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Division Two Champions 2007/08

:: Friday 9th May 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps celebrate

Presentation Night 2008 MIDFIELDER Mannie Neville picked up the main award as East Grinstead Town celebrated one of the most successful seasons in their history.

Neville, who scored 17 goals in Wasps' title-winning campaign in County League division two, was named Footballer of the Year at the club's presentation dinner last week.

The award from boss Steve Norris went to reliable defender Danny Wackett while top scorer Tom Saunders, who finished with 22 goals as Grinstead won the league by a massive 18 points, was also honoured.

The reserves' players player went to young defender Blair Cooney, who is the brother of first-team captain Drew, while Phil Major's manager's award went to goalkeeper Scott Owens, who got a taste of first-team action when Lee Whibley was injured towards the end of the season.

Grant Rigler was top scorer in the Suburban League campaign with 13 goals and he was also honoured.

Major won the Club Person of the Year accolade in recognition of his tremendous service to the club over several years as manager of the reserves and youth teams while special awards were made to Norris and chairman Richard Tramontin.

Tramontin said: "It was a fantastic way to finish off a memorable season. We will all have a break now, but work on renovating the pitch and sprucing up the ground is already underway and Steve is already busy organising pre-season friendlies and training in anticipation of our return to Division One." Awards - First XI, Manager's player: Danny Wackett; Footballer of the Year: Mannie Neville; Top Goalscorer: Tom Saunders; Sportsman: Raj Seuwagi.

Reserves, Manager's award: Scott Owens; Player of the Year: Blair Cooney; Top Goalscorer: Grant Rigler.

Third team: Players' player: Colin Day; Manager's player: Zac Curtis; Top scorer: Alex Thompson.

Fourth team: Players' player: Will Irvin; Manager's player: Curt Bean; Top scorer: J. McLean.

Under-18s: Players' player and top scorer: Alex Thompson; Manager's player: Michael Belli.

Club person: Phil Major.

For photos of the event go to www.firstfocusphoto.com

:: Tuesday 6th May 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Players praised by boss

MANAGER Steve Norris saluted his 'magnificent' players after Grinstead finished one of the best seasons in their 118-year history in style.

Saturday's win over spirited Sidlesham ensured Wasps remained unbeaten at East Court in their league campaign and victory meant they clinched the second division title by a massive 18 points.

After the final whistle, the home supporters stayed on to see the trophy presented to skipper Drew Cooney and league winner medals to the players, Steve Norris and his staff. There was also a presentation by East Grinstead Mayor Ian Dixon before the match as official recognition by the town of the club's success.

Norris said: "It was a great way to end the season. The players have been magnificent this year and to win the league by such a margin shows how consistent we have been.

"We set out to win the league and not lose in front of our own supporters so to do both is a great achievement."

Mid-table Sidlesham played their part in an entertaining game but if Grinstead had been sharper in front of goal they might have got into double figures.........[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 3rd May 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 5, Sidlesham 3

On the last day of the season this afternoon, Wasps maintained their unbeaten home record and won the division two title by a clear 18 points. [Match report to follow]

:: Wednesday 30th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Westfield 1

Tom Saunders opened the scoring tonight with Wasps' 100th league goal in all competitions this season. Westfield deservedly equalised through Duncan Jones but a first senior goal from Alex Thompson and another from Dan Sullivan right at the death sealed the victory.........[Full Match report]

The game was in some doubt at lunch time but a combination of the rain easing off and 2 1/2 hours of forking the pitch ensured it went ahead with no problem. Wasps finish the season off on Saturday against Sidlesham at home (ko 3pm). The Division Two Championship Trophy and league winner medals will be presented after the match by members of the Sussex County League management committee.

:: Tuesday 29th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves match off

The East Court pitch was perfectly playable at 5:15pm but so much rain fell between then and 6:45 that the referre had no choice but to postpone tonight's Suburban League fixture againt Haywards Heath due to a waterlogged pitch.

Save The Hillians....

Burgess Hill Town football club's future is in serious doubt, after Mid Sussex District Council served an eviction notice on the 125 year old club. "The Hillians" have until 13th October to leave Leylands Park. To sign the petition against the shutting down of Leyland's Park follow this link.

£900 raised for the Stroke Association

East Grinstead Town FC were pleased to host the Dave Smith Memorial Cup Match at East Court on Sunday. The event was organised by Dave's family and featured a match between an East Grinstead XI and a South Godstone XI. A total of £900 was raised for the Stroke Association.

:: Monday 28th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Gary Stevens has to pull out

Unfortunately and with great regret, Gary Stevens informed the club today that he will be unable to attend the end of season presentation on 9th May. In a personal note to chairman Richard Tramontin the ex Tottenham and England International said "I'm sorry to give you this news so late in the day and wish to confirm that I am keen to support your club at a future event." Stevens had been due to present awards and the Division Two Champions Trophy.

:: Saturday 26th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Rustington 0, East Grinstead Town 3

WASPS are ending their championship-winning season with a flourish after an impressive win over the side who have been on their tails for much of the season.........[Full Match report]

Two goals from Ben Burns and a second-half strike by Michael Belli enabled Steve Norris's men to complete the double over Rustington on Saturday and their victory also meant that Lingfield secured runners-up spot in County League division two with Rustington finishing third.

Wasps complete their league campaign with two home games with Westfield the visitors on Wednesday (7.45pm) before Sidlesham arrive on Saturday (3pm). The league trophy will be presented after that match and manager Steve Norris hopes a big crowd will be there to enjoy the celebrations.

Norris said: "It should be a great day to end what has been a fantastic season for the club. We could have gone two ways when we won the league so I'm delighted the players have maintained the standards they have set all season in recent matches. We're a lot more relaxed now and playing the football I know we're capable of. Once we had matched Rustington's 3-5-2 formation after 15 minutes on Saturday we dominated a very good Rustington side and made them look fairly ordinary. It was a very good performance."

Danny Wackett will return to the squad for the remaining games but midfielder Mannie Neville (hamstring) will not be fit for Westfield's visit, although Norris hopes he might be okay for the season-finale.

Golf Day

A Golf Day at Edenbridge is being organised for Friday 9th May before the evening's presentation dinner and dance which is being held at the Felbridge Hotel & Spa. For more details on the golf day and to book a place please contact Phil Major on 07748 622948 or email phil.major@egtfc.co.uk

:: Thursday 24th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Congratulations to Horsham Youth who won the CP Mason Under 14s Cup tonight at East Court with a 4 - 1 win over Lindfield Juniors.

:: Wednesday 23rd April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Steyning 1, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps fell behind to 10 man Steyning on 34 minutes, 5 minutes after skipper Drew Cooney had his penalty kick saved by keeper Dave Angell, following Steyning's Tom Pickford being shown a straight red for bringing down Tom Saunders. Liam Bull got Grinstead's second half equaliser but the league winners just couldn't make their numerous attempts count.........[Full Match report]

Wasps' Under 18s finished their season off with a 4 - 2 away win over Lingfield and move up into third place in the Southern Youth League.

The Girls' Tournament that was due to be held at our East Court ground this afternoon was called off by the local schools due to illness and the wet weather.

:: Sunday 20th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS are refusing to let their standards slip, despite already clinching the title.

Boss Steve Norris was delighted with their performance in a comfortable win at wet and windy Midhurst on Saturday which stretched their unbeaten league run to 12 games.........[Full Match report]

Victories in their four remaining matches would give Grinstead a new division two points record of 86, although they face tough away fixtures this week with a trip to Steyning on Wednesday (7.45pm) followed by a showdown with Rustington on Saturday (2pm) when the home side need a point to secure runners-up spot.

Norris said: "The players have relaxed since winning the championship and it showed on Saturday. We looked like a first division side and I thought we were comfortable winners in difficult conditions."

Norris may experiment with different formations and personnel in the last four games although he insists this will not effect his side's capability of finishing the season on a high.

Dave Gellatly is available again after suspension, Drew Cooney returns to the squad on Saturday while Adam Dart and Ben Burns, both on the bench at Midhurst, could come into contention for starting roles.

:: Saturday 19th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Midhurst & Easebourne 0, East Grinstead Town 2

Goals from Mannie Neville and Liam Bull secured all three points at Rotherfield this afternoon as Wasps cantered to victory. [Match report to follow]

:: Sunday 13th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps win Stubbins Cup

East Grinstead Town III beat favourites Keymer & Hassocks on penalties in the final of the Stubbins Cup at the Beacon in Hassocks last night. Wasps went behind after 4 minutes but equalised through man-of-the match Matt Garrett a few minutes before the break just as a large contingent from East Court turned up to give their support. Wasps dominated the second half but then gave away a penalty two minutes from the end which Alex Over saved superbly. There were no further goals in extra time and the match was decided on penalties with Wasps winning 4 - 2.

Earlier on in the day, the scheduled First Team match against Westfield had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following an hour of torrential rain and hail. The match has been re-scheduled for Wednesday 30th April (ko 7:45pm).

:: Monday 7th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Steyning Town 1

THE celebrations continued long into the night at East Court on Saturday as Wasps celebrated the first league title in the club's 118-year history.

Steve Norris's men secured a return to the County League first division as champions after three years out of the top flight with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Steyning.

Grinstead's 22nd victory of the season combined with Lingfield's 1-0 home defeat to Southwick meant the champagne corks were popping on the pitch at the end as the players received the congratulations of their delighted supporters. [Photos courtesy of Meridian Sport] For more photos go to www.firstfocusphoto.com

It was not a vintage display from Wasps against a Steyning team who probably deserved a point but who sportingly applauded the new champions off the pitch at the end. Norris was without three stalwarts of the campaign, goalkeeper Lee Whibley, Adam Dart and Dave Gellatly, and were often guilty of surrendering possession too easily.

But the experienced Tobi Hutchinson came up with two great pieces of skill to win the game.........[Full Match report]

Norris has done what he promised in his first full season in charge and a conceivable target now is to win the remaining five games and finish on 86 points which would be a division two record.

He said: "You have to enjoy moments like Saturday because they don't come along too often so we had a great celebration.

"To win the league with five games to go is a fantastic achievement and reflects the efforts everyone at the club has put in - I'm delighted for everyone involved on the pitch and behind the scenes.

"My coach Gavin Neville needs a special mention for all the hard work he has put in and the commitment of every player has been outstanding. I'm especially pleased for the local lads in the team who have been at the club for a while and experienced some highs and lows."

With promotion achieved, Norris hopes his side can relax and enjoy the remaining games.

And he hinted he may have a look at some of the players on the fringes of the squad as he starts planning for next season's return to the first division.

"We will enjoy what we have achieved but preparations for next season are already underway," he added.

Wasps are at home again on Saturday against Westfield (3pm) and the championship trophy will be presented after the final home game of the season against Sidlesham on May 3.

:: Saturday 5th April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Wasps beat Steyning 2 - 1 at East Court this afternoon and celebrated not only promotion back to Division One but also winning the Division Two League title. [More to follow]

:: Tuesday 1st April 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Promotion still on hold

With Peacehaven winning 5 - 1 against Wealden tonight and Rustington losing to Lancing 2 - 1, Wasps still need a single point from their last 6 games to secure promotion, with 4 points guaranteeing them the Division Two league title.

Elsewhere, Wasps reserves drew 1 - 1 away at Chipstead with Chris Arrow in goal after re-signing for the club yesterday and the Under 18s suffered a 3 - 1 defeat at Oakwood.

:: Monday 31st March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS can clinch promotion in front of their own supporters on Saturday.

The second division leaders need only a point from their game against mid-table Steyning (3pm) to confirm their return to County League division one after three years out of the top flight.

And boss Steve Norris is hoping there will be a good crowd to see if Grinstead can go up.

The attendance for the Easter Monday draw with Lingfield of 264 was the highest in the league this season and Wasps have been one of the best-supported teams in the league this year.

The promotion party had to be delayed after last Saturday's game at third-placed Rustington was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

The referee called it off after the scheduled 3pm kick-off when more rain fell on an already saturated surface.

Norris said: "It was disappointing because the players were really keyed up but I think the referee made the right decision. "Both teams like to play good football and it would have been something of a lottery.

"But we can now look forward to Saturday. We need a point to go up and four to be champions so there is every incentive but Steyning are going to make it very difficult for us - it is always one of the hardest games of the season."

The Rustington game has been re-arranged for April 26 (ko 2pm) with Wasps now ending their season at home to Sidlesham on May 3.

On Saturday, Wasps will be without Dave Gellatly who starts a 2 match suspension. Goalkeeper Lee Whibley is also a doubt suffering from back spasms since the warm up at Rustington. Whibley is the only first-team ever present this season and Norris said it would be a shame if he did not complete an ever present record. Drew Cooney returns after suspension.

Meanwhile, former England, Spurs and Brighton defender Gary Stevens has been confirmed as guest of honour at the club's end of season presentation dinner on Friday, May 9 at the Felbridge Hotel.

Stevens, who has worked in the media since retiring from football, played seven times for his country and had an illustrious club career which included an appearance in Brighton's FA Cup final team against Manchester United in 1983.

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "We are delighted to be able to welcome Gary to what should be a night of celebration for the club."

For details of the event and ticket availability click here.

:: Sunday 30th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture change

Following Saturday's postponement, Wasps will now play Rustington on Saturday 26th April (ko 2pm) and the home match against Sidlesham has been moved to Saturday 3rd May.

:: Saturday 29th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps forced to wait

Wasps' potential promotion clincher this afternoon at Rustington was called off by the match referee at 3:15pm for what he considered to be a waterlogged pitch.

Meanwhile back at East Court, the reserves beat Molesey 3 - 1 in the Suburban League.

:: Thursday 27th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Vets match off

Tonight's scheduled Vets' match against Plumpton Athletic has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Tuesday 25th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS still need a point to secure promotion after Lingfield snatched a deserved late equaliser in Monday's local derby at East Court.........[Full Match report]

The home side were hanging on determinedly to Dave Gellatly's fourth-minute goal when substitute Louis Perkins picked his way through the home defence to fire past Lee Whibley a minute from time.

Although disappointed that his side could not seal their return to division one in front of their own supporters, Grinstead boss Steve Norris had no complaints about the outcome.

He said: "We edged the first half but Lingfield were the better side after that and more than deserved to equalise. In our last two games we have played who I consider to be the best sides in the league so to pick up four points is not too bad. It would have been nice to have gone up on Monday so we could relax and enjoy the last six games and go on and hopefully win the title."

"There was a bit of nervousness in our performance and the pitch was quite sticky, which did not help us move the ball around as well as we like, but it is hard to find fault with the players after the season we have had. It's just a case of getting over the finishing line now."

The maths are simple enough. Wasps need one point for promotion and four for the title although their first target will also be achieved as soon as Peacehaven drop a point. And even if they win their last seven matches, Peacehaven still have to overhaul Grinstead's 25 goal better goal difference.

Wasps go to third-placed Rustington on Saturday (3pm) with a full-strength squad. Drew Cooney is available after serving a one-match ban and Ben Burns is fit after a hamstring injury.

Rustington's 1-0 defeat to Littlehampton on Monday improved Wasps' title prospects but Norris knows his side will have their work cut out to repeat their 4-3 win on the opening day of the season.

"It will be another very difficult game but there is no greater incentive for us to go there and get a result," he added.

:: Monday 24th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Lingfield 1

Dave Gellatly put Wasps ahead after 4 minutes but Louis Perkins snatched an equaliser for the visitors in the 89th minute. [Match report to follow] Grinstead are now virtually promoted but need just 1 point from their remaining 6 matches to be mathematically certain, and 4 points to be crowned champions.

200 Club

Winners of the February 200 Club draw were as follows:
1st prize £76 - No 110 - H Thomas
2nd prize £30 - No 100 - P Wheeler
3rd prize £10 - No 73 - M Brockbank

:: Saturday 22nd March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Epsom & Ewell Reserves 0

A second half goal from Liam Bull secured all 3 points for Wasps reserves at a bitterly cold East Court this afternoon.

:: Thursday 20th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 2, Three Bridges Under 18s 1

In their last home match of the season, Wasps Under 18s came from behind to beat local rivals Three Bridges.[Match report to follow]

:: Saturday 15th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Peacehaven & Telscombe 1

Wasps were way below their best this afternoon but battled to the end and were rewarded with 2 goals in the 80th and 82nd minutes to secure all three points. [Match photos]

The visitors opened the scoring on 31 minutes when Richie Watton netted after keeper Lee Whibley could only manage to parry a shot into his path. Despite their lackluste performance, Grinstead could have twice gone ahead in the opening half; the first opportunity was tipped against the post by keeper Owen Fisher and the ball then bounced into his arms; Tobi Hutchinson later looked cetain to score when one on one with the keeper but his attempt to place the ball over the advancing Fisher went over the bar. 15 minutes before the end, the visitors squandered a chance to increase their lead and then on 80 minutes, Wasps were awarded a clear penalty on Tom Saunders which Mannie Neville converted. 2 minutes later substitute Ben Burns scored his 10th of the season before being substituted himself with a hamstring problem.........[Full Match report]

Wasps now need just 2 points from their remaining 7 matches to secure promotion back to division one and 8 points to be certain of becoming Champions for the first time in their long history in senior football. Their next two matches will be tough encounters against teams currently in second and third positions. Lingfield are the vistors to East Court on Easter Monday (kick off 11 am) and Grinstead travel to Rustington the following Saturday 29th March (kick off 3pm).

:: Wednesday 12th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18s match away to Lingfield has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Tuesday 11th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lancing 2, East Grinstead Town 2

Wasps fell behind to a Rob Patridge goal after 10 minutes but goals from Marc Pelling and Michael Belli put the visitors deservedly in front at half time. Grinstead's controlled football should have seen them further ahead. Things went somewhat flat in the second half. Belli hit a thunderbolt from 20 yards with the keeper totally beaten but his shot came off the crossbar. Patridge equalised for Lancing 4 minutes from time. Grinstead responded but Adam Dart's attempt which seemed destined to give Wasps back the lead hit a defender on the back and was then cleared. Two points dropped rather than one gained.

Grinstead are now 9 points clear at the top of County League Division Two.

East Grinstead Town 1, Broadbridge Heath 0

TOM Saunders came off the bench to fire Wasps a step closer to promotion with a dramatic late winner on Saturday.........[Full Match report]

Saunders scored his 18th goal of the season two minutes from time to earn Grinstead a deserved victory which enabled them to go eight points clear at the top of County League division two.

It looked like being a frustrating afternoon for Wasps against a Heath side inspired by the heroics of goalkeeper Matt Baker.

But Michael Belli found some space on the left to cross from the line and Saunders got in front of Baker to head home.

Manager Steve Norris said: "It was no more than we deserved because, in the second half in particular, we were totally on top. I think Lee Whibley only touched the ball twice in the second half.

"Tom is a great player to have in those situations because if something drops in the box he normally gets on the end of it."

Wasps visit Lancing tonight before entertaining Peacehaven, one of only two sides to beat them in the league, at East Court on Saturday (3pm).

"We're looking forward to that one," said Norris. "I've got no complaints about the result when we lost down there but it will be a different game at East Court and one the players are really looking forward to."

Apart from long-term injury victims Simon Funnell and Andy Turner, Norris will have a full-strength squad available with Saunders, who has been the match-winner in two of Grinstead's last three games, likely to be in from the start.

:: Sunday 9th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Broadbridge Heath 0

Tom Saunders came off the bench and scored a late winner for Wasps at East Court yesterday in a game they dominated throughout. [Match report to follow]

With Lingfield being held to a draw at home by Peacehaven who are next Saturday's visitors to East Court, Grinstead are now 8 points clear of Lingfield with 3 games in hand. Third placed Rustingtom beat Seaford 3 - 0 and remain 10 points behind Wasps who have 2 games in hand.

:: Saturday 8th March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Vets match off

Tomorrow's scheduled vets match at East Court against Heath Pilgrims has been cancelled as the visitors are unable to raise a side.

:: Monday 3rd March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

MANAGER Steve Norris saw his side strengthen their promotion bid - then described Saturday's performance as their worst of the season.

Wasps trailed 2-0 at the break but Adam Dart pulled one back and then Tobi Hutchinson rescued a point with an injury-time equaliser.........[Full Match report]

But that did not mask a tired performance from Grinstead, who were clearly showing the after-effects of last Wednesday's 3-0 League Cup semi-final defeat against Ringmer, particularly in the first half.

With third-placed Rustington losing at home and Lingfield not in action, we are now six points clear in County League division two and still have games in hand on all our rivals.

But Steve has warned he will make changes for Saturday's home game against Broadbridge Heath (3pm) in an effort to freshen things up.

He said: "It was a terrible performance, our worst of the season. I was delighted to get a point because we didn't deserve it. We can make excuses about the wind and the bobbly pitch but a side in our position in the table should not perform like that."

The boss will have a full-strength squad at his disposal on Saturday with Mannie Neville back after a holiday and Tom Saunders, who was suspended on Saturday, available again.

He added: "There will be changes because Saturday's performance was not acceptable. We looked knackered to be honest. There was clearly a reaction to the Ringmer match where we played such good football and put a lot into the game without any reward but there is no excuse for the way we played."

Steve said that there would only be a light training session for the first-team squad on Tuesday but they will be hard at it again on Thursday in preparation for the visit of a Heath side desperate for points as they battle to avoid relegation.

:: Saturday 1st March 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sidlesham 2, East Grinstead Town2

A performance best forgotten on a windy day on a bobbly pitch. Wasps found themselves 2 goals down at half time and hadn't been able to string any passes together, had difficulty controlling the ball and didn't compete for second balls. What a marked contrast to the superb all-round footballing display on Wednesday night. Adam Dart put Grinstead back in the game 12 minutes into the second half and Tobi Hutchinson grabbed the equaliser at the end of normal time. [Match report to follow].

Next Wednesday's match against Steyning has been postponed - this will now be played on Wednesday 23rd April.

:: Friday 29th February 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
John O'Hara Cup Semi Final - East Grinstead Town 0, Ringmer 3

Belli in full flightWASPS missed the chance of a first-ever appearance in the County League Cup final despite producing one of their best performances of the season in Wednesday's semi at Three Bridges. [Match photos courtesy of Meridian Sport]

The only thing missing against first division Ringmer were goals as Grinstead squandered a host of chances while their opponents demonstrated the required ruthlessness in front of goal.........[Full Match report]

Praise from his opposite number Steve Johnson will have been little consolation to manager Steve Norris afterwards, but he will have taken some pleasure from the way Grinstead took the game to their opponents and kept them on the back foot for long spells.

Norris will be looking for more of the same when the promotion campaign resumes at Sidlesham on Saturday (3pm) when the side is likely to be unchanged with Mannie Neville still on holiday.

Rydon man of the match: Michael Belli

:: Sunday 24th February 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table after grinding out their 19th league win of the season on Saturday with a 1-0 success at Storrington.........[Full Match report]

Top scorer Tom Saunders ended his six-match goal drought with his 16th of the season midway through the second half to keep Grinstead on course for a return to County League division one.

It was a performance typical of the side in recent weeks. We have now gone 354 minutes without conceding a goal and Lee Whibley was seldom extended by hard-working Storrington in a contest the visitors should have perhaps won more comfortably.

Boss Steve Norris said: "I'm really pleased with another three points - and another clean sheet. Earlier in the season it was a case of 'you score three and we'll score five' but at this stage of the season, when the pitches aren't great and the result is key, I'll be happy if we keep winning 1-0.

"I was pleased for Tom. He was going through the sort of spell every striker has during the season but the goal should do him a lot of confidence. We are not scoring the goals we were earlier in the season but if we continue to keep clean sheets I know we have enough quality to create openings."

Steve refuses to talk about promotion until it has been achieved, but it would a brave man who would bet against Wasps going up now with a 13-point gap between them and fourth-placed Crawley Down, although no one will be celebrating until it's mathematically certain.

Grinstead are on the road again on Saturday with the long trip to Sidlesham (3pm). Midfielder Michael Belli returns to the squad but Mannie Neville is still away and he will also be absent Wednesday week (March 5) when Grinstead go to Steyning (7.30pm), also in the league.

Before that, of course, Grinstead have an eagerly-awaited League Cup semi-final against Ringmer at Three Bridges FC this Wednesday (7.45pm).

It is only Ringmer's second match since the shock death of their player Herve King during last week's match against Three Bridges.

:: Monday 18th February 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
STEVE Norris praised his players for a job well done at Pease Pottage on Saturday, where our 2-0 win and Lingfield's 1-1 draw against Mile Oak enabled Grinstead to open up a five-point lead at the top of division two.

The boss said: "It was a difficult pitch for the players to express themselves and Pease Pottage are a much-improved team. If they had had the side they've got now all season they would be mid-table.

"But we were patient and once we got the breakthrough I always felt we would go on and win the game. In the second half Lee Whibley did not have a save to make and so we kept another clean sheet which was another plus."

Grinstead face another of the strugglers this Saturday when they visit Storrington (3pm) and changes to the team are inevitable with Mannie Neville and Michael Belli both unavailable.

Neville is away for two weeks and among the games he misses is the League Cup semi-final against Ringmer next Wednesday at Three Bridges FC.

But Drew Cooney is available after missing Saturday's game and will return to the squad at Storrington.

Steve chose a new strikeforce of Liam Bull and Ben Burns on Saturday which meant top scorer Tom Saunders was left on the bench along with Nick Sullivan, whose work commitments means he will not be available for the Storrington game.

"Last season if Ben was injured we were struggling up front but we now have five or six options including Grant Rigler, who is playing well for the reserves at the moment. It's a nice situation to be in because competition for places all over the squad is so important."

With a ten-point gap between Wasps and fourth-placed Crawley Down, promotion is getting closer but the management are taking nothing for granted.

Steve said: "The thoughts are the same as always. We are top and there to be shot at and every side raises their game against us. It will be no different at Storrington where we are expecting another hard afternoon. We are getting closer to our aim of promotion but all we are doing is taking one game at a time, trying to win it and then moving on to the next match."

Wasps hope to complete the County League registration of goalkeeper Rob Gordon tomorrow, when he will play for the reserves at Horsham YMCA.

:: Saturday 16th February 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pease Pottage Village 0, East Grinstead Town 2

WASPS were seldom at their best against the league's bottom club this afternon, but two second-half goals kept them on course for promotion.

Steve Norris's men now have a five-point lead at the top of County League division two after goals from Dan Sullivan and Mannie Neville saw off a spirited Pottage side.

Both sides struggled for fluency on a bumpy pitch while a pedantic whistle-happy referee, who booked six players even though it was not a dirty game, did not help improve the overall spectacle.

But Wasps won't be complaining after chalking up their 18th win of the season. Their best performers came in defence where Michael Belli, who made some surging forward runs, and Danny Wackett, returning with Drew Cooney unavailable, stood out.........[Full Match report]

Elsewhere, Wasps reserves came up against a strong Corinthian Casuals side and conceeded early goals. Final score 0 - 4.

A very young Third XI which included veteran Bobby Wallis, put on a great display and beat Maresfield Village 3 - 2.........[Full Match report]

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Horley Town U18s 1, East Grinstead Town U18s 1

Wasps Under 18s were held to a draw in the Southern Youth League tonight following a run of four straight league wins. Grinstead's scorer was Dave Knight.

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Merstham Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 4

Goals from Elvis Lynn, Ben Burns, Zac De Cambre and Grant Rigler earned Wasps reserves a good victory tonight against Merstham in the Suburban Challenge Shield. They meet again at East Court on Saturday week in the same competition.

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Southwick 0, East Grinstead Town 0

BOSS Steve Norris is hoping to strengthen his squad this week for the title run-in.

Grinstead remain three points clear at the top of County League division two after a hard-fought draw at in-form Southwick on Saturday where the league's top scorers drew their first blank of the campaign.........[Full Match report]

The gap between Grinstead and fourth-placed Crawley Down is now ten points with Norris's men on course to fill one of the three promotion positions as they have games in hand on all their rivals.

But Wasps want the title - and Norris hopes more competition for places in the squad will keep everyone on their toes.

He hopes to make goalkeeper Rob Gordon's move from third division Little Common permanent this week. Gordon is due to play his second Suburban League game tomrrow night (Tuesday) and Norris is confident he will sign County League forms.

A seven-day approach for Ifield Edwards midfielder Clive Piller - whom Norris watched play for the division three representative side last month - has also been made and another midfielder, Mark Hillen, may return to the club from Lingfield.

Norris said: "When you are going well it is a good time to try and add to the squad. But we are also looking long-term towards next season when hopefully we will be back in division one. If we are, we will need a big squad to cope with the extra demands."

Wasps go to Pease Pottage on Saturday (3pm) when the only change is likely to see the return of defender Danny Wackett in place of Drew Cooney, who is unavailable.

There may be a place on the bench for former Crawley Down and Burgess Hill striker Nick Sullivan, who scored twice for the reserves on Saturday in their 3-2 win over Horsham YMCA.

Norris said: "Nick has signed County League forms but his appearances are limited by work commitments. But he is a quality striker and a definite addition to the squad when he is available."

Norris admitted Saturday's stalemate against a side unbeaten in six games was a fair result. "Southwick set themselves up to keep a clean sheet and they worked extremely hard," he said.

"Even when we switched to 4-3-3 to try and give us something extra up front we lacked that cutting edge. But once again it shows there are no easy games in this division and I expect Southwick to take points off some of our rivals during the rest of the season."

Geoff Harris..

Geoff HarrisONE of the unsung heroes at East Court celebrated his 80th birthday last week.

And Wasps' stalwart Geoff Harris is hoping for more celebrations at the end of the season by seeing the club he has supported for nearly 60 years win promotion.

Friends and players joined Geoff for a party after the recent win over Crawley Down - recognition for the tremendous work behind the scenes he has done for the club.

Geoff said: "I first watched the club when they played up at West Street and shared the ground with the cricket club. "When the club moved to East Court in 1967 I saw the first game here and have been coming down ever since. I can't have missed many matches in that time."

As well as supporting from the stand, Geoff helps behind the scenes and spends three or four mornings a week at the club.

"I have done pretty much everything," he said. "I help with the pitch, clean out the changing rooms and I have lost count of the times I have painted and decorated the clubhouse.

"But I do enjoy it. I have made many friends over the years and we love to have bit of chatter on Saturdays before games.

"I really hope the boys get promoted this season. Steve (Norris) has put together a good side. I have seen some great players down the years but there have been dark days when we have struggled as well. But I definitely think the club is moving in the right direction now."

Grinstead chairman Richard Tramontin said: "Geoff embodies what football at this level is all about - the humble volunteer without whom the club would not exist. He is still as active at 80 as he was 20 years ago and everyone at the club appreciates the hard work he has put in over the years."

The club are nominating Geoff to the County League for a long service award as well.

Girls' football award..

Christine Mainstone presents cheque to Bobby WallisEAST Grinstead Town Football Club's work in the community has been recognised by the town council.

They were awarded a grant for £350 towards the cost of developing their programme to increase participation in girls' football in the town.

The presentation to chairman Richard Tramontin was made by Christime Mainstone, chairman of leisure and tourism, at a recent home game against Midhurst.

Mrs Mainstone said: "The Town Council commends East Grinstead Town Football Club on the fantastic work it is doing at grassroots level in encouraging more girls and young women to participate in football. We hope the grant will further contribute towards their development programme."

Cllr Rob Musk, who is vice Chairman of Leisure and Tourism, and Cllr Bob Mainstone were also in attendance.

Mr Tramontin said that the money would be passed on to Bobby Wallis, who runs the East Grinstead Football Academy which is affiliated to the football club.

He said: "The cost of our schools coaching programme alone is £7,200 and this grant will help towards that.

"The Academy encourages girls to participate in football and at the moment is providing free coaches in nine local primary schools, work which the club is keen to promote and encourage."

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Wasps were held to a goalless draw at Southwick this afternoon. [Match report to follow].

At East Court, Phil Major's reserves came from behind to beat Horsham YMCA 3 - 2 in the Suburban Challenge Shield with two goals from Nick Sullivan and one from Sean Leggett.

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Boss praises performance

BOSS Steve Norris saluted his players after they completed the double over their local rivals and declared: "I'm proud of every one of them."

Wasps would have won by a bigger margin had it not been for the heroics of Down goalkeeper Shayne Goldsmith but their first win in three games - and 17th out of 20 in division two - kept them on course for promotion as they opened up a four-point lead at the top.........[Full Match report]

Norris said: "I think the players remembered how disappointed they felt after we lost our last derby game against Lingfield and were determined there would be no repeat.

"I was so proud of them. We played high-tempo football and I don't think many sides could have lived with us on Saturday. It was our best performance of the year without a doubt." [Match photos courtesy of Meridian Sport]

Now Norris is challenging his men to start another unbeaten run although they will have their work cut out on Saturday when they visit the league's form team Southwick (3pm).

Norris added: "It will be a tough game against a side who have started to pick up results. Every game in this division is difficult but we can maintain the standards we showed against Crawley Down we have a good chance."

Dan Sullivan is still away but Danny Wackett is available. However it is hard to see Norris changing last Saturday's team. Ben Rainbow made his first start since September at right back and performed well while in front of him 18-year-old Michael Belli had another outstanding game which he capped with two goals.

Wasps have now broken the 50-point barrier and a few more performance like Saturdays will soon ensure that their dream of a return to the County League's top flight becomes a reality.

Wasps Under 18s are back in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Sutton United in the 2nd round of the Southern Youth League Cup (7.30pm). Having won each of their last 5 matches, Grinstead will be fired up for the challenge and the lads will certainly appreciate travelling support. For directions, follow this link

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East Grinstead Town 4 - 1 Crawley Down

A goal within the first minute by Liam Bull, then the visitors equalise through Adam New 3 minutes later, Michael Belli restores lead a minute later, missed chances and then Tobi Hutchinson puts Wasps 3 - 1 up on 16 minutes - breathtaking local derby. The next goal didn't come until the 53rd minute, a second from Michael Belli making it 4 - 1 and three deserved points to the league leaders. [Match photos courtesy of Meridian Sport] [Full match report to follow]

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Under 18 Goal of the Season

Similar to the Reserves, a Goal of the Season competition is being run for the Under 18's. In first place so far is a stunning strike earlier this week by Alex Thompson from fully 30 yards. Olly Lochhead's goal in the same game just missed out on a top three position. The leading three to date are :

1st Alex Thompson Away to Merstham 28th January 2008
2nd Michael Belli Away to Dorking 12th September 2007
3rd Dave Knight Home to Oakwood 30th August 2007

Reserve Team Goal of the Season

No change in the Reserve Team Goal of the Season competition. A recent possible contender was Scott "Twiggy" Johnston's Bergkamp like finish against Eastleigh. However, it did not manage to break into the top three. Listed below are the top three so far this season :

1st Elvis Lynn Away to Haywards Heath 4th September 2007
2nd Grant Rigler Home to Colliers Wood 25th August 2007
3rd Michael Belli Home to Godalming Town 13th October 2007

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Tonight's vets match against Heath Pilgrims was called off at 2pm due to a waterlogged pitch.

200 Club

Winners of the December and January 200 Club draws were as follows:
1st prize £76 - No 39 - D Tidy
2nd prize £30 - No 62 - D Owen
3rd prize £10 - No 71 - L Hawkins

1st prize £76 - No 18 - J Greig
2nd prize £30 - No 58 - D Mann
3rd prize £10 - No 10 - G Harris

:: Monday 28th January 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps Under 18s won 3 - 0 away at Merstham tonight.........[Full Match report]


Neville scores first of twoWASPS dropped their first league points of the season at East Court on Saturday, but boss Steve Norris was not unhappy with his side's performance. [Match photos courtesy of Meridian Sport]

We needed two equalisers from Mannie Neville to secure the point which maintained our two-point lead at the top of County League division two.

Midhurst goalkeeper Stuart Burt was in outstanding form after Wasps had to re-shuffle their side when Liam Bull went off after 29 minutes with a badly gashed leg after a collision with Burt.........[Full Match report]

Steve said: "We didn't play too well for the first 30 minutes but after that I thought we passed the ball well and created chances.

"But Midhurst played well themselves and overall a draw was a fair result. We can improve and I'm sure we will. Every side we play are raising their game against us and that will be the case for the remainder of the season so we need to do the same."

Wasps face fourth-placed Crawley Down at East Court on Saturday (3pm) looking to do the double over their local rivals after winning 2-1 at The Haven in September.

Danny Wackett and Dan Sullivan aren't available for the local derby. On the injury front, Ben Rainbow has had a few Reserve matches under his belt and been on the bench for the front side since his injury and striker Ben Burns is set to begin his comeback in the reserves tomorrow night after six weeks out.

The boss added: "Crawley Down will give us our hardest game of the season, you can be certain of that. They are having a terrific season and we will need to be at our best to get anything out of the game.

"But it is a game we are looking forward too. There should be a good crowd and atmosphere."

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East Grinstead Town 2, Midhurst & Easebourne 2

Wasps came from behind twice this afternoon to earn a draw against a good hard-working Midhurst outfit. Grinstead's second half performance should have ensured all three points but for the post, bar and some good goalkeeping. [Match Report to follow][Match photos courtesy of Meridian Sport]

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East Grinstead Town U18s 4, Lingfield U18s o

Wasps Under 18's ran out comfortable winners in this Southern Youth League local derby at East Court tonight.........[Full Match report]

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WASPS saw their lead at the top of County League division two trimmed to just two points after they suffered only their second defeat of the season at Piddinghoe Avenue on Saturday.........[Full Match report]

Boss Steve Norris had no complaints after seeing the half-time lead given to them by debutant Liam Bull wiped out by three goals in the last 15 minutes.

In their fifth successive away match, Wasps were below-par and Peacehaven, who had the strong wind and slope in their favour in the second half, were deserved winners.

Norris said: "You are got going to go through the season without playing badly at some stage. We have set high standards and our record shows we have done well in meeting them but we were below par on Saturday.

"It was disappointing but we have had five tough away games in a row and to win three of them, at some difficult places, is still a decent achievement."

Norris admitted he and coach Gavin Neville may opt to change Wasps' regular 4-4-2 formation in future away games. They reverted to 3-5-2 in the previous away game at Seaford after going 2-0 down and stormed back to win 5-3.

Norris added: "It is something to look at but for now we are looking forward to playing at East Court again on Saturday."

Grinstead entertain Midhurst this weekend (3pm) with only Ben Burns, who is a week away from a return, and Andy Turner, out since September with a knee injury, missing. Both Drew Cooney and Adam Dart returned at Peacehaven as second-half substitutes after missing the previous three games.

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Peacehaven 3 - 1 East Grinstead Town

Boss Steve Norris was bitterly disappointed with his team's display this afternoon - despite new signing Liam Bull putting Wasps ahead after 8 minutes they suffered only their second defeat this campaign against a gutsy Peacehaven side. Grinstead were flat and always second to the ball while giving away possession far too cheaply.........[Full Match report]

The reserves did the opposite and came from 1 down to win 3 - 1 against Horsham YMCA in the Suburban League.........[Full Match report]

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Tomorrow's matches in doubt

It is too early to say whether Wasps' Division Two match tomorrow at Peacehaven or the reserves' home fixture against Horsham YMCA at East Court will be able to be played. Pitch inspections will take place in the morning. Latest news will be available by ringng the clubhouse or on here at around mid-day tomorrow.

The Fourth XI's match against Cowden Mavericks has already been called off as have all EGTFC youth teams' home matches over this coming weekend.

The Reserves' Shield match away to Mertham on Tuesday 22nd January has been postponed as the home club have already postponed tomorrow's FA Vase tie and want to ensure the tie will get as much chance as possible of being played the following Saturday.

With the enormous amount of rain that fell on Tuesday, everyone was more than surprised how good the East Court pitch was on Wednesday morning - there was no standing water and rather than the expected slushy soft surface, it was remarkably firm . The Sussex County Inter League Cup match between the Mid Sussex Football League and the Sussex County Football League (Div 3) went ahead and at kick off time, the surface was perfect. The County League side took an early lead through Chas Lister and went in at half time 4 - 1 up. The Mid Sussex League never gave up despite going further behind 4 minutes after the restart but the final score was Mid Sussex League 3 - 5 Sussex County League. Scorers: Mid Sussex - Crowhurst (Willingdon), Booth (Uckfield), Peacock (Lindfield); Sussex County - Lister (Little Common) 2, Jones (Dorking), Lee Smith (Dorking) 2.

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Seaford Town 3, East Grinstead Town 5


BOSS Steve Norris was full of praise for his side after they produced a storming second-half fightback to pick up three more valuable points.

Wasps were staring at a second County League defeat in three games when they trailed 2-0 after an hour on a ground where they have traditionally struggled.

But Steve and coach Gavin Neville made a tactical change by pushing rightback Michael Belli into a five-man midfield and suddenly Grinstead were transformed.

They turned the game on its head with four goals in 12 minutes and although Seaford got a third with three minutes left, Mannie Neville completed his hat-trick with a last-minute penalty.........[Full Match report] It means Wasps have now won 16 out of 17 in the league this season.

Victory enabled them to open up a five point lead at the top of division two ahead of another tough away game this Saturday when they visit promotion dark horses Peacehaven (3pm).

The boss said: "For an hour Seaford stopped us playing and were deservedly in front. But pushing Michael in behind the strikers gave us more impetus and more energy and once we'd got a goal back we were transformed.

"In the last two away games the players have shown character as well as their other qualities. It is nice to be able to play good football but during a season you have to go to places like Seaford, which is never easy, in difficult conditions and battle for a result which is what we did."

Grinstead hope to have Ben Burns and Drew Cooney back after injury at Peacehaven this Saturday while Adam Dart is available after completing a three-match ban.

Norris has completed the signing of striker Liam Bull from Wealden. The 23-year-old would have been involved at Seaford but for a slight hamstring injury but he comes into contention this week.

Norris said: "We are delighted to have Liam on board. It gives us another option up front and I think he is player who will improve at East Grinstead. He has a lot to offer both this season and in the long-term."

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Liam Bull signs

Steve Norris has completed the signing of striker Liam Bull from Wealden.

Matches off

Tomorrow's Third Team match at Imberhorne against East Court has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch as have all Wasps youth teams' home matches at East Court, Mount Noddy and King George's.

Our East Court ground was waterlogged as of midday today, but there will be a pitch inspection in the morning ahead of the reserves scheduled fixture against Merstham.

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Tonight's vet's match against Plumpton Athletic has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Tuesday 8th January 2008 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Tonight's reserve match against Horsham YMCA has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The John O'Hara Quarter Final between Hassocks and Ringmer was also called off so Wasps will have to wait a little longer to find out who they face in the semi-final next month.


STEVE Norris is hoping to add two new faces to his promotion-chasing squad after watching Wasps get back on track at Westfield on Saturday.

Grinstead returned to winning ways after dropping their first points of the season against Lingfield on Boxing Day with a convincing win at a venue which has never been a happy hunting ground for Grinstead.........[Full Match report]

Wasps' 15th league win out of 16 stretched their lead at the top of County League division two to four points and they have six games in hand on second-placed Lingfield.

But the boss is keen to improve his squad from a position of strength. He has made seven-day approaches for Wealden striker Liam Bull and goalkeeper Rob Gordon, who started the season with Crowborough before joining division three outfit Little Common.

Steve said: "Liam is training with us later this week and hopefully I can persuade him to join us and Rob, who lives locally, is looking to get back into senior football when he finishes a suspension at the end of the month. Both will give us added competition for places."

While two new faces may be coming to East Court, Steve has confirmed that Stuart Hardy's third spell with Grinstead is over and he is now expected to join Lingfield.

Norris said: "I cannot guarantee any player first-team football so Stuart is going to try his luck at Lingfield and I wish him all the best."

Grinstead will be without skipper Drew Cooney (back) striker Ben Burns (ankle) and Adam Dart, who completes a three-match suspension, when Wasps go to Seaford Town on Saturday (3pm). Drew and Ben are likely to be sidelined for another fortnight.

But Steve admits he would have been loath to change a winning team even if they had been available.

Three of Saturday's back four were teenagers but they belied their experience in tricky conditions to prevent Westfield from scoring at home for the first time this season.

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Westfield 0, East Grinstead Town 3

NORMAL service resumed at the Parish Field today as Wasps bounced back from their first league defeat of the season to open up a four-point lead at the top of County League division two.

Boss Steve Norris was without Adam Dart (suspended) and the injured Drew Cooney and Ben Burns but his side did him proud in difficult conditions to chalk up league win number 15 out of 16 against a home side who finished with nine men.........[Full Match report]

The deadlock was broken by a sensational 25-yard free-kick from Dan Sullivan which flew past Will Toal in the home goal after 24 minutes.

Driving rain and a muddy pitch did not help the flow of the game but Wasps defended superbly against a home side who failed to score at home for the first time this season.

Goalkeeper Lee Whibley was rarely troubled and Tobi Hutchinson got Grinstead's crucial second on 71 minutes when Mannie Neville's pass put him in space and he made no mistake from six yards.

Three minutes later the Westies were down to ten men when David Miller got a straight red for a two-footed lunge on Miles Neville. Westfield substitute Chris Smith had only been on the pitch five minutes when he got his marching orders for swearing at the referee in the 76th minute.

And Dave Gellatly completed an excellent Wasps' performance when he found the top left-hand corner from 20 yards with 12 minutes remaining.

Rydon man of the match: Danny Wackett - did not put a foot wrong at the back.

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Steve Norris is backing his side to bounce back from their first league defeat of the season.

A frustrating holiday programme saw Grinstead lose their 100 per cent record in their 15th Division Two game when they lost 2-1 at Lingfield on Boxing Day.........[Full Match report]

Their other three games were all postponed, including the New Year's Day trip to Pease Pottage which was called off less than two hours before kick off due to a flu epidemic in the home camp with most of the squad either at the ground or on their way.

Pottage have until next Monday to produce doctor's certificates to confirm the outbreak and failure to do so could mean Grinstead getting the three points.

Lingfield missed the chance to overtake Wasps at the top tonight when they travelled to Crawley Down and lost 3 -1. Grinstead are still a point clear with seven games in hand on Lingfield and four points clear of third-placed Littlehampton, who have also played five games more than ourselves.

Steve said: "We just weren't at the races on Boxing Day and Lingfield deserved their win, although we might have rescued a point late on. The disappointing thing is that the next two games - at Steyning on Saturday and then Pease Pottage on Tuesday - were both called off.

"We are at that stage of the season when postponements mean you are not always playing every week which is frustrating. Losing the 100 per cent record is disappointing but we would have settled for winning our first 14 games.

"When we do play again - and hopefully it will be on Saturday - I expect a positive reaction from the players."

Mannie Neville, Danny Wackett and Stuart Hardy all came off through injury at Lingfield while Ben Burns was also absent but the quartet should be available for the match at Westfield on Saturday (ko 1.45pm).

GRINSTEAD reserves return to Suburban League action on Saturday when they entertain Eastleigh in the League Cup (3pm). They have a Challenge Shield match against Horsham YMCA next Tuesday, also at East Court, kick off 7.30pm.

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Match postponed

This afternoon's scheduled match away at Pease Pottage has had a very late postponement due to an outbreak of flu amongst the Pease Pottage players.

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We would like to wish you a Happy New Year on behalf of everyone at East Grinstead Town FC.

:: Saturday 29th December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
First Team Match off

This afternoon's scheduled match away to Steyning has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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Boxing Day Blues

Lingfield 2 - 1 East Grinstead Town

Wasps were simply not at the races at Lingfield on Boxing Day and lost their 100% record. Although Grinstead can rue their two attempts late in the second half that hit the bar and the crossbar, there could be little copmplaint with the final outcome. A bad day best forgotten and focus placed on the next two matches against Steyning on Saturday and Pease Pottage on New Year's Day.

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Merry Christmas

On behalf of everyone at East Grinstead Town, A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you.

Don't forget that the lads will be in action at 11am on Boxing Day away to Lingfield. We look forward to seeing you there.

:: Thursday 20th December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lancing v East Grinstead Town - POSTPONED

Tonight's scheduled match at Shoreham against Lancing was called off at 16:40 due to a frozen pitch.

200 Club

Winners of the October and November 200 Club draws were as follows:
1st prize £80 - No 56 - S Hatswell
2nd prize £30 - No 100 - P Wheeler
3rd prize £10 - No 26 - C White

1st prize £80 - No 63 - M Playle
2nd prize £30 - No 9 - R Woolley
3rd prize £10 - No 110 - H Thomas

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Littlehampton Town 2 East Grinstead Town 6

WASPS produced another superb performance at the Sportsfield on Saturday where they demolished their third-placed hosts to stretch their lead at the top of County League division two.

Littlehampton boss Trevor Waller virtually conceded the title afterwards but although Steve Norris's side have yet to drop a league point this season after 14 games the Grinstead manager is not getting carried away.

But what pleased the boss was the quality of Grinstead's football. Their passing moves cut Littlehampton to shreds at times and the crucial second goal - a blistering volley by Tobi Hutchinson - was a contender for goal of the season.

Steve had to reshuffle his defence because of injuries and illness which robbed him of three first choices - Adam Dart, Stuart Hardy and skipper Drew Cooney.

But Michael Belli slotted in comfortably at rightback while Miles Neville, brother of Mannie, had an excellent first-team debut on the left-hand side. With Marc Pelling in the centre of defence, Wasps had three players aged 19 or under in their back four.

Norris said: "When the side is full of confidence it is a lot easier to bring in young players but these lads are good enough in their own right and it bodes well for the future of the club.

"I was really pleased with our commitment. We knew it was a big game and our attitude was first class - we scored some great goals."
.........[Full Match report]

Steve hopes to have everyone except the suspended Adam Dart, who starts a three-match ban, available for the Boxing Day derby at second-placed Lingfield (11am). Before then, Wasps face Lancing on Thursday at Shoreham FC, ko 7.30pm.

It's the first of four games in 12 days over the Christmas period, all of them away from home. There has been a change in opponents for the fixture on Saturday 29th December - Wasps now play Steyning.

Norris said: "We have four tough games but hopefully we will have virtually a full-strength squad to choose from which will be important because the matches come thick and fast."

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Littlehampton 2, East Grinstead Town 6

Wasps stretched their lead at the top of Division Two after completing the double over fellow promotion contenders Littlehampton with an emphatic 6 - 2 win. Grinstead's scorers were Tom Saunders, two from Tobi Hutchinson the first one a real goal-of-the-season, a Mannie Neville penalty, Dave Gellatly and Dan Sullivan [Match report to follow]. The win ensures Grinstead maintain their 100% league record with 14 wins out of 14.

The reserves went out of the Sussex Intermediate Cup to Arundel on penalties. The match was 2 - 2 after 90 minutes, 3 - 3 after extra time and the visitors clinched their passsge into the next round 4 - 3 on penalties.

:: Tuesday 11th December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Trials for Wasps Under 14s

Wasps' Under 14s are looking for young talented footballers. If you consider yourself a defender, midfielder, striker, or goal keeper - and would like to join us on Wednesday evenings for our new Coerver Football Coaching sessions - please call Team Manager Simon Parrett on 07740 541445 or Team Coach David Morris-Clarke on 07725 462094. We play in the Horsham League on Saturday mornings, our home pitch is at East Court and if you have the skills, speed and determination to win, please call us today.

:: Sunday 9th December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rearranged fixtures

Grinstead will now be playing Littlehampton away next Saturday and the following week's fixture against Lancing will now be played at Shoreham on Thursday 20th December (ko 7:45).

Yesterday's Sussex Intermediate cup match between Grinstead Reserves and Arundel will now be played next Saturday, 15th December (ko 1.30pm)

:: Saturday 8th December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves match v Arundel off

Following a pitch inspection at 12:15, today's Sussex Intermediate Cup match at East Court has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Third Team and Fourth Team matches have also been postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

:: Thursday 6th December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crawley Down match off

Tomorrow night's scheduled Division Two match against Crawley Down has been postponed.

The East Court pitch at 6pm tonight was just playable but would not hold up to two matches on consecutive days. The Sussex County FA have given priority to Saturday's Intermediate Cup 3rd round match and therefore there has been no alternative but to postpone tomorrow night's match. If the rain that is still forecast does materialise, then Saturday's match may well also be in jeopardy. Updates will be posted here.

Mid Sussex Council have postponed all matches this weekend at East Court, King George's Field and Mount Noddy so none of our junior teams will be in action at home.

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Tonight's scheduled Under 18s match against Lingfield has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Their next scheduled match is away to Horley Town on Wednesday 19th December (ko 7:30pm)

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Worthing 2, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps earned the praise of Worthing boss Alan Pook tonight for their display and the manner in which they played football throughout the match. Steve Norris had to make a number of changes in his line up and Aaron Denver made his first start coming in at right back with Stuart Hardy slotting in at left back to replace the injured Adam Dart. Michael Belli replaced Mannie Neville who came off early on in the match on Saturday with a groin strain.

Grinstead soaked up some early pressure from their Ryman League opponents and successfully kept them at bay until the 26th minute when a cross from the right was met by Terry Dodd who beat Marc Pelling and Lee Whibley to the ball and slotted it home. Grinstead fought back and put the home side under pressure for the last ten minutes of the first half. Stuart Hardy came the closest to grabbing an equaliser when he saw the Worthing keeper Rikki Banks out of position and his long range effort beat Banks but just scraped past the upright.

Worthing's second goal after 76 minutes was bizarre to say the least. Whibley lost control of a ball that had been played across to him and a Worthing attacker pounced on it, appeared to be slightly held back by Whibley as he tried to recover, but the referee played advantage and with an empty net, the attacker hit the post. The referee then awarded a free kick and booked the Grinstead keeper. The resultant free kick was well blocked but the loose ball fell to Jamie Brotherton who found the back of the net.

A good display by Grinstead against a good young Worthing side. The lads can now concentrate on their next league encounter at home on Friday against local rivals Crawley Down.

:: Monday 3rd December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Four games coming up in the next 5 days

Wasps go into their Sussex Senior Cup tie against Ryman League Worthing tomorrow night (ko 7:30pm) full of confidence after their win on Saturday against Division One Hailsham Town, their 12th straight win..... [Full Match report] Boss Steve Norris is keen that his side put on a good display against Worthing who are two leagues above Wasps. The match is sure to be keenly contested and will be a good test for Grinstead to see how they can perform against a side 38 places above them in the league pyramid. For directions to the ground click here.

Wasps return to league action on Friday night at East Court in a local derby against Crawley Down (ko 7:30pm).

The Reserves visit Tonbridge Angels in the Suburban League on Tuesday evening(ko 7:45pm). They then host Arundel Reserves in the Sussex Intermediate Cup on Saturday at East Court (ko 3pm)

:: Saturday 1st December 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Hailsham 0

A cracking cup quarter file at East Court this afternoon between two very evenly matched sides..... [Full Match report]

Hailsham just edged the first half with the pace of Dan Leach, currently on loan from Eastbourne Borough, causing the Grinstead defence problems with his pace and on 3 occasions he got clear of the defence but his finishing didn't match his approach play. Simon Stevens also saw his well struck shot from the edge of the box hit the underside of the bar.

Grinstead improved in the second half and took the lead midway through the half with a great move down the left ending with top scorer Tom Saunders firing past Tanner in the Hailsham net.

Hailsham pushed forward in search of the equlaiser but were caught out on the break when Adam Dart, who had another cracking game, floated over a perfect cross for Saunders who hit a sweet volley at the far post.

The game ended on a sour note however, when while Grinstead were celebrating a fight broke out on the halfway line which eventually saw Matt Smith of Hailsham and Dart of Grinstead being sent off.

Twelth win on the spin for Grinstead in all competions and on this showing if they do get promoted this season they will more than hold their own in Division One next season

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Tonight's Under 18s match away to Oakwood has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Tuesday 27th November 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town v Worthing

Wasps' 3rd round away tie in the Sussex Senior Cup against Ryman League Worthing has been rescheduled to Tuesday 4th December (ko 7:30pm). Entry: £8 adults; £4 senior citizens; children Under 16 free (if accompanied by a paying adult). For directions to the ground click here.

This Saturday, Wasps face Division One Hailsham Town in the Quarter Final of the John O'Hara Cup at East Court (ko 3pm). Steve Norris said: "We are really looking forward to the Hailsham game. They are a good first division side and it will be a test for us. But we are full of confidence at the moment and any team coming to East Court must know they are in for a hard game."

The Under 18s are away to Oakwood this Thursday in the Southern Youth League (ko 7:45pm).

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East Grinstead Town 4, Mile Oak 1

THIRTEEN proved anything but unlucky for Wasps on Saturday as they maintained their 100 per cent league record with one of their best displays of the season..... [Full Match report]

A 13th win, and defeats for three of their promotion rivals, has given Grinstead an eight-point cushion at the top of County League division two.

Steve Norris's men were always in control after Tom Saunders' 16th-minute goal and only some wayward finishing prevented them from winning more easily.

Norris said: "We controlled the game in the first half and got our third straight after the break. In a way that didn't help us because we relaxed and sat back although we always looked as if we could score more goals. If I was being ultra critical I was disappointed that we didn't keep a clean sheet but I can't really complain. It's a fantastic achievement not only to win 13 out of 13 in the league but also to win 11 out of our last 12 games. Confidence in the squad is sky-high and when we get everyone fit, which should not be long now, then I am going to have some real selection headaches."

Skipper Drew Cooney went off at half-time with a slight leg strain but he should be available for Saturday's League Cup quarter-final against first division Hailsham at East Court (3pm).

Dave Gellatly, who trained before last Saturday's game, could also be back in contention after serving a one-match suspension but Richard Foyle is still banned.

Norris added: "We are really looking forward to the Hailsham game. They are a good first division side and it will be a test for us. But we are full of confidence at the moment and any team coming to East Court must know they are in for a hard game."

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East Grinstead Town 4, Mile Oak 1

Wasps kept their 100% record in the league with a 13th straight win this afternoon. Two first half goals from Tom Saunders followed by one each from Ben Burns and substitute Michael Belli secured all three points and with Littlehampton and Rustingtom both losing, neighbours Lingfield move into second place, eight points behind Grinstead who have 4 games in hand. [Match report to follow]

With Ryman League Worthing drawing their FA Trophy tie against Dorchester today and the replay being played next Tuesday, our scheduled Sussex Senior Cup match has been postponed to a later date.

:: Friday 23rd November 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sussex Senior Cup

Kick off time for next Tuesday's 3rd round away tie in the Sussex Senior Cup against Ryman League Worthing will now be 7:30pm. Entry: £8 adults; £4 senior citizens; children Under 16 free (if accompanied by a paying adult). For directions to the ground click here.

Wasps reserves' Sussex Intermediate Cup 3rd Round home tie against Arundel Reserves has been moved forward a week by the Sussex County FA to the 8th December. This will mean three matches in three days at East Court - can only hope the weather is kind to us and that the pitch will not suffer irreparable damage.

:: Monday 19th November 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

WASPS chalked up their tenth successive win at East Court on Saturday - and gave boss Steve Norris a nice selection headache in the process.

Norris freshened up his side for the 2-1 win over Midhurst, leaving out defenders Marc Pelling and Adam Dart and his regular front two Ben Burns and Tom Saunders.

But the players who came in all made an impression as Grinstead secured a home quarter-final in the League Cup against first division Hailsham.

Aaron Zimmatore, who partnered Simon Funnell in attack, scored Wasps' equaliser while youth team skipper Michael Belli produced an eye-catching performance in midfield alongside Mannie Neville..... [Full Match report]

Norris said: "I thought we'd looked a bit heavy-legged in our last league win against Broadbridge Heath so I took the chance to freshen things up and it proved we have real strength in depth in the squad. You would never have thought Michael was only making his first first-team start this season. He gave us real energy and passed the ball well. Aaron has been playing well for the reserves and took his chance and defensively we looked solid. We deserved to win. I thought we played some good football against a decent side and the people who turned up to watch must have enjoyed it."

Wasps bid to extend their 100 per cent league record at home to Mile Oak on Saturday (3pm) when they will be looking for a 13th victory in County League division two.

Dave Gellatly and Richard Foyle miss out through suspension but with Ben Rainbow and Andy Turner back in training, Norris almost has a full squad to choose from.

Maintaining their league form is priority, but Norris is also looking forward to the Sussex Senior Cup third round tie away to Ryman League Worthing tomorrow week (Tuesday 27th November 7.45pm).

He added: "That will be a test of how far we have progressed. It's a game everyone at the club is looking forward too."

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Broadbridge Heath 0, East Grinstead Town 1

WASPS made it 12 league wins out of 12 tonight with a hard-fought success at Broadbridge Heath.

Steve Norris's men have opened up an eight-point lead at the top of County League division two thanks to a goal from Tobi Hutchinson midway through the second half.

It was one of Grinstead's least convincing performances of the season so far and the home side, whose manager Mark Wright was on the coaching staff at East Court a decade ago, would have some justification in feeling that his hardworking side deserved to be the first team to take points off his old club..... [Full Match report]

:: Monday 12th November 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

PROUD boss Steve Norris saluted his players as Wasps became the only senior non-league side in England with a 100 per cent league record.
Saturday' ultimately comfortable 3 - 0 win over Southwick made it 11 out of 11 for Grinstead as they maintained their five-point lead at the top of County League division two.
Norris said: "I can sometimes be hard on the players but it is difficult to criticise a team with a record as good as ours. The players have been superb and they are desperate to keep the run going as long as possible."
Wasps took 56 minutes to break down a well-organised Southwick side but two goals from Tom Saunders and Dan Sullivan's free-kick earned them a seventh successive win in all competitions.
Norris added: "Southwick stopped us playing in the first half and closed us down really well, I was impressed with them. But they ran out of steam a bit and once we scored the game opened up and we exploited the extra space..... [Full Match report]
"I was pleased for Tom, who had a barren spell but has now scored four goals in three games and I was delighted we kept a clean sheet - that is something I want more of."
Skipper Drew Cooney returned after two games out with a hip injury although Dave Gellatly (dead leg) was sidelined once again. Gellatly is struggling to return for Tuesday's league game at Broadbridge Heath, although Norris expects him to be available on Saturday when Wasps play Midhurst in the third round of the John O'Hara League Cup at East Court (3pm).
Long-term injury victims Andy Turner and Ben Rainbow are back in training but Richard Foyle starts a three-match ban against Mile Oak on November 24 while Gellatly is also suspended for that game.

:: Saturday 10th November 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Southwick 0

Grinstead's victory this afternoon makes it 11 wins out of 11 and they are the only team in the whole of the English Pyramid with a 100% league record.

However, Wasps were made to work hard by a well organised Southwick side who belied their lowly postion particualy in the first half when they were the better team.

Grinstead went ahead through a good strike from Tom Saunders just past the hour mark and he notched his tenth of the season with about fifteen minutes remaining after a good flowing move with Tobi Hutchinson delivering a superb ball to Saunders on the edge of the six yard box for him to head home powerfully. Dan Sullivan made the score a bit flattering at the death with a well executed free-kick. [Full match Report to follow)

Southwick were impressive stopping Grinstead playing for long spells but just seemed to lack a cutting edge up front.

Wasps travel to Broadbridge Heath on Tuesday to try and make it a perfect dozen (kick off 7:45pm)

Grinstead Reserves won their Sussex Intermediate Cup 2nd round tie against Predators, 2 - 1 and will play Arundel Reserves in the 3rd Round on 15th December at East Court..... [Full Match report]

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East Grinstead Town U18s 3, Hayes & Yeading 2

Wasps Under 18s grabbed a place in the next round of the Southern Youth League Cup with a late winner from Michael Belli.
Wasps had gone ahead early on through a penalty clinically finished by Alex Thompson. Hayes pressure paid off when they equalised early in the second half and then went ahead through a further penalty.
Wasps did not give up and drew level through Simon Walter with only five minutes left. With the game looking like going into extra time, Belli clinched victory following a free kick which was met by Chris Smith, whose header was saved by the visitors' keeper but he failed to hold onto the ball and Belli was the first to react and side footed into the net.

:: Tuesday 6th November 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3 - 2 Wealden

WASPS made it ten wins out of ten in County League division two at East Court tonight, although they were made to work by a spirited Wealden side.

The game seemed over when Tom Saunders made it 3-0 four minutes after the break and at that stage Wasps could have been out of sight after a superb first-half performance.

But Wealden threw on three subs, committed more men to attack and two goals in eight minutes made it a far more uncomfortable last 12 minutes for Grinstead than it should have been.

Overall, however, they were deserved winners. Boss Steve Norris said: "I thought for 30 minutes in the first half we played some superb football and could have scored more goals. Every side is going to have a decent spell in a game, especially a team as good as Wealden. We let in a couple of sloppy goals and didn't retain possession as well as we had done but I thought we were worthy winners in the end."..... [Full Match report]

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Rye United 0, East Grinstead Town 2

WASPS passed another big test on Saturday when they beat first division opposition to set up a trip to Ryman League Worthing in the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup.

Ben Burns and the recalled Tom Saunders got the goals at either end of the game and Rye finished the match with ten men after Steve Prodger was sent off for foul and abusive language.

Prodger was protesting about Saunders' 85th-minute clincher, claiming that he had gone through to score from an offside position.

There were no complaints from Grinstead of course, not least Saunders whose seventh goal of the season was also his first for 11 games...... [Full Match report]

That came against the same opponents at East Court when Rye won 2-1 in the RUR Cup back in September.

But despite missing injured skipper Drew Cooney (hip) and striker Simon Funnell (calf), this was a much stronger Grinstead side and they thoroughly deserved their sixth successive win in all competitions.

Boss Steve Norris said: "There were not too many chances at either end but I thought we defended really well against a side with lots of experience up front."

Norris was particularly pleased that Saunders ended his goal drought.

"As an ex-striker myself I know how frustrating it can be when the chances don't go in. But Tom has never let his head drop - he has continued to work hard and the finish he produced was typical of him. Hopefully he will go on a run now."

Norris added: "It was a good test for us against a first division side and we have come through with flying colours and we can now look forward to going to Worthing and hopefully giving a good account of ourselves."

Wasps return to league action on Tuesday night when they entertain Wealden, kick off 7.30pm at East Court.

Wealden also beat first division opposition on Saturday when they won 1-0 at Pagham in the League Cup while it needed an injury-time goal from Saunders to secure three points when we won at Wealden in August.

Boss Steve Norris hopes that Cooney and Funnell will have recovered from their knocks to return to the squad.

Norris said: "It will be another tough 90 minutes but Wealden are a good footballing side so it should be a good game to watch."

The town's annual Fireworks Display was again hosted by East Grinstead Town FC at its East Court Ground and sponsored by Waitrose. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all its visitors. They were treated to a first-class display by Aurora Fireworks as well as being entertained by the East Grinstead Football Acadamy, East Grinstead Sparx Cheer Leaders / Dance Troupe with music and commentary from Meridian FM. There were children's rides, food stalls from East Grinstead Lions Club, Nizam Indian Restaurant and EG Charcoal Grill with the club providing a fine selection of real ale, mulled wine etc. Even the local Fire Brigade came along with a display. A true East Grinstead community event, which was opened by the town mayor and the local Waitrose store manager. [Click here for photos] More photos can be viewed at www.firstfocusphoto.com

Unfortunately, the attendance figures were some 1,000 less than last year despite the extremely good weather. Quite a few people appear to have made their way to other heavily advertised displays outside of East Grinstead, one of which had to again postpone its display at the last minute by 24 hours for technical reasons. We would of course welcome back any disappointed local families to our community based value-for-money display next year.

:: Monday 29th October 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Seaford Town 1

WASPS go into November as one of only two teams in the country still boasting a 100 per cent league record.

But manager Steve Norris admitted his side were fortunate to secure a ninth straight win on Saturday.

It looked like being a comfortable afternoon when first-half goals from Ben Burns and Dave Gellatly put Grinstead in control.

Tom Saunders missed a great chance just after coming off the bench to score a third and moments later Liam Keith reduced the deficit. And Seaford almost got the equaliser they felt they deserved in the dying minutes when Archie Macabi rounded Lee Whibley but hit the side netting.

Norris said: "It was one of our least convincing performances and Seaford could easily have picked up a point. But I am not complaining. It is a sign of a good team when we can not play that well but still pick up a victory."...... [Full Match report] [Match photos]

Grinsteadıs best player was central defender Marc Pelling. The 19-year-old, who has come through the youth ranks at East Court, won everything in the air and was composed with the ball at his feet.

Norris added: "Marc was exceptional and we needed him to be at times. The other positives were that we scored two excellent goals and when we had to we defended well as a team." Grinsteadıs lead at the top of County League division two is now five points and they are at home again on Tuesday 6th November when promotion rivals Wealden visit East Court (7.30pm).

Wasps won there with an injury-time goal earlier in the season and it will be another tough test. But itıs a situation Norris and his players are having to get used too.

He added: "Every side who comes here will raise their game ­ that's what you have to expect when you are top and it is something we will have to deal with." Before then Grinstead have the opportunity to avenge an early-season RUR Cup defeat when they visit Rye United on Saturday in the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup (3pm). A visit to Ryman League Worthing will give both sides extra incentive.

:: Tuesday 23rd October 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps went back to the top of County League division two after maintaining their 100 per cent record with an eighth successive win on Saturday.

And their hopes of a return to the top flight received a further boost when boss Steve Norris confirmed afterwards that he had signed Stuart Hardy.

Hardy has signed on for a third spell at East Court - nine years after making his debut. He went on to make more than 150 appearances for Grinstead before becoming part of Horsham's climb up the Ryman League. He started last season with another Ryman outfit - Whyteleafe - but left the club after a change of manager and has been out of the game since.

Hardy made most of his Grinstead appearances as a goalscoring central midfielder although he showed his versatility by playing at leftback for Horsham.

The 29-year-old took part in a practice match involving Grinstead's reserves and third teams before watching Wasps beat Storrington thanks to goals from Mannie Neville, Ben Burns and Dave Gellatly. He is due to play for the reserves at Three Bridges tonight.

Norris said: "Stuart probably needs two or three reserve games to get his match fitness but he is a naturally fit lad anyway.

"From what I have seen he is really up for it. He is impressed with what we have done to the ground and wants to be part of what we are trying to achieve so I'm delighted to have him on board."

With Matt Bradford due to also play at Bridges, after recovering from the ankle injury he sustained against Herne Bay nine weeks ago, Norris is close to having a full-strength squad available. Only Andy Turner (knee) and Ben Rainbow (broken toe) are out of action at the moment.

He was able to leave Gellatly, who did not train last week because of 'flu, on the bench on Saturday before he came on to score the clinching third goal.

Norris added: "There were three or four lads suffering from it the previous week when we beat Broadbridge Heath who probably should not have played. I can understand why they did because we have such a strong squad now that they don't want to lose their place. From my perspective, it is great to have so many players available."

Storrington played their part in an entertaining 90 minutes at East Court and Lee Whibley had to make two excellent saves in the space of three second-half minutes to deny Richard Ayres and Sam Witherden....... [Full Match report] [Match photos]

"They were the best Storrington team I have seen and will definitely take points off other teams this season," said Norris. "They tried to play football which helped us but I always felt we had another gear to find if we'd needed too."

Grinstead will need to be at their best again this Saturday when they entertain a Seaford side who knocked them out of the Division Two Cup last month. The league game kicks off at East Court at 3pm.

Norris added: "We can expect another hard game. Every team who plays us will need no motivating to try and be the first side to take points off us but the players are proud of their unbeaten record. We know we are going to slip up at some stage but they are determined to keep it going as long as possible."

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East Grinstead Town 3, Storrington 1

Wasps maintained their 100% record with a good win over a spirited Storrington side this afternoon at East Court.

Grinstead went two up inside twenty minutes with goals from Ben Burns and Mannie Neville and went further ahead thorough substitue Dave Gellatly just after the hour.

Storrington however played some good football and they got a deserved consolation through Adam Palmer....... [Full Match report] [Match photos]

Boss Steve Norris will be looking to extend the run to nine straight wins next Saturday at East Court against Seaford.

:: Tuesday 16th October 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps through in cup - but boss is far from happy

PROGRESS to the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup - and a trip to first division Rye - was about the only comfort boss Steve Norris could glean from Saturday's game.

Wasps should have put the game to bed without the need for an additional 30 minutes. They led 3-1 with six minutes to go only to concede two sloppy late goals.

In extra-time they twice led by two goals at 5-3 and 6-4, only to concede again with Chris Hughes' late penalty making the last five minutes more uncomfortable than they should have been for the visitors....... [Full Match report]

As the scoreline suggests, the defensive work by both teams left a lot to be desired with Grinstead keeper Lee Whibley responsible for two of the goals. Consolation for him, and Norris, was that it did not occur in a league game. It was a rare off day for Whibley.

Norris said: "It was like a schoolboy's game at times. For long periods they seemed to be playing four up front and that left us with lots of space to exploit. You have got to be happy with scoring six goals away from home but it wasn't one of our best defensive performances that's for sure."

As well as their six goals, Wasps also hit the woodwork four times through Saunders, twice, Burns and Marc Pelling as the scoreline threatened to match that in Paris later on in the day.

"It could have been 10-9," admitted Norris. "I have stressed all along that promotion is the priority for us this season and maybe the players got the impression that we can just take it a bit easier in the cup games. "That is not the case - wins in any competition breed confidence and we will have to play a lot better in our next two games in the league and I am confident we will."

Strong squad available for Storrington test

The injury problems which hampered Grinstead in the first few weeks of the season are beginning to ease.

Andy Turmer, out since the Seaford game five weeks ago with a knee ligament problem, resumes light training this week although it will be another month at least before he is available for selection. Ben Rainbow has a broken toe and the only cure is rest.

Other than those two, boss Steve Norris should have everyone available on Saturday for the important league game against Storrington. The Swans were 5-3 winners at Seaford last Saturday - a fourth victory of the season which lifted them into the top half of the division two table. In last season's encounters they took four points off Wasps including a victory at East Court.

Steve said: "I will be looking for a much better performance than Saturday's and I am confident of a positive response from the players. But it will not be easy - we have won every league game so far and while we have that record there is the added incentive for our next opponent to end that run."

Reserve Team Goal of the Season

We will be running a goal of the season in the Reserve Team this year. Listed below are the top three so far this season :

1st Elvis Lynn - Away to Haywards Heath - 4th September 2007
2nd Grant Rigler - Home to Colliers Wood - 25th August 2007
3rd Michael Belli - Home to Godalming Town - 13th October 2007

:: Saturday 13th October 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Broadbridge Heath 5, East Grintead Town 6 AET

Wasps made it hard work to finish off their Sussex Senior Cup First Round tie against Broadbridge Heath this afternoon. They were 3 - 1 up with 6 minutes to go having squandered chances to be further ahead, when they allowed their hosts to square the match a 3 - 3 at the end of normal time. They then went on to take a 6 - 4 lead in extra time and a dubious penalty award made it 6 - 5 with 5 minutes to go....... [Full Match report] Wasps travel to Rye United for the next round.

In the Suburban League South, the Reserves enjoyed a convincing 6 - 1 victory over Godalming Town....... [Full Match report]

:: Saturday 6th October 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Littlehampton Town 2

WASPS produced a superb second-half fightback to maintain their 100 per cent league record in an East Court thriller.[Match photos]

Trailing 2-0 after five minutes against high-flying Littlehampton, they turned it round with three second-half goals - the winner coming from young defender Marc Pelling two minutes from time....... [Full Match report]

Steve Norris's side stay second in County League division two after their seventh straight win - and Norris felt justice was done when Pelling bravely got on the end of Tobi Hutchinson's corner to power a close-range header past James Everett from inside a crowded six-yard box.

He said: "I was proud of every one of the players. We made a terrible start but the commitment and energy we showed to turn it round against one of the best sides we will play this season was very satisfying."

Grinstead are away to Broadbridge Heath in the first round of the Sussex Senior Cup on Saturday, kick off 1pm. Simon Funnell should return to the squad after missing Saturday's game because of work commitments.

Grinstead won 1-0 at Cobham in the Suburban League on Saturday thanks to Aaron Zimmatore's goal. They entertain Godalming Town this Saturday (3pm).

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East Grinstead Town Under 18s 1 - 1 Horley Town Under 18s

Wasps' Under 18s salvaged a point tonight with a late goal in a scrappy match against Horley Town. They will certainly need to up their game for next Monday's FA Youth Cup match at Tonbridge Angels (Monday 8th October, kick off 7.45 pm)

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East Grinstead Town 1 Lancing 0

STEVE Norris praised the patience of his side after they maintained their 100 per cent league record with victory over stubborn Lancing.

It looked like being a frustrating afternoon for Wasps until Simon Funnell scored his second goal of the season 15 minutes from time to lift Grinstead into second place in County League division two. Significantly perhaps, it was also their first clean sheet for seven games....... [Full Match report]

Norris said: "In the first 30 minutes we played our best football of the season and if we had scored then it could have been a difficult afternoon for Lancing. But we had to be patient and it was good to see that we didnıt panic. We kept plugging away and in the end we got what we deserved, although Lancing made it very hard for us and showed that there are no easy games in this league."

Grinstead face a stern test at East Court on Saturday against fourth-placed Littlehampton (3pm). Burns and Bradford could be in contention after making their comebacks in the reserves on Monday but Norris is unlikely to make too many changes to the starting line-up.

He said: "Saturday was the first game when we did not pick up any new injuries. When we have everyone fit there are going to be some difficult selection problems but they will be the sort every manager wants. Littlehampton will be a big test and it will be interesting to see what they are like. We have had a good start in the league but we're not getting carried away - there are still another 28 very difficult games left."

* Grinstead reserves travel to Cobham in the Suburban League on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

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Ramsgate U18s 0 - 0 East Grinstead Town U18s AET (1 - 3 on penalties)

Wasps Under 18s have progressed to the next round of the FA Youth Cup after beating Ramsgate tonight 3 - 1 in a penalty shoot out following a goalless 90 minutes and extra time. They will now face the winners of Horley Town v Tonbridge Angels in the 2nd Round Qualifying.

:: Monday 24th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
October Fixtures released

Wasps' next five scheduled matches, starting this coming Saturday, will see them at home four times in the league (see above and fixtures page)and away in the Sussex Senior Cup against Broadbridge Heath on Saturday 13th October.

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Wick 3 - 1 East Grinstead Town

WASPS gave County League leaders Wick a run for their money at Crabtree Park this afternoon before exiting the FA Vase.

Boss Steve Norris was pleased with their performance - and was happy, too, that there were no more additions to a lengthening injury list.

Norris thought his selection problems were improving until four players picked up knocks at Crawley Down last week, when Grinstead won 2-1 to make it five out of five in the league.

He had nine players unavailable on Saturday but a re-shuffled side could have earned a replay had they taken their chances....... [Full Match report]

Norris said: "Against a top Division One side I was proud and delighted with how we played. They are going to be one of the best four teams in the league this season and it showed we are not far off in what we are trying to achieve.".

Norris does expect to have a few more options on Saturday when Wasps return to league action at home to Lancing (ko 3pm).

Drew Cooney returns after serving a three-match suspension, Danny Wackett (groin) has a chance of playing and Dan Sullivan should be okay after missing the Wick game through illness.

Ben Rainbow went off with an ankle problem but should be fit after treatment but fellow defenders Chris Day and Matt Bradford (both ankle) are struggling.

Simon Funnell is another doubt with a calf strain and Tom Saunders also has an ankle problem which may keep him out. Ben Burns, who has not figured since the opening week of the season, is back in training after a thigh problem but will need to get 90 minutes under his belt in the reserves first.

Norris said: "Apart from the Wealden game, we have not played anywhere near our potential in the league yet and obviously we still have a lot of injuries. But we should have some players back on Saturday although picking the team will not be easy because the guys who came in at Wick did really well and showed once again the strength in depth we now have in the squad."

Grinstead reserves were one up at half time against visitors Walton Casuals, but couldn't hold onto the lead and it ended 2 - 1. The Third and Fourth XI both won 3 - 1.

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Crawley Down 1 - 2 East Grinstead Town

WASPS are up to second in the table after recording a fifth straight Division Two win over their local rivals. But victory came at a cost with further injuries disrupting the squad.

Danny Wackett lasted less than a minute before going off with a groin strain. His replacement, Chris Day, hobbled off with an ankle injury in the second half, while strikers Tom Saunders and Simon Funnell also picked up knocks....... [Full Match report] and [Match photos]

Wasps are involved in FA Vase action at Wick on Saturday and boss Steve Norris will hope to have a few of his injured players available for the next league game on September 29 against Lancing at East Court.

With Matt Bradford and Ben Burns not too far away from returning and Drew Cooney available again on Saturday week, Norris will soon have plenty of options although he must long for the day when he has a fully fit squad at his disposal. Only then, perhaps, will the Grinstead supporters see what their side is capable of.

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East Grinstead Town U18s 0 - 2 Lewes U18s

Wasps Under 18s lost to a very strong Lewes side tonight conceding a goal in each half following free kicks.

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Mile Oak 2 - 3 East Grinstead Town

WASPS maintained their 100 per cent league record after a late goal from Tobi Hutchinson settled an entertaining encounter at Mile Oak on Saturday.

It was not a vintage display by Steve Norris's side. A hot afternoon and bumpy pitch made it difficult for Grinstead to play their passing game but, having twice thrown away the lead, Norris was happy enough with a fourth league win which lifted his side into fifth place in Division Two....... [Full Match report]

Grinstead were able to field a much stronger side than the one knocked out of the Division Two Cup by Seaford the previous week with Danny Wackett, Adam Dart, Ben Rainbow, Tom Saunders and Simon Funnell, who was making his debut, all in the line-up.

Wasps next match is the local derby against Crawley Down at the Haven on Wednesday (ko 7.30pm).Drew Cooney completes his three-match ban in that game and now only Ben Burns, Andy Turner and Matt Bradford are still injured although Ben Rainbow (ankle) picked up a knock on Saturday.

Wasps start their FA Vase campaign on Saturday with a trip to first division Wick, kick off 3.00pm.

Wasps' reserves drew 2-2 away to leaders Corinthian Casuals in the Suburban League. On Saturday, they entertain Walton Casuals at East Court, kick off 3pm.[Full Match report]

The Under 18s' match against Lewes has been confirmed for Tuesday evening at East Court (ko 7.30pm)

:: Thursday 13th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Development Centre

Bob Wallis from East Grinstead Football Academy is delighted with the positive response to the opening of the Football Development Centre this week. Over 60 children, aged between 5 and 11 years had been invited to attend the Centre, based at Imberhorne Upper School, and this number all signed up to their first term of specialist training.

In addition the Academy, which is affiliated to East Grinstead Town Football Club, has started Saturday morning sessions for 5 and 6 year olds from Estcots School which will give these young children their first taste of football and enable them to have the opportunity to join East Grinstead Town Football Club and filter through to the Development Centre.

The Academy's Schools Programme commences this week and is providing in school Curriculum football coaching for Years 1 and 5. The first school to benifit from this programme is Estcots School in East Grinstead.

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Dorking U18s 2, East Grinstead Town U18s 3

Two goals from Michael Belli and one from Sean Leggett secured Wasps Under 18s first win of the season tonight away at Dorking.

Their next match is at home to Lewes and is scheduled for next Wednesday (ko 7.30pm) but this may be switched to Tuesday evening (updates will appear here on the website). The following Wednesday Wasps travel to Ramsgate for the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup (ko 7.45pm).

:: Tuesday 11th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
In tonight's Division Two matches, Lingfield beat Crawley Down 3 - 1 and Wealden lost at home to Peacehaven 4 - 3.

:: Monday 10th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New league fixture

Wasps now have a local derby against Crawley Down at the Haven on Wednesday 19th September, kick off 7.30pm

:: Sunday 9th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Update on Andy Turner

Doctors have reported that Andy Turner has damaged the medial collateral ligament which is located on the inside of the knee. He is in pain and on crutches and is expected to be out for six weeks. We wish him a speedy recovery.

:: Saturday 8th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Another cup, another injury

Andy Turner suffered a bad injury to his knee half way through the first half in this afternoon's Division Two Cup tie away at Seaford Town, which Wasps lost 1 - 0. We are waiting to hear the extent of the damage following tests Turner underwent at the Princess Royal hospital in Haywards Heath. He becomes another addition to the 15 First Team and Reserve players missing from today's line-ups with two suspensions and the rest through injury. Boss Steve Norris, who couldn't be at Seaford today, could not believe it when he was advised of the injury soon after it occurred....... [Full Match report]

Referee Cox's decision-making baffled both sides and hardly contributed to a free-flowing spectacle but after a disappointing afternoon Grinstead were just relieved that league points were not at stake.

They are this Saturday when they travel to Mile Oak (ko 3pm). The injury list is slowly clearing up and manager Steve Norris, should have some more options.

Simon Funnell began his comeback after six weeks out with a calf injury by playing for the reserves in their 1-0 home defeat by Tonbridge Angels on Saturday and while Cooney sits out this weekend's game because of his three-match ban, Rainbow is available after suspension.

:: Thursday 6th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture change

Wasps now play Mile Oak away on 15th September as a result of Steyning playing in the RUR Cup.

The Vets drew 2 - 2 with club sponsor Rydon in a friendly at East Court tonight.

:: Tuesday 4th September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Haywards Heath Town Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 1

A quite outstanding goal from Elvis Lynn, 10 minutes from time, gave Wasps a deserved point in this Suburban League clash....... [Full Match report]

:: Sunday 2nd September 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

PROMOTION is the priority for Wasps this season - but that did not stop boss Steve Norris reading the riot act to his squad after they went out of the RUR Cup to first division opposition on Saturday....... [Full Match report]......[Match photos]

Tom Saunders scored his sixth goal of the season but the visitors were deserved winners against a Grinstead side lacking their usual spark.

Norris's squad has been tested to its limits by injuries in the opening three weeks of the season and he was again without six first-teamers. But the manager felt those in possession of the shirts could have done a bit more.

He said: "Promotion is what we are after this season so the cups can be an unwanted distraction. But I don't like losing any game and for me there wasn't enough effort from the guys.

"A few of our injured players are on their way back soon but after Saturday some of the players in the side could be struggling to stay in it. As a former player myself I know you cannot give a great performance every week. But we need 100 per cent effort if nothing else and a few didn't give us that. We told the players as much afterwards and I am confident it was a one-off."

Norris was able to report better news on the injury front. Ben Burns (thigh) and Matt Bradford (ankle) should be fit for a reserve-team outing on Saturday. Tobi Hutchinson (calf) is due to play for the reserves at Haywards Heath on Tuesday and Simon Funnell will resume full training next week after returning from holiday.

Midfielder Mannie Neville suffered a thigh injury in last Tuesday's 3-2 League Cup win over Redhill and was absent on Saturday, but he should be fit for Saturday's Division Two Cup first round trip to Seaford Town (3pm).

Defender Adam Dart, who hurt his ankle against Redhill, was also missing against Rye and will be sidelined for 7-10 days.

Rye, boasting a side with plenty of players experienced at a higher level than the County League, were good value for their win.

Norris was pleased to see Saunders continue his goalscoring form and was impressed with the industry of Dan Sullivan in midfield and commitment of captain Drew Cooney in his last appearance before he starts a three-match ban.

Ben Rainbow had a steady full debut at rightback but the former Sevenoaks player will also be absent on Saturday due to a one-match ban.

:: Tuesday 28th August 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3 - 2 Redhill

Dave Gellatly's goal two minutes from time against first division opponents Redhill earned Wasps a 3rd round John O'Hara League Cup tie against Midhurst.

Mannie Neville put Grinstead ahead eight minutes into the second half. Redhill then went 2 - 1 up before two goals from Gellatly secured the tie..........[Full Match report]

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Wealden 0 - 1 East Grinstead Town

A last minute goal from Tom Saunders secured all three points for Wasps tonight..........[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 21st August 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Herne Bay 3

Wasps were knocked out of the FA Cup in tonight's replay at East Court........ [Full Match report]

:: Sunday 19th August 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Herne Bay 0, East Grinstead Town 0


INJURIES to Matt Bradford and Tobi Hutchinson took some of the gloss off a battling performance by Wasps in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday........ [Full Match report]

Central defender Bradford is likely to be missing for a month after injuring his ankle while Hutchinson is out for 7-10 days with a dead leg.

Despite those setbacks, Wasps acquitted themselves well against their Kent League opponents and boss Steve Norris felt they deserved the replay at East Court on Tuesday, kick off 7.30pm.

He said: "It was a good performance, we showed real battling qualities. Herne Bay were physical and robust which is what we expected but we stood up to them well, although the replay will be just as tough. Losing Matt and Tobi is a blow - it will be a minor miracle if they make the replay."


Grinstead will add a new face to the squad this week when defender Ben Rainbow completes his move from Sevenoaks Town on Tuesday and Steve said he could even be in the squad for a tough-looking league game at Wealden this Friday (7.45pm).

We are down to second after briefly leading the division two table following last Tuesday's 10-3 demolition of Pease Pottage. Littlehampton are top with three wins out of three after they stuck seven past Pottage on Saturday.


In their Suburban League opener against Conference side Salisbury City, Wasps' reserves lost 5-0 after holding their opponents at 0-0 for 65 minutes.

Aaron Denver wasted a good chance on the hour when he fired straight at the keeper and Dan Sullivan was denied by the post from a free-kick and then hit the bar with the rebound. In the end, the visitors' superior fitness told.

Manager Phil Major said: "I was without four players - Brian Tilley, Andy Stonley, Miles Neville and Michael Belli - who would have been involved and for an hour we acquitted ourselves really well. They were just fitter than us."

The reserves entertain Three Bridges on Wednesday (7.30pm) and Colliers Wood United (Saturday, 3pm).

The under-18s warmed up for their Southern League opener against Oakwood next week with a 7-1 win over Edenbridge on Saturday.

:: Wednesday 15th August 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 10, Pease Pottage 3

WASPS are setting the early pace in County League division two after they romped to one of the biggest wins in the club's history on Tuesday.

Struggling Pease Pottage were no match for a rampant Grinstead side even though Steve Norris's men played for an hour with ten men........ [Full Match report]

:: Saturday 11th August 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page


SUBSTITUTE Chris Day was an unlikely match-winner as Wasps began the new season with a thrilling win over promoted Rustington at East Court on Saturday.

Despite leading 3-1 with an hour played, it looked as if we would have to settle for a point.

But in injury time, Drew Cooney headed Andy Turner's corner back into the danger area and Day showed the prowess of a striker to turn and volley the ball through a crowd of players and past goalkeeper Andy McCarthy - much to the relief of his team-mates and boss Steve Norris.

"It was a great game for the supporters but not for managers," said Steve. "We made some basic errors which cost us goals and our defending does need to improve.

"But there were lots of positives as well, not least that we shared the goals around. At times we played some lovely football and if we had taken one of the chances we created when it was 3-1 then the game would have been over.

"We didn't and it looked like a draw but Chris did so well. If we can cut out the errors we have definitely got a chance of doing something this season."
....... [Full Match report]
[Match photos]


Steve is hoping to strengthen his squad this week by signing defender Ben Rainbow from Kent League side Sevenoaks Town.

He said: "Ben will add to the squad and I hope to sign him after Tuesday's home game against Pease Pottage (7.30) and possibly on Monday."

The holidaying Dan Sullivan and Marc Pelling are missing on Tuesday while Steve will not know the extent of Tobi Hutchinson's ankle injury until after it settles down over the weekend.

Simon Funnell has torn a calf and is out for four weeks. He watched Saturday's win over Rustington.

Sullivan and Pelling should be available for Saturday's FA Cup trip to Herne Bay (3pm).

:: Wednesday 8th August 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Burgess Hill 1 - 3 East Grinstead Town

Wasps finished off their pre season friendlies with a strong performance against Burgess Hill tonight. Two cracking first half goals from Tom Saunders and Andy Turner following good build up play put the vistors in the driving seat at half time. The home side were awarded a penalty in the second half which they failed to convert and then sub Zac De Cambre put Grinstead 3 - 0 up. Burgess Hill pulled a goal back late on.

Meanwhile, Wasps reserves beat Danehill 3 - 2 in their friendly.

:: Tuesday 7th August 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

BOSS Steve Norris has warned his side face a difficult start to the new County League campaign against promoted Rustington at East Court on Saturday.

The visitors were runaway winners of Division Three last season and their side boasts bags of experience of a higher standard of football.

"Who knows," said Steve. "We could be playing one of our rivals for promotion in the first game of the season.

"They have only lost one league game in the last two years which is a phenomenal record and have had some good pre-season results. It is their first match in senior football and they won't need any extra motivation.

"I will be stressing that to the players on Saturday - we are going to have to be at our best to get off to a winning start."

Steve, however, has plenty of confidence in his new-look team with five of his summer signings expected to be in the squad for Saturday.

The only absentees are Dan Sullivan, who is suspended for the opening fixture, and striker Simon Funnell who is likely to have his first pre-season run out tomorrow in Grinstead's final friendly against Burgess Hill after recovering from a niggling calf injury.

Defender Marc Pelling is also missing because he is on holiday.

Last season Grinstead would have been stretched to cover those absences but Norris has strengthened in all areas of the team this summer and has assembled a squad of 18 players all capable of challenging for a first-team shirt.

He said: "It's been a good pre-season. We have managed to recruit well, the players have enjoyed the training and are looking very fit and the commitment has been excellent.

"We're really looking forward to the start of the season now. We have two home games against Rustington and then Pease Pottage next Tuesday (7.30pm) and the aim is obviously to start off with two wins, although both games are going to be really hard tests."

Last season's top scorer Ben Burns scored in his first friendly run-out last Saturday in the 2-1 home defeat by Ryman League Horsham while defender Matt Bradford, whose pre-season has also been affected by injury, is expected to get 90 minutes under his belt against Burgess Hill.

Burns netted after his penalty, awarded for a foul on Kevin Wright by Tom Graves, had been parried by Horsham goalkeeper Alan Mansfield.

Norris described it as an excellent workout for his side whom he felt had got better as the game wore on.

He said: "Horsham moved the ball quickly and kept possession well but I thought we edged the second half against a very good side. We looked a lot fitter and although the result was not important I was pleased with a lot of aspects of our performance."

Grinstead thought they had grabbed a late equaliser but Tobi Hutchinson's header was ruled out for offside. Lewis Taylor (12) and Yinka Saliva (65) got Horsham's goals.


The club's new £107,000 stadium redevelopment will be officially opened before the start of Saturday's game.

The project - which has involved the construction of two new stands, one of them seated, new ground and pitch perimeter fencing as well as improved access paths and new dugouts - has been completed in just ten weeks by local firm Brinkwell Construction.

Representatives from the club's funding partners - the Football Foundation, Mid Sussex and East Grinstead Town councils, East Grinstead War Memorial Ltd and the Gatwick Airport Community Trust will be in attendance along with mayor Ian Dixon and guests from the Sussex County Football League and club sponsors the Rydon Group.

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "Everyone at the club should feel very proud of what we have achieved and I'm confident our supporters and everyone who comes to East Court this season will be impressed with the work we have done."

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Work nearing completion on new 100 seater stand East Grinstead Town 1 - 2 Horsham

WASPS put on a good display against their Ryman Premier League opponents in this afternoon's friendly at East Court.

The match was a tough workout for Grinstead, and although dominated by a strong Horsham line up for long spells, they stuck to their task well and could have grabbed a late equalizer when Tobi Hutchinson had a header ruled out for offside.

Ben Burns scored for Grinstead after his initial penalty was saved by former Three Bridges keeper Alan Mansfield.

Wasps have one more friendly away to Burgess Hill on Wednesday (ko 7.30pm), before starting off their league campaign against newly promoted Rustington on Saturday at East Court.

There will be an official opening of the upgraded facilities before Saturday's match at 2.45 with representatives from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, Mid Sussex District Council, East Grinstead War Memorial, Gatwick Airport Community Trust, East Grinstead Town Council and the Sussex County Football League as well as East Grinstead Mayor Ian Dixon.

The upgrade work will be completed in time for the league opener despite the terrible wet weather a few weeks ago, thanks to the hard work of Brinkwell Construction, a local East Grinstead company who were awarded the contract.

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Don't forget the only home pre-season game is against Ryman League premier division Horsham on Saturday, kick off 3pm. It's the first chance to see our new players and the exciting development work which is nearing completion at East Court this season. Admission is £3.

The following Saturday sees the official opening of the upgraded facilities, just before kickng off the new league campaign against newly promoted Rustington.

Under 12s

There are still opportunities to join East Grinstead Town Under 12s' squad for this coming season. To register for a trial, please contact either their new manager Paul Rimmer on 07876 790132 or email ph@rimmer41.fsnet.co.uk or coach Dave Mackintosh on 07737 758354 or email angmac0@aol.com.

:: Tuesday 31st July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
St Francis Rangers 2 - 1 East Grinstead Town

Tonight's friendly at St Francis saw Wasps play much controlled football at a good tempo and but for some misfortune should have won the match against their newly promoted Division One opponents.

Two good saves from Scott Owens rebounded straight to Scott Harris both times and the home side went in 2 - 0 up at half time. Grinstead had played some good controlled football with much of the possession and they didn't deserve to be trailing at the interval. Tobi Hutchinson had a goal disallowed for offside and just put the ball over the bar with two great attempts during the first half.

Wasps pulled one back early in the second half with a composed finish from Tom Saunders after a great ball in from Mannie Neville. Tobi Hutchinson looked to have equalised but his shot hit the underside of the crossbar bounced down and out and was adjudged not to have crossed the line.

:: Sunday 29th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
STEVE Norris has welcomed the arrival of striker Tom Saunders, his seventh pre-season signing for the club. Saunders, top scorer at Crawley Down last season, marked his debut with a goal as Wasps kicked off their pre-season friendlies with a 3-1 win over Haywards Heath last Thursday.

He joins fellow strikers Simon Funnell and Tobi Hutchinson, midfielders Nick Sullivan and Mannie Neville and defenders Chris Day and Danny Wackett at East Court as Steve tries to put together a promotion-winning squad.

Steve said: "We're delighted to have Tom on board, he is a player we tried to sign last season. He gives us another option because he is so quick and we already know he has an eye for goal."

Saunders played for 45 minutes in our second friendly against Three Bridges on Saturday which Wasps lost 2-1 to two goals in the last ten minutes after Adam Dart's terrific strike had given them a seventh-minute lead.

Norris has been happy with the way his side has settled down in the two friendlies so far.

Wackett, Neville, Hutchinson and Sullivan also made their debuts against Heath when second-half goals from Dave Gellatly and Simon Tadman secured victory.

Wackett looked comfortable at the heart of the defence and Neville seems to be an ideal foil in central midfield for Gellatly. Sullivan can operate on either flank while Hutchinson brings experience, a goal threat and good close control up front.

The only players not to figure in either of the two friendlies so far are Funnell, last season's top scorer Ben Burns and defender Matt Bradford.

Funnell was due to play on Saturday against Bridges but hurt his calf in the warm-up and was not risked. Burns has been on holiday while Bradford should be back in training this week after a foot injury.

With seven new players and Tadman looking good after missing the whole of last season with a broken leg, Norris has assembled an 18-man squad ahead of the County League division two opener at home to Rustington on August 11.

He said: "The squad has come together nicely. The difficult part now will be keeping everyone happy but I feel we need 18 players in the squad to cope with the inevitable injuries and suspensions."

Grinstead have three more friendlies before the league campaign kicks off. We are away to St Francis on Tuesday and this Saturday entertain Ryman League Horsham at East Court (3pm). It will give supporters a first glimpse of the new spectator facilities at East Court.

Norris added: "The ground is looking great and the improvements off the field have definitely helped to attract players. To be honest, we can't wait for the start of the league season."

GOALS from Elvis Lynn and Grant Rigler earned the reserves a 2-1 win over Three Bridges' second string on Saturday.

:: Saturday 28th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps played Three Bridges in a double header this afternoon at Furnace Green.

Adam Dart opened the scoring after seven minutes in the first match with a wonderful strike following a throw in. Grinstead were playing the ball around well and deserved their lead at half time.

With this being only their second pre-season match with the previous match being their win over Haywards Heath on Thursday, tiredness crept in during the last 20 minutes today. Bridges scored twice within as many minutes during this perod thanks to two huge deflections.

The reserves fell behind during the first half in their match, but goals from Elvis Lynn and Grant Rigler in the second period clinched the game for Wasps.

:: Thursday 26th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Haywards Heath 1 - 3 East Grinstead Town

Wasps played their first pre-season friendly tonight against Haywards Heath. Goals from new signing Tom Saunders, Dave Gellatly and Simon Tadman secured a 3 - 1 victory. ....... [Full Match report]

Saturday's double header against Three Bridges is being played at Furnace Green, Crawley: the first XI kick off at 2pm and the reserves at 4pm.

:: Tuesday 24th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Friendly v Haywards Heath

For those travelling to Wasps' first pre season friendly against Haywards Heath on Thursday, please note the match will take place at Great Walstead School. For directions click here

:: Sunday 22nd July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
August fixtures released

The August fixtures for the new season have just been released by the Sussex County League.

Wasps' first two matches are at home against the two newly promoted sides to Division Two -
Rustington on Saturday 11th and
Pease Pottage on the following Tuesday evening (ko 7.30pm).

These will be followed by two consecutive evening away matches -
Crawley Down on Tuesday 21st and
Wealden on Friday 24th.

Wasps will also be in FA Cup action on Saturday 18th, away at Herne Bay from the Kent League in the Extra Preliminary Round.

:: Thursday 19th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Norris signs Tobi

Boss Steve Norris clinched another new influential signing tonight. Experienced striker Tobi Hutchinson joins the Wasps after having been at Wealden last season.

Hutchinson has had various approaches from county league clubs during pre-season and played in a friendly on Tuesday for newly promoted St Francis Rangers against Eastbourne Borough where he played when they were Langney Sports. Tobi made his decision tonight following another very good training session at East Court.

Hutchinson makes it six new signings during pre-season by boss Norris who took over the reigns last October. He is still in talks with other new potential players and he is particularly pleased that nearly all of last season's squad have also re-signed.

Prospects on the pitch look very promising and coupled with the major ground improvements which are well under way, we should be in for exciting times at East Court.

:: Wednesday 18th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 8s

The club have had a number of requests for Under 8s football for the coming season and in response, it is planned to hold trials in the near future. If interested, please contact Gary Willsher on 07799 141414 or email gary.willsher@egtfc.co.uk

:: Tuesday 17th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Building on and off pitch

As the club unveiled major plans for upgrading their facilities this week, boss Steve Norris has been busy strengthening his squad for the new season.

Steve has already signed four news faces including former Brighton and Worthing striker Simon Funnell.

Mannie Neville joins Wasps from Tonbridge AngelsDan Sullivan has joined from Crawley Down and Wasps have also recruited another midfielder, Mannie Neville, from Ryman League club Tonbridge Angels. They are joined by former Crawley Town defender Danny Wackett.

Norris also reports that nearly all of last season's squad have re-signed including Dave Gellatly, skipper Drew Cooney, Matt Bradford, Ben Burns and Adam Dart as well as Simon Tadman, who missed the whole of last season with a broken leg. Chris Day has also re-signed for the Wasps after a spell at Crawley Down.

The only member of the first team squad definitely not re-signing is James Horner, who has joined the Marines.

Steve said: "The pre-season training under our new head coach Gavin Neville has gone really well. It has been hard work but enjoyable for the squad and the midweek sessions have been attracting upwards of 50 players."

"I'm delighted with the quality of the players we have signed and hopefully there will be some more new faces before the season starts."

We kick off pre-season friendlies on Thursday July 26 against Haywards Heath. Two days later Wasps face Three Bridges in a double header and visit St Francis Rangers on July 31.

The new facilities at East Court should be completed in time for the visit of Ryman League Horsham on August 4. On the 8th we visit Burgess Hill.

Meanwhile, we have been drawn at home to Rye United in the Sussex RUR Cup.

:: Monday 16th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EGTFC coaching badges

Congratulations to all the delegates that successfully completed their 1st4Sport FA Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football last weekend.

EGTFC arranged for the Sussex FA to hold the course at the club's premises and training facilities over three full days and one evening which included an Emergency Aid Course and a Safeguarding Children Workshop.

The club had extended invitations to non EGTFC members so they could benefit from taking this FA course locally as part of its aim to help 'promote football in the community' and they were pleased that three coaches from East Grinstead Athletic were part of the successful candidates.

Those from within EGTFC that earned their coaching badges were: Martin Jones and Andy Stonley who will be running this season's Under 10s, Jason Burchett and Simon Allen Under 9s, Chris Gilmore Under 11s, Rick Wales and Karen Mann Under 12 Girls, Chairman Richard Tramontin, Commercial Manager Lee Quinn, Sam Woodhouse who will be part of the team of coaches at the East Grinstead Football Academy, Chris Presland and players Ben Alexander and Paul McKenzie.

East Grinstead Town FC is an FA Standard Chartered Development Club and is committed to developing a culture in which children and young people can participate in football in a safe and enjoyable environment with qualified coaches that have the necessary skills and the required qualifications in Child Protection and First Aid and have been CRB checked.

Looking to join a team?

There are still openings for players to join EGTFC's coming season's Under 12s and the mini soccer Under 9s who want to build on the success of last season and are looking to create a second team.

If you are interested please contact:
Under 9s - Jason Burchett on 07799 218326 or email Simon@chalpak.co.uk
Under 12s - David Mackintosh on 07737 758354 or email Angmac0@aol.com

:: Friday 13th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Work progressing on new stands The Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), supporters of the Football Foundation, and the largest funder of non league football in the country, today announced a grant of £45,623 to East Grinstead Town FC.

This award will enable the club to upgrade its facilities to meet the FA's ground grading criteria - this includes a new 100 seater covered stand with wheelchair spaces, a new terraced stand, new pitch perimeter barrier, new dugouts, fencing, hardstanding and paved access. The total project is budgeted to cost £107,000 and is due to be completed by the start of the new season.

Over £95m has already been invested into 1,000 by the FSIF since its launch in July 2000, funding lower league ground improvements throughout professional and amateur game, creating a safe and modern environment for fans and players to enjoy the game.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund and Football Foundation, welcomed this latest funding initiative: "On behalf of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund I am delighted to be able to award this grant to East Grinstead Town FC.

"A vibrant community team is vital for the future of football. The Football Stadia Improvement Fund's aim is to revolutionise funding for the grass roots in the same way the professional game has been transformed over the last ten years. I pay a particular tribute to the hard work and dedication all at the club for making this funding a reality."

East Grinstead Town chairman Richard Tramontin said: "We are delighted with this award which will help us make East Court one of the best-appointed grounds in the Sussex County League. We are grateful to the FSIF for providing the funding for clubs such as ourselves to improve their facilities."

He added: "I would also like to thank Mid Sussex District Council, East Grinstead War Memorial, the Gatwick Airport Community Trust and East Grinstead Town Council for their grants. I am also pleased that we were able to award the contract to build our new facilities to a local company, Brinkwell Construction. East Grinstead is an ambitious club and we hope to take a big step forward this season with promotion to the first division."

:: Tuesday 10th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
More new signings

Steve Norris and his coaching team were again pleased with the turn-out, effort and committment at training tonight.

Norris was delighted to secure some more key signings: Simon Funnell from Oakwood and Dan Sullivan from Crawley Down with Dave Gellatly and Andy Turner both committing themselves to the club again for the coming season. Chris Day also returns after a spell at Crawley Down.

:: Monday 9th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New signings

BOSS Steve Norris has made his first new signings as he tries to build a promotion-winning team.

Norris has signed midfielder Mannie Neville from Ryman League club Tonbridge Angels and former Crawley Town defender Danny Wackett.

Neville, 24, has played first-team football for Angels while the versatile Wackett is returning to the game after a couple of years out.

Several other new faces have been attending training and Norris is confident of making more signings before the County League campaign kicks off on August 11.

Norris said: "I'm delighted to have Mannie and Danny on board. They are both quality additions to the squad."

Wasps' first training session last week attracted 56 players and several members of last season's squad, including Adam Dart, top scorer Ben Burns and captain Drew Cooney, have committed themselves to the club for the new campaign.

Grinstead play their first pre-season friendly at Haywards Heath on July 26.

:: Sunday 8th July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

We have been drawn at home to Redhill in the second round of the John O'Hara League Cup. The early stages of the competition traditionally give second division clubs a home tie against top-flight opposition and this is a decent-looking game for the Wasps. Redhill have just appointed yet another new manager. Tommy Sampson took Deal Town to the FA Vase final a few years ago and then had a successful spell as assistant manager of Horsham YMCA and you can expect him to be busy strengthening their squad this season.>br> Only four teams are playing in the first round of the Division Two Cup and unfortunately we are one of them, having been paired away to Seaford Town.
Dates for both games have yet to be arranged.

The friendly against Three Bridges on Saturday July 28 will be played as a double header at Furnace Green, kick off 2pm for the firsts.

The Sports Argus is reporting this weekend that Mick Buckingham, who left our coaching staff at the end of the season, has joined Three Bridges. Good luck to Mick in his new role at the Jubilee Field.

:: Monday 2nd July 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Norris appoints new Head Coach

WE will have a new head coach when the players start training for the new County League season tomorrow Tuesday July 3.

Boss Steve Norris has appointed Gavin Neville to the post after Micky Buckingham decided to step down.

Gavin worked with the reserves and under-18s last season and will take his first session on Tuesday when the squad return to training to prepare for the new County League campaign, which kicks off on August 11.

Steve said: "Micky has decided to take a back seat which is a shame because he did a great job for the club and I thank him for his commitment and enthusiasm.

"We are fortunate to have an excellent replacement in Gavin. I think it's a great appointment because he has got some great ideas and is respected by the players."

Training at East Court takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11am and Steve has been busy during the summer break trying to strengthen his squad for a promotion push this season.

He added: "It hasn't been much of a break to be honest because there is so much to organise and so many players to talk to. I don't want to say anything about individuals until they sign on but I am confident we will have a stronger squad in place soon."

Grinstead have arranged five pre-season friendlies, the highlight being a home game with Ryman Premier side Horsham on Saturday August 4.

We visit Haywards Heath on July 26, Three Bridges on the 28th and St Francis Rangers on the 31st. They complete their preparations away to Ryman League Burgess Hill on August 8, three days before the start of the County League campaign.

The draws in the FA competitions have not been particularly kind with Wasps away to Kent League Herne Bay in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on August 18. The winners will be at home to Mile Oak or Guildford City in the preliminary round on September 1.

In the FA Vase, Wasps visit County League first division Wick in the second qualifying round on September 22.

Other backroom appointments at East Court have seen Brian Tilley become assistant to manager Phil Major of Grinstead's Suburban League reserve team, although Brian intends to carry on playing as well. Alex Over is helping Ian Nicholls with the third XI in the Mid Sussex League.

Grinstead are also running a fourth team in the Mid Sussex League who will play in Division Nine.

The under-18s, who reached the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup last season, have been drawn away to Ramsgate or Rye & Iden in the first qualifying round of this season's competition on a date to be confirmed.

:: Saturday 30th June 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

The winners of the 200 Club draws for the last three months were as follows:
1st prize £70 - No 70 - Hazel Cowlard
2nd prize £30 - No 6 - Chris Raymond
3rd prize £16 - No 98 - Doreen Tramontin

1st prize £70 - No 94 - Lorrayne Parrett
2nd prize £30 - No 18 - John Greig
3rd prize £16 - No 43 - Damien Cherry

1st prize £70 - No 94 - Lorrayne Parrett
2nd prize £30 - No 50 - Phil Cowlard
3rd prize £16 - No 56 - Steve Hatswell

:: Monday 25th June 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

There is an opportunity for the club to step into history by registering your vote for "East Grinstead Town Football Club - East Court" in a competition for a square on East Grinstead's very own Monopoly Board.

The town is going to have its own version of the well-loved board game - with residents deciding what goes where.

The customised game would see 33 well-known scenes, such as Sackville College and the High Street, replace the celebrated London streets.

An online vote has been set up for residents to decide what they would like to see on the board and this is your opportunity to spread the word to encourage voting for the inclusion of "East Grinstead Town Football Club - East Court".

The town beat off bigger regional rivals including Guildford, Crawley and Eastbourne, which were also in the running for their own game. It is being produced by Winning Moves UK, a London-based games company which has the official license from Monopoly owners Hasbro to produce regional variations.

The game is expected to hit shop shelves - including WH Smiths, Woolworths and Waterstones in London Road - in October this year, in time for Christmas.

Winning Moves' commercial director Mark Marriott said: "We drew up a shortlist of about 30 towns the length and breadth of the UK and East Grinstead came out on top".

The man behind the campaign to get a board for the town is EGTFC's commercial manager, Lee Quinn.

To register your vote online, simply e-mail: eastgrinstead@winningmoves.co.uk proposing "East Grinstead Town Football Club - East Court" as your choice.

:: Sunday 24th June 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the 117th Annual General Meeting of East Grinstead Town Football Club to be held at the clubhouse, East Court on Monday 9th July 2007 at 7.30pm.

:: Monday 4th June 2007 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Club expands

THE junior section of East Grinstead Town FC is expanding next season with three new teams joining the club.

An under-10 and under-11 team, managed by former players Martin Jones and Bobby Wallis, have come on board and the club is fielding its first ever girls team at under-12s in the Sussex Girls League, managed by Rick Wales and Andy Blake.

The club is also strengthening its links with the new coaching initiative set up by Bobby Wallis earlier this year, East Grinstead Football Academy.

The Academy, which is affiliated to East Grinstead Town, recently provided a coaching programme for girls in local primary schools in conjunction with Mid Sussex Schools Sports Partnership. It concluded with a successful tournament at East Court.

EGFA also organised a successful Futsal tournament held over two evenings at Imberhorne School. Two sets of holiday coaching courses each have attracted around 100 boys and girls aged 6 to 12. Courses are run by qualified, CRB-checked FA coaches.

Club chairman Richard Tramontin said: "It was great to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves and a number have already signed up to join EGFA's development centres which start in September."

Details of the centres will soon appear on this website.

The academy is set up independently of East Grinstead Town FC and participation is open to all and there is no requirement for children taking part to be part of the club.

However, as a result of the enthusiasm and interest generated by these sessions from youngsters wanting to join a club, East Grinstead Town is looking to set up under 7s and under 8s teams for next season as well as girls' under 10s and under 11 teams.

However this will need volunteers to help run teams: managers, coaches and assistants. East Grinstead Town is a progressive club with a commitment to develop youth football.

It is a registered Community Amateur Sports Club and an FA Standard Chartered Development Club with registered codes of practice.

If interested in helping or to register an interest on behalf of your child in playing please contact:
Ian Watts, youth co-ordinator on 01342 327427 or by email to email ian.watts@uk.thalesgroup.com
Bobby Wallis on 01342 324583 / 07957 116198 or by email to egfa@btinternet.com.com.

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