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:: Tuesday 2nd May 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
ANOTHER SIX OF THE BEST...

Wasps Under 18s finished off their season with an emphatic 6 - 0 win over Horley Town at East Court tonight.
That's the second game on the run that they have hit the opposition for 6.


May Day prize draw winners

Congratulations to K Keep who was the winner of the prize draw for two tickets to our Frank Bruno Sportsman's Dinner. The winning number was 34.

Congratulations also go to Baba Kaya of 29 The High Street East Grinstead for winning the prize draw for an advertising board at our East Court ground for the 2006 / 07 season.

:: Monday 1st May 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
SEAFORD TOWN 5, EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN 0

BOSS Bob Smith ended up playing as Grinstead's County League season ended with a heavy defeat on Saturday........... [Full Match report]

Injuries had already decimated the squad and by half-time at Seaford all three subs were on the pitch after Kevin Wright and Scott Johnston (both hamstring) and Brian Tilley (knee) limped off.

Smith had only named himself as third sub in case of emergencies but came on to play at right back for the entire second half - not bad for a 44-year-old.

He said: "We were without several players already and the injuries just made it worse. We started the game really well and could have been in front but we didn't defend very well. The scoreline flattered them somewhat but it was still disappointing to finish so badly. But I did okay - although I felt it a bit on Sunday!"

Wasps ended their season seventh in County League division two - the most telling statistic of the campaign was that they only won one and drew one in 12 games against teams above them.

After a short break Smith will get down to work strengthening his squad in time for a promotion challenge next season.

"We know the areas where we have to improve and I'm confident we can make the additions to the squad we need, he said The work has already started so it won't be much of a summer break for me but we are all aware of how important it is that we challenge for promotion next season."


Thanks to everyone that came and visited us on our stall at today's May Fair. We got absolutely soaked this morning when setting up, but thankfully the weather cleared up and encouraged people into the town. For those of you that took part in our prize draw for two tickets to our Sportsman's Dinner featuring Frank Bruno, the winner will be announced shortly.

:: Saturday 29th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps' season ends with their biggest league defeat of the season, 5 - 0 to Seaford Town. It seemed like déjà vu when Grinstead had the better of the first 20 minutes with three good scoring chances, failed to capitalise and went in 3 - 0 down at the break, the same as in the previous encounter at the Crouch in the RUR Cup. An already depleted squad saw Kevin Wright go off with a hamstring injury after 17 minutes, Brian Tilley limp off and sub Scott Johnson not reappear for the second half. This left Wasps open and they conceded another two goals late in the second half. Match report to follow.

The reserves played their last game in the Sussex County League and narrowly lost 1 - 0 to Eastbourne Town who clinched top spot in the Reserve Premier League. Wasps will be playing in the Suburban League next season.

:: Friday 28th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
MayFair.....

We would love to see you at our stall in the High Street during the East Grinstead Lions Club MayFair on Monday 1st May.

Our attractions will include:
• Wasps merchandise as well as World Cup promotional items including car flags.
• Have your photo taken with a Replica World Cup. We will be working with 'The Jewellery Workshop' who are providing the replica cup. Part of the proceeds from this event will be going to a local charity.
• A great chance to win two tickets to our Sportsman's Dinner featuring Frank Bruno on May 12th. Each entry in the prize draw will cost £2 and one lucky winner will receive the two tickets worth £100, which are being kindly sponsored by The Village Garage in Dormansland.
• There's a unique opportunity for local businesses as well on the stall. A chance to win an advertising board at our East Court ground for the 2006 - 07 season. The board will be sponsored by The Sign Company. Each entry in the prize draw costs just £2 or 3 for £5. A great opportunity for a local business to have their name diplayed prominantly throughout the season.

Or simply, why not come along and just say hello to club chairman Richard Tramontin and Commercial Manager Lee Quinn who will be on the stall all day.


SENIOR SECTION PRESENTATION EVENING

This season's senior presentation evening will take place at the Felbridge Hotel on Friday May 19th. There will be athree course meal followed by the presentations covering the First Team, Reserves, Third Team and Under 18's. Tickets cost £20 per person and are available from Bob Smith, Phil Major and Alan Woolley.

:: Thursday 27th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
SPORTSMAN'S DINNER

Time is rapidly running out to get tickets for the Sportsman's Dinner featuring Frank Bruno which takes place on Friday May 12th. Please click here or on the above banner for full details, but hurry..........

:: Wednesday 26th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1 - 2 Sidlesham

BOSS Bob Smith admitted Wasps' recent schedule finally caught up with them on Tuesday as they ended their home campaign with a disappointing defeat to Sidlesham. It was Grinstead's fifth game in ten days........... [Full Match report]

This defeat means the highest Grinstead can finish the Division Two campaign is fifth while they could drop as low as seventh depending on Saturday's results when Wasps wind up their campaign at Seaford.


THE reserves play their last ever game in the County League Reserve Section on Saturday at home to Eastbourne Town, kick off 3.00pm. There is nothing on the game for Wasps but the visitors will clinch the league title if they win.


Wasps Under 18's visited bottom club South Park in their penultimate Southern Youth League match of the season tonight and came away with a convincing 6 - 1 victory. Their final match is a home fixture against Horley Town next Tuesday, kick off 7.30pm.

:: Sunday 23rd April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
SMITH SETS HIS SIGHTS ON FOURTH PLACE

WASPS could sneak into fourth place in the final County League division two table after continuing their impressive run with a fifth win in six starts at Nyetimber Lane on Saturday.

We scored five goals away from home for the second time this year with Ben Burns’ hat-trick taking him to the top of the scoring charts with 20 goals - one more than Barry Leete.

Grinstead complete their home fixtures against Sidlesham on Tuesday and close the campaign at Seaford on Saturday (3pm). Victory in both games could be enough for a fourth-placed finish depending on the remaining results for Westfield and Wealden.

Bob said: “We are finishing the season on a real high which is important because it gives us something to build on next season. Burnsy will get the headlines because of his hat-trick but I would pick out guys like Brian Tilley and Chris Day who were outstanding on Saturday. Brian does so much unselfish work in midfield to enable the more creative players to shine and Chris has come into the defence for the last three games and done really well.”

Another plus for Wasps on Saturday was an impressive performance by youngster Jez Tobin. The 17-year-old striker scored his second goal in as many games after coming off the bench against Broadbridge Heath last Wednesday to score and help create the other for Burns in our 2-1 win.

:: Saturday 22nd April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pagham 0 - 5 East Grinstead Town
Wasps made it five wins in an undefeated run of six matches this afternoon at Nyetimber Lane. Two first half defensive errors by the Pagham defence were clinically punished by Jimmy Horner and Ben Burns. Ben added to his tally four minutes into the second half as his far post corner eluded the Pagham keeper and crossed the line before being headed out. A similar effort later on was adjudged not to have crossed the line although the defender headed it up onto the underside of the crossbar and out. Ben got his hatrick when he beat the offside trap and raced on goalwards to cooly beat the advancing keeper.

Jez Tobin had his first full appearance and crowned a good solid display with a well taken goal which he struck from just outside the six yard box across the keeper into the far corner........... [Full Match report]


RESERVES WIN AT LAST

GRINSTEAD beat Arundel 1-0 in their penultimate Reserve Section premier division game of the season at East Court thanks to Matt Garrett’s late goal. It was their first win since January 7.

The reserves play their last ever game in the County League on Saturday at home to Eastbourne Town (3pm). Next season Wasps are playing in the Suburban League.

:: Wednesday 19th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2 - 1 Broadbridge Heath

Jez Tobin opened the scoring with his first senior goal, a well placed header minutes after he came on as a second half substitute. Ben Burns added a second for Wasps as just reward for his display. Broadbridge Heath scored in injury time........... [Full Match report]

Tonight's result lifts Wasps to sixth in the table and is their fourth win in five games, the other match being the Easter Monday draw against Crawley Down.

:: Tuesday 18th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Kick off time for this Saturday's reserve team fixture against Arundel at East Court has been brought forward to 2pm at the request of the opposition.

:: Monday 17th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Crawley Down 0

HONOURS were even in the local derby at East Court today and that was probably a fair outcome after both teams squandered some good chances......... [Full Match report]

Wasps are back in action again on Wednesday at home to Broadbridge Heath, kick off 7.30pm.


Reserves looked comfortable at the half time break today, leading Worthing United by 2 - 0. However the visitors came back in the second half following some controversial decisions and earned a draw.

:: Saturday 15th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Simon TadmanINJURY TO TADDY MARS THIRD SUCCESSIVE WIN

A THIRD successive league win for Wasps was marred by a terrible injury to striker Simon Tadman.

The 21-year-old broke his leg in two places after an accidental collision with Westfield goalkeeper Jamie Podmore seven minutes from the end of today’s Division Two game at East Court, which Wasps won 4-2......... [Full Match report]

Simon was racing onto a flick-on from substitute Adrian Bell when the pair collided just inside the penalty area, the loose ball rolling into an empty net for Grinstead’s fourth goal.

The striker, who was making his 61st first-team appearance for the club, was taken to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where fractures to his tibia and fibia were confirmed. Tadders is the second Grinstead player in 15 months to suffer identical injuries after Kevin Wright also suffered a double leg-break against East Preston in February, 2005.

Manager Bob Smith said: “We played well but all that has been overshadowed by the injury to Taddy. It’s no coincidence that our good form has come when he’s been playing so well for us. We wish him a speedy recovery and the club will do all it can to make that process as easy as possible for him.”


HECTIC EASTER CONTINUES

WASPS’ hectic end to the season continues on Easter Monday with the local derby against Crawley Down, kick off 11am.

Michael Turville starts a three-match suspension so there will be one enforced change and there is a doubt over the availability of Phil Thompson. The terrible injury to Simon Tadman also means a change up front with Adrian Bell likely to get the nod.

Don't forget there is a double header on Monday with the reserves, without a win since January 7, at home to Worthing United, kick off 3.00pm.


AND THERE'S MORE....

Don't forget that Wednesday we entertain Broadbridge Heath in the league, kick off 7.30pm.

A four-page insert will be issued for this game to accompany the programme produced last Tuesday, when the match was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Next Saturday Grinstead visit Pagham (3pm) before hosting Sidlesham in the final home game of the season the following Tuesday (7.30pm).


TALE OF TWO PENALTIES FOR RESERVES

GRINSTEAD were beaten 1-0 by a last minute penalty in Saturday’s Reserve Premier game at Horsham YMCA having missed a spot-kick of their own through James Upton earlier in the game.

That was the club's final away game in the Reserve Section of the County League. Remember we are switching to the Suburban League next season.

The reserves are at home to Arundel on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.


UNDER-18 SCHEDULE FINALISED

THE under-18s' outstanding home match against Horley Town has been re-arranged for Tuesday, May 2, kick off 7.30pm.

They complete their away fixtures in the Southern Youth League on April 24 against Worthing and South Park on the 26th.


:: Thursday 13th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The ill fated match against Broadbridge Heath, which has been postponed twice, has been rescheduled for Wednesday 19th April, kick off 7.30pm. This is a clash with the Under 18s last home fixture against Horley Town, which will need to be rescheduled to another date.

:: Tuesday 11th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
BROADBRIDGE HEATH GAME OFF

Tuesday night's match against Broadbridge Heath was called off by match referee Ray Upton at 6.40pm because of a waterlogged pitch.
The pitch was playable at 5pm but the heavier rain which followed left the central areas of the pitch saturated and Mr Upton had little option but to call the game off for the second time in three weeks!
No new date has been arranged. We apologise to any supporters who made the trip but we left it as late as possible in the hope that the rain would ease off but instead it got worse!

:: Sunday 9th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Eastbourne Borough Under 16's 5 - 0 East Grinstead Town Under 16's

Mark Leggett's Under 16's team put up a brave battle at Ringmer this afternoon in their Crowborough League cup final against Eastbourne Borough, but never really recovered from conceding a sloppy goal within the first three minutes. The first half finished with a penalty being awarded when keeper Scott Owens was adjudged to have brought down a Borough attacker. The spot kit was coolly converted and Borough went in at the break with a comfortable 4 - 0 lead. Town's character showed through and their second half display was much better. They were unfortunate to go further behind to a well taken goal by man of the match, Borough's equivalent to Peter Crouch.

The Grinstead lads left the field disappointed as they knew today's performance was below their norm but it has to be acknowledged that they did face a well organised and skilful Eastbourne Borough side.

:: Saturday 8th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
CHAIRMAN SPELLS IT OUT

BOB SMITH will become the longest-serving manager in East Grinstead Town’s history when he takes charge for a ninth season in August.

But club chairman Richard Tramontin has told Smith that he expects Wasps to regain their County League first division status next season.

Grinstead are set for a disappointing mid-table finish in division two following relegation last year and the club are expecting better things in 2007.

Writing in Saturday’s match programme Tramontin said: “Bob knows the task ahead of him which he has discussed and agreed with the club’s management committee.

“He needs to improve the quality and quantity of players at the club and Bob is committed to making it happen with our full backing and support even though this will no doubt mean bringing in faces from outside the area.

“The committee and football management are completely united as a team but Bob needs to pull out all the stops and get a squad together in pre-season to ensure promotion at the end of next season – we can’t afford anything else.”


The need for Grinstead to regain top-flight County League status is greater than at any time because of new ground gradings being introduced by the FA at the start of the 2007-08 season.

Wasps have transformed East Court in recent years with new changing rooms and floodlights and various improvements to the pitch.

But more work is needed to make sure the club aren’t left behind. Among the projects planned for the next year are new dugouts, improved facilities and access for disabled supporters and a 112-seat stand for which planning permission has recently been submitted.

Tramontin added: “The club is investing in facilities to ensure we can compete in Division One.”

Smith took charge in 1998 when the club was at a low ebb and he has become their most successful manager. He led Grinstead to their first senior trophy for over 50 years when they won the RUR Cup in 2004, but relegation back to division two after just two seasons in the top flight last season was a bitter pill and Wasps have rarely looked like mounting a promotion challenge this year.

Smith said: “The club have made it clear what is required and how we are going to achieve it and the planning for next season has already started.

“We have some good players at the club already and some youngsters who are gaining valuable experience at this level. But we also need to add to the depth of the squad and bring in some more experience.

“I have a list of potential targets and I will be working extremely hard in the summer to try and get them to the club. I love managing East Grinstead and all I want is for us to be successful and a force in the county.”



Phil Thompson's winner goal boundEast Grinstead Town 2 - 1 Lancing

Wasps demonstrated their new found belief and character coming from behind again to win 2 - 1. Just as on Tuesday against Westfield, Grinstead went a goal down early in the second half this afternoon against Sammy Donnelley's in-form Lancing. The equaliser came after a good penetrating run by Jimmy Horner who then threaded a pass through to Simon Tadman who finished well. The winner came from a corner kick taken by Ben Burns that was met by Phil Thompson who headed past the keeper. ....... [Full Match report]


BUSY SCHEDULE OVER EASTER

Grinstead face three games in six days over Easter, all at East Court. Broadbridge Heath are the visitors on Tuesday night and on Easter Saturday Wasps face Westfield (3pm) before entertaining Crawley Down on Easter Monday, kick off 11am.

:: Friday 7th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 0 - 1 Hassocks Reserves

Wasps reserves conceded a late goal tonight against Hassocks after being reduced to 10 men following an injury to Ben Brockbank having already used their subs.

:: Tuesday 4th April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wealden 1 - 2 East Grinstead Town

Wasps went a goal behind 10 minutes into the second half shortly followed by a Jimmy Horner penalty miss tonight against promotion chasing Wealden. However two good goals from Simon Tadman and Ben Burns secured the win for Grinstead......... [Full Match report]

:: Monday 3rd April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town face a hectic schedule of four home games in nine days after suffering a second successive postponement on Saturday.

The home match against Sidlesham at East Court was postponed – the second in a row called off because of a waterlogged pitch – and has been re-arranged for Tuesday, April 25, kick off 7.30pm.

At least the lack of activity will enable Bob Smith to pick from virtually a full-strength squad for the remaining County League fixtures as Grinstead try to finish a disappointing season on a high.

Drew Cooney played for the reserves in last Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat against Hailsham but his groin injury continues to cause him discomfort and Smith believe is might be better if he rests it for the remainder of the season.

But Matt Thorpe is due to return in tomorrow night’s game against Wealden after overcoming an ankle problem.

Luke Dunstan (thigh) misses out but he is expected to be back in contention on Saturday when Wasps entertain Lancing, kick off 3.00pm.

They then face Broadbridge Heath on the following Tuesday (7.30pm) but Adam Dart will be absent as he starts a two-match suspension.

It means he also misses the home game against Westfield on Easter Saturday but will be available on Easter Monday for the derby against Crawley Down at East Court.

However fellow defender Michael Turville misses that match as he also starts a ban for accumulating five bookings.

Grinstead’s players trained on Saturday after the postponement of the Sidlesham game and Smith is desperate for them to finish the season on a high.

“With the games we have left there’s no reason why we can’t finish in the top six,” he said. “They are coming thick and fast between now and the end of the season and we definitely don’t need any more postponements.”

:: Saturday 1st April 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Match called off.....

Following a referee's pitch inspection, today's First XI match against Sidlesham has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The match has been rearranged for Tuesday 25 April, kick off 7.30pm.

:: Wednesday 29th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
After leading twice in their match against Hailsham Town this evening, Wasps reserves gave away a late goal and were beaten 3 - 2. Matt Garrett opened the scoring in the first half, converting a penalty. This was followed by another Grinstead goal which was dissallowed after the oppositin linesman flagged for a push. Hailsham levelled the score in the second half but Grinstead went ahead through a great header by Chris Day from a well placed free kick by Bobby Buckingham. Hailsham then equalised and finally clinched all three points.

:: Tuesday 28th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Next week's First XI midweek fixture away against Wealden has been brought forward a day to Tuesday 4th April, ko 7.45pm. Please remember that the fixture is being played at Hailsham.

:: Saturday 25th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Today's scheduled First XI match at East Court against Broadbridge Heath has been postponed. The pitch suffered badly after four games in four days and heavy rain before, during and after last night's reserve match.

The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday April 11th (ko 7.30pm)


200 Club Winners

The winners of the January and February 200 Club draws were :
January:
1st prize £80 No 74 John Fisher
2nd prize £40 No 43 Damien Cherry
3rd prize £10 No 79 S Grosvenor

February:
1st prize £80 No 9 R Woolley
2nd prize £40 No 23 Tony Hayward
3rd prize £10 No 26 Colin White

Don't forget, you've got to be in it to win it and the more people that are in it, the higher the monthly prizes. It only costs £4 per month. Contact Gary Wilsher for details.

:: Friday 24th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves defeated at home by Whitehawk 3 - 0.

:: Thursday 23rd March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps vets suffered their second consecutive defeat at East Court tonight in their last game of this season's campaign. They never really recovered from going three goals down in the first half against opponents Willingdon Athletic although Paul Wheeler did pull one back in the latter part of the second half.

The next vets match is a friendly away to Eastbourne United on Sunday 9th April, kick off 2.30pm.

:: Wednesday 22nd March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps Under 18's 1 - 0 victory over Oakwood at East Court tonight was marred by a brawl after the match involving players and a few spectators from a small crowd.

One person was taken to hospital and another detained by police, who were called to the incident.

Fighting with opponents and entering the playing area without permission will not be tolerated and anyone deemed to have done so will be banned from attending matches at East Court and, if necessary, have their playing rights withdrawn sine die.

:: Tuesday 21st March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Makeshift Grinstead are well beaten

East Grinstead Town 0, St Francis Rangers 4


MAKESHIFT Wasps were no match for promotion-chasing Saints at a freezing cold East Court on Tuesday night as they suffered a second home defeat in three days.

No fewer than seven players who would be considered first choices were absent. Barry Leete, Adam Dart and Ben Burns were all suffering from a virus, Bobby Buckingham and Brian Tilley were unavailable and Matt Thorpe and Drew Cooney both injured.

It was always going to be tough against a St Francis side who moved into second place as a result of this victory......... [Full Match report]


:: Monday 20th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Burns shootsTHE INCONSISTENCY which has plagued Wasps all season struck again on Saturday when they handed relegation-threatened Saltdean their first win in nine games.

Grinstead should have been out of sight at half-time but only had James Horner’s first goal of the season to show for their dominance against a poor Saltdean team who had lost their previous eight games in County League division two.

But the wheels fell off in the second half when the visitors equalised from a penalty and two mis-judgements by defender Kevin Wright in the last four minutes handed Saltdean a precious win......... [Full Match report]

The other talking point was the performance of referee Colin Mallows who booked seven Saltdean players and could easily have shown a red in the first half after Ben Burns was pushed in the face in full view of Mr Mallows.

To the surprise of everyone, he showed a yellow card to both players - much to the disgust of Wasps’ boss Bob Smith.

He said: “I’m not going to say any more other than we were very disappointed with the officials on Saturday.

“As to the game, I felt we played some of our best football of the season in the first half but missed chances have again cost us. They roughed us up a bit in the second half but we should still have come away with at least a point – it was a very disappointing afternoon.”


Smith is now banned from the touchline for a month after he was suspended for using foul and abusive language towards the referee during last month’s 3-2 defeat at Westfield.

Reserve team boss Phil Major will run the team for this week’s home fixtures against St Francis Rangers (Tuesday, 7.30pm) and Broadbridge Heath on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.

Smith is going to use his enforced absence to look at potential new signings for next season. He added: “The club have made it clear that promotion has to be the target for next year and the planning for that has to start now. I have to strengthen the squad.”

On the injury front, Barry Leete played and scored for the reserves on Saturday and may be in contention for a return against St Francis on Tuesday.

:: Saturday 18th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Vets night at East Court

Former Wasps playersIt was a cold Thursday night, but full of warm hearts.

It was a night about meeting old friends, watching the young vets (37 and over) playing against top of the league Nutley, looking at old pictures and programmes.

A time to talk about the good old days and the next time we meet.

Back row from left to right; Colin White, Ray White, Don James, Dave Barber. Front row John Wood, Maurice Billings, Joe Connelly, Bert Pope.

Also in attendance Simon Lillicrap, and Peter Cadman (Vets Team manager); on the pitch we had Steve Hatswell, Paul Stowe, Guy Hill, Marc Donfrancesco, James McDonald, Bob Smith and more.

:: Thursday 16th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Vets took the lead through Bob Fletcher tonight against an undefeated Nutley side at East Court but the visitors came out on top 3 - 1.

:: Tuesday 14th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
LATE LEVELLER MEANS HONOURS EVEN

WASPS missed the chance to continue their climb up the County League division two table after they were pegged back by an 81st-minute equaliser at East Court tonight.

Grinstead’s defenders were furious when substitute Paul Eaton bundled the ball over the line, claiming that he and two team-mates were in offside positions but it was no more than the visitors deserved.......... [Full Match report]


:: Saturday 11th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
BURNS BACK WITH A BRACE

East Grinstead Town 4, Steyning Town 1

BEN Burns and Phil Thompson both scored twice as Wasps returned to winning ways in County League division two today.
The East Court faihtful was given plenty of entertainment by two teams who were often prepared to sacrifice defensive duties in the search for goals.......... [Full Match report]


THREE AT HOME IN A WEEK

Wasps are at home again three times in the next week.

We are due to entertain Mile Oak on Tuesday (ko 7.30pm) with struggling Saltdean United the visitors next Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.

Adam Dart should return to the squad on Tuesday after missing nine games with a thigh injury and Matt Thorpe is available again but ankle injuries look like ruling out top scorer Barry Leete and defender Tom Green.

Barry said today that his injury could keep him out for the rest of the season but Tom expects to be training again in a fortnight.

Drew Cooney is on the comeback trail after a knee injury and he could be on the bench on Saturday.


DAVE GARRETT RETURNS TO ACTION

PERHAPS the best news today was the return to action of Dave Garrett.

Young Dave hasn't played since doing his knee ligaments in a first division game against East Preston back in November 2003 - nearly two-and-a-half years ago.

Dave has patiently got himself fit again and had 15 minutes at the end of the reserve-team game at Sidley, which Wasps lost 4-1 after James Upton had made it 1-1 at half-time with our goal.

Adam Dart and Drew Cooney also played and can expect some involvement on Tuesday for the firsts against Mile Oak.

:: Sunday 5th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
MORE INJURY WORRIES FOR WASPS

WASPS’ boss Bob Smith must be wondering who he has upset this season after his side suffered more injury woes on Saturday.

A 3-0 home defeat to second-placed Selsey was compounded by injuries for young defenders Tom Green and Bobby Buckingham.......... [Full Match report]

Green, the club’s youth team captain, may have suffered ankle ligament damage after his ankle gave way when he made an unsuccessful attempt to prevent the visitors’ second goal.

Fullback Buckingham went off in the first half, also with an ankle injury, after he was clattered by Selsey’s Adam Davis.

Smith must have thought the injury problems which have blighted the second half of the season were over. Drew Cooney was the only player missing on Saturday but now he has two companions in the treatment table.

Smith said: “We more or less had everyone available again but now it looks like Tom and Bobby will both be out for a while.

“It’s a shame because they have done really well in the last few weeks at a time when it’s been hard because our results have been disappointing.

“I hate making excuses because every team gets injuries but we have really suffered badly from them this season.

“Having said that we played poorly on Saturday against a side who were there for the taking.”



TWO GAMES IN FOUR DAYS COMING UP

Smith will be hoping for a response in the two home games coming up in the space of four days. On Saturday Steyning are the visitors to East Court (kick off 3pm) and Mile Oak arrive next Tuesday (March 14, 7.30pm).

Adam Dart will return after nine weeks out having had two games for the reserves and Burns is back after suspension. But Green, Buckingham and Cooney remain doubtful and Matt Thorpe misses the Steyning game because he is unavailable.

:: Saturday 4th March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps squandered some early chances and then conceded three sloppy goals at home against Selsey this afternoon. Match report to follow.

The rest of today's Division Two results:
Bexhill United 2 - 1 Storrington, Lancing 3 - 1 Broadbridge Heath, Midhurst & Easebourne 2 - 0 Mile Oak, Oakwood 4 - 0 Saltdean United, Pagham 2 - 0 Seaford Town, Sidlesham 1 - 1 Wealden, St. Francis Rangers 3 - 1 Westfield, Steyning Town 1 - 4 Crawley Down

:: Friday 3rd March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps reserves drew 0 - 0 with top of the table Crowborough Athletic at East Court tonight.

:: Thursday 2nd March 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
TEST YOUR FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE - QUIZ NIGHT - FRIDAY 10th March

A football quiz is taking part at East Grinstead Town Football Club on Friday 10th March commencing at 7.30pm. Teams of 4 can test their football knowledge to see who comes out to be the winning team. The cost of £15 per team also includes a hot meal - unbelievable value! Of course there are prizes for the winning team as well.

If you are interested in entering a team or would like any more information - please contact Phil Major on 07748 622948

:: Tuesday 28th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
INJURY LIST CLEARS UP

BOSS Bob Smith is hoping to have a near full-strength squad available when East Grinstead Town embark on a run of ten successive home games this Saturday.

Adam Dart, sidelined since January 3 because of a thigh strain, had an hour for the reserves on Saturday and is likely to come into contention while Drew Cooney and Kevin Wright, who missed the back-to-back County League division two wins over Seaford and Midhurst, are also expected to return to the squad.

Only Ben Burns, serving a one-match ban after accumulating five bookings, and defender James Ricketts are absent.

Burns will be missed after scoring seven goals in his last six games, according to his manager.

Smith said: “It’s a shame about Ben because he’s been our best player in recent weeks. But slowly we are getting players fit and available again and I really want us to push on in the last two months of the season.

“We’ve got a long run of home games now and our form at East Court has been pretty good. I’m hoping we can climb the table and finish the season as high as possible.”


Last Saturday’s division two game at Wealden was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch and Grinstead will be welcoming another of the promotion chasers on Saturday.

Selsey won 2-0 back in September in the reverse fixture and look a good bet to fill one of the three promotion places.

Smith added: “They like to play good football which should help us and this should be a good test for us.

“It was a shame Saturday was off because we’d won our last two, scored nine goals and the players were looking forward to testing themselves. They will get that opportunity now. I think Selsey and Oakwood will definitely get promoted but the third promotion place will be interesting.”


A BUSY weekend at East Court kicks off on Friday with an attractive-looking reserve team game against the premier division leaders Crowborough, kick off 7.30pm.

:: Saturday 25th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Today's First XI match away to Wealden was postponed. The Reserves lost 2 - 1 at home against Chichester City Utd.

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Tonight's scheduled Under 18's match at East Court against Horsham has been postponed.

:: Sunday 19th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Midhurst 0, East Grinstead Town 5

WASPS moved back into the top half of the second division table after scoring five goals on the road for the third time this season.

Bob Smith was again forced to make changes for Saturday’s trip to a Midhurst side with a good record at home, but the manager’s selection did him proud.

The final scoreline may have flattered Wasps, who scored four goals in the last six minutes when their superior fitness told on a heavy pitch.

But apart from the first 15 minutes, when Midhurst made good use of the slope at their Rotherfield ground, Grinstead looked composed at the back and threatening in attack.......... [Full Match report]

It was Wasps’ first clean sheet for nine games while their goals for tally is only bettered by the top three in Division Two.

Smith hopes his side have turned the corner after a depressing run of six defeats in seven which has been followed by successive wins.

He said: “I’m determined that the season won’t just be allowed to drift now. In many ways we are looking towards next season but the players are keen to keep climbing the table and see where we end up.

“We were nice and solid on Saturday, the team spirit was good and if we’d taken our chances in the second half we could have scored more goals.”


Grinstead are now up to eighth although they face a stern test on Saturday away to promotion-chasing Wealden, kick off 3.00pm.

Slowly, Smith is getting some of his players back and available. Drew Cooney, Kevin Wright, Turville, Hearn and Foyle should all be in contention although it’s hard to see Grinstead changing a side which has just won 5-0 away from home. In addition, Adam Dart is due to return to training this week after two months out with a thigh strain.

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4 goals in the last six minutes sealed a 5 - 0 away win for Wasps away at Midhurst and Easebourne this afternoon. The visitors were under pressure for the first ten minutes with Midhurst's Lewis Hamilton causing problems whenever he had the ball. Things then evened out and 0 - 0 at half time was a fair reflection. Matt Thorpe opened the Grinstead scoring after 10 minutes of the second half after being put through by Ben Burns. Ben thought he had scored himself some 20 minutes later but his effort was ruled offside, presumably against substitute Matt Mayo, who seemed to do no more than kick the ball after it had already crossed the line. Then came the final frantic six minutes which saw Burns put Mayo through for two goals, Phil Thompson score direct from a corner kick and Burns finish off the scoring, with Tadman and Burns also hitting the woodwork.

The win sees Wasps climb 2 places to 8th in the table.

Other scores in Division Two today:
Bexhill United 1 - 1 Mile Oak, Lancing 2 - 2 Sidlesham, Oakwood 3 - 1 St. Francis Rangers, Pagham 6 - 1 Steyning Town, Seaford Town 1 - 1 Crawley Down, Selsey 8 - 1 Saltdean United, Westfield 2 - 4 Storrington.


Although the East Court pitch was perfectly playable at mid-day, the continuous downpour thereafter resulted in referee Tim Robinson calling the match off for a waterlogged pitch.


The Third Team crashed out of the Junior Charity Cup this afternoon losing at home to Ifield Edwards 5 - 0.

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Following a pitch inspection this afternoon, tonight's scheduled Under 18's match against Horley Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Tomorrow night's scheduled Vets friendly has also been postponed - it is hoped to reschedule this for Thursday 23 February.

:: Tuesday 14th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
George Joslin Memorial ShirtEGTFC Under 9'sGeorge Joslin Memorial Shirt

It’s a short story, which we hope, in bringing a local business already working with the club together with our under 9s team, has brought some happiness long-term in a sadness which affected some close members of our club.

The shirts for the under 8's as it was then, were purchased by 'grandad', as he was known to the boys, shortly before he died in the spring of last year.

Keeping his memory alive, we have our first ever memorial shirt, which has been kindly financed by Gordon and Terry of Wolfcat Computers.

Kay Benniman, Team Manager, said: "George Joslin, or grandad, as he was fondly referred to by the East Grinstead Town Under 9's team, died in the spring of 2005. He will always be remembered with a smile for his straight talking - as many a referee will agree - and unstinting support for our team. George would be at every match and training session the weather would allow him. A true gentleman who would always be the first to volunteer a helping hand.

With his generosity shown in supplying football shirts for his grandson, Paul Wrintmore’s team and his friends, it is only fitting that on a Saturday match day he should be thought of with his name proudly printed on the reverse of our team shirts."


:: Monday 13th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture changes

There have been a number of fixture changes anounced by the Sussex County League. After the next two games which are away, Wasps will then play 10 consecutive home matches. To view the full list of fixtures until the end of the sesaon, go to First Team Match Fixtures.

:: Sunday 12th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS STOP THE ROT WITH MORALE-BOOSTING WIN

WASPS stopped the rot after losing six of their previous seven games with an impressive second-half display in Saturday’s County League match at East Court......... [Full Match report]

Bob Smith’s men now have three goalscorers in double figures after Simon Tadman (2), Barry Leete and man of the match Ben Burns all netted after a goalless first half.

Victory in only their third league game at home since November lifted Wasps into tenth place and Smith felt it was no more than his team deserved.

He said: “We’ve had some poor results in recent weeks and although one win doesn’t change everything it will be a big confidence boost for the players.

“We were a bit nervous early on but once the first goal went in I thought we played well and scored some cracking goals.”


Smith was delighted to welcome back James Horner for his first game of the season on the right and with defender Luke Dunstan also returning and Adam Dart due to resume training this week after nearly two months out with a thigh strain, Grinstead’s injury problems are starting to ease.

In addition, Drew Cooney and Kevin Wright will be available for this Saturday’s league game away to Midhurst (3pm) although Smith is unlikely to make too many changes a winning team.

Wasps are also away on the 25th to Wealden before they embark on a run of eight successive home matches which Smith hopes will give them the opportunity to climb the table.

:: Saturday 11th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps hit 4
Two goals from Simon Tadman, a header from Barry Leete, and a cheeky individual goal from Ben Burns secured three points for Wasps this afternoon beating Seaford 4 - 1 in front of a crowd of only 59 people.

Reserves went down 2 - 1 away to Oakwood and the Third XI lost 7 - 1 at home to Burgess Hill Albion.

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WASPS BEATEN IN FRIENDLY

A friendly against Lingfield at East Court on Tuesday night resulted in a 2-1 victory for the visitors who came from behind to triumph with two goals in the last 20 minutes.

Although a win would have been good for confidence the purpose of the exercise was to give players much-needed match practice and in that regard it was worthwhile. Over the 90 minutes, a draw would have been a fair result.

Matt Bradford played in the first half and was impressive at the back, winning a lot of headers and tackles and organising those around him. It was significant that when he went off at half-time Wasps were nowhere near as secure defensively.

It was good to see James Horner get 90 minutes under his belt. Jimmy is one of the players who has suffered because of the reserve team’s lack of activity in recent weeks as he tries to get fit after injury.

He provided some good service from the flanks and went close to getting a second goal for Grinstead just after the break with a curling effort which hit the bar.

The absentees were Barry Leete, Simon Tadman, Adrian Bell (all working) and Drew Cooney and Kevin Wright, neither of whom are available today.

James Hadfield played in the second half and did quite well, Luke Dunstan and Chris Day got 45 minutes as they return after injury, leaving only Adam Dart on the treatment table now. He should be back in light training next week.

The game itself was quite competitive and Grinstead went ahead midway through the first half when Bobby Buckingham made a great run down the right to get on the end of a pass and beat Lingfield’s goalkeeper from the corner of the box.

To be fair, it wasn’t difficult to see why Lingfield are running away with division three. Danny Gillard was a handful up front while Steve Moore, Mark Hillen, Chris Arrow and Phil Meakin all did well against their former club.

The sides look almost certain to meet again next season when Division Two league points will be at stake.

:: Sunday 5th February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
BOB SEES RED AS WASPS LOSE LEAD

Westfield 3, East Grinstead Town 2


WASPS’ boss Bob Smith faces a lengthy touchline ban after he was sent off for the second time this season as we suffered another disappointing defeat on Saturday.

Bob, who was suspended for two weeks earlier in the season after a run-in with match officials during a cup tie against Seaford, was sent from the dugout in the second half for foul and abusive language.

He said: “I over-reacted and got what I deserved. It was no way to behave and I will be contacting the referee this week to personally apologise. The frustration of seeing us go in front and then lose the lead got the better of me but that is no excuse.”

Wasps looked like ending their poor run when Ben Burns and Simon Tadman struck in the space of six minutes just before the break to give us a 2-1 half-time lead.

But our badly under-strength side was beaten by second-half goals from Duncan Jones......... [Full Match report]

Smith added: “We had to make changes again which seems to be the norm at the moment but I thought we did well, especially in the first half. We’re going through a bad run where every mistake we make is punished but I know we are capable of climbing the table again when we get some of our injured players back.”


BRADFORD SIGNS AND WILL PLAY IN FRIENDLY

Wasps have signed defender Matt Bradford, who played at the end of last season before suffering injury, and he is due to play in a friendly against Lingfield on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm).

Players like James Horner, John Richardson and Brian Tilley will also get 90 minutes under their belt and Bob says Luke Dunstan and Adam Dart could play a small part as they step up their comebacks after injury.

There is no Kevin Wright or Drew Cooney – both unavailable – for Saturday’s league game against Seaford Town at East Court (3pm), which will mean another defensive re-shuffle, but midfielders Phil Thompson and Matt Thorpe should be back in contention.

Wasps have now lost five of their last six in league and cup and Bob is determined to finish the season as high as possible and make a concerted push for promotion. Planning for next season will begin before this one ends.

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Today's 3 - 2 defeat away to Westfield sees Wasps drop another place to 12th in Division Two. A penalty converted by Ben Burns and a header by Simon Tadman from a Burns free kick saw Wasps lead by 2 - 1 at half time after having been behind. However two second half goals from Duncan Jones goals sealed the win for Westfield. Match report to follow.

Reserves held to a 1 - 1 draw

:: Wednesday 1st February 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s go down 2 - 0 at home to Lingfield.

:: Tuesday 31st January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps players' Curry Night at Azad......

A morale boosting Curry night has been arranged for this Thursday evening following training. A group booking has been made at the Azad Restaurant, a sponsor of the club, for 8.30pm. It would be great to see as many players as possible from our three senior teams and let's see if a bit of team bonding can help us finish the season on a long unbeaten run. Please let Phil Major (07748 622948) know if you will be attending.

:: Sunday 29th January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
SAINTS ALIVE - WASPS WELL BEATEN

St Francis Rangers 3, East Grinstead Town 1


EVEN with games in hand and most of their remaining matches at East Court, it’s hard to see Wasps maintaining a promotion challenge after a third league defeat in four on their first visit to St Francis on Saturday.
Manager Bob Smith was without half a side with seven first-teamers absent and his makeshift defence had no answer to Saints’ attacking power in the first half......... [Full Match report]


BETTER NEWS ON INJURY FRONT

Grinstead have slipped to 11th, their lowest position of the season in Division Two, but Smith is confident things will improve.

Chris Day, out for a month with an ankle injury, did the warm-up on Saturday and is close to a comeback while Green and Thorpe should be available for this Saturday’s league game at Westfield (ko 2.45pm).

Smith is keen to give James Horner and John Richardson their chance but they need games in the reserves first. Unfortunately they have only played three games in seven weeks after the postponement of Saturday’s match against Arundel because part of the East Court pitch was frozen. This Saturday the reserves entertain Sidley United, kick off 3.00pm.


:: Saturday 28th January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps lose 3 - 1 against St Francis Rangers and drop to 11th place in Division 2.

Third XI draw 3 - 3 against Maresfield II.

Thia afternoon's reserve match against Arundel was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

:: Monday 23rd January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The Rose Bowl is back in town.....

Richards Hospital CupLee Quinn, EGTFC Commercial Manager, set out on a campaign to track down the Rose Bowl back in March 2005.

His efforts were finally rewarded last week, when he collected the trophy from Crystal Palace FC and brought it back to East Court after having been lost in the CPFC trophy cabinet for nearly 16 years.

Particular thanks for helping Lee to track down the trophy goes to Bob Marchant, now retired, but busy in retirement as the Queen Victoria Hospital museum curator. The history of the Rose Bowl was unveiled thanks to Bob. Bob had photographs of the Bowl and newspaper cuttings, and these helped Crystal Palace FC Chief Executive Phil Alexander track down the trophy.

Previous winners of the trophy, which was first won by East Grinstead in 1938/39, have included Chelsea in four consecutive seasons in the fifties, Brighton & Hove Albion, Lewes, Chichester City, Haywards Heath, Whitehawk and of course the last winners Crystal Palace in 1991.

Lee is now busy trying to find opponents for a pre-season charity match for the Richards Hospital Cup, known as the Rose Bowl.


More presentations to sponsors......

Megabites Framed ShirtMark Leggett, Manager of East Grinstead Town's Under 16s, presents a framed shirt to his team's new sponsor Mustafa Dilek, owner of Megabites in London Road.

Charcoal Grill Framed ShirtPeter Cadman, Manager of East Grinstead Town Vets, presents a framed shirt to his team's new sponsor Mustafa Dilek, owner of Charcoal Grill in Railway Approach. Charcoal Grill are sponsoring the Vets team for both the 2005/06 and 2006/07 seasons.

In case you think your eyes are playing tricks, don't worry, you aren't seeing things - the club is most grateful that Mustafa is sponsoring two East Grinstead Town Teams.

Both his takeaway outlets advertise in the First XI Matchday programme and offer 10% discount if you present your programme.

There are other advertisers offering similar special EGTFC deals, so what better added incentive to buy a programme. Click on Club Shop for details.

:: Sunday 22nd January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
ONE STEP FORWARD...TWO BACK

East Grinstead Town 1, Pagham 4


IT’S one step forward and two back at the moment for Wasps who crashed to their joint-heaviest home defeat of the County League Division Two campaign on Saturday......... [Full Match report]

Manager Bob Smith said: “For the first 20 minutes we carried on from the previous week and looked like we would get a second goal.

“But we defended poorly at set pieces to concede two bad goals and when their goalkeeper saved Ben’s free-kick I think the players sensed it was going to be one of those days.

“After such a good result the previous week it was a big setback. Losing Luke Dunstan is another blow but we just have to get on with it. I thought Kevin Wright and Ben Burns were our best players but one or two others need to look at their performances and ask themselves if they can do better.”


Wasps pay their first ever visit to the Colwell Ground on Saturday when they face St Francis Rangers, kick off 2.30pm.

The remaining Dvision Two fixtures for the saeson can now be seen on First Team Match Fixtures and include eight consecutive home fixtures.


Congratulations to the winners of the EGTFC Christmas Raffle: 1st prize no. 2169 Steve Major, 2nd 1047 Bob Smith, 3rd 0581 Adrian Morrisson, 4th 0182 Karen Wadham, 5th Brian McCorquodale, 6th Elizabeth & Tony Leay, 7th 1056 Bob Smith, 8th 1006 M.C. of Fraser Fraser, 9th 0802 Denny Mike, 10th 0604 Brenda McCrory

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Things started promising this aftenoon, when Ben Burns opened the scoring for Wasps after 3 minutes direct from a corner. With the home crowd looking for a repeat of last week's away win at Storrington, the performance went downhill and things went from bad to worse as Pagham scored from two unchallenged headers in the first half and then were gifted two further goals in the second half.

Grinstead now drop down to 9th place in Division Two.

The rest of today's Division Two results: Broadbridge Heath 3 - 2 Saltdean United, Lancing 1 - 2 Oakwood, Seaford Town 3 - 0 Bexhill United, St. Francis Rangers 0 - 0 Storrington, Steyning Town 2 - 3 Mile Oak, Westfield 1 - 1 Crawley Down


Elsewhere, the Third XI won away from home against Pease Pottage 4 - 0.

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Vets match off.....

Tomorrow night's scheduled Veterans Match against Willingdon has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


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Storrington 1, East Grinstead Town 5

WASPS bounced back in style after three successive defeats to re-ignite their promotion challenge on Saturday.

All five Grinstead goals came in an amazing first half as Bob Smith’s decision to revert back to a 4-3-3 formation yielded a handsome dividend as Wasps completed the double over their County League division two opponents.......... [Full Match report]

Wasps are still 12 points behind third-placed St Francis in the table, but with 13 of their remaining 18 league games at East Court, Smith still feels they have a chance of pushing for promotion.



Fixture changes

The first team are now at home to PAGHAM on Saturday, kick off 3.00pm.

Then on January 28 we go to ST FRANCIS RANGERS, also in the league. Kick off is 2.30pm.

The Reserves currently do not have a match next Saturday as their scheduled opponenets, Oakwood, are involved in a 3rd Round Cup tie.



Changes for this Saturday’s game against Pagham at home (3pm) are likely to be kept to a minimum but Luke Dunstan should be fit after missing two games through injury. Smith says Adam Dart is another fortnight from his return after injury while Chris Day remains a long-term absentee because of ankle ligament damage.



Cup defeats for youth sides

The U15’s run in the cup came to an emphatic end at the quarter final stage when they were well beaten by a lively Burgess Hill side........... [Match report]
The Under 13s failed to make the quarter finals of the County Cup by Withdean Youth, losing at home by 2 goals to nil.......... [Match report]

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WASPS romp away with 5 - 1 viotory

A good first half performance saw Wasps secure a double over their opponents Storrington this afternoon. Two goals from Ben Burns, the first direct from a free kick after 7 minutes and one each for Barry Leete and Phil Thompson plus an own goal saw Grinstead go in at half time 5 - 0 up. The home side pulled a goal back early in the second half. The win sees Wasps climb back up to 7th place in Division Two with games in hand over all the clubs above them.

The Reserves match against Whitehawk at East Court was called off by the match referee, despite a pitch inspection at noon by another county league referee who deemed the pitch playable

Grinstead Third XI lost 0 - 8 to Hurstpierpoint.

:: Friday 13th January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Have you visited our new 'Club Shop' section? Just click on the menu option on the left or here [Club Shop]



WASPS to hang proud in Rydon House......
Rydon Framed ShirtPeter Roberston, Group Head of Marketing at Rydon Group, is seen being presented with a framed shirt by Richard Tramontin, EGTFC Chairman.

The presentation was made at a recent sponsors evening, organised by Lee Quinn, EGTFC Commercial Manager.

The Rydon Group was established over 25 years ago and now has three principal offices in Forest Row and East Grinstead. The company has grown and progressed to become an integrated construction, development and building services group operating throughout the south of England.

Richard Tramontin said: “There is certainly no club in Sussex at our level who have enjoyed such fantastic backing as we have had from Rydon over the years.

“They have been great supporters of the club since 1991 and we are grateful for their continued backing".

He added"Running football at this level is a costly business and without their help we would struggle to provide football in the community for the hundreds of adults and youngsters who come under the East Grinstead Town banner.

“Their support is really appreciated by everyone associated with East Grinstead Town.”


Stationery Store Framed ShirtStationery Store Framed ShirtJames McClaren-Rowe of Stationery Store, was also presented with a framed shirt.

Besides being kit sponsors of the current Under 13 Colts since 2004, The Stationery Store which is located in Ship Street in East Grinstead, are the Match Day Programme sponsors for East Grinstead Town for the 05/06 and 06/07 seasons.

The Stationery's Store support has helped transform the club's programme, which has been edited by Bruce Talbot for more years than he cares to remember, into probably the best in the County League.

The programme is available from the main line station and Surprises in London Road at £1.50, on subscription at £1.40 and at the ground on match days at £1.

:: Tuesday 10th January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

The winners of the December 200 Club draw were :
1st prize £90 No 72 Mrs J Hawkins
2nd prize £40 No 8 Scott Woolley
3rd prize £10 No 43 Damien Cherry

Don't forget, you've got to be in it to win it and the more people that are in it, the higher the monthly prizes. It only costs £4 per month. Contact Gary Wilsher for details.

:: Sunday 8th January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS TOPPLED BY MIGHTY OAK

Mile Oak 4, East Grinstead Town 0

WASPS’ interest in cup football is over for another season after their miserable start to 2006 continued on Saturday........... [Full Match report]

Successive 3-0 defeats means Grinstead have lost track with the league leaders and now they are out of the Division Two Cup after conceding four first-half goals to a side they beat 5-2 on the opening day of the league campaign.

Bob Smith’s men at least salvaged a measure of pride in a goalless second half, but the manager admits he needs to shake things up.

Wasps haven’t scored a goal for four games – their last two against Bexhill on December 17 were both own goals – and there were alarming lapses defensively which were ruthlessly punished by Oak.

Smith said: “We just didn’t look convincing and words were spoken at half-time. We showed a lot more passion and worked a lot harder but I know it’s not good enough. We have to improve and I will be taking steps to make sure that happens.

“It’s too easy for some players to get into the side at the moment and that can’t continue. It would help if we had everyone available but I can’t use that as an excuse because every manager at this level has the same problems.”

Other results dropped them down to tenth in Division Two but they have games in hand and could still mount a promotion challenge if they get their act together with 14 of their remaining 19 league matches at East Court.

Dart and Ricketts should return on Saturday when Wasps are on the road again at Storrington, kick off 2pm.

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WASPS crash out of Div 2 Cup....

A shocking first half display against a poor Mile Oak side saw Wasps gift 4 goals and lose this afternoon's Quarter Final of the Division Two Challenge Cup at the Rec. It all started to go wrong when Drew Cooney gave away a 25th minute penalty for shirt pulling and the resultant spot kick by Paul Eaton gave Dave Tidy no chance. Grinstead then went on to gift three further first half goals from defensive errors (Jamie Ash 30, and Clive Jackson 44 & 45 minutes) with Mile Oak not having really created anything else themselves. Wasps equally did not create any chances in the first half and had their first shot on target after 65 minutes.

Meanwhile, results in Division Two today mean that Wasps drop to 10th place...... [Latest Division Two Table] Division Two results round up:
Bexhill United 0 - 5 Oakwood, Broadbridge Heath 2 - 4 Seaford Town, Crawley Down v Westfield Postponed, Lancing 2 - 2 Midhurst & Easebourne, Pagham 1 - 3 Wealden, Saltdean United 3 - 2 St. Francis Rangers, Selsey 2 - 0 Steyning Town, Storrington 3 - 1 Sidlesham.


The reserves consolidated their third spot in the league, beating Lancing 2 - 0. They are one point behind second place Arundel with a game in hand and seven points behind leaders Crowborough Athletic...... [Latest Reserve Premier Table]


Third XI out of Edgar German Challenge Cup after losing 5 - 0 away to Hartfield.

:: Tuesday 3rd January 2006 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
LEADERS TOO STRONG FOR WASPS

East Grinstead Town 0, Oakwood 3


WASPS’ promotion hopes suffered another setback with a second successive defeat against an impressive Oakwood side at East Court on Tuesday night.

The visitors scored three second-half goals to claim a ninth successive win which put them back at the top of County League division two and on course for a return to the top flight............. [Full Match report]

Grinstead remain on the fringes of the promotion race but there were some positives for boss Bob Smith whose side were much more committed after their limp display against Crawley Down on Boxing Day when they lost by the same scoreline.

Wasps go to Mile Oak on Saturday for a quarter-final in the Division Two Cup (ko 3pm). Luke Dunstan should be available but Chris Day is almost certainly out while Adam Dart is also struggling with a thigh problem.

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St Francis top table following 1 - 0 win against Crawley Down this afternoon............. [Latest Division Two Table]

Today's Dvision Two results: Bexhill United 0 - 4 Seaford Town, Pagham 1 - 1 Midhurst & Easebourne, Saltdean United 1 - 2 Mile Oak, St. Francis Rangers 1 - 0 Crawley Down, Storrington 0 - 2 Lancing, Westfield 1 - 0 Wealden

Don't forget that Wasps host in-form Oakwood at East Court tomorrow night - kick off 7.30pm.

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THE reserves enjoyed an excellent 4-2 win at Hassocks in today's Premier Division fixture, their first game for three weeks. Goals came from Jez Tobin (2), Scott Harrison and substitute Adrian Bell. Midfielder James Hadfield made his Grinstead debut but it was curtailed by illness midway through the first half.

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WESTFIELD GAME OFF

Following an official pitch inspection by a League referee at 3pm this afternoon, tonight's scheduled league match at home against Westfield has been called off due to a frozen pitch. Although a large proportion of the snow on the surface has melted, the water is laying on top as the ground underneath is still frozen.

:: Thursday 29th December 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WESTFIELD GAME IN DOUBT

TOMORROW night's home game against Westfield in the league is in doubt because of the cold weather.

Although the pitch is in good condition, it is frozen and the forecast thaw will need to arrive quickly if the match is to have any chance of going ahead.

The club plan to leave any pitch inspection until mid-afternoon to give the pitch as long as possible to thaw out, but groundsman Peter Cadman describes the chances of the game going ahead as "no better than 20 per cent at the moment."

As soon as a decision is made, it will be on the website so keep checking tomorrow to save yourself a wasted journey.

Don't forget we entertain in-form Oakwood at East Court next Tuesday, kick off 7.30pm.

On Saturday the reserves go to Hassocks in the league (3pm) and the thirds are due to be at home to Maresfield Village II on Saturday, also in a league fixture (2pm).


LOCAL DERBY RETURN DATE

The County League confirmed today that the home game with Crawley Down will be on Easter Monday, April 18, kick off 11am.


Tomorrow's Third XI match against Maresfield Village II has been postponed because of a waterlogged and (in some parts) waterlogged pitch.

:: Monday 26th December 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Dave Tidy in actionBoxing Day downer.....

BOSS Bob Smith had no complaints after we were well beaten 3-0 by Crawley Down in the Boxing Day derby at the Haven.

The Wasps now face two crucial home games either side of New Year which they must win to keep in touch with the County League division two pacesetters.

On Friday Grinstead are at home to Westfield (kick off 7.30pm) and next Tuesday they entertain league leaders Oakwood (7.30pm).

The reserves finish 2005 on New Year's Eve with a premier division league game at Hassocks, kick off 3.00pm.

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BRUUNO, BRUUNO, BRUUNO...!

Frank BrunoYes, one of the biggest names in the history of British boxing is coming to East Grinstead!

East Grinstead Town FC are delighted to announce that Frank Bruno will be the star attraction at our next Sportsman's Dinner on Friday, May 12, 2006.

Frank will be talking about a fantastic career during which he won 40 of his 45 professional bouts, culminating in the victory over Oliver McCall in 1995 which made him the world heavyweight champion.

Frank will also reminisce about his battles with Mike Tyson, his early days growing up in Sussex and his life outside the ring since retirement.

The evening's entertainment also includes a top comedian, three-course meal and an auction of sporting memorabilia.

Frank Bruno is one of Britain's favourite sporting sons and this event is sure to be very popular.

More details will follow.

If you want to be assured of a prime table now, please send an e-mail to David Mann with your contact details.

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Unfortunately, due to a technical problem, all items that have appeared on this home page section from the 16th November 2005 until today have been lost. The rest of the site is unaffected. Apologies

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GRINSTEAD GOAL GLUT CONTINUES

East Grinstead Town 4, Midhurst 2


MANAGER Bob Smith was full of praise for his strikers after Grinstead’s goal blitz continued with a hard-fought County League win over Midhurst at East Court on Saturday.

Front men Barry Leete, Simon Tadman and Adrian Bell all scored as Wasps made it 16 goals in four games, the last three of which have been won.

Victory moved us up to sixth in the second division table and we are handily placed to mount a challenge to the top three, two of whom dropped points on Saturday.

Bob said: “It was a good three points against a side that will cause problems this season. The difference was the pace and movement of our front three. Their mobility is going to give teams problems.”............. [Full Match report]


TWO NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SQUAD

JAMES Horner is back at East Court after recovering from the broken ankle he sustained in the match against Pagham back in March.

The midfielder, who has made 102 appearances for the club in two separate spells, will return for the reserves against Worthing United this weekend.

Manager Bob Smith said: “James is going to be a useful addition to our squad. We all know the ability he possesses and once he gets match fit I’m sure he will be pressing for a first-team place.”

Grinstead have also signed Scott Harrison from Combined Counties League outfit Cobham.

Harrison, who can play in defence or midfield and lives in the town, debuted for the reserves last weekend.

Wasps go to Lancing in the league on Saturday (3pm) without Adam Dart, who began a five-week suspension on Monday. Drew Cooney is expected to be fit after missing the win over Midhurst through injury and Kevin Wright, out for the last three games because of a hamstring problem, is likely to make his comeback in the reserves at home to Worthing United.

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Wasps make it three wins in a row......

Adam Dart in actionWasps were slow getting started this afternoon against a lively Midhurst & Easebourne team, but goals from Adrian Bell, Simon Tadman and Adam Dart put them three with the visitors pulling one back just on the stroke of half time.
The second half started with Midhurst being awarded a penalty which even surprised them as they were claiming a corner. Renshaw beat Dave Tidy and with the score at 3 - 2, home spectators were getting a little nervous. Barry Leete then scored his fifth goal in four games and secured a 4 - 2 win which puts Wasps in sixth place. Match report to follow

The reserves got through to the next round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup by beating Faygate United 1 - 0, while the Third XI went 2 - 0 up against Pease Pottage only to lose 4 - 2.

:: Tuesday 8th November 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cup Draws

The draw for Round Three of the Sussex Senior Challenge Cup sees East Grinstead Town hosting the winners of the second round tie between Nationwide Conference South Bognor Regis Town and Rye & Iden United which takes place on 15th November. The date for our tie has not yet been set.

Wasps have been drawn away against Westfield in the 2nd Round of the Division Two Challenge Cup, date to be confirmed.

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BOB: IMPORTANT WE BUILD UNBEATEN RUN

Victory on Saturday moved Wasps up to eigth in Division Two and although they still have some ground to make up on the top two, they have only played three of their ten league games at home.

The fourth will be this Saturday when improving Midhurst come to East Court, kick off 3.00pm.

Dunstan and Thorpe will be available and there is a chance that Dart (hip) and Wright (hamstring) will also be fit. Dart will then be suspended for five weeks following his red card against Seaford last month while Brockbank also faces a suspension after he was sent off in a recent reserve team fixture.

Smith added: “The squad is really stretched at the moment but the likes of Brockbank, Bell and Richard Foyle have come in and shown we have a bit more depth than people might think.

“We need to build on two good wins against Midhurst. They started the season poorly but have improved in recent weeks and will make it really difficult for us.”


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10 man Wasps beat Steyning away 4 - 2 with two two goals from Barry Leete, one from Phil Thompson and one from Adrian 'Jingles' Bell, his first for the first team............. [Full Match report]

Wasps reserves won away at East Preston 2 - 1.............. [Full Match report]

Thanks to all of you that came along to our fireworks spectacular. We trust you all enjoyed it.

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East Grinstead Town U10s are on the lookout for new players to join them in the Crowborough & District Junior League on Saturday mornings. Team Manager Mark Jordan is waiting to hear on 01342 314209 or 07855 872799 or please drop him an e-mail at mark@lynette69.fsnet.co.uk.

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Tonight's scheduled Under 18 Southern Youth League match against South Park has been postponed.

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WASPS BOUNCE BACK IN STYLE

East Grinstead Town 5, St Francis Rangers 1


WASPS produced the perfect response to Saturday’s disappointing FA Vase exit by thrashing their league rivals to reach the last 16 of the Sussex Senior Cup.

Boss Bob Smith’s birthday celebrations were made even more special as midfielder Matt Thorpe helped himself to a hat-trick as the home side ran riot in the second half of Tuesday night’s second round tie............. [Full Match report]

BOB: JUST WHAT WE NEEDED

Bob Smith admitted the result and performance was just what Wasps needed after three successive defeats. The only setback came when Adam Dart limped off with a hip injury midway through the first half although his replacement Ben Brockbank and Richard Foyle, who made only his second start of the campaign, showed there is some strength in depth in the squad with assured displays.

Smith said: “It was a great way to bounce back after Saturday’s disappointment. We played some great football in the second half at a tempo which would have troubled most sides.”

Wasps go to Steyning in the league on Saturday (ko 3pm).

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Veterans romp home with fine display.....

Wasps veterans notched up their second victory in as many games, beating Village of Ditchling 8 - 1............ [Match report]

Their next match is away to Old Varndeanians on 13th November.

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HOW DID WE LOSE THAT?

East Grinstead Town 3, Rye & Iden United 5


WASPS crashed out of the FA Vase after an astonishing finale at East Court this afternoon when their first division opponents scored four goals in the last six minutes to leave the home side in a state of shock............. [Full Match report]

...AND IT GETS WORSE

To make matters worse, Grinstead have been dealt two further blows. Smith confirmed that midfielder Dave Gellatly is joining County League champions Horsham YMCA where he will link-up with former Grinstead striker Kris Trevor.

And Kevin Wright faces a long period on the sidelines after suffering a torn hamstring midway through the second half against Rye, stretching Wasps’ already thin resources even more.

Ben Burns, who missed the Vase game with as chest infection, was due to return for Tuesday’s Sussex Senior Cup tie at home to St Francis Rangers. On Saturday, Wasps return to league action at Steyning, kick off 3.00pm.


Meanwhile another two goals from Adrian Bell helped the reserves to a 4 - 2 win over Lancing. The Third Team lost 6 - 2 to Burgess Hill Albion.

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MORE DISAPPOINTMENT AT SIDLESHAM

WASPS suffered more disappointment on the ground where they lost their first division status on the final day of last season with defeat in a scrappy league encounter on Saturday.

Our fourth league defeat of the season left us five points adrift of the top three in Division Two and manager Bob Smith acknowledged we will have to improve if we are to mount a sustained challenge for promotion............. [Full Match report]


ATTENTION SWITCHES TO CUP TIES

WASPS face two home games in four days with Rye & Iden United the visitors on Saturday in the first round of the FA Vase, kick off 3.00pm.

Phil Thompson, unavailable last week because of work commitments, should return to the squad. On Tuesday Grinstead entertain second division rivals St Francis Rangers in the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup, kick off 7.15pm.


Reserve team fixture change - the reserves are now away to East Preston on 5th November.

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Miserable day for Wasps....

All three senior teams lost today - First XI 1 - 0 against bottom of the table Sidlesham , the club that sent us down to division two on the last day of last season. The reserves bow out of the Reserve Section Challenge Cup losing 3 - 2 to Ringmer and the Third XI suffered a heavy 5 - 0 defeat to Rotherfield. Match reports to follow.........

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Vets win inaugral match

Second half goals from Paul Wheeler and Bobby Smith earned Wasps Vets a well deserved victory against Bolney Rovers tonight in their inaugral match. Andy Presland suffered an unfortunate injury after the first twenty minutes when he jumped for the ball and ruptured his achilles tendon. He was taken to hospital and later returned to the ground to watch part of the second half with his leg in plaster. We wish him a speedy recovery. A good few spectators came along to cheer on the newly formed vets, managed by Peter Cadman. Jamie MacDonald refereed the match ably supported by his two assistants including Phil Cowlard who not surprisingly took a fair share of comments from the home crowd............. [Match report]

The team's next match is at home to the Village of Ditchling on Sunday 31st October, kick-off 2pm.


November Fixtures for First XI and Reserves announced

To view, click on relevant Match Fixtures page. (Note: SCFL site not yet updated).

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Heavy defeat for Under 18s

An under-strength Wasps Under 18 team came up against a strong Lewes side tonight at East Court and lost 8 - 1.

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NO RUR CUP RUN THIS SEASON AS DARTY (AND BOB) SEE RED

Wasps bow out of RUR Cup with a 3 - 1 away defeat at Seaford Town. Although Grinstead dominated possession throughout the match, the lack of attacking punch was again evident and two penetrating balls from the home side saw Tristan Jobe beat Dave Tidy in the 29th abd 35th minute followed by a headed corner from Luke Wingate which left Wasps supporters stunned at half-time. Although Ben Burns pulled one back, the second half was just as frustrating not made any better by Adam Dart being red carded for a two footed challenge even though he clearly got the ball............. [Full Match report]


RETURN TO SIDLESHAM THIS SATURDAY

Grinstead return to league action on Saturday and will need no incentive to get a result when they travel to Sidlesham, the place where they were relegated on the final day of last season (ko 3pm).

With defenders Drew Cooney and Chris Day pressing for places after again impressing in the reserves on Saturday, Bob may be tempted to freshen up the side after making just one change in the last four games but he knows that there are other areas of the team which could do with strengthening.


NINE GOALS FOR THE RESSIES

Grinstead Reserves had no trouble in finding the back of the net as they thrashed Saltdean United 9-0 at East Court to cruise into the second round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup.

Adrian Bell led the rout with a hat-trick and there were also goals for Drew Cooney, Richard Foyle, Andrew Goodwin, Ben Alexander, Dan Taylor and Craig Lancashire.
This Saturday the reserves entertain Ringmer in the second round of the Reserve Section Cup, ko 3pm.


THREE WINS IN A ROW FOR THIRDS

GRINSTEAD’S third team made it three wins on the bounce by avenging an early-season league defeat against Franklands Village with a 4-2 away win in the second round of the Mid Sussex Junior Cup.

Mark Pelling and new signing Jes Tobin scored in a first half which ended 2-2. Brett Holmden put Wasps back in front when he fired over the stranded goalkeeper into the top corner and player-manager Rickie Revell made the game safe after Dave Holmden’s shot deflected off a defender into his path.

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East Grinstead Sports Fair



Despite a rain soaked morning session, over 100 pupils from Imberhorne school and Sackville College thoroughly enjoyed coaching sessions they received from five members of East Grinstead Town FC at the Annual Sports Fair, part of the East Grinstead Youth Sport Development Initiative.

A total of six sessions throughout the day gave a taster of football training and matchplay to a mixture of boys and girls from the town's two secondary schools.

EGTFC were invited to participate by Steve Hill, East Grinstead's Youth Developoment Officer. The Club was more than willing to support this and other initiatives to encourage increased sport participation amongst youth throughout the community regardless of background. age, sex or ability.

Steve Hill said: "The role of the East Grinstead Youth Sport Development Initiative cannot be understated in the context of youth sport and participation in East Grinstead. Since the initiative was created in the mid 1990’s this project has ensured an effective linkage between the young people and the clubs/sports organisations in the town".

He added:"I am really pleased to have built a good relationship with EGTFC over recent months and am delighted with the support from Richard Tramontin, the Chairman, Martin Hill, Vice Chairman Youth and the three coaches who gave up their time for the youngsters on Thursday".

The EGTFC coaches were David Morris-Clarke, Tony Clarke and Bobby Smith, Wasps' first team manager, who was pleased to see how much the sessions were enjoyed and spotted some budding footballers.

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Tigers tamed as Wasps move up to fifth

Saltdean United 0, East Grinstead Town 1

ONLY the goals which reflected their superiority were missing as Wasps continued their climb up the league table at Hill Park on Saturday.

Bob Smith’s side are up to fifth in Division Two after recording their third successive win in a game they dominated for long stages.

The fact that they only had Simon Tadman’s first-half goal to show for their efforts was due to some wayward finishing and good goalkeeping by Saltdean’s Carl Smeaton............. [Full Match report]


On the road again next Saturday

WASPS are on the road again this Saturday when they travel to Seaford for a second round tie in the RUR Cup, the competition they won in 2003 and reached the semi-finals last season.

The side is expected to be unchanged but Smith feels his squad is getting stronger as players return from injury.

Drew Cooney and new signing Chris Day both played in the reserves on Saturday and could soon be pressing for a place in the first team squad.

Smith said: “It has definitely helped that we’ve managed to keep changes to a minimum for the last three games but the more quality players we have fighting for a place the better. It makes my job difficult but it’s an enjoyable problem to have.

“The RUR Cup has been good to us over the years and it would be nice to do well in it again, but it will be a difficult tie on Saturday. Seaford are a good side and going there is always difficult. We will have to be at our best.”


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Wasps' First XI and Reserves had early kick offs away from home today and both came away with 1 - 0 victories. Simon Tadman's first half goal saw the First XI win at Saltdean United, where the score line should have been more emphatic, and a Ben Alexander goal saw the reserves win at Eastbourne Town. Match reports to follow.

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Under 18s lost 3 - 0 tonight to Horsham YMCA. Match report to follow.



£300 prize winner

Congratulations to a loyal fan who became our first Lottery King instant £300 prize winner tonight. For those of you who come down to the ground and use the clubhouse, you too can win an instant prize of £300, £100, £50, £15, £5 or £2 simply by buying a £1 ticket and presenting your winning ticket to a club official. Buy a ticket and be lucky!!

:: Monday 3rd October 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Home tie in FA Vase

Wasps have been drawn at home against Rye & Iden Utd in the First Round Proper of the FA Vase. The match will be played on Saturday October 29th. Kick Off 3pm.

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EARLY START AT SALTDEAN

Next Saturday's first team game at Saltdean United in County League division Two will kick off at 12noon. The reserves kick off at 1pm against Eastbourne Town at the Saffrons.

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WASPS through to next round of the FA Vase

East Grinstead Town 3, Lancing 1

WASPS are through to the first round proper of the FA Vase for only the second time since 1988 after getting the better of a spirited Lancing team at East Court this afternoon............. [Full Match report]


VASE DRAW IS ON MONDAY

The draw for the first round proper takes place on Monday. We will post details here as soon as we know who we are playing.


BOB HAPPY - NOW LET'S DO IT AWAY FROM HOME

Reflecting on Saturday's 3-1 win over Lancing, manager Bob Smith told www.egtfc.co.uk: “Lancing were a decent side but I felt we thoroughly deserved to win. Defensively we were solid and they didn’t really get behind us too often and we had the chances to have won more comfortably.”
Wasps return to league duty at Saltdean next Saturday and need to take the confidence from back-to-back home wins into a run of three successive away games.
“The side is starting to settle down but the real test will be how we cope on pitches which perhaps aren’t as good as ours,” added Smith. “We like to play football but it’s not always possible and I want to see whether we have the ability to grind out results.
“But we are creating lots of chances which is encouraging even though our finishing on Saturday could have been better.”

Kick off time for Saturday's game is still to be confirmed, but it will be before the normal 3pm so anyone who wants to can watch England's World Cup qualifier against Austria.
When we know the kick-off time, it will be posted on the website.
The reserves will kick off at 1pm at Eastbourne Town next Saturday in their premier division match.


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GOOD POINT FOR RESERVES

Whitehawk Res 2, East Grinstead Town Res 2

The reserves can be proud of their performance at East Brighton Park tonight where they picked up a good point in a well-contested Premier Division tussle............ [Full Match report]

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Wasps Under 18's went out of the FA Youth Cup tonight losing 3 - 0 to Maidstone United............. [Full Match report]

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WASPS BOUNCE BACK IN IMPRESSIVE STYLE

East Grinstead Town 4, Storrington 1

WASPS bounced back after successive away defeats to get their County League campaign back on track in style at East Court on Saturday. Only a series of great saves by Storrington goalkeeper Paul Smith prevented Bob Smith’s side from winning their Division Two encounter more emphatically although at half-time, when they led 3-0, the game was effectively over............. [Full Match report]


DUCKER IS TARGET

BOB Smith has made an official approach to Redhill for former Crawley Down midfielder Jon Ducker, although he is unlikely to be registered in time for Saturday’s FA Vase second qualifying round tie at home to Lancing, kick off 3pm.
Drew Cooney and James Ricketts are close to a return following injury and defender Paul Davies, who hasn’t played this season because of university commitments, has re-signed.
Smith said: “We are getting one or two players back and hoping to strengthen the squad as well. What we need now is to produce consistent performances week in, week out, starting on Saturday. It would be nice to have a Vase run because it creates interest in the club and among the players.”

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Oakwood 3, East Grinstead Town 1

OAKWOOD Park has never been a happy hunting ground for Wasps and they suffered there again on Tuesday, conceding three goals in the last 22 minutes to slump to a second successive league defeat............. [Full Match report]

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A BAD DAY ON THE COAST

AFTER touching the heights with their cup win over County League leaders Ringmer the previous week, Wasps plumbed the depths on the coast on Saturday with a dismal performance losing 2 - 0 to Selsey............. [Full Match report]


OAKWOOD NEXT

Wasps will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing performance against Selsey at Oakwood on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm). It's a place where we have struggled over the years but Bob is hoping for a positive response from the players.
Expect Adam Dart and Grant Hearn to come into contention for a starting berth.


SETBACK FOR DREW

Drew Cooney, who’d played two matches after missing the start of the season, broke down again with a recurrence of his knee injury last week. Drew was due to see a specialist this week but boss Bob Smith fears he will need an operation.
The manager is still working hard to bring in some new faces and will at least have the experienced Grant Hearn available on Saturday when Wasps entertain Storrington, another of the early second-division pacesetters, at East Court, kick off 3.00pm.
Adam Dart is also available after coming through a reserve-team outing last week following three weeks out with a hamstring strain. Smith hopes that defenders James Ricketts and Paul Davies will soon be back as well to provide more competition for places.
Grinstead have also signed defender Chris Day, who has been playing for West Hoathly, after he impressed in a friendly two weeks ago. The 24-year-old made a solid debut for the reserves last week.


Big Night at East Court with FA Youth Cup

East Grinstead Town Under 18's are looking forward to hosting an FA Youth Cup tie against Maidstone United on Tuesday 27th September. The game next week is eagerly anticipated by the team and the club and a big crowd is anticipated to cheer the boys on. Maidstone United, a former football league club, is an excellent draw for Wasps and they will be facing a team that is currently riding high in the Kent Youth League.
Wasps are expected to be at full strength and pick from their 19 man squad for the game and are looking forward to progressing in this prestigous competition. The winners of this tie will face a difficult match away to Basingstoke Town in the next round.
With a kick off of 7.30pm next Tuesday (27th) please come along and support the team.

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Selsey 2, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps dominated the first seven minutes of this match but without creating any real goal scoring opportunities when a well organised Selsey pinched a goal on their first forray into our half. Things never improved from this point and we went in 2 - 0 down at half time. The Grinstead performance in the second half was no better than in the first and the Selsey keeper was never troubled. Full match report to follow.

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ANOTHER HOME WIN FOR RESERVES

East Grinstead Town 3 Oakwood 1

The Reserves maintained their 100% home record with a good win against a battling Oakwood team............ [Full Match report]

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CREDITABLE PERFORMANCE BY UNDER 18's

East Grinstead Town 0 Bromley Under 1

Wasps Under 18's faced a strong Bromley side in the Southern Youth League Cup and were denied taking their visitors to extra time when they conceded the only goal of the game in the 85th minute............. [Full Match report]

:: Monday 12th September 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS TOPPLE COUNTY LEAGUE LEADERS.

East Grinstead Town 2, Ringmer 1

Bob Smith enjoyed one of the best results of his eight-year reign as Grinstead boss as his young side toppled the County League leaders at East Court on Saturday.
Wasps came from behind to beat the first division high-flyers, who are managed by former Brighton defender John Crumplin, and it was a thoroughly deserved success as well for a Grinstead side who have now won their last three games in league and cup after a shaky start following last season’s relegation.
Barry Leete equalised straight after half-time and substitute Tom Green got his first senior goal late on to put Grinstead into the third round of the John O’Hara League Cup............. [Full Match report]
Smith said: “It was a great result and should give us a lot of confidence.
“Dave Tidy made some good saves but a side of their quality are going to create chances. We were a threat as well and worked really hard all over the pitch. We didn’t seem to believe we could get a result but at half-time I reminded the players that they could and we equalised straight away which was a big turning point.”

Wasps now face three important Division Two games before the end of the month and Smith is anxious that they maintain their current form. They go to Selsey on Saturday (3pm) before making the trip to Oakwood the following Tuesday (7.45pm).
Smith is starting to get one or two key players back and Drew Cooney returns to the squad this week in place of the unavailable Grant Hearn. Cooney has been out since the start of the season because of a knee problem but played for an hour in last week’s friendly against the County League’s Division Three side, which Wasps won 5-1, and the whole of Saturday’s reserve team game at Chichester.
Cooney’s versatility – he can play in defence or midfield – gives Smith options while Adam Dart (hamstring) and James Ricketts (back) are also close to a return following injury.
Smith also confirmed that efforts to improve the squad with new faces are ongoing.


CHANGE OF FIXTURE

The first team are now at home to Storrington instead of Steyning in a Division Two league match on September 24, kick off 3.00pm.


Excellent Point for Town Reserves

Chichester City 1 East Grinstead Town 1

The Reserves put in a tremendous display to gain a well deserved point and lift themselves to third place in the County Reserve Premier Division............ [Full Match report]

:: Thursday 8th September 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
An additional September league fixture has been added - First team away to Oakwood, County League Division Two - Tuesday September 20 (kick off 7.45pkm).

Please note that there will be no further updates to the website until next Tuesday 13 September. Apologies.

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FIVE FOR WASPS IN FRIENDLY WIN

THERE were plenty of pluses for manager Bob Smith at East Court on Wednesday as the first team beat the County League Division Three rep side 5-1 in a friendly. Bob gave a debut to centre-half Chris Day, a local lad whom is hoping to sign this week, and there was first run out of the season for Drew Cooney in midfield. Both did really well. Matt Thorpe impressed at rightback and his 12th minute goal from close range which gave Wasps the lead.
Ben Burns (22mins and 30mins) made it 3-0, his second goal a spectacular free-kick from 25 yards.
Bob brought on four subs at half-time but Grinstead continued to dominate with Simon Tadman and Dave Sarling adding further goals from inside the six yard box before the evergreen Steve Simms, who stood in between the posts because both Dave Tidy and Lee Whibley were unavailable, was beaten with three minutes left by Sean Duffy's 20 yarder.
Team: Simms, Thorpe, Wright, Smith, Day, Hearn, Tadman, Cooney, Leete, Burns, O'Hara. Subs (all used); Thompson, Goodwin, Sarling, Gellatly.
Attendance: 57.


THE under-18s lost 1-0 at Horley in the Southern Youth League to a first half goal. Grinstead created a host of chances but couldn't find the net.

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CHANCE TO EXPERIMENT ON WEDNESDAY

THE first team play a Division Three XI on Wednesday in a friendly at East Court, kick off 7.30pm.
This match is a warm-up for their match against the Kent County League, also at East Court, on September 21.
Manager Bob Smith plans to field a strong side with some of the reserve-team players who have hit form in the last couple of games also likely to feature.
Admission to this fixture is £2 (adults) and £1 (concessions) including a programme.
And we will have the England-Northern Ireland match on the big screen in the clubhouse as well.


CHANGE OF FIXTURE ON SATURDAY

Wasps entertain first division Ringmer in the second round of the John O’Hara League Cup at East Court, kick off 3.00pm.
Former Grinstead striker Clinton Moore is expected to lead the visitors’ attack. Smith added:“They have started the season well so it will be a big test, but I’m sure we can cause them a few problems.”


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WASPS WIN CUP THRILLER

Lancing 2, East Grinstead Town 3

WASPS made it eight goals in two games after a thriller at Culver Road on Saturday as they made progress into the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup............. [Full Match report]


SEVENTH HEAVEN FOR RESERVES
Reserves romp home to a 7 - 1 win over East Preston with Steven Major, John Richardson and James Upton each scoring two and a first senior goal for Craig Haylor. ........... [Full Match report]


Rick Revell's Third Team put up a good first performance against an experienced Hartfield side that included two previous Grinstead players, Darren Hinton and Miguel Ferreira, but Wasps lost 5 - 2. Despite the defeat, Rick was pleased with his new team's performance and holds out good prospects for the rest of the campaign.

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GREAT START FOR UNDER 18's

Horsham Town Under 18's 1 East Grinstead Town Under 18's 2

East Grinstead Town Under 18's got their season off to a great start with a tremendous victory at Ryman League Cliub, Horsham Town, on Wednesday evening............ [Full Match report]

:: Monday 29th August 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps are five alive

EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN 5, BEXHILL UNITED 1

DESPITE being at less than full strength, Wasps scored five goals for the second time this season as they moved up the County League division two table with an impressive demolition of promoted Bexhill............ [Full Match report]
Grinstead are away to Lancing on Saturday (3pm) in the first round of the Sussex Senior Cup. Next Wednesday (September 7) they host a County League Division Three XI in a friendly at East Court (7.30pm).


Reserves bounce back

GRINSTEAD beat Horsham YMCA 1-0 in the Reserve Section premier division at East Court on Friday thanks to Elvis Lynn's well-taken goal.
Skipper Richard Foyle was outstanding at the back as Wasps bounced back from their 4-1 opening day defeat to Crowborough.
The reserves host East Preston at East Court on Saturday. Kick off is earlier at 1pm to avoid a clash with England's World Cup tie against Wales.


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AFTER conceding 11 goals in their two previous games, Wasps stopped the rot at Broadbridge Heath on Tuesday with a goalless draw in their County League Division Two fixture.

Bob happy with point made
Reflecting on Tuesday's 0-0 draw, manager Bob Smith said: "It wasn't a classic but in terms of chances we probably shaded it.
"I was pleased with the defensive performance and keeping a clean sheet will give the side some confidence. Now we must build on it on Monday against Bexhill."


Coming up: Bexhill at home on Monday (11am kick off).
Ben Burns returns after suspension but midfielder Matt Thorpe and Bobby Buckingham are unavailable because of work commitments and James Ricketts is still sidelined by a bad back so changes to the line-up are inevitable.
With no first team game this Saturday, Bob and Mick Buckingham will be scouting for new additions to the squad.

The reserves play their opening league home match tomorrow (Friday) against Horsham YMCA, kick off 7.30pm.

:: Tuesday 26th July 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rydon continue to support Wasps......

EAST Grinstead Town believe they have created history after extending their sponsorship deal with the Rydon Group for a remarkable consecutive 15th season.
Chairman Richard Tramontin said: “There is certainly no club in Sussex at our level who have enjoyed such fantastic backing i>“We are extremely proud to have been associated with East Grinstead Town Football Club over these years. If this is a record, it is largely because of the great efforts that the Club has made to deliver value to its sponsors. We wish the Wasps a very successful season this year.”



Wasps display in library
As part of its strategy to raise the profile of the club in the community and to provide sport to as wide a range of potential participants both young and old, East Grinstead Town FC have a display in the window of the town library.

The display was conceived and created by Lee Quinn, Commercial Manager. It is both eye catching and informative.

The display includes contact details for those interested in playing football or getting involved with the club in all other aspects.

It also displays samples from part of the forthcoming range of merchandise which will soon be available as well as an important thanks to all the local businesses that support the club. This ranges from Rydon, the main club sponsor, all other team sponsors, businesses with perimeter advertising boards to those with adverts in the match programmes
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:: Monday 25th July 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Winning start to friendlies

EAST Grinstead Town made a winning start to their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 victory over Saltdean United at Ardingly College on Saturday.
Boss Bob Smith’s options were restricted by injuries and holidays with several senior players including Drew Cooney, Matt Thorpe, Adam Dart, Dave Tidy, Simon Tadman and Kevin Wright among those unavailable.
But two goals from Barry Leete, a 25-year-old striker who played for Wealden and Bexhill last season, and a free-kick by Ben Burns gave Grinstead a 3-0 lead against one of their rivals in County League Division Two when the new league season starts on August 13.
Saltdean pulled a goal back in the second half, but Grinstead created chances to extend their lead.
Smith said: “We were struggling numbers-wise for one reason or another but it was a good workout.
“Barry worked really hard up front and scored a couple of poacher’s goals and he seemed to work well alongside Ben so that was a positive.
“James Ricketts did well at centre-half and overall we looked quite sharp and fit which is encouraging.”

Wasps have two friendlies this week against Rusthall (Wednesday) and Three Bridges (Thursday, Ardingly College - 6.30pm) before tackling Bexhill, also at Ardingly, on Saturday (3pm).
Smith added: “We should have a few more players available on Saturday but the teams for the other two games will be a mixture of firsts and reserves so we can give as many players as possible a game.”
The Grinstead boss is bracing himself for one or two departures from last season’s squad. Top scorer Kris Trevor being coveted by league champions Horsham YMCA and Steve Moore is believed to have retired.

:: Saturday 23rd July 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps win first pre-season friendly...

Bobby Smith was reasonably happy with his team's display in their first pre-season friendly against fellow Division Two rivals Saltdean Utd at Ardingly College this afternoon. A small Wasps squad came out 3 - 1 winners. More to follow.......

:: Tuesday 19th July 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Early season fixtures announced.......
FIRST TEAM
Sat Aug 13 v Mile Oak (a) 3pm
Tues Aug 16 v Wealden (h) 7.30pm
Sat Aug 20 v VCD Athletic (h) 3pm - FA Cup extra prelim rd
Tues Aug 23 v Broadbridge Heath (a) 7.30pm
Sat Aug 27 v Hastings Utd (h) 3.00pm - FA Cup prelim rd
(No league game as yet if we lose to VCD Athletic)
Mon Aug 29 v Bexhill United (h) 11am
Sat Sep 3 v Lancing (a) 3pm - Sussex Senior Cup 1st rd

RESERVES
Fri Aug 19 v Crowborough (a) 7.45pm
Fri Aug 26 v Horsham YMCA or Hailsham (h) 7.30pm

League games unless stated.

:: Friday 15th July 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
BOSS GETS TOUGH

Manager Bob Smith is promising to get tough with his squad after admitting that the poor attitude of some of the players was a big factor in last season's relegation.
Wasps step-up their preparations for the new County League campaign on Saturday week when they take on Saltdean United, one of their rivals in Division Two, in their first pre-season friendly at Ardingly College (3pm), three weeks before the big kick-off.
And the boss has warned his squad that he won't tolerate a lack of effort or commitment on or off the pitch. He said: "Apart from the injury problems we had all season, a poor attitude by certain players was the biggest factor in our relegation.
"My stance this year is going to be a lot tougher. Players cannot expect to be picked on ability alone. They will have to work hard and show a commitment to all aspects of being a senior footballer and representing the town's club.
"That means a commitment to regular training and doing the right things on and off the field."

Bob has confirmed that defender Drew Cooney will be first team captain. Kevin Wright, who is on the mend after breaking his leg in February, will be club captain. Long-serving goalkeeper Dave Tidy has been named vice-captain.
The majority of last season's squad have been training and although Smith expects to lose one or two of his more experienced players he has been impressed by some of the new faces. "The squad is starting to take shape and once players have signed forms I will announce who is going to be with us.
"But the new players look good but until they commit themselves I'm keeping quiet so as not to alert other clubs. But there should be some new faces in the team to play Saltdean."




NEW LOOK MANAGEMENT TEAM AT EAST COURT

BOB Smith has reshuffled the management team as Wasps bid for an immediate return to the Sussex County League's top flight.
Mick Buckingham will combine coaching duties with that of first team assistant manager following Dennis Moore's decision to leave East Court at the end of last season. Moore has since become assistant to Brian Sparrow at Lingfield.
Paul Wadham will combine a coaching role with that of assistant to reserve team boss Phil Major.
Mick Buckingham continues as manager of the under-18 team in the Southern Youth League while Rick Revell has joined the club from West Hoathly to manage the third team in the Mid Sussex League.
Smith said: "I was sorry to lose Dennis but Mick has always got some good input on the bench as well as being an excellent coach. We have streamlined the management team slightly - I think it will work well.
"So far the boys have really enjoyed pre-season. We're using a new training regime called SAQ which has worked well so far."

Pre-season training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at East Court (7pm) and the sessions so far have been well attended.
Relegated on the final day of last season after just two seasons in Division One, Smith admitted it took him a few weeks to get over the disappointment.
"It was a real blow to everyone at the club," he added. "But the club have shown faith in me which I appreciate and I can assure all our supporters that I am a fighter. I will work harder than ever this season to get us back where we belong.
"It remains to be seen whether we lose any of our senior players. I have spoken to most of the them and I think the majority will stay despite relegation. I would like to think they would show a bit of loyalty after what happened last season."

The reserves have been retained in the premier division despite finishing in the bottom four. The third team will play in Division Two of the Mid Sussex League.



SUSSEX SENIOR CUP AND RUR CUP DRAWS

Wasps have been drawn at home to fellow Division Two side Lancing in the first round of the Sussex Senior Cup after the draw was made on Thursday night.
The winners will be at home to either Steyning or Hailsham. Dates for the ties have yet to be arranged.
In the first round of the RUR Cup Wasps, who won the trophy in 2004 and were semi-finalists this year, are away to Seaford Town. The winners travel to Oakwood or Whitehawk.


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At the 115th annual general meeting of the club on Monday, July 11, Richard Tramontin was elected as the new chairman. He takes over from Bruce Talbot who has stepped down after six years in the job in two seperate spells.
Bruce becomes club secretary (senior) while overall responsibility for the youth section now lies with Martin Hill who was elected to the new post of Vice chairman (youth). Another new position, Vice chairman (senior) has been filled by Bruce. All three, along with that of Treasurer, are office bearers of the club.
Departing chairman Bruce Talbot, who was unable to attend the AGM because of work commitments, said: "I would like to thank everyone who has supported my chairmanship of the club in recent years. We have had some disappointments but some great highs as well and I hope we can bounce back to Division One this season. All our efforts as a club will be geared towards that.
"We are fortunate to have an able successor in Richard Tramontin and I hope everyone will give him the same backing they did me."

Also at the AGM, Tony Noakes was made a life member in recognition of the work he has done for our youth section in recent years."

:: Sunday 3rd July 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Latest FA Cup and FA Vase news...
Wasps have been drawn at home against VCD Athletic from the Kent League in the Extra Preliminary round of the FA Cup. The tie will be held at East Court on Saturday August 20th (ko 3pm). The winners will have a home tie aganist Hastings United in the preliminary round on Saturday August 27th (ko 3pm).
Wasps have also been drawn at home in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase and will play Lancing on Saturday 1st October (ko 3pm).

:: Wednesday 15th June 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
TOP MAN FOR A TIP TOP PITCH......
THE man who came to the club today to give our new-look pitch its first cut was suitably impressed and Rob McCullagh should know a decent playing surface when he sees one.
Rob was head groundsman at Wembley Stadium for many years but in the slightly less exalted surroundings of East Court he was on hand to give the pitch its first trim.
It is just over a month since extensive work on improving the playing surface began undertaken by Richard Gooding and his team from Machines Direct and the transformation in those five weeks has been astonishing.
Before the big kick off in August small areas of the pitch will be overseeded to ensure a uniform grass growth and even more levelling work will take place.
And regular watering throughout the close season should ensure the pitch is in tip-top condition for the first game on August 9 - a pre-season friendly against Ryman League heavyweights Croydon Athletic.
Chairman-elect Richard Tramontin said: "Everyone who has seen the pitch has commented on how good it looks. We are very proud of it and will be working hard to maintain it throughout the new season."


:: Friday 3rd June 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pitch to be proud of....

If you haven't seen it with your own eyes, you simply wouldn't believe the improvements that are already evident on the pitch at our East Court home. It has only been three weeks since the major pitch renovation project got under way and the transformation is remarkable. The benefits of all the work and the levelling were evident at a very early stage in the proceedings, but now that the grass has started to grow, things are really looking very impressive. The picture on the left was taken exactly three weeks ago and the one on the right, this morning.



Richard Gooding, pictured middle left, whose company Machines Direct have carried out the pitch renovation, met with groundsman Peter Cadman (right) to review progress this morning.
"To be honest, it's come along even better than I expected in such a short period" he told Cadman and Richard Tramontin.
All the watering that has been regularly carried out thanks to the diligence of Ray Galloway, coupled with the mixture of rain and sunshine over the last three weeks has really paid dividends.
"The grass has established itself sufficiently enough to take a good fertiliser" was Gooding's advice and Cadman was out there immediately spreading 500 kg of high nitrogen content granular fertiliser.
"This will force the growth and the pitch will be ready for the all important first cut on 14th June" added Gooding.

:: Thursday 19th May 2005 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The season is barely over, but work continues behind the scenes.

The pitch renovation project has gone extremely well so far and today's rain is more than welcome. The pitch was seeded last Sunday and has been watered since Monday morning using the newly acquired irrigation equipment, which is working a treat.

Richard Gooding from Machines Direct was back down at the ground this morning to review progress and to discuss next steps when the rain started falling. "This steady rain is exactly what we need. It would be really good if this went on for a few days interspersed with sunshine" he said. This brought a smile on the face of Richard Tramontin, wearing his Treasurer's hat. "That would save a tidy sum on the water bill" he added.

Another bit of good news is that Rob McCullagh, the former head groundsman at Wembley Stadium, will be coming along to do the first cut of the pitch.

The new season kicks off for the First XI on 13th August and the following week for the reserves. Details of pre-season friendlies that have been arranged to date are shown above.

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