence as Smith experimented with a 5-3-2 formation before switching to 4-4-2 in the second half.

"Keith needs games to get his match fitness back, but he won a lot of balls in the air and looked very solid," added Smith.

Trevor made Grinstead's 16th minute opener with a cross which Luke Dunstan finished with a powerful header.

Heath levelled after 34 minutes when Dave Tidy was beaten at the second attempt after saving the first shot, but Trevor restored Wasps' lead on 39 minutes after good work by the impressive Dave Garrett.

Scott Woolley scored the game's best goal on 58 minutes, hammering the ball into the top corner from 40 yards after spotting the goalkeeper was off his line and Trevor twice breached a tired-looking Heath defence to complete his hat-trick in the last 12 minutes.

The only concern for Smith came when James Horner limped off in the first half with a knee injury although it is not thought to be serious.

Wasps will face a sterner pre-season test this Saturday when they play Ryman League Whyteleafe at Ardingly College, kick off 3.00pm.

The reserves step-up their build-up ahead of their return to the Reserve Section Premier when they visit Forest next Tuesday for a friendly, ko 6.30pm.

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EAST Grinstead Town made a winning start to their pre-season programme with a 3-1 victory over Combined Counties League Merstham on Saturday.

Boss Bob Smith was without seven of last season's promotion-winning squad for a variety of reasons, but his side still ran out comfortable winners in the 80 degree heat, coming from behind to win with goals from Kris Trevor (2) and Scott Woolley. Phil Thompson also missed a penalty.

Smith said: "We had a lot of guys on holiday or unavailable but it was still a very good workout.
"We settled down to play some good football in the second half and I was very happy with the way things went."

Woolley equalised with a shot which squeezed through the goalkeeper's grasp while Adam Simpson, who came on for the second half for Steve Banks, created both goals for strike partner Trevor.

Grinstead gave a debut to Dave Stares, a central defender from the Redhill area.

Keith Bradshaw, who has returned to the club after nearly two years, is suffering from a knee injury which Smith thinks is a reaction to training on rock-hard grounds while midfielder Matt Thorpe has suffered a recurrence of the ankle problem which plagued him last season, although Smith expects him to be ready for Grinstead's first match back in Division One on August 16.

Wasps meet Haywards Heath in their next friendly at Ardingly College on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.

Meanwhile, Grinstead will play Pagham in their first match in County League Division One for ten years.

They entertain the Lions at East Court on August 16 before travelling to Three Bridges for what should be tasty local derby on Tuesday August 19.

Shoreham visit East Court on August 23 while the newly-promoted reserves open their campaign in the premier division at Pagham on August 16 before playing Burgess Hill at home on August 22.

WASPS are looking for a General Manager to help in all aspects of running their senior sides. Anyone with suitable experience at County League level should contact Bob Smith on 07850 779937

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EAST Grinstead Town have been handed a tough assignment on their return to the world's most famous knockout competition.

Wasps are back in the FA Cup for only the second season since 1982 but they will do well to progress beyond the preliminary round after being drawn away to Slough Town on August 30.

Slough finished fourth in Ryman League Division One North last season, but Grinstead manager Bob Smith remains positive.

"Just to be back in the FA Cup shows the progress we have made as a club, both on and off the field, in the last few years," he said.
"They will obviously be difficult to beat at their place but you never know. They have lost the manager to got them to fourth place last season so they may not be as strong."

Winners of preliminary round ties receive £1,000 and the prizemoney increases with each round thereafter which is another incentive to make progress.

Wasps are back in the competition after completing more improvements to the facilities at East Court during the close season, the most impressive being a hard-standing walkway around the entire pitch perimeter with new access steps at the far end of the existing stand to the new pathway.

Grinstead will be heading back down the M4 the week after their Slough trip to face Wessex League outfit AFC Newbury in the preliminary round of the FA Vase on September 6.

Meanwhile, Smith and his new coaching team have been putting the squad through their paces for a week now at pre-season training.

The manager was happy to report that nearly all of last season's promotion-winning squad have already re-signed as Grinstead prepare for life back in Division One of the Sussex County League after an absence of ten years.

"A couple of lads have still to sign, but I envisage all of last year's squad will be with us again and I'm hoping to make one or two new signings before we kick off the league campaign on August 16," added Smith.

One familiar face back in training is defender Keith Bradshaw who hasn't played since breaking his leg in an FA Vase game against Thatcham in September 2001. Bradshaw has since joined the Met Police but there is no doubt he will provide extra competition for places at the back especially as Andy Rabbetts, who played an integral part in making sure Wasps went up, has decided to retire after making nearly 200 appearances for the club.

Smith added: "Andy was a great servant of the club and it's always sad when players retire, but having Keith back is almost like signing a new player. We all know what a good defender Keith was before his injury and he seems to have got his appetite back for football."

Grinstead step-up their pre-season preparations on Saturday when they entertain Haywards Heath in the first of six friendlies at Ardingly College (ko 3.00pm).

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BOSS Bobby Smith has unveiled a new-look management team this week as East Grinstead Town step up preparations for their return to County League Division One.

Respected local coach Paul Wadham has joined the Wasps as club coach and Smith is delighted to have brought him to East Court.

He said: "Paul is very well known locally and he will bring lots of new ideas to our training and coaching throughout the club as well as a touch of professionalism and I'm delighted to have him on board."

Smith begins his sixth season in charge after guiding Grinstead back into the top flight following an absence of ten years and he will again be assisted by Dave Gellatly.

Dennis Moore continues as first team coach while Steve Norris, who started his association with the club as a teenager two decades ago, moves into player-management as assistant to Phil Major with the reserves who are preparing for their return to the Reserve Section Premier Division after winning the East Division title last season.
Bob Wallis continues as third team boss in Mid Sussex League Division Two while Cliff Upton, another former first teamer at East Court, steps up to run the under-18s in the Southern Youth League having led Grinstead's under-17s to the Tandridge League title last season.

Wasps have also appointed their first ever goalkeeping coach in Steve Simms who has been doing the job on a part-time basis for the last two years while continuing to play occasional games for the third team.

Smith added: "We have boosted our management team and I'm absolutely delighted with what we now have in place.

"With both the first team and reserves winning promotion last season it was important we built on our success in all areas of the club and I think we have done that."

Wasps began pre-season training at East Court on Tuesday and the sessions will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays (7pm) until the County League season kicks off on August 16. Grinstead have already been told they will start with a home fixture although the identity of their opponents isn't yet known.

In the meantime, Smith has arranged six pre-season friendlies. All home games will be at Ardingly College with the exception of the final match against Lancing which is at East Court on August 9.
Friendlies: July 12 v Merstham (4pm); 19 v Haywards Heath (3pm); 26 v Whyteleafe (3pm); August 2 v Corinthian Casuals (1pm, reserves v Corinthian Casuals 3pm); 4 v Hythe Town (a, 7.45pm); 9 v Lancing (3pm at East Court).

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