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:: Tuesday 18th May 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

THE main awards were shared around as East Grinstead Town celebrated an ultimately successful season at their presentation dinner last Friday.

After battling against relegation for much of the season, Wasps eventually finished 15th and can look forward to a third successive year of top flight County League football for the first time since 1979.

Boss Tony Beckingham said: "When we lost 7-3 at home to Three Bridges in March it looked like curtains but the players never gave up belief and we finished the season very strongly.

"I am already looking forward to next season. We have the nucleus of a very strong squad and with some more additions in the summer I really believe we can be a force at this level. The club is set up so well off the pitch with great facilities and I'm confident we will have a team to match."

Beckingham's manager's award went to flying wingback Kieran Wilson while the Footballer of the Year, which is voted by the players, was awarded to Marc Pelling. Luke Piscina, with 17 goals, was leading scorer.

Players' player in the reserves went to defender Lee Granger while Phil Major's manager's award was collected by Scott Johnston. Both had been promoted into the first team squad by the end of the season. Leading goalscorer was Steven Major as Wasps finished fifth in the Suburban League south division, their best position in four years at this level.

Other awards:
Under-18s players' player: Dan Splarn; Manager's player: Kieron Leggett; Top scorer: Marlon Clark-Ward.
Third team players' player: Curt Bean; Manager's player: Alex Evans; Top scorer: Zac Curtis.
Fourth team players' player: Craig Pither; Manager's player: Adam Chart; Top scorer: Matt Garrett.
Club person of the year (joint): Gillian Wrintmore and Karen Mann.

:: Thursday 13th May 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
End of season pitch renovation.......

With the season barely over and following on after last weekend's Footie Fun Day, the main renovation work on the pitch at the GAC Stadium by Bourne Amenity is nearing completion.

After scarifying and power harrowing the centre of the pitch and along the touchlines, root zone was applied in selected areas and then 80 tons of sand was spread over the entire pitch.

This will be followed tomorrow by vertidraining and then the application of a pre seed fertiliser and overseeding the complete pitch.

It is expected that the playing surface will be even better than it has been over recent seasons. This current work is the sixth consecutive year of a pitch development plan, which has so far transformed the playing surface receiving praise from visiting teams such as Crystal Palace and Crawley Town and FA officials.

Discussions are taking place to again host two high profile pre-season friendlies at the GAC Stadium late in July.

The 2010/11 Division One season starts on 7th August.

:: Sunday 9th May 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Footie Fun Day 2010

East Grinstead Town Football club held their annual Footie Fun Day on Sunday at the GAC Stadium in East Court. Youngsters from Horsham, Crawley, Copthorne, Lingfield, Ashurst Wood and East Grinstead took part in over nine hours of football which was thoroughly enjoyed by the players, supportive parents and eager fans of the respective teams.

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "It is always a great delight to see so many youngsters come together and really enjoy themselves playing football and it was a pleasure to present every single one of them with a medal commemorating their day.

This club supports the initiative of football in the community and I see today as part of that commitment. I believe we have established a winning formula with the event which we have now run for 11 consecutive years and the club is proud to receive so many positive comments from managers, parents and the players after the event, with the majority vowing to return next year.

The event which is sanctioned by the Sussex FA takes quite some organising and I would like to thank everyone for their considerable time and effort both leading up to the day and on Sunday itself. A special mention to the referees and also the Sports Leaders from Sackville and Imberhorne schools who put in so much effort and their enthusiasm was fantastic throughout the day - a credit to their schools."

Forty teams took part in over one hundred games for the age groups Under Sevens through to Under Tens during the day. Each winning team and runners up was presented with a trophy.

In the morning session the Under Sevens and Under Eights took centre stage.
The Under Seven's competition comprised of seven enthusiastic teams who thoroughly enjoyed taking part and competing to win their round robin competition.
Under Seven Winners: AC Meads - Runners Up: East Grinstead Town Tigers.

The Under Eight's competition comprised of ten competitive teams which was split into two groups. Both East Grinstead Town A and Forest Youth Tigers made it through to the final. In a close encounter it was East Grinstead Town A who won 2-0 in what was a high standard of football from both sides.
Under Eight Winners: East Grinstead Town A - Runners Up: Forest Youth Tigers

In the afternoon session it was the turn of the Under Nines and Under Tens to display their football skills.

The Under Nine's competition had eleven competitive teams split into two groups. Two fine footballing sides Saint Hill Blues and Crawley United Blue made it through to the final. The final was a close game and could have gone either way but it was Saint Hill Blues who won the game 1-0.
Under Nine Winners: Saint Hill Blues - Runners Up: Crawley United Blue.

The Under Ten's competition had thirteen passionate sides split into two groups. Both Meads teams made it to the final and in an eagerly close encounter Inter Meads beat AC Meads 2-1 to win the trophy.
In the Plate Final East Grinstead Athletic Hotshots beat Maidenbower Colts White 2-0 to win the Plate Trophy.
Under Ten Winners: Inter Meads - Runners Up: AC Meads
Under Ten Plate Winners: East Grinstead Athletic Hotshots - Runners Up: Maidenbower Colts White

Congratulations to all the winners and runners up but also to all of the other teams who took part to make the Footie Fun Day what it is; a day for the kids to have fun and enjoy the game which they love to play.

For photographs of the event visit www.dephoto.biz/egtfc

:: Monday 3rd May 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Peacehaven & Telscombe 1

Wasps finished the season by extending their unbeaten run to six games with a hard-fought draw against this season's County League runners-up Peacehaven......[Full Match report]

Joel Greaves and Miles Neville were both missing from the side which secured first division safety with Saturday's 3-2 win over Selsey while Jamie Banasco-Zaragoza returned in goal and Lee Granger made his debut at left-back. [Match Photos]

:: Saturday 1st May 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Selsey 2

Wasps were 2-0 down after 36 minutes but Joel Greaves pulled one back straight away, Lucas Mann (61) equalised and Greaves got a great winner in the first minute of injury time......[Full Match report]

Defeat was a tad harsh on Selsey who played their part in a thoroughly entertaining game but Grinstead deserve every credit both for today's performance and their recent run of five wins and two draws in eight games. Well done to Tony, Ken, Tony P, Tobi and of course the players for making sure we deserve to stay up because of what they have achieved on the pitch rather than just relying on ground gradings.

:: Wednesday 28th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Excellent season for the Reserves ends with a defeat

East Grinstead Town Reserves 2, Chipstead Reserves 5

Wasps Reserves suffered only their 3rd defeat of 2010 against a strong Chipstead team at the GAC Stadium tonight.

The Reserves can be proud of their performances this season and are now likely to finish in 5th place in the league, an excellent achievement.

:: Tuesday 27th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Eastbourne Utd 1

Wasps need one point to avoid relegation after a battling point against the reigning County League champions stretched their recent run to one defeat in seven games.

They face Selsey on Saturday (3pm) and Peacehaven on Bank Holiday Monday (11am) as they finish the season with two home games. Grinstead ought to have secured safety tonight but they squandered several chances and were punished by an equaliser ten minutes from time......[Full Match report]

EGTFC Darts team defeated the Anchor from Hartfield 8-4 on Monday evening to go through to the final of the Forest Row & District Darts League Cup competition. The 8 man team, comprising mainly of football players from the club, were too strong for the Anchor and kept up their impressive record this season at the GAC stadium. This is the team's first season of playing league darts and it is therefore quite an achievement to make the final.

:: Sunday 25th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A THIRD successive win has given Wasps a great chance of finishing outside the County League relegation zone.

An own goal ten minutes from time enabled Tony Beckingham's men to complete the double over Shoreham and leave them needing five points from their remaining three games, all at home, to ensure they beat the drop.

As it is, with Grinstead having the ground grading to be able to play in the first division next season, they will not go down regardless of finishing positions.

But Beckingham wants his side to finish as high as they can and carry on the form which has seen them win four and draw one of their last six matches.

He said: "The aim is to be unbeaten between now and the end of the season and that is definitely possible. We are much more resolute defensively and that gives us a great platform.

"Saturday's game wasn't a classic and a draw was probably a fair result. Shoreham are a good side but we battled hard and we had the better chances."
......[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 24th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Shoreham 0, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps won their third consecutive match this afternoon. It took an 80th minute own goal after good work from Luke Piscina to secure the points. Ben Abbott who replaced injured Liam Lyndsay in goal had little to do all match unlike his counterpart Michael Hunter who did well to tip away two great strikes by Luke Piscina.......[Full Match report]

Despite the run of three wins, Wasps are still third from bottom with Pagham coming strong of late having won three and drawn two since their home defeat to Grinstead. Crowborough are just two points above Wasps with only one match to play. Grinstead finish the season with three home matches, the first against Eastbourne United this Tuesday (ko 7.30pm).

East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Chessington & Hook Reserves 0

A Michael Belli goal sees Wasps move back into fourth spot in the Suburban League with one match to play. They are three points ahead of both Corinthian Casuals and Epsom & Ewell who also have one match left so a point against Chipstead at home on Wednesday would secure a superb fourth spot finish.

East Grinstead Town U11s 2, Crawley United U11s 0

Congratulations to Wasps Under 11s who won the Heron Way Cup this morning at Broadbridge Heath.

:: Tuesday 20th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Peacehaven's surpise 2-0 defeat at Pagham tonight, means that WHITEHAWK will be Champions IF they beat St.Francis Rangers on Saturday and Wasps have dropped into the bottom three.

BOSS Tony Beckingham believes Grinstead can avoid a bottom-three finish after winning back-to-back league games for the first time this season.

Matt Crane's second-half volley settled a scrappy encounter at Mill Road on Saturday as Wasps built on last week's confidence-boosting 3-2 home win over Shoreham.......[Full Match report]

Grinstead have received the F grading from the Sussex County League which should guarantee their participation in Division One next season regardless of whether they finish in the relegation zone or not, but Beckingham says the players are desperate to do that on merit anyway.

He said: "We have kept three clean sheets in our last five games and won three of those matches and you can see the confidence building all the time. The players now go into every game believing they can get a result.

"When I came to the club in February people might have expected a quick fix to our problems but myself and the coaching staff knew it would take time.

"We'd take fourth bottom at the end of the season now but if we finish this year strongly it will give us something to build on for next season."

Grinstead travel to Shoreham on Saturday before entertaining Eastbourne United next Tuesday at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.30pm

Presentation Night 14th May

The senior end-of-season presentation night will be held at the Woodcock on Friday 14th May. Tickets are 20 each and numbers will be restricted to 90 so players are encouraged to buy tickets early. Please contact your team manager or Richard Tramontin.

Golf Day

EGTFC Golf Day will take place on Friday 14th May at Cottesmore Golf Club, Pease Pottage. The day will include coffee/bacon roll, 18 holes of golf and prize giving. The cost of the day is just 20. Please contact Phil Major on 07748622948 to reserve a place.

Three Bridges call match off

Wasps Under 18s scheduled match at the GAC Stadium tomorrow night as been called off at the request of Three Bridges.

:: Monday 19th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town U18s 3, Redhill Under 18s 2

Wasps Under 18s came from 2 - 0 down tonight at The GAC Stadium to take all three points.

200 Club Winners

April 2010:
1st prize 70 - C Gilmore
2nd prize 34 - P Presland
3rd prize 10 - D Owen

:: Saturday 17th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Arundel 0, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps got a well deserved 3 points at Mill Road this afternoon with Matt Crane scoring in the 68th minute. [Match report to follow]

:: Wednesday 14th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town U18s 3, Fleet Spurs U18s 4 AET

Wasps Under 18s thought they were going through to the semi final of the League Cup when they were 2 - 1 up in the last minute of normal time but Fleet Spurs sneaked an equaliser to send the match into extra time. The visitors then took the lead but Wasps equalised within two minutes. Wasps conceded again in the second period of extra time and were left to rue missed chances.

:: April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Shoreham 2

WASPS are out of the relegation zone for the first time since January after strikers Lucas Mann and Joel Greaves combined to get the goals which sunk Shoreham at the GAC Stadium.

Mann scored twice and Greaves the other as Grinstead moved above Pagham and Hailsham and out of the County League first division's bottom three.......[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 10th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wick 2, East Grinstead Town 0

It was one of those afternoons at Crabtree Park when if Wasps had come away with a 4 - 2 victory there would have been no grounds for complaints from anyone at the match. Grinstead created 4 great scoring opportunities but didn't convert any and the hosts had two chances and made both count.......[Full Match report]

Assistant manager Ken Thurgood said: "Their bench said we should have been 4-0 up before they scored and couldn't believe the position we are in but they sound like hollow words when you have lost despite playing so well. We set ourselves up to be hard to beat and I couldn't see us losing the game and if we had taken one of those opportunities we would have gone on and won comfortably".

Meanwhile back at the GAC Stadium, Wasps reserves had no trouble finding the back of the net, running out 9 - 1 winners against Molesey. They move up one place to 5th in the table.......[Full Match report]

:: Thursday 8th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Our heartfelt condolences go to Gillian Wrintmore whose husband Michael sadly passed away this morning. Micheal who was 59 years of age suffered an initial heart attack three weeks ago. Our thoughts are with Gillian and their two boys Glen and Paul. There will be a minutes silence held before the reserves home match on Saturday in Michael's honour.

:: Monday 5th April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crawley Down 0, East Grinstead Town 0

FOUR points from two Easter away games have revived East Grinstead Town's hopes of climbing out of the County League relegation zone.

A second-half header from Mannie Neville earned Wasps a precious 1-0 win at Pagham on Saturday which took them off the bottom of the table.......[Full Match report]

Then on Easter Monday they drew 0-0 at the Haven in a scrappy local derby against Crawley Down. Assistant manager Ken Thurgood was in charge in the absence of holidaying boss Tony Beckingham and was delighted with the commitment his side showed in both games.......[Full Match report]

He said: "Neither game was a classic but you are not going to get too many of those at this stage of the season. We would have settled for four points before Easter and two clean sheets and it is up to us to build on these results in our remaining seven games when hopefully we will have one or two more players back."

This Saturday Grinstead are away to Wick (3pm) before entertaining Shoreham next Tuesday at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.30pm. Piscina is available after suspension while Thurgood will hope for good news on the injury front surrounding his other missing players.

:: Saturday 3rd April 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pagham 0, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps beat fellow strugglers Pagham this afternoon and moved up two places off the bottom of the table. Mannie Neville's 53rd minute header earned all three points but Lucas Mann had two perfectly good first half goals chalked off for offside. With Tony Beckingham away, Ken Thurgood took charge and was forced to make several changes in the starting line up. Luke Piscina is suspended, John Sinclair and Jamie Banasco-Zaragoza were injured in the previous match, Dave Waters, Mike Azzopardi and Michael Belli were unavailable and Dean Brown, Dan Powell and Liam Baitup are no longer with the club.......[Full Match report]

Wasps travel to Crawley Down on Easter Monday (ko 11am).

The reserves match against Chipstead was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

200 Club Winners

March 2010:
1st prize 70 - L Medcalf
2nd prize 34 - J Richardson
3rd prize 10 - P Thompson

:: Wednesday 31st March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s match off

Tonight's scheduled Southern Youth League match at the GAC Stadium against South Park has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

WASPS can escape relegation - even if they finish in the County League's bottom three.

The FA's ground grading criteria for all non-league clubs will be implemented in time for next season with clubs in Division One given until today to carry out the necessary improvement work.

Wasps' GAC Stadium already meets the requirements and they are expected to get a reprieve with clubs who have not carried out improvement work going down instead.

In the last five years the club have carried out extensive refurbishment at East Court including a 115-seat stand and separate covered standing accommodation for 100 with the installation of turnstiles planned for this summer.

But boss Tony Beckingham still believes his side can climb off the bottom of the table despite suffering their heaviest defeat, and sixth out of seven, since he took charge on Saturday.

In-form Three Bridges hammered Wasps 7-3 in treacherous conditions thanks to a hat-trick from Dean Wright, who scored his goals in the last 25 minutes, Lee Carney (2), an own goal and Dean Carden.

The only consolation for Grinstead was a two-goal debut by former Lingfield striker Joel Greaves, who has joined the club from Ryman League Thamesmead Town.

Luke Piscina scored his 16th of the season from a free-kick, also in the second half, but goalkeeping coach Tony Prime had to replace Jamie Banasco-Zaragoza in the first half after the keeper injured his knee trying to prevent the second goal.......[Full Match report]

Beckingham said: "We should give credit to Three Bridges for a very good performance on the day. They coped with the conditions far better than we did and played football in the areas of the pitch that were actually playable, namely on the wings.

"We are being hurt badly through unavailability at the moment which is forcing us to play people in unfamiliar positions. This cannot be blamed for players not doing the basics properly but it is certainly a contributing factor in the overall team performance.

"At times I thought we did quite well but far too often we contributed to our downfall. We need to start keeping the ball away from the opposition and are guilty of losing possession when we're under little or no pressure. This is probably down to a lack of confidence rather than ability but we have to be mentally strong to get through this."

Greaves' encouraging debut and the form of Dave Waters and Marc Pelling in central defence were positives and Beckingham believes there is enough ability in the team to pull clear.

But he warned: "Ability alone does not make a team. We have to mould these players into a cohesive unit and quickly in order to start winning games.

"There are nine cup finals left to play and I truly believe that our destiny is in our own hands. We can roll over and die or we can roll our sleeves up and prepare to do battle.

"As a manager I have never experienced being hit for seven and I can tell you that it hurt. This is not an experience I would care to repeat and I relish the challenge of putting it right."

Wasps face a critical Easter without Piscina, who is suspended for Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Pagham, and the local derby at Crawley Down on Easter Monday (11am).

:: Tuesday 30th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's match postponed

Following the match referee's pitch inspection this afternoon, tonight's scheduled match at the GAC Stadium against Peacehaven has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Given how saturated the pitch currently is with more rain expected and the after effects of the Under 18s cup match which was abandoned in extra time last Wednesday and Saturday's match, tomorrow night's Under 18s match is unlikely to be playable.

:: Monday 29th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18s match at South Park has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Saturday 27th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Three Bridges 7

Wasps remain rooted to the foot of the table after a heavy defeat at home against in form neighbours Three Bridges.......[Full Match report]

The Reserves travelled to Woking for their last away match of the season but just as they arrived they were advised that despite an earlier pitch inspection the game had been postponed.

:: Friday 26th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Manager Tony Beckingham has added to his attacking options by completing the signing of striker Joel Greaves in time for tomorrow's home game against Three Bridges.

Joel started the season with Tony at Lingfield and scored in their 4-2 win over the Wasps in October. He scored nine goals in 17 appearances for the club before joining Thamesmead Town in the Ryman League.

Under 11s reach final

Congratulations to Wasps Under 11s sponsored by Perfectly Green who became the first side to beat Broadbridge Heath this season. They will now face Crawley United in the Horsham League Cup Final at Broadbridge Heath on April 24.

There were 11 heroes on the pitch but the goals were scored by Oliver Waldron, with a hat-trick, and Oliver Drummond.

The team was: Edward Jones (captain), Sam Allen, Oliver Wladron, Oliver Drummond, Josh Fay, Chandler O'Dwyer, Jack Irvin, Jake Horn, Freddie Wortley, Matthew Williams, Marcus Chatterton, Callum Springford.

The team are looking for players to play in the Horsham League A Division next season. Contact manager Jason Burchett if you are interested on:07799 218326 or 01342 836395

:: Tuesday 23rd March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Eastbourne Utd 1, East Grinstead Town 0

WASPS remain rooted to the bottom of the first division after a controversial second-half penalty condemned them to a fifth defeat in six games under new boss Tony Beckingham.......[Full Match report]

On a dramatic night at The Oval, the game was stopped for 32 minutes in the second half after Eastbourne right-back James Bywater suffered a horrific broken ankle after an innocuous challenge from Lucas Mann, until two weeks ago a team-mate of Bywater's before his move to Grinstead.

Wasps play two crucial home games in the space of four days which could have a big bearing on their survival prospects. Three Bridges visit the GAC Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and Peacehaven are their visitors next Tuesday (7.30pm).

:: Saturday 20th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Whitehawk 3, East Grinstead Town 2

After a goalless first half Luke Piscina put Grinstead in front with a free-kick within a couple of minutes of the re-start. Jay Head and Scott Kirkwood made it 2-1 but Piscina scored a superb second to equalise. Marc Whiteman came off the bench to win it ten minutes from time. Good performance by Grinstead and with eleven games to go they have to believe they can still climb out of the bottom three.......[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 16th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Crawley Down 2

Wasps' plight at the foot of the County League intensified as Down followed up last month's cup win over the local rivals with a hard-earned victory at the GAC Stadium.

But Tony Beckingham's men were entitled to feel both aggrieved and frustrated in equal measure after losing to two second-half goals. The opener was extremely controversial when referee Neal Wallace awarded a corner, over-ruling his much better positioned assistant who had flagged for a goal kick. Wasps then saw strong appeals for a penalty waved away after Lucas Mann went down at the end of a mazy run.......[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 13th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Mile Oak 1

Wasps secured their first win under Tony Beckingham and their first win in 2010. Luke Piscina opened the scoring after some sustained pressure from the home side. Captain Dave Gellatly marked his comeback after injury with a well struck goal followed by a debut goal from new signing Lucas Mann.[Matchday photos] Downside was a red card shown to Piscina for allegedly swearing at the referee despite some direct swearing at the referee by the visitors previously going totally unpunished.......[Full Match report]

Beckingham set his team out to go for all three points starting with three up front and the performance and result raises all round confidence for the visit of local rivals Crawley Down on Tuesday (ko 7.30pm).

Raynes Park Vale Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 3

A few years ago Town would have gladly taken three points in the Suburban League but this season the expectations of the team are much higher. Whilst Wasps won the match at ease the performance was poor albeit it on a very difficult playing surface.......[Full Match report]

:: Thursday 11th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Massive game on Saturday

Wasps have signed Lucas Mann from Eastbourne United ahead of the foot of the table clash on Saturday against Mile Oak, which boss Tony Beckingham describes as 'a massive game'.

He said: "They don't get much more important than this, and the boys know that. I have no idea how they have ended up where they are, but their attitude and approach to training has been spot on. The results they are getting are not through lack of effort, but they need to get a win under their belts."

He added: "If we can get the points we deserve on Saturday we will start to see light at the end of the tunnel.

"We need a win from somewhere, and I don't care if it comes off a shin or heel, a win can do so much for fragile confidence. When you start losing, everything starts to go wrong and you think the world is against you. The only people we can trust to win matches for us are ourselves."

Beckingham is expecting Dave Gellatly back for Saturday's game saying: "He has been a massive absence for the team, not only for his football but his dressing room presence."

There were two mid week matches played at the GAC Stadium this week.

The Reserves had a comfortable 4 - 0 win on Tuesday night against Raynes Park Vale which sees them back in 6th spot in the Suburban League.......[Full Match report]

In their first match in over a month, Wasps Under 18s drew 2 - 2 with Horley Town on Wednesday night.

:: Saturday 6th March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Peacehaven 2, East Ginstead Town 1

3rd placed Peacehaven secured victory from a spot kick following a penalty decision that left players and crowd amazed. Michael Belli had given Wasps a first half lead. The hosts drew level from a corner when the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line which saw keeper Jamie Banasco-Zaragoza booked on his debut for contesting the decision. Things got worse for Wasps when a foul was awarded against Belli for what certainly looked like a clean challenge. From the free kick a Peachaven forward clipped the back of Luke Piscina's heel and went down and to everyone's amazement, the referee pointed to the spot. [Match report to follow]

:: Wednesday 3rd March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
NEW BOSS Tony Beckingham is acting quickly to bring in reinforcements as he tries to steer Wasps away from relegation trouble.

A few new faces could be in the line-up for Saturday's County League trip to Peacehaven (3pm) after Beckingham saw an understrength side lose their sixth game in seven at Selsey on Saturday.......[Full Match report]

Beckingham has signed defender Dave Waters from Erith & Belvedere. Waters was Lingfield captain during his four months in charge there at the start of the season.

New coach Tobi Hutchinson's influence is evident with the signing of striker Liam Baitup, who is currently with Eastbourne Town.

Midfielder Michael Azzopardi, who has played professionally in New Zealand and more recently for Kent League Holmesdale, made his debut on Saturday.

Beckingham said: "I saw enough on Saturday to know that we should not be in the position we are in but we need some reinforcements. There is a lot of work to do and people should be patient. It could be that we need 4-6 games to find some consistent form.

"But the guys who we will hopefully sign are coming here for the challenge of trying to keep us up but also with a view to next season."

Beckingham has arranged a friendly at Erith Town tonight (Wednesday, 7.30pm) to give him more opportunity to run the rule over the existing squad.

:: Tuesday 2nd March 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tonight's Under 18s match against Fleet Spurs has been postponed following a referee's pitch inspection at 1pm.

:: Sunday 28th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Selsey 3, East Grinstead Town 2

New Boss Tony Beckingham disappointed that his side didn't get anything out of yesterday's match.......[Full Match report]

As Shoreham's RUR Cup tie was postponed yesterday, Wasps scheduled match there next Saturday has been switched to away to Peacehaven.

Before then, Wasps are playing a friendly at Erith Town on Wednesday.

:: Friday 26th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
NEW boss Tony Beckingham has wasted no time in adding to the squad after being appointed first-team manager on Thursday.

Central midfielder Michael Azzopardi was with one of Tony's former clubs, Holmesdale, in the Kent League while goalkeeper Sidney Anguiley has made two first-team appearances for Waltham Forest FC in the Ryman League this season.

:: Thursday 25th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New management team

East Grinstead Town FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of its new management team.

Our new manager is Tony Beckingham who will be assisted by Ken Thurgood and goalkeeping coach Tony Prime.

Tony has extensive managerial experience in Kent League football during successful spells with Holmesdale and Croydon and he cut his teeth in the Sussex County League earlier this season when he was in charge of Lingfield for four months before resigning in November. In addition, we are pleased to announce that former player Tobi Hutchinson has joined as club coach.

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "The club felt it had to act as soon as possible to replace Steve Johnson and there was a lot of interest in the vacancy. The committee met Tony and Ken on Wednesday and were impressed both with their short-term plans to improve our league position and their long-term goals to make the club successful.

"We are also pleased to have Tobi back with us. He has extensive coaching experience and knowledge of Sussex football and he is as enthusiastic as the rest of the management team for the task ahead."

Tony Beckingham said: "When I visited East Grinstead earlier this season I was extremely impressed with the set-up and facilities and I am surprised that the club have been struggling for consistent results given the quality of the existing squad.

"When I became aware that the club were looking for a new manager I immediately contacted them and I am delighted to be back in management at such a progressive, well-run club.

"The immediate aim is to improve our league position and I am confident that the current squad, together with one or two new faces in key positions, can achieve this. We will then re-assess our long-term goals but there is no reason why East Grinstead Town cannot be a major force in Sussex football.

"Myself, Ken and Tony are excited about the challenge ahead and we are delighted to have Tobi on board. His experience, enthusiasm for the club and knowledge of Sussex football will be invaluable."

Tony Beckingham will be in charge for the first time in Saturday's County League match at Selsey.

:: Tuesday 23rd February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Steve Johnson leaves Wasps

East Grinstead Town FC has today decided to relieve Steve Johnson of his responsibilities as first-team manager with immediate effect.

Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "Making a decision such as this is never easy but we felt, in view of our current league position, that a change was necessary to give the club every opportunity of making sure we remain in Division One of the Sussex County League this season with 16 games still to play.

"Our recent results have been extremely disappointing. I met with Steve after we lost 7-0 to Crawley Down three weeks ago and pledged our full support but recent results and performances have not improved in the way we had expected.

"We will always be grateful to Steve for the efforts he made when he came to the club in January 2009. He brought in several players and dragged us up the table to safety on the last day of the season.

"We expected to keep on improving this season and although we have had some good results our form since mid-December has left us bottom of the table and the club could not foresee the necessary improvement in results under the current management team.

"I spoke to Steve's assistant Paul Thomsett and have reluctantly accepted his resignation as coach.

"I wish Steve and Paul all the best for the future and thank them for their efforts on behalf of the club.

"We have now started the search for a new first-team manager and will notify everyone as soon as the appointment is made."

:: Monday 22nd February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture change

Wasps are now playing away at Selsey this Saturday, not Eastbourne United.

:: Saturday 20th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Chichester City 2

Grinstead's season slipped to a new season low after their fifth defeat in their last six league games, combined with other results, left them propping up the County League Division One table.......[Full Match report]

They still have games in hand over the teams around them but whilst those sides are picking up points Grinstead have taken just one since mid December and unless their form improves relegation is now a distinct possibility.

:: Friday 19th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tony Brockbank's funeral service will be held at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium (also known as the Worth Crematorium) at 12pm on Thursday 4th March.

:: Wednesday 17th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s match off

Following a pitch inspection this afternoon, tonight's Under 18s match against Three Bridges has been postponed.

:: Tuesday 16th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Bridges match off

Tonight's scheduled Division One match against Three Bridges has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. Judging by the amount of water laying on the surface and the forecast for more rain, there would seem little chance of tomorrow night's Under 18s match against Three Bridges going ahead.

:: Sunday 14th February 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Data Loss

Unfortunately all archived data netween 1st November 2009 and 14th February 2010 has been lost due to a technical problem

:: Saturday 31st October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 6, Chichester City 5

WASPS' boss Steve Johnson saw his side edge this Sussex Senior Cup goal-fest and admitted: "It wasn't good for my health!"

Grinstead will visit County League leaders Shoreham in the third round after they gained sweet revenge for their opening-day 7-1 drubbing at Chichester in the league.

It provided great entertainment for the GAC Stadium crowd but was a more fraught experience for those on the bench with Johnson's opposite number Adie Girdler banished to the stands for comments he made to the referee.

Johnson said: "It was a fantastic game but it nearly gave me a heart attack! We have scored 20 goals in our last five games and to get six against a very decent side is excellent but defensively we have to do a lot better as a team.".......[Full Match report]

Before the match, the club made a presentation to Dave Gellatly to mark his recent 300th First Team appearances.

Wasps return to league action on Tuesday evening when they travel to Crowborough Athletic (ko 7.45pm)

Grinstead Reserves travelled to Chipstead and came away with a well deserved 3 - 2 victory.......[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 27th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 2, Crawley Down Under 18s 4

Wasps Under 18s came from one down to lead 2 - 1 but ended losing tonight's local derby 4 - 2.

Quiz night

Reminder that there will be a football quiz night on Friday 30th October commencing at 8pm at the football club.

Teams of 4 at a team cost of 15 with prizes for the winning teams. To book your team into the quiz night please e-mail Phil Major on phil.major@egtfc.co.uk or phone him on 07748622948.

:: Monday 26th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Epsom & Ewell Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 1

Match report to follow.

The Under 18s host Crawley Down at the GAC Stadium tomorrow night - kick off 7.30pm.

:: Saturday 24th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Midhurst & Easebourne 0, East Grinstead Town 1

TOP scorer Ben Burns was sent off after an altercation with one of his own team-mates as understrength Wasps defeated second division opposition for the second Saturday running.

The problems had piled up for manager Steve Johnson even before Burns was sent off midway through the second half following a tussle with Dan Evans. The referee confirmed afterwards that Burns saw red for violent conduct and the 12-goal striker now faces a three match ban.

Wasps' preparations had been thrown into disarray when Marc Pelling pulled out in the morning because of flu, Aaron MacMillan had a car accident on the way to the game and Jack Johnson broke down on the motorway.

Dave Gellatly and Kieran Wilson played despite suffering from a virus while Martin Cramp struggled on despite aggravating a calf problem early on.

Coach Paul Thomsett, 42, was forced to don his boots for the first time this season in defence and did a decent job according to Johnson.

Fortunately, winless Midhurst did not offer too much of a threat and Grinstead defended the lead given to them after 10 minutes by Luke Piscina quite comfortably.

Ironically, Burns was involved in the build-up when he cut inside from the left and left his marker struggling with a neat turn before driving a low cross into the six-yard box which Piscina finished well.

Piscina was left to plough a lone furrow after Burns was sent off and although Martin Jacobs made a couple of decent saves in the second half Wasps kept their hosts at arm's length.

Johnson said: "You have to be very careful with what you say to your team-mates and I told Dan Evans as much. Nevertheless I hope Ben has learned his lesson. It was a stupid thing to do, especially with the problems we already had. Ben apologised at half-time but our top scorer is going to miss three games and that is something we could have done without.

"Bearing in mind everything that went on we did well to get a result. Midhurst worked hard and if they keep playing like that they will get off the bottom of Division Two. We were patched-up big time and it wasn't pretty but we're through to the next round."

It was Grinstead's third win in four games ahead of another cup tie at home to Chichester in the second round of the Sussex Senior Cup at the GAC Stadium on Saturday (3pm), but Johnson isn't fooled.

He added: "I want there to be a bit more commitment, especially from the players who are not in the first-team squad.

"The first team is not a closed shop. The squad has improved from last season but I want to see more players pushing for a first team place and creating competition for places."

Johnson cancelled training on Tuesday to allow those players who have gone down with the flu bug to recover although they will be back at work on Thursday.

Pelling, Johnson, MacMillan and Danny Powell, who scored twice as substitute on his debut a fortnight ago before succumbing to a hamstring problem, will all be in contention as Wasps aim to avenge their 7-0 opening-day defeat to Chichester.

The reserves lost at home to Woking 2 - 1 after going in at the break 2 down, but were unlucky not to get a point on their second half performance. Wasps' goal came from Charlie Marshall. The Third XI lost their first match of the campaign 2 - 1 away at Framfield & Blackboys United who replaced them on the top of the table while the Fourth XI beat Burgess Hill Albion 4 - 2 and stay top of their division.

:: Wednesday 21st October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

September 2009:
1st prize 70 - G Wrintmore
2nd prize 28 - M Hill
3rd prize 10 - M Huggett

October 2009:
1st prize 70 - S Webb
2nd prize 28 - D Moore
3rd prize 10 - L Parrett

:: Tuesday 20th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield 4, East Grinstead Town 2

WASPS' inconsistency continued when local rivals Lingfield did the league double over them at Godstone Road.

Boss Steve Johnson had hoped that successive wins for the first time this season would provide the platform for a long unbeaten run. And although Grinstead were always a threat going forward their familiar falibilities at the back were exposed by the home side.

Johnson was without several key personnel including flu victim Luke Piscina, Simon Funnell and Danny Powell, who hurt his hamstring after his two-goal debut against Little Common last Saturday.

But Johnson refused to use that as an excuse. He said: "We were poor which was disappointing after two good performances. The goals we gave away were soft and although there were times when I thought we could get back into the game we kept shooting ourselves in the foot."........[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 20th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Quiz night

There will be a football quiz night on Friday 30th October commencing at 8pm at the football club.

Teams of 4 at a team cost of 15 with prizes for the winning teams. To book your team into the quiz night please e-mail Phil Major on phil.major@egtfc.co.uk or phone him on 07748622948.

:: Monday 19th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield v East Grinstead Town - 20th October ko 7.45pm

Latest news from Lingfield FC is that their floodlights are ok and Tuesday night's match is on.

:: Saturday 17th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Little Common 2, East Grinstead Town 6

High flying division two side Little Common took the lead after 8 minutes in this Sussex Senior Cup 1st round tie that had to be played at the GAC Stadium because Little Common's pitch was deemed dangerous. Wasps drew level from an own goal following a Luke Piscina corner and went in 2 - 1 up at half time through a beautifully hit volley from Ben Burns. Burns went on to get his second hatrick of the season and substitute Danny Powell scored twice on his debut........[Full Match report]

Wasps will now host Chichester City in the 2nd round and the winners of that tie travel to Shoreham in the 3rd round.

Grinstead are due to play Lingfield on Tuesday but this is still uncertain as Lingfield's floodlights are not working although they hope the repair work will be completed on Monday.

Wasps Third XI and Fourth XI both won today and both maintain their unbeaten records and remain top of their respective tables. The Thirds came from 2 down against East Court to win 3 - 2 while the Fourths beat Barcombe 1 - 0.

:: Wednesday 14th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sussex Senior Cup switched to GAC Stadium

Saturday's scheduled Senior Cup First Round tie against Little Common has been switched to the GAC Stadium at East Court (ko 3pm). Little Common were hopeful that the match could go ahead at their ground despite no matches having yet been played there this season because of problems with their pitch. Despite work carried out by their local council today, a referee's inspection this evening deemed the pitch dangerous because of ruts still evident after the drainage work that was carried out in the summer.

Wasps Reserves' match which was due to be played at home against Raynes Park Vale will now be rescheduled by the Suburban League.

:: Tuesday 13th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ringmer 1, East Grinstead Town 5

Wasps earned the emphatic win tonight at the Caburn Ground that their football deserved. They went in 1 - 0 up at half time through Aaron MacMillan and could have been further ahead. This was all too familiar lately but when Jack Johnson scored the second immediately following the break followed by a super strike by Luke Piscina the away support's jitters disappeared. The home side pulled one back but then Ben Burns netted a fourth just after coming on as sub and Charlie Marshall scored his first County League goal for the club........[Full Match report]

East Grinstead Town U18s 2, Merstham Under 18s 3

Back at the GAC Stadium, Wasps Under 18s lost their first league match of the season to Merstham who scored the winner soon after being reduced to 10 men.

The Broadway 5, EGTFC 4

Another exciting darts game saw the Wasps lose out on the final doubles match at the Broadway last night. There were singles wins for One Dart Johnston, Hawaii Five-O Major and The Artist Lindsay. The only doubles pair to win was The Artist Lindsay and The Rocket Leggett. A good match and fantastic hospitality from The Broadway.

:: Saturday 10th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Pagham 2

As so many other matches this season, Wasps failed to make the most of opportunities they created, put the opposition under pressure for most of the match but ended losing another home league match........[Full Match report]

:: Thursday 8th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Imberhorne 3, Sackville 5

Tonight's Adam Dabell Memorial match attracted a crowd of over 250 to the GAC Stadium. The evening started with an 'old boys' match of 15 minutes each way between Sackville and Imberhorne which Sackville won 1 - 0. The main match between sixth formers for the Adam Dabell Trophy was a keenly fought out contest that was in the balance until the closing stages when Sackville scored twice to make it 5 - 3 and regained the cup which Imberhorne had held for the last two years.

John Dabell, Adam's father, was extremely pleased with the turnout and seeing so many youngsters participating and giving their support in memory of his late son who tragically collapsed and died in 2004 while playing football. He said: "Adam would have been very proud to see so many local lads being able to play in superb facilities on a fantastic pitch under floodlights in his memory. This was the sixth annual memorial match and I am very pleased and grateful that Richard Tramontin and East Grinstead Town Football Club have already agreed to host next year's match again."

:: Tuesday 6th October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town U18s 1, Bromley U18s 3

Wasps Under 18s conceded a goal within the first couple of minutes of tonight's FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round tie.. They then fell further behind but had an opportunity before the break to get back into the game when they were awarded a penalty but the Bromley keeper made a simple save. Wasps never gave up and pulled a goal back in the second half, but the visitors secured their place in the next round with a third goal just before the end.

Grinstead's FA Vase campaign came to an abrupt end on Saturday against big spending Whitehawk.

Boss Steve Johnson felt Wasps were the better side for the first 30 minutes but in the end their visitors' strength in depth proved decisive. The Hawks have assembled a squad full of experienced Ryman and Conference standard players while their first goalscorer James Fraser joined from League One outfit Bristol Rovers on the eve of the game........[Full Match report]

Johnson said: "We can have no complaints about the result but they were never five goals better than us. But money buys you the sort of quality they had. We were on top until they scored but we were outplayed in the second half.

"They told us where we are as a side although no side in this league should be able to touch them if they keep that squad together."
Whitehawk are one of the favourites to win the competition this season and they showed enough to suggest they could go a long way.

Match photos courtesy of Andy the Photographer.

Wasps have two league games coming up against sides, like them, in the bottom half of the table. They will be hoping to end their GAC Stadium hoodoo - their last league win there was last September - when Pagham visit on Saturday (3pm) before Johnson goes back to his former club Ringmer next Tuesday (7.30pm).

"They are both big games," said Johnson. "If we win our matches in hand we can start climbing into the top half of the table. That is the aim and I feel we are good enough to achieve it."

Darts Victory

EGTFC Darts team had their first ever league game on Monday evening when they hosted the Royal Oak from Dormansland. In an exciting match which went down to the final leg of the final game it was the Wasps who came out victorious.

The match started with six singles games and Brian "Jocky" McCorquodale was in top form to win two singles matches; with Phil "Hawaii Five-0" Major also winning his match this gave EGTFC three points. Unfortunately there waere singles defeats for Scott "One Dart" Johnston, Dave "The Power" Major and Grant "The Viking" Rigler.

This left the match all square at 3 points each and it was now down to the three doubles matches. Phil Major and Scott Johnston teamed up to win the first match but this was followed by defeat for the McCorquodale/ Rigler combination. The final match saw Phil Major and Dave Major come from one leg down to win 2-1 and give Town the victory. EGTFC therefore won the match 5 points to 4 and with two additional points for winning the team, they were awarded a 7-4 victory. It is an away match next Monday for the team at The Broadway.

:: Saturday 3rd October 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Whitehawk 5

Wasps were made to pay heavily again for failing to take their chances in the first half when an impressive Hawks side went in 1 up following a fortuitous rebound. The final result was not a true reflection of the overall match but Whitehawk's finishing was clinical as they progress into the next round of the FA Vase........[Full Match report]

Meanwhile Wasps reserves secured a second away win in the Suburban League this season coming from 1 down with 10 men to beat Chessington & Hook 2 - 1.

:: Wednesday 30th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Merstham Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2

Goals from Charlie Marshall and Michael Belli earned Wasps a good away point at Merstham which keeps them in 7th place in the Suburban League South.

:: Tuesday 29th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Arundel 2

Grinstead boss Steve Johnson was left to reflect on missed opportunities as Wasps failed to record what would have been their first home league win since 13 September last year.

Grinstead's first half performance was a joy to watch as they played some of their best football of the season.

Arundel couldn't live with their quick incisive passing and every time they went forward they looked like they were going to carve out an opportunity.

The only thing that was missing was putting the ball in the back of the net and Arundel punished them in the second half. In the end it was Grinstead who were please to grab a point........[Full Match report]

Johnson said: "It's incredibly frustrating because if we had been five up at half-time they could not have complained. But we missed stacks of chances and you know with a side of Arundel's quality that they are eventually going to punish you.

"It would have been a travesty had we lost but we were grateful for a point in the end. We made some silly mistakes for their two goals and when that happens you put yourself under pressure at the other end."

Grinstead face Whitehawk for the second time this season on Saturday in the first round of the FA Vase, kick off 3pm at the GAC Stadium.

Midfielder Dave Gellatly hopes to be available after missing the Arundel match with an ankle problem while defender Martin Cramp should be back in training in a fortnight

East Grinstead Town U18s 0, Holmesdale U18s 0

Wasps Under 18s remain unbeaten this season after tonight's very entertaining goalless draw at the GAC Stadium.

:: Saturday 26th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Arundel 2

Wasps were left to rue not having clinched victory in the first half when they totally dominated play. Ben Burns opened the scoring on two minutes and the home side should have been 5 up by half time. One wondered whether they would be made to pay for squandered chances and so it appeared when they fell 2 - 1 behind in the second half. The squad's perseverence showed through when Luke Piscina grabbed the equaliser on 87 minutes. It was no more than Wasps deserved but it was truly a case of losing two points rather than gaining one........[Full Match report] Wasps moved up three places to 14th with the draw. It's back to cup action next Saturday when they host Whitehawk in the FA Vase.

:: Thursday 24th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ramsgate U18s 0, East Grinstead Town U18s 4

Wasps Under 18s stormed into the next round of the FA Youth Cup beating Ramsgate away with goals from Tom Westpfel, Marlon Clarke, Sam Fildes and Jack Pleon. They will now host Bromley at the GAC Stadium - date has yet to be confirmed but will probably be on Tuesday 6th October instead of the home league match against Lingfield.

:: Tuesday 22nd September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three Bridges 2, East Grinstead Town 4

Wasps were 2 - 0 down within the first 15 minutes against the run of play, but finished worthy winners with Ben Burns scoring a hattrick with Drew Crush getting the equaliser from a Simon Funnell corner........[Full Match report]

FA Youth Cup

Wasps Under 18s are away at Ramsgate in the FA Youth Cup on Thursday. A coach will be leaving the GAC Stadium at 4.15pm sharp - supporters wanting to travel with the team coach should ensure they are at the ground in time - coach travel 5.

:: Monday 21st September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Return to league action

GRINSTEAD boss Steve Johnson has turned his attention to improving his side's league form after their fourth victory over Combined Counties League opposition on Saturday.

A goal in extra time secured a hard-fought win which earned Wasps a home tie with Whitehawk in the first round of the FA Vase on Saturday week........[Full Match report]

But before then Wasps have two games to try and climb away from the bottom of the County League first division table.

Arundel are the visitors to the GAC Stadium on Saturday (3pm), Wasps' first home match for a month.

Johnson said: "Our league results haven't been good yet but we only need a couple of wins to get up into mid-table and we are definitely capable of that, although Arundel will be another hard game."

Grinstead suffered a blow last week when defender Martin Crane, a summer signing from Tonbridge Angels, joined Ryman League Chipstead after making six appearances for the club.

Defender Michael Cramp should this week know the extent of the ankle injury which has left him on crutches but midfielder Michael Belli has returned to the GAC Stadium after starting the season with Three Bridges while Danny Wackett returned on Saturday after seven games out with knee and hamstring injuries.

:: Saturday 19th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hartley Wintney 1, East Grinstead Town 2 AET

Wasps made it through to the First Round Proper of the FA Vase after beating Combined Counties side Hartley Wintney this afternoon. They had to come from a goal down with Ben Burns snatching the equaliser in the second half. John Sinclair's goal n the first period of extra time sealed the tie........[Full Match report] Wasps now entertain Whitehawk in the next round here at the GAC Stadium on Saturday 3rd October.

It's back to all-important league action next week as Steve Johnson looks to start picking up points when his side travel to Three Bridges on Tuesday night (ko 7.45pm) before hosting Arundel at the GAC Stadium next Saturday (ko 3pm).

The other Wasps' senior sides made it a clean sweep of victories this afternoon. The Reserves beat Godalming 3 - 2, Bob Smith's Third XI came from 2 - 0 down against Uckfield Town to win 6 - 3 with the Fourth XI winning 3 - 1 at Willingdon.

:: Thursday 17th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The club's best wishes go to Miles Neville who broke his collar bone during yesterday's reserve team game at Horsham YMCA. Manager Phil Major said: "We didn't think the injury was that bad when it happened, but Miles was in considerable pain and was later taken to hospital for an x-ray. Everyone at the club wishes him a speedy recovery."

:: Wednesday 16th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Horsham YMCA Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 1

An Elvis Lynn goal secured three points for Phil Major's reserve side tonight at Gorings Mead, while Bob Chamber's U18s won 4 - 2 at Horley Town with two goals from Tom Westpfel and one each from Matt Wakley and Sam Fildes.

:: Tuesday 15th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

July 2009:
1st prize 70 - M Huggett
2nd prize 28 - M Fox
3rd prize 10 - L Medcalf

August 2009:
1st prize 70 - P Cadman
2nd prize 28 - P Major
3rd prize 10 - I Brown

:: Monday 14th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
THE road to Wembley reached a dead end for Wasps on Saturday after a soft second-half goal condemned them to defeat in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Mike Huckett got the winner for the Ryman League side after 52 minutes when Grinstead goalkeeper Ray Collier could only fumble a looping header he ought to have caught comfortably in off the underside of the bar........[Full Match report]

It was harsh on Grinstead who created the better opportunities and both managers were in agreement that the least Wasps deserved was a replay.

Manager Steve Johnson said: "We felt really deflated afterwards. We were on top for a good part of the game and in the last 20 minutes we battered them.

"Ray hardly had a save to make but we conceded a very soft goal and couldn't get the equaliser. It was a good performance - YMCA will feel that they got out of jail."

Grinstead are back in cup action again on Saturday when they make the long trip to Hampshire to face Hartley Wintney in the preliminary round of the FA Vase, kick off 3pm.

The Combined Counties League club currently top division one although they did drop points against Feltham, the team Wasps thrashed 4-1 last month.

Johnson hopes to have a full-strength squad to choose from and confirmed that he is still trying to strengthen the squad.

He said: "We have got a decent squad but I am always looking to improve it. At times this season we have played very well but we need that consistency that all the good sides have.

"We've got another tough game on Saturday and we will go there with a positive attitude while respecting the opposition."

New Pitch Co-ordinators

Our thanks go to Martin Baston and Martin Jones for taking on the role of pitch co-ordinators from John Goodsell at tonight's Youth Meeting. John had advised the club at the beginning of last season that he would be relinquishing the role at the start of this season but has thankfully ensured that all teams have pitch allocations for this season while waiting for a handover. Our thanks go to John for the all his good work in the role over the last few seasons.


East Grinstead Football Academy will be working with Crystal Palace FC from September and will be running trials for the new Crystal Palace FC Development Centre.....[More details]

:: Saturday 12th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Horsham YMCA 1, East Grinstead Town 0

A soft goal just after half time was all that divided the teams this afternoon at Gorings Mead in this FA Cup First Qualifying round. The Ryman League side did not really threaten the Wasps goal throughout the match but their breakthrough came from a throw in which was headed tamely goalwards by Mike Huckett but Ray Collier was unable to keep it from going in. [Match report to follow]

:: Tuesday 8th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

EAST GRINSTEAD Town may be struggling to get results in the league but there is nothing wrong with their cup form.

Already through to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup in their history, when they meet Ryman League Horsham YMCA on Saturday, they made progress in the FA Vase on Saturday with their third win of the campaign against opposition from the Combined Counties League.

A goal from Drew Crush 11 minutes from time secured a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win at Chessington & Hook on Saturday........[Full Match report]

Boss Steve Johnson said: "It was a good win. I told the players beforehand that if we competed with them physically we would win the game because I feel at the moment there are goals in the side.

"Ray Collier made a couple of saves but they didn't really hurt us and we could have had a few more goals."


Boss Steve Johnson was without the injured Mannie Neville and Dave Gellatly while Matt Crane completed a two-game suspension but they could all be available on Saturday for Wasps' FA Cup tie at Gorings Mead (3.00pm).

Horsham YMCA were promoted back to the Ryman League last season after one season back in the County League and they beat Wasps' league rivals Wick 5-3 in the last round.

Johnson added: "It will be a hard game but I don't think there will be too much pressure on us from outside the club.

"They will obviously be decent but if we go there and compete I think we can cause them problems. We've had two good wins in the FA Cup and the prize money is obviously very beneficial but we don't want the run to end on Saturday."

Any replay will take place next Tuesday at the GAC Stadium, kick off 7.15pm.

Crane and one or two others on the fringes of the first team will probably have run-outs in tonight's reserve-team game at the GAC Stadium.

:: Saturday 5th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Chessington & Hook 0, East Grinstead Town 1

Drew Crush netted for Wasps in their FA Vase win over their Combined Counties opponents this afternoon........[Full Match report] Grinstead will now travel to Hartley Wintney in the Second Round Qualifying on 19th September, after first visiting Horsham YMCA next Saturday in the 1st Round Qualifying of the FA Cup.

Wasps other senior teams also all won and kept clean sheets. The Reserves beat Cobham 3 - 0, the Third Team beat Sporting Lindfield 2 - 0 and the Fourths were 1 - 0 victors against Uckfield Town.

:: Friday 4th September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Steve Johnson has several injury concerns ahead of Saturday's FA Vase trip to Chessington & Hook (kick off 3pm).

Dave Gellatly (ankle), Mannie Neville (heel) and Michael Cramp (hamstring) are all undergoing treatment while Martin Crane completes a two match ban held over from last season when he was playing for Tonbridge Angels.

Chessington beat Cove, the side Wasps knocked out of the FA Cup last week, in a Combined Counties League game last month and the boss expects a difficult 90 minutes.

He said: "We will have to be up for the battle because they will make it very hard for us on their own pitch."

Any replay will take place at East Court next Tuesday, kick off 7.15pm.

:: Wednesday 2nd September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Redhill U18s 1, East Grinstead Town U18s 4

Wasps' Under 18s started their new season off with an away win at Redhill.

:: Tuesday 1st September 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Redhill 2, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps were again unfortunate to come away with nothing out of this game. They dominated play for most of the first half except for a five minute period during which time Redhill netted twice, the first of which a spectacular volley from Leon Dussard. Wasps had the better of the second half but despite a cracking goal from Ben Burns, they suffered their fifth league defeat from six........[Full Match report]

The reseves were pegged to a 2 - 2 draw with a last minute equaliser from Oakwood.

Boss Steve Johnson praised his players strength of character after they came from 2-0 down to become the first Grinstead side to progress to the first qualifying round of the FA Cup........[Full Match report]

An ultimately comfortable win over their Combined Counties League opponents has earned Wasps a trip to Ryman League Horsham YMCA on Saturday week.

Johnson said: "I told the players beforehand that they would be lively and come flying at us but we didn't switch on and found ourselves 2-0 down. But we got a goal back just before half-time and in the second half we played really well. But the lesson is that we can't afford to give teams starts because we won't always be able to recover from them."

:: Sunday 30th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Following their 5 - 3 win over Wick today, Horsham YMCA will be Wasps opponents in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup to be played at Gorings Mead on Saturday 12th September.

:: Saturday 29th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 4, Cove 2

Wasps have made it through to the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup for the fist time in their history with a 4 - 2 victory over Cove from the Combined Counties League this afternoon.

It wasn't all plain sailing though. Cove started very lively and the home crowd were anxious when the visitors took a 2 goal lead but boss Steve Johnson changed the shape matching the visitors three up front and the game changed. Jack Johnson pulled one back just before the break. The second half was a totally different match with Wasps dominating and goals from Drew Crush, Luke Piscina and Ben Burns sealed a hard fought but well deserved victory........[Full Match report]

Wasps will travel either to Horsham YMCA or Wick who play each other tomorrow, in the First Round Proper on Saturday 12th September.

:: Tuesday 25th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hailsham 1, East Grinstead Town 5

WASPS chalked up their first County League win of the season at the Beaconsfield after an impressive performance against Hailsham.

The winning margin could have been even greater with Luke Piscina twice and John Sinclair both hitting the post in the second half while Wasps had two efforts cleared off the line........[Full Match report]

Manager Steve Johnson said: "I said it would take time for the side to gel but we are seeing evidence of that now. Apart from a ten minute spell when they scored we were in total control and played some great football."

GRINSTEAD entertain Combined Counties League Cove at the GAC Stadium on Saturday in the preliminary round of the FA Cup, kick off 3pm. Next Tuesday they visit Redhill for a league game, kick off 7.45pm.

Back at the GAC stadium, the Reserves beat Suburban League newcomers Welling United 3 - 2........[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 22nd August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Whitehawk 2

Goals from Danny Bird and Marc Whiteman were the difference between the sides in this entertaining match in which both sides played good attractive football. Wasps went behind to a soft goal just before half time and after a good 10 minute spell in the second half where they dominated fell further behind against the run of play. The home side had two great opportunities to draw level but just couldn't produce the finish........[Full Match report]

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East Grinstead Town 0, Lingfield 1

Wasps' poor start to the season continued with a third consecutive league defeat against local rivals Lingfield. Grinstead named an unchanged line up from the side that comfortably beat Feltham in the FA Cup on Saturday but they never hit the form they showed then........[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 18th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crowborough Athletic Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 1

Wasps reserves opened their season with an away victory tonight, the only goal of the match coming from David Major.

:: Saturday 15th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 4, Feltham 1

WASPS dominated this FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie against Feltham from the Combined Counties although the visitors took the lead with their first attack after being pegged back up until then. Dave Gellatly went on to grab a hatrick and John Sinclair scored the fourth........[Full Match report]

Grinstead now entertain Cove from the Combined Counties Premier League in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 29th August.

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East Grinstead Town 1, St Francis Rangers 2

Wasps should have had this match sown up in the first 10 minutes and missed a first half penalty. Rangers keeper Simon Lehkyj had a superb match and was voted man of the match which sums it all up. However he admitted he thought he was going off for handling the ball outside of his area in a one-on-one but the referee believed tha ball had struck his head. This was a vastly improved showing from Grinstead, created a hatful of chances but failed to make them count........[Full Match report]

:: Sunday 9th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Johnson embarrassed by display at Chi

FURIOUS Wasps' boss Steve Johnson did not spare his side after they made the worst possible start to the County League campaign at Oaklands Park yesterday.

Five goals from Ben Vassallo condemned Grinstead to their heaviest defeat since they returned to division one last season. Johnson was without seven players who would normally have been involved but he refused to use that as an excuse.

He said: "I don't want to take anything away from Chichester because they could have put ten past us but we were awful, particularly at the back.

"It is totally unacceptable and the players were told in no uncertain terms that fact afterwards. The coaching staff and I were embarassed and the players should be too. All I can promise everyone at the club is that there will be no repeat."

Johnson was planning changes for Wednesday's opening home game against St Francis Rangers (kick off 7.30pm). Although defenders Martin Crane and Drew Crush are unavailable and Mannie Neville completes a ban he will have Andy Ducille, Jack Johnson and Dave Gellatly and hopes to have made two new signings.

Former Ringmer frontman Aaron MacMillan and Hailsham defender Martin Richardson are both on his radar and Johnson added: "They are both good footballers with a lot of County League experience who will improve us.

"I'm still shell-shocked to be honest about Saturday. We've had a good pre-season and I couldn't see that result coming but we will get it out of our system and when we get a few more players back I repeat what I said before we started - we will be a force this season."

Wasps set out on the road to Wembley on Saturday when they host Combined Counties League Feltham in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, kick off 3pm at the GAC Stadium. The following week they meet local rivals Lingfield at home, kick off 7.30pm.

:: Saturday 8th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Chichester City 7, East Grinstead Town 1

Although Wasps started brightly they fell behind to the home's side first attack. With just ten minutes gone they found themselves embarrassingly a further 2 goals down against a no more than average side with pace up front. After Marc Pelling scored from a Luke Piscina corner to make it 4 - 1, it looked as if Grinstead could get back into the game but then conceded a penalty just on half time to go in 5 - 1 down. Chi scored at the beginning and at the end of the second half to make it an opening day to forget.

Steve Johnson will now have to pick his side up for the visit of St Francis Rangers on Wednesday (ko 7.30pm).

:: Friday 7th August 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Back on line

Aplogies for the lack of updates over the last month, but the Chairman / Treasurer / Webmaster has been away. Normal service will resume shortly.

In the meantime please note that the Division One season kicks off tomorrow with Steve Johnson's team making the trip to Chichester City United for a 3pm kick off.

The next league match will be on Wednesday at the GAC Stadium at East Court against St Francis Rangers (ko 3pm).

:: Monday 27th July 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crystal Palace opener at GAC Stadium

STEVE JOHNSON is delighted with pre-season preparations for his East Grinstead Town side after making significant additions both on and off the field.

As well as signing four new players for the County League campaign, which kicks off on August 8, the Wasps' boss has also added to his backroom staff by bringing in former Hailsham manager Ken McCreadie as first-team coach.

And McCreadie has already made a huge impression in terms of improving fitness levels amongst the squad.

Johnson said: "I'm delighted to have Ken on board. I believe he will help make us the fittest team in the league.

"He has absolutely beasted them in the training sessions. It has been hard work but the lads are feeling the benefits and Ken has been exactly what we've needed.

"When it's over we're all enjoying a laugh and the banter is flying."

On the field Johnson has strengthened his squad with four new faces.

Drew Crush has joined from Crowborough and will play in the centre of defence while Johnson has also strengthened his options at the back by recruiting 6ft 3in Matt Crainie from Tonbridge Angels.

Keiron Wilson, who had a spell in the MLS in America, is a left-sided player who can operate in midfield or up front, while Dan Evans can play a similar left-sided role. Johnson worked with Evans two years ago at Ringmer and he had four years in Woking's youth and reserves set-up. Last season he played for County League division three side Dorking Wanderers.

Johnson said: "The two left-footers will help balance the side. Drew is a quality player and Matt's a real man mountain - I can see him being a real threat for us at set pieces. They are all really good signings."

The newcomers will all figure in a trio of high-profile friendlies at the GAC Stadium starting tonight (Wednesday) against a Crystal Palace XI (7.30pm) which is being played as part of the three-year sponsorship deal with Palace's backers GAC Logistics which has seen East Court renamed the GAC Stadium.

On Saturday Wasps entertain Ryman League Walton & Hersham (3pm) before Crawley Town are the visitors next Monday, kick off 7.30pm. Johnson put his first team through their paces in a full-scale practice match against the reserves last Thursday when Simon Funnell scored four goals in a 5-1 win.

The boss added: "We really saw the benefits of Ken's sessions in that one, we were so much fitter in the last 20 minutes when we scored three of our goals."

Then on Saturday two goals from Ben Burns secured a 2-1 win over Farnborough Town reserves in a bounce game at Bisley.

Grinstead open their league campaign at Chichester on August 8 before entertaining St Francis Rangers three days later.

They have been drawn away to Little Common in the Sussex Senior Cup and Littlehampton Town in the RUR Cup.

Johnson added: "Pre season has gone really well. It would have been nice to have another friendly and we won't be able to read too much into the Palace or Crawley results but Walton will be a good test of how far we have progressed and what we have to work on before the league starts."

:: Wednesday 1st July 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cup draws announced

WASPS have been drawn at home at the GAC Stadium in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup against Feltham from the Combined Counties. Feltham finished seventh in CCL Division One, the equivalent level of our Sussex County Division Two. The match is scheduled for Saturday 15th August (ko 3pm). The winners of the tie will face a home tie against the winners of Cove or Bookham from the Combined Counties Premier Division.

In the First Qualifying Round of the FA Carlsberg Vase, Wasps travel to Chessington and Hook United from the Combined Counties Premier League, where they finished 19th last season. The tie is scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th September (ko 3pm) with the winners away to Hartley Wintney in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday 19th September.

Wasps Under 18s have been drawn away in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup and will face the winners of Ramsgate and VCD Athletic. The tie is scheduled to be played in the week commencing 21st September.

New Under 18s manager

Bob Chambers is taking over from Phil Major as Wasps Under 18s manager. Bob has been assistant manager and is looking forward to the new campaign in his new role. Phil Major will now be able to focus on his role as Reserve Team manager.

:: Monday 29th June 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Boss raring to go

EAST GRINSTEAD Town boss Steve Johnson is confident all of last season's squad will report back when Wasps start pre-season training this week.

And Johnson is also confident of landing at least two quality additions to his squad ahead of the start of the County League campaign on August 8.

He said: "We start training on Tuesday and I can't wait - with one or two new players on top of those already here I think we can compete in the first division this season.

"I am speaking to some players and I've heard that others may turn up for pre-season. Things are on the up at the club and I'm confident we will have a good year."

Paul Thomsett will again be assisting Johnson, but a third member of the management team may be added soon.

Grinstead have arranged three high-profile friendlies at the GAC Stadium, starting against Crystal Palace on Wednesday, July 29 (7.30pm).

On Saturday August 1 Walton and Hersham are the visitors (3pm) and two days later Wasps entertain Conference outfit Crawley Town (7.30pm).

Johnson said: "They are three quality games to test the squad. We may slot in one more away from home but it is only five weeks before we kick off again and that time will soon come round.

"We will get the boys as fit as possible although, as is always the case with part-time players, the boys will also have to work on their fitness in their own time."

:: Thursday 25th June 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Horsham friendly cancelled

The pre-season friendly against John Maggs' Horsham has been cancelled and they will now play Ryman League side Walton & Hersham who are our vistors on Saturday 1st August.

Either side of that match, Wasps will host Crystal Palace from the Championship on Wednesday 29th July and Crawley Town from the Conference on Monday 3rd August.

Pre-season training

A reminder that pre-season training for the senior sides starts on Tuesday 30th June at 7pm at East Court playing fields.

The junior teams are also preparing for the new season and Wasps 2009/10 Under 13 Colts are looking for players of above average ability to play in the Tandridge League on Sundays. Trial sessions are taking place on Thursday evenings starting at 6.15pm. For more details contact Bob Wallis (UEFA B Qualified Coach) on 01342 324583 OR 07891 477298.

:: Tuesday 23rd June 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

May 2009:
1st prize 74 - P Cadman
2nd prize 30 - M Lyons
3rd prize 10 - J Greig

June 2009:
1st prize 70 - A Evans
2nd prize 28 - H Cowlard
3rd prize 10 - M Webb

:: Sunday 21st June 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps to kick off new season with two principal sponsors and Crystal Palace friendly

GAC main sponsor to Crystal PalaceEAST Grinstead Town will have two principal sponsors for the first time in their history in a deal described by chairman Richard Tramontin as the most exciting in the club's 119-year history.

The Rydon Group have agreed to be the club's shirt sponsors for a 19th successive year but Wasps have also tied up a three-year agreement with GAC Logistics which will see East Court re-named as The GAC Stadium from next season.

And as part of the deal, Wasps will entertain Championship club Crystal Palace, who are also sponsored by GAC Logistics, in the first match at The GAC Stadium on Wednesday July 29, kick off 7.30pm.

Construction group Rydon, who are based in Forest Row, began what is believed to be the longest-running sponsorship agreement in non-league football in 1990. They will again have their name emblazoned on the amber and black shirts when Wasps kick off their County League division one campaign on 8th August.

Tramontin said: "We are extremely grateful for Rydon's continued sponsorship. Without their support the club would not have been able to flourish and grow in the way we have.

"We have not come across any senior non-league club in the country who have enjoyed such long-running sponsorship and this reflects the great relationship we have always had with Rydon."

Rydon Chief Executive Bob Bond said: "We are again very pleased to be able to announce that Rydon will continue as principal sponsors of East Grinstead Town Football Club next season.

"At a time when we are all feeling the pressures created by the recession and the economic slowdown, we realise how important it is for long-standing community-based organisations like the club to continue to receive support from local businesses.

"We know that it has been a tough first season for the Wasps in Division One but are delighted that they have retained their deserved place in this group and look forward to seeing them improving further next year."

Rydon will become principal sponsors with GAC , the world's leading providers of shipping, logistics and marine-related services who employ around 9,000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide. GAC are also main club sponsors to Championship side Crystal Palace. The GAC logo will be adorning the pitch perimeter, main stand, dugouts and programme while the change of name to the GAC Stadium comes 42 years after the club first moved to East Court.

Tramontin added: "With the full agreement of Rydon, we have managed to secure an excellent three-year agreement with the GAC Group which we hope will benefit both parties.

"GAC are well known for their sponsorship of Palace, a club with many followers in the town, and we are absolutely delighted they have chosen to get involved in non-league football through East Grinstead and the GAC Stadium."

GAC Group Vice President, William Hill said "We are very pleased to have been able conclude this agreement with East Grinstead Town. We now have brand exposure at both professional and non league levels." GAC is committed to sports sponsorships, in particular Football, Golf and Motor Racing.

GAC sponsor Alex Brundle's F2 car

Pre-season training

Pre-season training for Wasps' senior sides starts in earnest on Tuesday 30th June. This will involve the First Team, Reserves, Under 18's and Third Team. Players are asked to meet at the club house at 6.45 or at East Court playing fields at 7pm. Boss Steve Johnson can't wait to get back together with his management and players and is excited at the prospect of the quality friendlies against Crystal Palace, Crawley Town, Horsham and Walton & Hersham at the newly re-named GAC Stadium.

Pitch looking good

The pitch at East Court had its first cut on Saturday following the extensive end-of-season renovation works. A trio of Steve Hatswell, Alan Woolley and Phil Cowlard used hand mowers to give the grass it's all important first cut. The centre section of the pitch from the edges of the two six yard boxes which had been completely dug up now has a good covering of grass and this will thicken up over the coming weeks ready for the first match against Crystal Palace on July 29th.

Thre are lots of things that need doing at the ground before the start of the season so additional volunteers would be very welcome on any Saturday morning.

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Marc Pelling and John Sinclair won the two main awards at East Grinstead Town's end-of-season presentation which was held at Chartham Park Golf Club.

Pelling, who played a key role in Wasps' successful fight against relegation, was the choice of boss Steve Johnson as Manager's Player while Sinclair, one of Johnson's recruits when he took over in February and guided Wasps to safety, was voted Players' Player.

Simon Funnell was top goal scorer and the sportsman's award went to Danny Wackett. The Club Person award went to physio Pam Presland.

Other awards -
Reserves: Players' player: Scott Johnston; Manager's award: Neil Taylor; Top goalscorer: Steven Major.
Under-18s: Players' player: Ryan Fletcher; Manager's player: David Major; Top goalscorer: Sam Fildes.
Third team: Players' player: Sean Leggett; Manager's player: Mitchell Hunt; Top goalscorer: Rory Trenholme.
Fourth team: Players' player: Will Irwin; Manager's player: Kerrin Fort; Top goalscorer: Matt Garrett.

:: Wednesday 20th May 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town v Crawley Town

Wasps will be hosting Crawley Town from the Blue Square Conference at East Court on Monday 3rd August (ko 7.30pm) in a pre-season friendly.

:: Tuesday 19th May 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Work on pitch continues

The ground was still too wet on Monday for the contractors to carry on with the end-of-season pitch renovation. The power harrow was back on the pitch this morning and the fertilising and re-seeding of the entire pitch was completed this afternoon. Ideal conditions thereafter would be rain at night and sun during the day. Fingers crossed.

200 Club Winners April 2009

1st prize 70 - M Playle
2nd prize 30 - S Webb
3rd prize 10 - P Wheeler

:: Friday 15th May 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rain hampers progress

The heavy rain during Thursday night meant that the contractors were unable to finish the end-of-season renovation works on the pitch today. It was just too wet for the contractors to run the power harrow along the centre of the pitch with longer tines and also too wet to spread fertilser and seed. These final stages are now planned for Monday, weather permitting.

:: Thursday 14th May 2009 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
End of season pitch renovation.......

With the season barely over and following on after last weekend's Footie Fun Day, the main renovation work on the pitch at East Court is nearing completion.

After vertidraining, 10 tons of root zone was applied in the goalmouths and centre circle and then 100 tons of sand was spread over the entire pitch. The centre of the pitch from end to end was then power harrowed down to just above the existing drainage sand bands.

Vertidrain Sand spreading Power Harrow

This will be followed tomorrow by the application of a pre seed fertiliser and overseeding the complete surface.

It is expected that the playing surface will be even better than it has been over recent seasons. This current work is the fifth consecutive year of an initial five-year pitch development plan, which has so far transformed the playing surface receiving praise from visiting teams and FA officials.

Because of the extent of the renovation works and the time needed before the new surface is established and the pitch can be used, we have unfortunately been unable to accommodate a request from Conference side Crawley Town to host a pre-season friendly in early July against their full First Team. However discussions are still taking place to secure a pre-season friendly against a Championship club later in July.

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