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:: Sunday 15th May 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Presentation Night

Wasps end-of-season presentation night was a resounding success, thoroughly enjoyed by all.

A lot of hard work went into organising the event at the clubhouse but it was all worthwhile with the hog roast and bbq a real success as well as the entertainment from the Be Bop Daddies who played before and after the actual presentations.

Steve Claridge was the special guest who presented the awards and was a real pleasure to talk to. He was most impressed with the club and facilities and enjoyed his evening staying beyond the presentations to chat with lots of people and enjoy the hog roast.

Wasps finished seventh in the Sussex County League Division One after looking as if they may clinch runners up spot as we went into April but injuries, suspensions and the fixture backlog took its toll. Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "Finishing 7th with 65 points is a really great achievement particularly compared with the previous two seasons when we were battling against relegation and finished on 40 points last season and 33 the one before. Together we now look forward to the coming season which starts on 13th August." Tony Beckingham's manager's award went to Peter Featherstone while the Footballer of the Year, which is voted by the players, was awarded to John Sinclair. Liam Baitup, with 29 goals, was leading scorer and Kieran Wilson was Supporters' Player.

The resrves had a great fifth season in the tough Suburban League and finished 4th in the South Division, one higher than last season and they were worthy winners of the Suburban League Cup beating Leighton Town in the final after knocking out sides like AFC Wimbledon and Eastbourne Borough on the way. Claridge presented the Suburban League Cup to reserves skipper Bobby Buckingham who also received Phil Majpr's Manager's Award. Players' player went to defender Blair Cooney and Steve Major was Leading goalscorer.

Other awards:
Under-18s players' player: Sam Rintoul; Manager's player: Harry Presland; Top scorer: Matt Gates.
Third team players' player: Zac Curtis; Manager's player: Sikhusele Nyaka; Top scorer: Zac Curtis.
Fourth team players' player: Callum Duckworth; Manager's player: Mike Turville; Top scorer: James Bagley.
Club person of the year: Lester Medcalf.

:: Monday 9th May 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves finish in 4th spot

Wasps reserves finished their Suburban League campaign in fourth spot. After their 5 - 2 victory on Saturday at Chessington & Hook, they needed to win tonight at Epsom & Ewell by 3 clear goals to clinch 3rd spot but were beaten 2 - 1.

Despite finishing with a defeat, it was a great season finishing higher than ever before and winning the Suburban League Cup beating teams like AFC Wimbledon and Eastbourne Borough on the way to the final against Leighton Town.

:: Sunday 8th May 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Footie Fun Day 2011

East Grinstead Town Football club held their Annual Footie Fun Day on Sunday at the GAC Stadium. Youngsters from Eastbourne, Hailsham, Crawley, Horsham, Brockham, Wealden, Copthorne, Lingfield and local to East Grinstead took part in over nine hours of football during the day which was thoroughly enjoyed by 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 12 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 school who put in so much effort and their enthusiasm was fantastic throughout the day."


Fifty different teams took part in over one hundred games for the age groups Under Seven's through to Under Ten's .

In the morning session the Under Seven's and Under Eights took centre stage.

The Under Seven's competition comprised of twelve enthusiastic teams split into two groups. Wealden Rangers and Sovereign Saints made the final and it was Wealden Rangers who won 3-1.
Under Seven Winners: Wealden Rangers - Runners Up: Sovereign Saints

The Under Eight's competition comprised of thirteen competitive teams which was split into two groups with Ashurst Wood Bulldogs and Maidenbower Colts Red making it through to the final. In a close encounter in which either side could have won, it was goalless after extra time, requiring the drama of penalties to decide the outcome which Ashurst Wood Bulldogs won 2-1.
Under Eight Winners: Ashurst Wood Bulldogs - Runners Up: Maidenbower Colts Red

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 sixteen competitive teams split into three groups. Two excellent footballing sides Forest Youth and Roffey Robins made it through to the final. The final was an excellent advert for youth football and it was Forest Youth who won the game 3-1.
Under Nine Winners: Forest Youth - Runners Up: Roffey Robins

The Under Ten's competition had nine passionate sides split into two groups. Roffey Robins and Ashurst Wood Harriers teams made it through to the final and in a close encounter, both keepers made some great saves but Roffey Robins edged it 2-0 to win the trophy.
Under Ten Winners: Roffey Robins - Runners Up: Ashurst Wood Harriers

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.

:: Thursday 5th May 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Presentation Night

We are pleased to announce that Steve Claridge will be presenting the awards at our end-of-season Presentation Night on Saturday 14th May. Steve is a former English footballer who played more than 800 matches for 15 league clubs and several non-league clubs over the course of a 24-year playing career. After being a manager at clubs Portsmouth and Weymouth, Claridge is now a pundit for BBC shows Football Focus and The Football League Show.

Tickets for the Presentation Night are limited in number and must be purchased in advance.

This year, the event will take place at the EGTFC clubhouse.

Cost is £15 per head and will include a hog roast and live entertainmnet from the Be Bop Daddies.


Reserves' fixture change

The Suburban League away match against Epsom & Ewell Reserves originally scheduled for tonight has been moved to Monday 9th May (ko 7.30pm). Wasps reserves travel to Chaessington & Hook on Saturday. They currently sit in 4th spot and wins in their final two matches could see them finish 3rd.

:: Wednesday 4th May 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crawley Down 3, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps deserved at least a draw if not all three points at the Haven Centre tonight. They gifted three goals to the league winners, two early on and one near the end when it looked as if they were sure to equalise and also had a goal dissallowed for offside.............[Full Match report]

:: Sunday 1st May 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 11s win final

Wasps' Under 11s won their Horsham League Plate Final this morning against Billingshurst. Wasps dominated the first half and were one up at the break. Billingshurst equalised in the second half and the match went into extra time and then penalties. Each side missed one, forcing a tense sudden death shoot out. Wasps keeper Derek Allison made three fine saves and then fired home the winning spot kick himself. Congratulations to all the boys, manager Gary Willsher and assistant John Thornley-Gibson.

:: Saturday 30th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Redhill 0

Rikki Cable marked his return after suspension with two goals following an opener from Jez Tobin on 51 minutes in the last home match of the season. The first half display was pretty poor from Wasps with the visitors having more of the play although they did not really trouble Dan Harwood in goal. The second half saw Wasps pick up the pace and quality and after Jez Tobin opened the scoring following a fine pass from the bye line by Joel Hughes, there only looked one winner.............[Full Match report]

:: Wednesday 27th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Rye United 3

RYE became only the second team this season to complete a league double over Wasps after an entertaining game which could quite easily have produced lots more goals.............[Full Match report]


200 Club winners

April 2011:
1st prize £70 - H Cowlard
2nd prize £30 - J Richardson
3rd prize £12 - B Talbot


:: Tuesday 26th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 5

Wasps reserves came from behind to comfortably beat Lingfield on a pitch which was not conducive to playing good flowing football. Scorers were two each from Steve Major and Miles Neville and one from Ricky Spain

:: Monday 25th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Crawley Down 1

Wasps went behind to a 6th minute goal which should have been dissallowed as a cross from near the bye line was deflected and was going wide when Sam Kane in an offside position at the far post stroked it home. Jez Tobin got the Grinstead equaliser on 16 minutes with a superb strike from the edge of the box. A draw was probably a fair result although Wasps had more goal scoring attempts and Shane Goldsmith in the Crawley Down goal pulled off two outstanding saves.............[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 24th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Pagham 2

WASPS’ Easter triple-header against sides in the top six started with a first home league defeat that was harsh on Tony Beckingham’s side.

Grinstead controlled possession for long periods but failed to take any of the opportunities they carved out and were punished by two clinical finishes from Pagham marksman Scott Murfin.............[Full Match report]


Colliers Wood Utd Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 3

Two goals from Zac Curtis and one from Steve Major maintains Wasps' reserves drive for promotion with four matches left.

:: Thursday 21st April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Leighton Town Reserves 0 - Suburban League Cup Final

A fantasic night at the Met. Police ground as the Ressies defeated Leighton Town 1-0 in the Suburban League Cup Final.

It was a superb effort by EVERYBODY involved and manager Phil Major said: "thanks must go to the large contingent of travelling fans who made the effort to be there on the night."

The Ressies dominated the first half and were rewarded with the only goal of the game after 25 minutes. A ball from Lee Granger found Steve Major in the left hand channel. His cross went over Marlon Clark-Ward to Michael Belli, who smashed the ball into the net from 25 yards.

Leighton Town dominated possession in the second half but could not create an opening through the Grinstead defence. In fact the Ressies, with limited ball, still had the two best chances of the second half.

A great night and a superb Cup win.

:: Monday 18th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps Under 16s had a first taste of flodlight football on Grinstead's main pitch at the GAC Stadium tonight and scored the only goal against a mixture of Wasps Under 18s and some 16 year old trialists. The Under 16s put on a good display and any number are pushing to be included in next season's Under 18 squad.

:: Saturday 16th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wick 1, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps conceded with less than a minute played and struggled to settle for the next fifteen minutes. They domintaed thereafter particularly in the second half with the Wick keeper pulling off some fine saves. It seemed that the equaliser simply would not come with Wick blocking everything until late on when Peter Cooper mishit his strike into the bottom corner.............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Merstham Reserves 1

Wasps reserves had to come from behind to salvage a point and maintain their drive for promotion.

:: Tuesday 12th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Eastbourne Utd Assoc 0, East Grinstead Town 4

Two goals in each half rounded off a solid display from Wasps on a hard bobbly pitch against a spirited Eastbourne Utd side.............[Full Match report]

Wasps reserves lost by a single goal against second placed Chipstead in the Suburban League, while back at the GAC Stadium the Under 18s drew 2 - 2 against Lingfield.

:: Saturday 9th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Sidley Utd 1, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps suffered defeat against a hard working Sidley side. Grinstead tried to play football on a hard bobbly surface whereas the hosts' game plan was simply route one. Grinstead's best two chances came in the second half when Jez Tobin had a fine effort tipped over the bar by the Sidley keeper and then from the resultant corner, Peter Cooper's header went just over the angle of the bar and post. But it was Sidley that scored the only goal of the match when a a hopeful clearance out of defence found Kevin Barden who rolled Miles Neville and avoided Peter Featherstone's challenge and mishit his shot past Danny Harwood. A harsh blow but another example where Grinstead try to play football on a poor surface when the opposition are content with pumping balls over the top.............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 2, Colliers Wood Utd 0

Goals from Sam Fildes and sub Zac Curtis were enough to see off Colliers Wood and keep Wasps in fourth spot in the Suburban League.

:: Thursday 7th April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Chessington & Hook Reserves 0

Wasps reserves worked hard to secure three points tonight to maintain their challenge for promotion. They dominated possession but failed to create any real goalscoring opportunities. Simon Tadman got the all important goal in the second half with a strike from just inside the box. The win moves them up into 4th spot. They host Colliers Wood Utd at the GAC Stadium on Saturday.

:: Sunday 3rd April 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture changes

The kick off time for next Saturday's match at Sidley has been changed to 2pm.

With Crawley Down now scheduled to play Eastbourne Borough in the semi final of the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday 19th April, Wasps' visit to The Haven has now been moved to Wednesday 4th May (ko 7.30).

The Arundel match has been provisionally re-scheduled for Saturday 7th May, subject to a League Management Committee decision.


East Grinstead Town Reserves 2, Molesey Reserves 1

First half goals from Miles Neville and Joel Baker earned Wasps another 3 points and keeps the push for promotion to the Suburban League Premier Division on track. Their next match is at home on Thursday against Chessington & Hook (ko 7.30pm)


Arundel 2, East Grinstead Town 1 - match abandoned after 72 minutes

Statement from chairman Richard Tramontin on yesterday’s game at Arundel:

"As a club, we are extremely disappointed that our game at Arundel on Saturday had to be abandoned by the referee Darren Eaton after 72 minutes.

We had just had John Paul Collier sent off for a challenge and then an Arundel player and Rikki Cable were also dismissed.

Mr Eaton spoke to the players and he gave both sides the option of abandoning the match to avoid the possibility of further confrontations and I totally support our manager Tony Beckingham in his decision to accept the referee’s offer.

I did not see the incident involving Bob Marchant, the Arundel chairman, but I was appalled that Bob ended up having to go to hospital as a result of his fall. I spoke to him on Saturday night and was relieved to hear that he was fine and on the mend.

We will co-operate fully with any enquiry the County League or Sussex FA may wish to convene and in the meantime will be making no further comment on the game."

:: Wednesday 30th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps through to Final

The Reserves earned their place in the Suburban League Final by beating Eastbourne Borough 1 - 0 at Priory Lane tonight. Sam Fildes scored the first half goal with a header from a Scott Woolley free kick in what was a good contest against their Premier Division opponents. Wasps will now meet Leighton Town in the final on Thursday April 21st at Metropolitan Police Sports Ground (ko 7.30pm).

:: Tuesday 29th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, St Francis Rangers 0

Two goals from Peter Cooper and one from Joel Hughes earned Wasps all three points tonight against a hard working and spirited St Francis side.............[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 26th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 5, Chichester City Utd 0

Wasps put on a superb display this afternoon and could have won the match even more emphatically. Goals from Peter Cooper and Joel Hughes saw them go in 2 - 0 up at half time and that lead was doubled within 4 minutes of the restart with a second from Hughes and one from Rikki Cable. Mike McKenna marked his debut with Wasps' fifth.............[Full Match report]


Corinthian Casuals Reserves 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 0

Wasps Reserves 15 match unbeaten run in the league came to an end at table topping Casuals. The first half was quite even although Grinstead had chances to take the lead. The second half saw Wasps second best in most areas and conceded two goals. They travel to Eastbourne Borough for the semi final of the Suburban League Challenge Cup on Wednesday (ko 7.45pm)


200 Club winners

March 2011:
1st prize £70 - P Cadman
2nd prize £30 - D Mann
3rd prize £10 - G Harris


:: Tuesday 22nd March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Corinthian Reserves 1

An entertaining game at the GAC Stadium which saw Wasps work hard for all three points. Joel Hughes opened the scoring but a penalty for the visitors levelled the scores. Mike McKenna soon restored the lead and Wasps went in at half time with a 2-1 lead.

Wasps dominated the majority of the second half and squandered a number of chances. A second goal for McKenna secured the points although Seb Bos pulled off two important saves.

Grinstead move up to third in the league and now look forward to an away trip to table topping Corinthian Casuals on Saturday.

:: Monday 21st March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Leatherhead U18s 2, East Grinstead Town U18s 1

Wasps Under 18s were very unlucky to lose against their table topping opponents, in one of their best performances of the season. A great finish by 16 year old Ciaran Steers gave Wasps a deserved lead, but Leatherhead struck with two quick goals before the half time break.

:: Saturday 19th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 4, Eastbourne United 1

Tony Beckingham was forced to make a number of changes because of injuries with only Drew Cooney recovering sufficiently out of the four injuries sustained at Hailsham on Tuesday. The visitors took a deserved lead but Peter Cooper equalised just before the break. Wasps were read the riot act at half time following a totally lucklustre display and upped their game in the second half scoring three goals in eight minutes through Alexander, Cable and Pelling. Eastbourne United's young squad showed true spirit throughout and were left to rue missed opportunities in the first half.............[Full Match report]


Redhill Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 9

The match changed after 8 minutes when Wasps were awarded a penalty and Redhill had a player sent off for the challenge. This was shortly followed by another player being shown red for arguing with the referee. Grinstead took the lead from the spot and then faced 9 men. The home team went down to 8 men after 75 minutes. Wasps' goalscorers were Rigler (30, Major (2), Belli (2), Neville and Tester.

:: Wednesday 16th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Merstham Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2

Wasps'reserves ninth straight league win sees them move up into 4th place in the Subusrban League. The two first half goal;s were scored by Kay Conteh and Michael Belli who was then shown a harsh red card on 70 minutes.

Back at the GAC Stadium, Three Bridges beat Crawley Down 4 - 3 in the semi final of the John O'Hara Cup

:: Tuesday 15th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hailsham Town 0, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps were forceed to play the last 22 minutes of normal time and 5 minutes of added time with 10 men following injuries to Luke Denton, Drew Cooney, Bronek Dabrowa and Liam Baitup. Hailsham made better work of dealing with a pitch that made it difficult to play controlled football, battled hard and missed some good chances but Grinstead nearly grabbed 3 points on 88 minutes from time when Jez Tobin's overhead kick from a Lee Carey free kick was tipped over the bar. Dave Tidy was back in goal for Grinstead six years after leaving the club. Remarkably this was Wasps' first goalless draw this season. [Match report to follow]

:: Sunday 13th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps reserves have been drawn away to Eastbourne Borough in the semi final of the Suburban League Challenge Cup. The match will be played on Wednesday 30th March. The previously scheduled away match in the league agaisnt Merstham on that day will now be played this Wednesday.


Tuesday night's match at Hailsham is a 7.30pm kick off, not 7.45pm as previouisly scheduled. The away match at Crawley Down previously scheduled for Tuesday 22nd March will now be played on Tuesday 19th April, which will result in the two two teams meeting twice in the league within a week!!

:: Saturday 12th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Selsey 1, East Grinstead Town 6

A hatrick from John Paul Collier and goals from Peter Cooper, Rikki Cable and Lloyd Anthony rounded off an assured display at Selsey this afternoon.............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 4, Tring Athletic Reserves 2

Wasps reserves are through to the semi final of the Suburban League Cup with 2 goals from both Michael Belli and Marlon Clark-Ward.

:: Tuesday 8th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Three Bridges 1, East Grinstead Town 3

An entertaining match with both sides playing some good football. Liam Baitup opened the scoring 4 minutes into the second half with a neat finish. Bridges equalised with a wonder stike frtom outside the box before Liam Baitup turned provider with a pinpoint cross for Rikki Cable to head home only his third ever career headed goal. Cable then conjured up a super individual goal not dissimilar to his goal against Chichester at the weekend leaving defenders and the keeper in his wake.............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Oakwood Reserves 0

Phil Major's team picked themselves up after Saturday's cup defeat and earned their 8th straight league victory tonight with a goal from Simon Tadman in the 85th minute.

:: Saturday 5th March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Chichester City Utd 1, East Grinstead Town 3

Two classy finishes from Rikki Cable and Liam Baitup's 28th goal of the season earned Wasps all three points this afternoon.............[Full Match report]

They travel to Three Bridges on Tuesday evening (ko 7.45pm)


East Grinstead Town Reserves 0, Eastbourne Town Reserves 2

Wasps reserves lost out to two second half goals in this Sussex Intermediate Cup semi final this afternoon.

Oakwood have been unable to agree to the club's request to play the reserves Suburban League match on Monday evening instead of Tuesday. The request was made as the semi final of the RUR Cup between Redhill and Crawley Down is being staged at the GAC Stadium. The Reserves match will therefore have to go ahead on the Tuesday.

:: Wednesday 2nd March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cobham Reserves 0, East Grinstead Town Reserves 4

Wasps reserves move into fifth spot tonight after securing their 11th successive victory thanks to goals from Grant Rigler, Michael Belli, Sam Fildes and Scott Woolley.

:: Tuesday 1st March 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 0, Merstham Under 18s 2

Wasps were knocked out of the Southern Youth League Cup by two second half goals tonight at the GAC Stadium.

:: Saturday 26th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

Despite all our best efforts, this afternoon's match against Rye was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The reserves match at Merstham suffered a similar fate.

:: Thursday 24th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s off

Tonight's Under 18s match at South Park has been called off, adding even more to the high fixture backlog.


:: Tuesday 22nd February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crawley Down 1, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps were knocked out of the Sussex Senior Cup by the Anvils with a Nick Sullivan penalty 3 minutes from time.............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 8, Horley Town Reserves 0

Lee Carey, Peter Cooper and Luke Denton were all cup tied and made their first outing for Wasps Reserves tonight, with Peter Cooper scoring 5 and Luke Denton 1. Jez Tobin and Joel Baker each scored after recent returns to Grinstead. That makes a very impressive 31 goals scored with only one conceded in the last 6 matches for the reserves who have now won 15 and drawn 1 of their last 16 matches.
:: Saturday 19th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

Both today's first team match at Eastbourne United and the Reserves home fixture against Corinthian have been called off due to waterlogged pitches.

:: Sunday 13th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture change

The League have moved the home league fixture against St Francis Rangers back a fortninght to Tuesday 29th March to accommodate the John O'Hara League Cup Semi Final between Crawley Down and Three Bridges to be played at the GAC Stadium on Wednesday 16th March.


200 Club Winners

January 2011:
1st prize £70 - D Cherry
2nd prize £30 - R Tramontin
3rd prize £10 - A Woolley

February 2011:
1st prize £70 - S Grosvenor
2nd prize £30 - R Tramontin
3rd prize £8 - L Medcalf



:: Saturday 12th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Arundel 1

Wasps got back into winning ways this afternoon in a tight match agaisnt a good Arundel side. Richard Sinden put Grinstead ahead on 24 minutes but Scott Tipper equalised in a first half which was pretty even. Grinstead stepped it up in the second half and Liam Baitup secured all three points with his 27th goal of the season just after half time with a classy finish after good work from new signing Lee Carey who impressed in the centre of midfield.............[Full Match report]

:: Friday 11th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New signings

Tony Beckingham has made two new exciting signings:

Midfielder Lee Carey, ex Hastings, Lewes and Horsham will make his debut against Arundel after signing today. Lee played 51 games for Horsham in the Ryman Premier and 16 this season. Profile

Versatile French midfielder Williams Peauroux also joins Wasps. The 27 year old has played at East Court before when he was with Three Bridges. He has since played for Eastleigh, Ebbsfleet and Horsham before joining Conference South Lewes in 2009.

:: Tuesday 8th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Redhill 3, East Grinstead Town 1

Wasps went in at the break one up through a Danny Beszant strike. Redhill snatched an early equaliser in the second half following a corner when the referee had originally signalled a goal kick. Grinstead then just failed to perform and Redhill went ahead with a gifted goal and then scored a third.............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 6, South Park 0

Wasps' reserves comfortably beat a very competent South Park side tonight with goals from Ricky Spain (2), Michael Belli, Kay Conteh, Marc Pelling and Sam Fidles. The team are certainly playing with confidence and have stretched their unbeaten run to 15 matches of which 14 have been victories.

:: Saturday 5th February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield 3, East Grinstead Town 2

Not one for the purists. Horrible pitch, blustery wind etc. Lingfield are a limited side but they seemed to get inspiration when Daryl Coleman was sent off for a horrible challenge on John Sinclair early in the second half. Grinstead had come from behind to lead 2-1 through JP Collier and Danny Beszant's free kick after Peter Featherstone had put through his own net on 81 secs!

Lingfield equalised from a very scrappy goal and in the 84th minute they won it with a penalty after keeper Danny Harwood brought down Josh Coulson after some uncertain defending. Harwood was sent off.

Lingfield worked really hard and Grinstead tried to play too much passing football in the conditions. Just lacked a spark today and need to be able to mix it up a bit more when the conditions demand it.............[Full Match report]


East Grinstead Town Reserves 5, Chessington & Hook Reserves 0

A very solid all round performance in this 2nd round tie of the Suburban League Cup.

Wasps took the lead through Steve Major and Sam Fildes then added a second. A Steve Major header made it three nil before half time.

The second half performance saw Grinstead add two further goals without conceding. Both were scored by Michael Belli.

After today's win Wasps are now in the Quarter finals with a home match against either South Park or Tring.

:: Tuesday 1st February 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hailsham Town 1, East Grinstead Town 3 [AET]

Wasps are through to the quarter finals of the Sussex Senior Cup and will now make the short trip to high flying Crawley Down.

Tonight's match was played at a furious pace throughout with Hailsham quick in closing the visitors down. They took the lead on 40 minutes through Tristan Jarvis when a throw out from Grinstead keeper Danny Harwood was intercepted. A great through ball from John Paul Collier to Rikki Cable who beat keeper Russel Tanner levelled the scores 5 minutes from the end. This quietened Hailsham manager and ex Wasps assistant manager Ken McCreadie for the first time in the match and Liam Baitup nearly clinched victory for the Wasps just before the final whistle. The match went into extra time and Grinstead started taking control. Rikki Cable set up Liam Baitup after 10 minutes of the first period to put the visitors in front and then in the second period, John Paul Collier neatly rounded and left defender and keeper on the floor in the box before slotting home Grinstead's third.............[Full Match report]

East Grinstead Town Reserves 4, Cobham 0

The score did not reflect a tricky match for Wasps. Cobham were a bright and sharp team and counter-attacked very well. Although Grinstead had the better chances in the first half the score remained goaless.

The second half saw a better all round display from the Wasps and they finally broke the deadlock with a Michael Belli goal. A second came soon after from Steve Major and the game was wrapped up with two goals from Joel Baker.

Manager Phil Major said: "It was a competent performance from Town , without playing at their best. Always happy to see a cleansheet - the third in a row in home league games."

:: Saturday 29th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 10, Shoreham 2

Wasps finally did what they have threatened for some time and gave the opposition a spanking. For the first 15 minutes the visitors looked dangerous but then Grinstead's flowing football shone through and they were 7 - 1 up at half time. Not surprisingly the second half eased off somewhat but they still found the back of the net 4 times, one being ruled out for offside. Liam Baitup scored 5, Rikki Cable 2 and John-Paul Collier, Danny Beszant and Richard Sinden each scored one.............[Full Match report]


Three Bridges Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2

Goals from Lee Granger and Sam Fildes earned Wasps reserves a well deserved win against Three Bridges in the quarter finals of the Sussex Intermediate Cup. They will now host Eastbourne Town in the semi final.

:: Thursday 27th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Redhill U18s 3, East Grinstead Town U18s 2

James Ford and Matt Gates put Wasps ahead before the home side were awarded a hotly disputed first half penalty. Redhill then scored tiwce within ten minutes in the second half and took all three points.

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East Grinstead Town Reserves 6, Redhill Reserves 0

Wasps reserves were 4 - 0 up at half time and added a further two goals in the second half. Goalscorers were Steve Major, Bronek Dabrowa, Ricky Spain 2, Michael Belli and Mithun Nayee.

:: Saturday 22nd January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ringmer 1, East Grinstead Town 1

A draw was a fair result in the end, although Wasps were left ruing missed chances. An early penalty claim was ignored by the referee but Richard Sinden eventually put the visitors into a deserved lead after 24 minutes. Liam Baitup looked certain to increase the lead early in the second half, but Ringmer were later awarded a penalty after John Paul Collier had bundled his opponent over in the box for which he received a caution. The penalty kick was converted and then Wasps suffered a further setback when Collier was later shown a red card.............[Full Match report]


Haywards Heath Town 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 2

Goals from Steve Major and Kay Conteh saw off their SCFL Division 3 opposition in the 4th round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup. Wasps reserves will now meet Three Bridges reserves in the quarter final next Saturday. Before that they are at home to Redhill on Tuesday.

:: Friday 21st January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps reserves' Suburban League match on Monday night against Epsom & Ewell at Raymes Park has been postponed as Raynes Park now have to play a Surrey Cup tie that evening.

:: Thursday 20th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crawley Down U18s 0, East Grinstead Town U18s 2

Wasps Under 18s were back in action tonight in their first match since 23rd November. Goals from Sam Rintoul and Max Stow secured victory against neighbours Crawley Down at the Haven Centre.

:: Tuesday 18th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Crowborough Athletic Reserves 0

Second half goals from Kay Conteh, Simon Tadman and Michael Belli in Wasps' resrves first match since 13th November. Next match is away against Haywards Heath first team in the Sussex Intermediate Cup on Saturday.


Tonight's first team Sussex Senior Cup tie at Hailsham postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


Christmas Raffle prize winners

1st Prize: Samsung 19" HD Freeview LCD TV / Monitor - Ryan Thompson (684)
2nd Prize: Blue 8GB iPod Nano with camera - Juliet Gilmore (1166)
3rd Prize: Samsung Digital Camera - Jerome U11s (84)
Other prize winners: Twinn (2466), Voyle (2795), Karen Mann (192), Tony Beckingham (2511), Stuart Hedgecock (2398), Gary Willsher (135), H Pither (480), Tony Beckingham (2503), Grant Hearn (2740), Jon Stevenson (408), Sherri Carr (2254), Zac Curtis (784), Wendy Bagley (583).

:: Saturday 15th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

Both the First Team match at Sidley and the Reserves match against Haywards Heath this afternoon have been postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

:: Friday 14th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pitch inspections

There will be pitch inspections tomorrow morning at 10 am at both Sidley for the First Team match and at the GAC Stadium for the Reserves' Sussex Intermediate Cup tie against Haywards Heath First Team. Word from Sidley is that there is little chance of the match being played.

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Match off

Tonight's Under 18s match against Merstham has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

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Minger of the MatchEast Grinstead Town 3, Chichester City 0

WASPS enjoyed home comforts for the first time in over seven weeks and celebrated their return to the GAC Stadium with a comfortable replay win over City in the Sussex Senior Cup second round.............[Full Match report]

With a settled side winning games, Beckingham is unlikely to make changes for Saturday’s league game at improving Sidley United (3pm). Their reward for tonight’s win is a trip to Hailsham in the third round of the Senior Cup next Tuesday (18th), kick off 7.45pm.

Tonight's WASPS MoM (minger of the Match) pictured left.

The reserves' match at Chessington & Hook fell victim to the weather and was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


200 Club Winners

December 2010:
1st prize £70 - D Owen
2nd prize £30 - A Evans
3rd prize £10 - D Medcalf



:: Saturday 8th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

Following morning pitch inspections both the First Team's league match at Wick and the Reserves' Intermediate Cup match against Haywards Heath were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.

:: Friday 7th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pitch inspection

There will be a pitch inspection at 10am tomorrow at the GAC Stadium ahead of the scheduled Sussex Intermediate Cup match between Wasps Reserves and Haywards Heath Town's First Team.

:: Thursday 6th January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s match off

Tonight's scheduled Southern Youth Team match at Oakwood has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

:: Monday 3rd January 2011 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Minger of the MatchHassocks 0, East Grinstead Town 3

Wasps started the new year with a convincing win and a good all round performance. Richard Sinden opened the scoring after 24 minutes with second half goals coming from Liam Baitup and John Paul Collier. The score line would have been even more emphatic but for a man of the match performance from Jack Simpson in the Hassocks goal.............[Full Match report]

Meanwhile Wasps MoM (Minger of the Match) is shown pictured on the left! No prizes for guessing who it is but it was a close fought battle.......

:: Friday 31st December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Another leak

It is often said that things happen in three's and what a way to say goodbye to 2010. We have had a third burst pipe this time flooding the tea bar. The leak was discovered this morning. Water was gushing out of a broken pipe in the tea bar which was under 4 inches of water with water pouring over the threshold and down onto the pitch.

Let's hope for better luck in the New Year.

Happy New Year from everyone at East Grinstead Town FC.

:: Friday 24th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
MERRY CHRISTMAS

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year from everyone at East Grinstead Town FC.

Unfortunately our Boxing Day local derby against Crwaley Down at the Haven Centre has already been postponed so the next football action will be on Monday 3rd January at Hassocks (ko 11am), weather permitting.

:: Tuesday 21st December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Burst pipe in clubhouse

Would you believe it! They do say it never rains but it pours. After having suffered a burst pipe just under two weeks ago where a considerable amount of metered water was gushing from an open 2 inch mains for an indeterminate length of time, we have now suffered a burst pipe in our recently refurbished clubhouse. The leak was discovered this evening. Water flowed onto the main fuse board and the whole clubhouse floor was covered in inches of water. It took three club officers some considerable time to sweep out most of the water and rescue the furniture but it looks as if the newly laid laminate floor will have to be taken up and completely replaced. It is hoped to get the electrics sorted out tomorrow so that the heating can be put back on to start the drying out process.
Not the best couple of Christmas presents the club could have wished for.

:: Monday 20th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Cup match postponed

Tomorrow night's scheduled Sussex Senior Cup replay against Chichester has been postponed due to snow and a frozen pitch.

:: Saturday 18th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Match postponed

Today's first team match at home against Redhill has been postponed due to snow and a frozen pitch.


The Christmas raffle was due to be drawn today at the clubhouse after the First Team match - this will now take place on Tuesday at the Sussex Senior Cup tie against Chichester City.

:: Friday 17th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves match off

Tomorrow's Sussex Intermediate Cup 4th round tie at Haywards Heath has been postponed.

There is little hope that the First Team match at home against Redhill will be able to be played as the pitch is frozen, but there will be an early inspection in the morning.

:: Tuesday 14th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Chichester City 1, East Grinstead Town 1 AET

Wasps took the lead in the 6th minute of this 2nd Round Sussex Senior Cup tie through Liam Baitup and should have been at least 4 nil up when with two minutes to go, debutant keeper Seb Bos was judged to have felled a Chi striker in the box after he had made a fine save and the ball had gone out. Bos was shown a yellow card but saved the resultant penalty but the rebound was tucked away. Bos was then showed a red card and Kayode Conteh took over in goal.

10 man Grinstead still looked the better side during extra time but the score remained at 1 - 1.............[Full Match report] The replay will take place next Tuesday at the GAC Stadium (ko 7.15pm)


The reserves match at home against South Park was called off by the match referee just before kick-off due to a frozen pitch after temperatures had dropped rapidly within an hour and a half.

:: Saturday 11th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Lingfield match postponed

Despite the rapid thaw since yesterday, it will come as no surprise that this afternoon's Division One match at Lingfield has been postponed.

:: Friday 10th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches off

With pitches in East Grinstead still covered with frozen snow, the Fourth XI match at East Court as well as all youth home fixtures for tomorrow have been postponed.

The Sussex Intermediate Cup tie between Haywards Heath and East Grinstead Town Reserves has also been postponed. We were unable to switch the match to the GAC Stadium because of the 3 inches of frozen snow still on the pitch. Also a major water leak was discovered this morning. The casing of the ball valve on the 2 inch main that is used to water the pitch failed in the freezing conditions and water has been gushing out for an undetermined time with no one having been able to get to the ground since the initial onslaught of snow. The mains was eventually turned off and a replacement ball valve has been fitted. The area outside the changing rooms was flooded as well as the bottom part of the car park. And yes we are on a water meter!!

It is unlikely that the First Team match away at Lingfield will go ahead as their pitch was also still covered in snow, but we aawait the official pitch inspection in the morning.

:: Thursday 9th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
All change....

The Sussex County FA have decided to reverse their earlier notification to switch the Sussex Senior Cup tie against Chichester City to the GAC Stadium. They wrote "Having now looked closely at the rule regarding the change of venue after two postponements, and having further discussions it has been decided that due to the severity of the weather this season this match will not now be reversed as it was beyond the control of the home club."

The tie is now scheduled to be played at Chichester next Tuesday with a 7.45 kick off.

The reserves home match against South Park originally scheduled for next Tuesday and subsequently cancelled because of the switch has now been re-instated.

:: Wednesday 8th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reserves Match off

Tonight's scheduled Suburban League match at Cobham has been postponed.

The Reserves travel to Haywards Heath on Saturday in the 4th Round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup. Their next scheduled home match against South Park on Tuesday 14th December has been postponed because of the rescheduled First Team Senior Cup tie against Chichester City at the GAC Stadium.


Training cancelled

Not surprisingly, tonight's Third and Fourth Team training at Mount Noddy as well as the Under 16s training on the 3G pitch at EG Sports Club has been cancelled because of frozen snow on the pitches.

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Sussex Senior Cup

Tonight's scheduled 2nd round tie at Chichester has been postponed and has been rescheduled for next Tuesday 14th December at the GAC Stadium - ko 7.15pm


Tonight's training on the 3G pitch at the EG Sports Club has been cancelled as the pitch is still covered in snow and ice.

:: Monday 6th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Weather related updates

Tomorrow night's scheduled Under 18s match against Three Bridges has now been postponed.


Tonight's Under 13s training on the 3G pitch at the EG Sports Club has been cancelled as the pitch is still covered in snow and ice.

Reports from Chichester regarding tomorrow night's re-scheduled Sussex Senior Cup tie are that their pitch has been free from snow since Saturday and with temperatures rising, there may be a chance of the tie going ahead. They will be looking at the pitch again tonight.

Meanwhile back at the GAC Stadium, the pitch is still covered in snow and ice. Tonight's youth goalkeeping coaching is cancelled and the club are awaiting confirmation from the Southern Youth League to officially postpone tomorrow night's scheduled match against Three Bridges.

:: Sunday 5th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture Change

Wasps' First Team fixture for this coming Saturday has been changed from the original home match against St Francis Rangers to an away fixture at Lingfield. The change is a result of rescheduling of some Division One fixtures following Saturday's postponed FA Vase tie between Three Bridges and Rye.

:: Saturday 4th December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EGTFC Launches new forum

EGTFC has launched a new Forum which offers the opportunity to supporters, management, players, committee and anyone with an interest in the club to debate all things Wasps. Follow the link on the menu on the left or click here and register today.

:: Friday 3rd December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pagham match postponed

It will come as no surprise that tomorrow's scheduled match at the GAC Stadium against Pagham has been postponed. The pitch is still under 14 inches of snow.

Third XI & Fourth XI matches have also been postponed as well as all youth fixtures.

There is very little chance of Tuesday's Under 18s match at home to Three Bridges being played either and the rearranged Sussex Senior Cup tie at Chichester is also unlikely to go ahead. Updates will be posted here as soon as known.

:: Wednesday 1st December 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps' Sussex Senior Cup 2nd Round tie at Chichester has been rescheduled for Tuesday 7th December

:: Tuesday 30th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Postponed matches

Tonight's Sussex Senior Cup tie at Chichester has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. Thursday's Under 18s Southern Youth League match at Crawley Down has also been called off.

:: Saturday 27th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Matches postponed

All Wasps' senior fixtures postponed today because of frozen pitches - Firsts at Arundel, Reserves at home to Merstham as well as the Third and Fourth XI matches.

:: Tuesday 23rd November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 4, Hanworth Villa Under 18s 3

Wasps Under 18s progressed through to the 3rd round of the Southern Youth League Cup tonight at the GAC Stadium thanks to goals from James Ford, David Bridgland, Max Stow and Jake Kashdan. They will now host either Epsom & Ewell or Merstham who play tomorrow night.

:: Saturday 20th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Crawley Down 1

A cracking local derby ended in disappointment for Grinstead as Crawley Down progressed into the quarter-finals of the John O'Hara County League Cup.

With Crawley Down unbeaten in the league this season it was a always going to be a tough ask for Grinstead but they more than matched their opponents for long periods of the game and with a bit more luck could have easily been victorious, but they were denied by the excellence of Shayne Goldsmith in the Crawley Down goal and the woodwork.

Manager Tony Beckingham said: "I can't have any complaints about our performance. Crawley Down are top of the league for a reason and they were hard to break down. They got the break in front of goal but they won't have many harder games this season and I think our performance showed we are heading in the right direction.".............[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 16th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 1, Oakwood Under 18s 3

Wasps Under 18s went behind against near neighbours Oakwood in the first half but levelled the scores early in the second period. They fell behind again to a fine solo goal and then conceded a late penalty which secured the points for the visitors.


200 Club winners

October 2010:
1st prize £70 - L Medcalf
2nd prize £30 - A & L Willsher
3rd prize £ 8 - K Astley

November 2010:
1st prize £70 - M Wrintmore
2nd prize £30 - J Greig
3rd prize £10 - L Parrett



:: Saturday 13th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Selsey 0

A very open game. Too many mistakes for the purists perhaps but both home goals were quality - great build-up and top-class finishes from John-Paul Collier and Rikki Cable. At times Wasps defended a bit too casually but Selsey were unable to punish them, although their young side kept going.............[Full Match report]

Three wins in a row and the same side for three games. Looks like Tony Beckingham has settled things down. Onwards and upwards - the local derby next Saturday against Crawley Down in the John O'Hara Cup will be a big test.


Old Varndeanians 2, East Grinstead Town Reserves 3

Wasps reserves progressed through to the next round of the Sussex Intermediate Cup with goals from Miles Neville, Scott Woolley and Steve Major in an early kick off on a 3G pitch. This was Wasps' 7th win in an unbeaten run of 8 matches. They will now travel to meet Haywards Heath Town from Sussex County League Division Three on December 11th in the fourth round.

:: Thursday 11th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Reece Head retires

Wasps' defender Reece Head is retiring because of persistent knee trouble. Here, manager Tony Beckingham pays tribute on behalf of the club to Reece who has been an outstanding player in Sussex non-league football.

I have only had the pleasure of working with Reece for a short amount of time but during his spell at East Grinstead Town he has been a superb example to every player at the club. His attitude towards football is second to none and even when he should really have been resting his knee he would turn out at training and give everything he had. I think that sums him up, Reece is a 100% person and it was never in any doubt that was what you were getting from him.

There have been times this season that you could see he was struggling but whenever you asked him if he was alright he'd say 'I'm ok' and carry on. He has been a great role model to the lads and is certainly a person that the players have looked up to and is held in high esteem by everyone at East Grinstead Town FC and seemingly everywhere else in Sussex.

An example of this was where recently we played Ringmer three times in quick succession. On the first occasion our goalkeeper was sent off and who volunteered to go in goal and he did a pretty good job, only being beaten right at the death for their winner after springing around the penalty box like Bambi on ice. He was injured for the second game but played in the last one at Ringmer in monsoon conditions. His performance that night was majestic, truly outstanding and for me the stand out performance of our season. After the game, in the bar, a few of the brave souls that had braved the weather and watched the game made a point of seeking me out. They all wanted to tell me how great they thought our captain was and how he was the difference between the two sides. Even after such a long career and with a knee that is shot to bits he was able to produce that level of performance.

Reece, from everyone at East Grinstead Town but in particular from the management team, thanks for your time and effort whilst you were with us and we all wish you every success for your future football career. I am in no doubt that we will see you very soon in a dugout pulling out the remaining last strands of your hair. Welcome to the madhouse!

:: Wednesday 10th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fireworks Display

First of all, the club would like to apologise to everyone who turned up on Saturday for the town’s firework display and left disappointed when the spectacular display had to be cut short.

Unfortunately, the pyrotechnical expert sustained a hand injury which required immediate hospital treatment and it was not considered safe to continue the display.

Our initial thought was to provide a free display as soon as possible in way of recompense but after consulting the police and safety authorities this was deemed impractical.

It is impossible to partially refund individuals as no tickets were issued on admission.

Instead, the club has decided to slash admission to next year’s event on November 5th 2011 with family tickets, for two adults and two children, costing just £10 which is a 33% reduction on the cost of family admission this year. Prices for individual adults and under-16s attending will also be reduced and we will notify everyone nearer the time of the new pricing structure.

We have successfully staged this event since 1997 and this is the first year that we have encountered major problems. We will be doing all we can to ensure that our 2011 Fireworks Display is one to remember for all the right reasons and to give the people of East Grinstead the November 5th celebrations they deserve.

:: Monday 8th November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fireworks display

WE are extremely sorry to all those people who attended the Fireworks Display on Saturday that the spectacular display was significantly shorter than planned due to an injury sustained by the pyrotechnical engineer.

The club are currently undertaking a thorough investigation into the problems encountered, talking to the display team, police and other authorities.

Once we have concluded our findings, the club will confirm what it intends to do to make up for the disappointment that we know a lot of people who attended the show would have felt.

We are acutely aware of our responsibility to the community when we stage our annual Firework Display. We have been praised over the years for staging many successful displays and the last thing the club wants is for its good name in East Grinstead to be tarnished by events which were beyond their control.

:: Monday 1st November 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Crowborough Athletic 1, East Grinstead Town 2

WASPS remain a work in progress under manager Tony Beckingham, but the signs are that a more settled side are now beginning to play close to their potential.

Despite having defender Peter Featherstone sent off, Grinstead completed a league double over Crowborough on Saturday after Beckingham was able to name an unchanged side for the first time this season.............[Full Match report]

He kept faith with the team which had won 3-0 at Ringmer on Tuesday and was rewarded with a win which hoisted Wasps into sixth place.

Whether they can produce the consistency lacking earlier in the season to challenge the leaders remains to be seen but the signs are a lot more encouraging.

Beckingham said: "In the first 30 minutes we were absolutely superb and the game should really have been put to bed. A soft headed goal from a corner got them back in to it and to be fair Crowborough came out in the second half and put us under pressure. Feathers’ sending off midway was deserved but we defended well and were never really in that much trouble.

“It was a very good result and excellent team performance with people rolling their sleeves up and working hard for each other.”


Wasps do not play again until they host Selsey on November 13 and that should enable Drew Cooney and Lloyd Anthony to recover from injury.

Beckingham added: “I’m pretty happy with the squad now and I’m not looking to add too many more to it. I’d like to bring some stability to the club for a while.”

:: Wednesday 27th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Ringmer 0, East Grinstead Town 3

Wasps will travel to Chichester on Tuesday 30th November for a second round tie in the Sussex Senior Cup after a convincing win over Ringmer last night. The first half finished goalless after squandering some good goalscoring opportunities but Richard Sinden, Liam Baitup and Danny Beszant were on target in the second half to secure victory. [Match Report to follow]

Back at the GAC Stadium Wasps' reserves squandered a 2 goal half time lead against neighbours Crawley Down, the match ending in a 2 all draw.

:: Monday 25th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Change of opponents. Wasps reserves now playing Crawley Down tomorrow night, not Oakwood.

:: Sunday 24th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Rye United 5, East Grinstead Town 2

Two cynical challenges on keeper Adam Woodward which has left him with two broken bones in his foot and out of action for a number of weeks changed the complete course of this match played at Tunbridge Wells FC on Saturday. Remarkably none of the officials saw any malice or even a foul in the challenges even though the culprit of the first challenge in some heated banter with the crowd admitted he knew exactly what he was out to do and it had 'done the job'.

Up until this point Wasps had totally outplayed their hosts and were deservedly in front care of goals from Richard Sinden, following some superb work from Rikki Cable making his debut and a sublime finish from Danny Beszant.

The injury to Woodward affected the whole Grinstead team and all confidence was noticeably drained. They were completely overrun by Rye in the second half and although Rye were gifted three goals they squandered several other chances. [Match report to follow]


AFC Wimbledon Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 3

Two goals from Grant Rigler and one from Scott Woolley earned Wasps reserves a place in the third round of the Suburban League Challnge Cup beating their table topping hosts from the Premier Division.

:: Tuesday 19th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Arundel 1

AN early goal from Scott Tipper condemned Wasps to a second-round exit from the RUR Cup and a third defeat in their last five games.

It was a frustrating night for boss Tony Beckingham. Grinstead had long spells of possession but found it hard to break down a solid Arundel defence as they failed to score at home for only the third time this season.............[Full Match report]

Grinstead begin a sequence of three successive away games when they take on Rye United at Tunbridge Wells FC on Saturday in the County League (3pm). Next Tuesday they visit Ringmer in the Sussex Senior Cup first round, kick off 7.45pm.

:: Monday 18th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Horley Town Under 18s 0, East Grinstead Town Under 18s 1

A goal from Matt Gates earned Wasps Under 18s their first league win of the season tonight against Horley Town.

:: Saturday 16th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Ringmer 1

Goals from Richard Sinden and Liam Baitup secured Wasps place in the third round of the John O'Hara Cup where they will host Crawley Down............[Full Match report]

:: Tuesday 12th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
TONY BECKINGHAM is to make changes to his squad to try and arrest a mini-slump at East Grinstead Town.

Wasps are seventh in the County League table with a third of the season gone and if they were to stay there it would be their best finish since 1975.

But Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Peacehaven means the last three league games have yielded just one point and Beckingham is hoping to freshen things up.

Defender Chris Dicker and midfielder Luke Piscina have both left the club this week by mutual consent and the search is on for players who can improve the squad and make Wasps more consistent than they have been this season.

The manager said: “We are going through one of those spells when things aren’t happening and it needs to be changed a bit.

“I can’t give a timescale when it might happen but we have to do something. I know a lot of managers would be delighted with seventh in the league at this stage and at the start of the season I saw it as a year to rebuild and consolidate so if we finish where we are we will have done quite well.

“But we can improve with the players we’ve got and if we can bring in one or two others of the required quality.”

Drew Cooney returns after suspension on Saturday for the first of two cup ties in four days.

Ringmer are the visitors to the GAC Stadium (3pm) in the second round of the League Cup with Arundel the opponents, also at home, on Tuesday in the RUR Cup 2nd round (7.15pm).

On Saturday, Peacehaven avenged their opening day defeat to Wasps thanks to a goal in each half at Piddinghoe Avenue............[Full Match report]

Beckingham said: “We have let in nine goals in three games which shows you where our problems lie at the moment. There wasn’t a lot between the teams to be honest and we played well enough to deserve something from the game.”

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Crowborough Athletic Reserves 1, East Grinstead Town Reserves 5

Two goals apiece from Steve Major and Simon Wallace and a goal from Simon Tadman reflected a good Wasps performance tonight. [Match Report to follow]

Wasps Under 18s were beaten 1 - 0 at Dorking.

:: Tuesday 5th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Ringmer 4

Wasps failed to take advantage of their chances at the start of the game and had to come from behind three times before succumbing to a 90th minute final goal...........[Full Match report]

:: Monday 4th October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club winners

September 2010:
1st prize £70 - A Evans
2nd prize £32 - T Holah
3rd prize £10 - B McCorquodale



:: Saturday 2nd October 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Hailsham Town 3

An understrength Wasps gave away a comfortable 3 - 0 lead with 12 minutes to go with three gifted goals including two own goals. Richard Sinden opened the scoring before Liam Baitup added two more to bring his goal tally to 15 this season...........[Full Match report]

:: Monday 27th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Under 18s match off

Wasps scheduled Under 18s match tomorrow night against Oakwood at the GAC Stadium has had to be postponed because of a farcical turn of events with Lingfield FC which has left manager Bob Chambers fuming.

Lingfield were due to host Wasps reserves tomorrow night but left it until late over the weekend to advise the Suburban League they couldn't stage the match because of the same floodlight problems which saw our First Team away fixture switched to the GAC Stadium last week.

Following a request late today from the league to switch tomorrow night's reserve match to the GAC Stadium, the Under 18s were asked to play either Wednesday or Thursday or switch the match to Oakwood, none of which could be accommodated by Oakwood so it was decided to postpone the match and players and officials were advised.

Lingfield then were allowed to pull out of the fixture because they "assumed the match would be played on Wednesday and had advised their players accordingly!!"

At this stage it was then too late to reinstate the youth match.

So neither EGTFC reserves nor Under 18s have mid-week matches entirely due to inactivity at Lingfield. And they call this senior football.....

:: Saturday 25th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Wick 0

WASPS moved up to fifth in the County League division one table although they made hard work of a fourth successive win against struggling Wick at the GAC Stadium.

Grinstead struggled to find any fluency throughout the game and although they deserved victory the result was always in doubt with such a slender lead.

They were thankful again to leading scorer Liam Baitup. He scored his 13th goal of the season with a bullet header midway through the first half following a wonderful cross from the right from Dave Gellatly...........[Full Match report]

Manager Tony Beckingham said: “It was one or our worst performances of the season. We seemed a bit jaded and lacked fluency but that’s three points at the end of the day and that is all that mattered.

“We have got some momentum now in the league which we want to keep going if we are to be a force this season.”


Wasps have two home games coming up, both in the league. On Saturday they entertain Hailsham (3pm) before Ringmer are the visitors the following Tuesday (7.30pm).

:: Thursday 23rd September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 0, Erith Town Under 18s 2

Wasps are out of the FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON, They fell behind to a late goal in the first half against the run of play. Erith edged the second half and then settled the tie from the penalty spot.

:: Tuesday 21st September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 6, Lingfield 2

After going out of both FA competitions, Grinstead made a winning return to league action with a good victory as Liam Baitup’s hat-trick inspired them to their first win over Lingfield for ten years.

It was Lingfield boss David Dean’s first game in charge after replacing Jim Bajeux, who resigned after last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Peacehaven, and there were only three survivors from that team in their line-up.

Wasps also had to make changes and switched to a 3-5-2 formation in the absence of Kieran Wilson and Chris Dicker but they still made a strong start and had established a three-goal lead within 25 minutes...........[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 18th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Newport (IOW) 3 - After Extra Time

Wasps conceded three poor goals and had to come from behind twice to force extra time in this afternoon's FA Vase tie. Grinstead just edged the first half but gave away a sloppy goal just on half time. Liam Baitup got the equaliser three minutes into the second half and despite being on top Wasps then fell behind to another soft goal. Sub Lucas Mann snatched a well deserved equaliser on 90 minutes. Grinstead could have won in normal time but for a fantastic save by Gary Streeter in the Newport goal. It looked as if the home side would clinch the tie in extra time but it was not to be. Charlie Smeeton got his third and the winner for Newport in the first period of extra time. The game was marred by a skirmish following some theatrical diving by a Newport forward that ended in Wasps' skipper Drew Cooney dismissed when all he did was to separate the players...........[Full Match report]

:: Wednesday 15th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tony Beckingham is hoping to have a new partner for top scorer Liam Baitup in time for Saturday’s FA Vase preliminary round tie against Newport IOW at the GAC Stadium (3pm). Ross Cable starts a lengthy suspension for two recent dismissals

Defender Reece Head will miss out because of injury but striker Billy Shinners, who scored on his debut in last week’s 3-1 league win over Crowborough, should be available.

Beckingham is anxious to avoid a replay against the Wessex League side as it would involve a nightmare midweek trip to the Isle of Wight but he is expecting a tough game.

It is the first of three home games in a week. Next Tuesday Lingfield are the visitors (7.30pm) in a league match switched from Godstone Road because of problems with Lingfield’s floodlights.

:: Tuesday 14th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixture change

Next Tuesday's scheduled Division One match at Lingfield has been switched to the GAC Stadium because of floodlight problems at Lingfield. The return fixture in April will now of course be away.

:: Sunday 12th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Whitstable Town 1, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps can consider themselves unfortunate not to have at least earned a replay out of yesterday's FA Cup tie.

A Luke Piscina penalty was saved when Ross Cable was brought down by keeper Kevin Fewell after 2 minutes. The match winner was scored on 82 minutes by Ian Pulman with a super strike but Grinstead were denied a cast iron penalty in the last couple of minutes. Everyone including Whitstable manager Mark Lane thought it would be given except the one guy in black that mattered. The rest of the game was 50-50 and a replay looked certain.

Wasps finished the match with just 9 men when Adam Woodward was given a red card for handling just outside the area and Peter Featherstone also saw red for a remark he made following the incident...........[Full Match report]

The end of the FA cup dream for another year.

Very friendly and hospitable reception by the Ryman League Club who go into the hat for the second qualifying round.

:: Thursday 9th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 2, Margate Under 18s 0

Wasps Under 18s overcame tough competition in tonight's tie and will now host Erith Town in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup sponsored by E.ON. [Match report to follow]

:: Tuesday 7th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Crowborough Athletic 1

Wasps totally dominated most of the first half but only went in 2 - 1 at the break. A top class goal from John-Paul Collier sealed Crows fate mid way through the second half...........[Full Match report]

:: Saturday 4th September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
St Francis Rangers 0, East Grinstead Town 3

Wasps should have been 4 up at half time having squandered some great scoring opportunities but went in level. Liam Baitup opened the scoring with a header following a Chris Dicker corner. Two late penalties were put away by Luke Piscina and gave the match a scoreline that was a better reflection of the play...........[Full Match report]

Tony Beckingham's side entertain Crowboprough on Tuesday at the GAC Stadium (ko 7.30pm) before travelling to Whitstable Town in the FA Cup next Saturday. The team coach will leave from the GAC Stadium at 11.30. Any supporter wishing to come along on the coach, please let a club officer know as soon as possible.

The Reserves were held to a 1 - 1 draw at home to Corinthian Casuals this afternnon. [Match report to follow]

Both the Thirds and Fourths lost 2 - 1 in their opening matches of the season.

:: Thursday 2nd September 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps reserves and Under 18s both drew 1 - 1 tonight, the reserves against Crawley Down and the Under 18s against Leatherhead at the GAC Stadium.

:: Tuesday 31st August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Hassocks 1

Boss Tony Beckingham was critical of his side’s second half performance as they slipped to a third successive County League division one defeat at the GAC Stadium...........[Full Match report]

Beckingham said: “I can’t tell you how frustrated I was and actually quite angry with the second half performance. The first half was excellent but with no goals to show for it and we conceded again within 10 minutes of the kick off for the third game in a row so we’re chasing it and they have something to fight for, which they did brilliantly. As a team I think we need to show more passion and desire to get the result, we seem to be happy to let the game drift somewhat.”

Beckingham will be looking for a response on Saturday when Wasps go to St Francis Rangers (3pm) in the league.

:: Monday 30th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
WASPS reached the first qualifying round of the FA Cup for the second successive year on Saturday and boss Tony Beckingham sees no reason why their cup run cannot continue.

Grinstead go to Ryman League first division Whitstable on Saturday week after Liam Baitup’s hat-trick helped them secure an ultimately comfortable win over a Raynes Park outfit whose long-ball tactics were comfortably dealt with by the visitors.

Beckingham said: “Whitstable will be favourites at home but if we approach that game with the same attitude we showed on Saturday we definitely have a chance.

“Liam will quite rightly take the plaudits for his hat-trick but our defence were very solid. It is to the defenders and goalkeeper's credit that I can't actually remember Adam Woodward having a direct save to make in the second half...........[Full Match report]

“When you can go forward knowing that it would need to be something special to get past our rearguard it gives your attacking players confidence.”


We will be organising a coach for the Whitstable match so supporters wishing to travel, please let a club officer know as soon as possible to reserve your place. Cost will be £5 per person. Why not come along and make a real club day of it in this prestigious competition. Departure time will be confirmed nearer the date.

:: Saturday 28th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Raynes Park Vale 1, East Grinstead Town 4 - FA Cup

A Liam Baitup hattrick and an own goal see Wasps safely through to the 1st Round Qualifying in the FA Cup after going a goal down to an early penalty...........[Full Match report] Their opponents will be Whitstable Town from the Ryman South who beat Croydon 3 - 0 this afternoon.

:: Tuesday 24th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Three Bridges 1

Grinstead suffered their first home defeat of the season in a game that saw two players sent off...........[Full Match report] Photos courtesy of John O'Brien

:: Saturday 21st August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pagham 3, East Grinstead Town 1

Liam Baitup put Wasps ahead on 19 minutes but they were left to rue two missed one-on-ones, a Drew Cooney shot that hit the crossbar and a 10 minute patch in the second half when the home side scored twice. Grinstead finished the match with 10 men when Elstrom Die was pushed off the ball and into the barriers and couldn't continue - Die had come on for John-Paul Collier after 20 minutes with Gareth Broom and Michael Belli having come on for Chris Dicker and Dave Gellatly in the second half...........[Full Match report]


The Reserves lost their opening match of the season at home to Chipstead 3 - 0...........[Full Match report]

:: Friday 20th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps slipped to second place in Divison One after the Sussex Couty Football League awarded Crowborough 3 points tonight for their match against Eastbourne Utd on Tuesday night which was abandoned with minutes to go because of a floodlight failure when the Crows were winning 3 - 1.

Boss Tony Beckingham aims to take his team back on top when they visit title favourites Pagham tomorrow afternoon.

:: Wednesday 18th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Boss Tony Beckingham reviews the first fortnight of the season

It goes without saying that we're delighted with the way it's going and the results so far.

The first two games we played well in patches but in all honesty they weren't great performances overall although the result is the only thing that matters. I have seen an improvement in each game as the players are now getting to know each other and the way they like to play individually.

As a team we are now starting to gel and this was reflected in Tuesday night's game against Shoreham. This was an excellent team performance and on a poor playing surface we managed to play some really good football, keeping the ball for long periods and frustrating the opposition. The two lads up front, Ross Cable and Liam Baitup, both scored and this will only give them more confidence going into our next fixtures.

What is also vitally important is the fact that we look very solid defensively and are making teams work very hard for their chances and even then they have to get past Adam in goal who has been superb for us so far.

We have a strong squad with competition for places and players who want to win and compete and all in all we’re all enjoying being part of it.

The team spirit is excellent and I have seen first hand that the players are passionate and want to succeed. It is of course very early days but we can only do what we’re doing and see where it takes us, there are going to be many ups and downs during the season and it's how we react to the downs that will define where we finish.

The quality is there and the will to win so let's all enjoy it while it lasts, hopefully it will be for a while yet.

:: Tuesday 17th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Shoreham 1, East Grinstead Town 4

WASPS maintained their 100% start to the season tonight with a fine display and now top the table. Two goals from Liam Baitup and a super finish from Ross Cable gave the visitors a deserved and comfortable lead at half time. Some uncharacteristic defending let Shoreham through after 73 minutes before sub Elstrom Die made it 4 - 1 with a couple of minutes to go...........[Full Match report]

Tony Beckingham should have a few more selection headaches as he prepares for two games against title contenders at Pagham on Saturday (3pm) and at home to Three Bridges next Tuesday (7.30pm). Dave Gellatly and Jazz Gold both started their first matches of the campaign tonight, Marc Pelling came on as sub and together with Simon Wallace and Aaron Jeffrey they are all available but Peter Featherstone misses the Pagham game due to a holiday.

Grinstead’s reserves start their Suburban League (South) campaign at home to Chipstead on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

:: Saturday 14th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Holyport 0

STRIKERS Liam Baitup and Luke Piscina were both on target as Wasps cleared the first hurdle in the FA Cup this afternoon.

A comfortable victory over their Hellenic League opponents maintained Grinstead’s 100% start to the season although boss Tony Beckingham insists there is more to come from his new-look team.

He said: “It was a decent performance with a lot of positives but when we are on top of teams, as we were in the first half on Saturday, we need to be a bit more ruthless and put them away. It has been a good start but I know we can and will improve.”..........[Full Match report]

Wasps will now travel to Raynes Park Vale in the Preliminary Round on 28th August.

:: Thursday 12th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

July 2010:
1st prize £70 - P Wheeler
2nd prize £32 - R Phillips
3rd prize £10 - I Brown

August 2010:
1st prize £70 - A & L Willsher
2nd prize £34 - L Medcalf
3rd prize £10 - A Evans

:: Tuesday 10th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Sidley Utd 1

Harder than it should have been after Ross Cable and Gareth Broome made it 2-0 at the break. Kevin Rose got one back with a free kick and Sidley battled hard without seriously testing Adam Woodward. Another good 3pts and some good passing football by the home side.........[Full Match report]


WASPS AND RYDON CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY

Bob Bond and Richard TramontinEAST Grinstead Town will again be sponsored this season by the Forest Row-based Rydon Group, whose support of the club began back in 1991.

This is the 20th year of their sponsorship which makes it the longest-running agreement in the history of non-league football in Sussex and probably the whole of the country.

Rydon chief executive Bob Bond said: "Over the years we have seen the Wasps go through highs and lows but this season, under their relatively new management team, looks like being an exciting and hopefully a successful one.

“As the club’s long-term sponsors we have supported them throughout the last two decades and we will be following with interest the new season and sincerely hope it will be a successful one for the club.”


Club chairman Richard Tramontin said: "These are difficult economic times and it can be hard for businesses to make sponsorship commitments so we are delighted to have such a well-known local name still supporting the Wasps.

"Rydon have been fantastic backers of the football club for an incredible 20 years now and we are grateful for their continued support. We are lucky to have such good principal sponsors and I know that our arrangement with Rydon is envied by all of our rival clubs in Sussex because of its longevity and the interest they take in the club.”


Grinstead’s East Court ground was re-named the GAC Stadium last season under a three-year arrangement with GAC Logistics which began in 2009.

Tramontin added: “We are again extremely grateful to Bill Hill of GAC for joining Rydon as principal sponsors for an initial three years. GAC are the main sponsors of Crystal Palace and we are very fortunate of having such a global company supporting a non-league club like ours.

I would also like to thank a local benefactor for their extremely generous donation which has allowed us to undertake a total refurbishment of the clubhouse during the close season at the GAC Stadium which is now regarded as one of the best grounds in Sussex.”


:: Saturday 7th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 1, Peacehaven & Telscombe 0

Wasps began their County League campaign in positive fashion with a hard earned victory over last season’s Division One runners-up at the GAC Stadium, the winner coming from a headed goal from Luke Piscina following Kieran Wilson's corner kick in the 53rd minute......[Full Match report]

Grinstead fielded no fewer than six debutants after a busy summer of transfer activity by boss Tony Beckingham and at times it showed as they lacked fluidity as an attacking force but defensively were very solid with one of the debutants Peter Featherstone particularly impressive.

It is clear that Grinstead will try and get the ball down and play this season and with the East Court pitch in good condition they will have the opportunity to do this. More is definitely to come from this side and the Grinstead faithful could look forward to a season where they looking at the top end of the table rather than the bottom.

Beckingham said: “We had a lot of new players but there were still six missing and I would have settled for a draw beforehand because they are still a decent side. But we just about deserved our win I felt. The first win of the season is always the hardest to get and I’m delighted to get off the mark.”

Although Peacehaven have lost a majority of last year’s squad they have still managed to gather a team of players with plenty of County League experience so this was a stern test for the new look Grinstead side.

Next up newly promoted Sidley on Tuesday night (ko 7.30pm).


East Grinstead Town's Under 14s are keen to sign up a goalkeeper to play on Saturday mornings in the Horsham League A division, which starts in September. Goalkeeping coaching will be available as well. Please contact for further details either Chris Gilmore on 07818076528, Martin Thomas on 07841790574 or Gillian Wrintmore on 07724582378.

:: Friday 6th August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Boss Tony Beckingham previews the new season

TEN signings and more are to come for East Grinstead Town as they look to confirm their Sussex County League Division One status into 2012 with a comfortable mid-table finish.

Tony Beckingham took over at the GAC Stadium towards the end of last season, guiding the Wasps from the relegation zone to safety in 15th place.

And now the ex-Lingfield manager is rebuilding his Grinstead squad for a top half finish in 2011, after signing Adam Woodward, Danny MacDiarmud, Gareth Broome, Aaron Jeffrey, Elstrom Die, Reece Head, Peter Weatherstone, Ross Cable, Dave Blundell and Jazz Gold.

"I want to finish in the top eight. Mid-table but the right half of mid-table," Beckingham explained.

"We are looking to win every game and do as well as we can, and if that means we are in contention for then great, but if not, that's fine.

"Everybody who has been down to the ground and seen what we are trying to do here are impressed with the ambition."

Captain Reece Head is one of those new signings, but he believes the addition of ex-Lingfield keeper Adam Woodward is going to be key for the Wasps.

"Being a defender a good keeper is something I notice and Adam strikes me as very confident and safe, and he kicks well. I just wish he was six inches taller!" Head joked.

"We have built a squad here where we have 17 or 18 decent players which should get us through injuries.

"I've won the league four times and this is as good a team as I've played with. It is difficult to win the league, but I can't see why we can't do it. We definitely won't be languishing in the relegation zone this season, even if we don't win the title, I want to see us going close."

"I took most of these players to Lingfield in the first place and players are bound to have a look around at what is available; that's just the nature of the beast,"
Beckingham added.

Don't forget the new season kicks off at home to Peacehaven tomorrow, kick off 3pm, followed by another home game on Tuesday 10th versus Sidley United, kick off 7.30pm

:: Tuesday 3rd August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Bexhill 1

Wasps went behind to an early penalty but Liam Baitup levelled the scoring within a couple of minutes with a superbly taken goal. Victory was clinched in the second half following an excellent run by Elstrome Die whose cross was put into his own net by a Bexhill defender.

Wasps start their league campaign on Saturday at home to Peacehaven (ko 3pm) boosted by the return of Drew Cooney from Horsham YMCA and Dave Gellatly and Marc Pelling who had been with Merstham during pre-season.

:: Sunday 1st August 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 3, Eastbourne Town 0

Two goals from Luke Piscina and one from Kieran Wilson rounded off an impressive performace by Wasps in this pre-season friendly against their Ryman League opponents [Photos courtesy of John O'Brien]. It was the first glimpse of Tony Beckingham's new signings for the home supporters who were equally impressed with the total refurbishment of the clubhouse which is nearing completion.

The fixture list for the full season has just been updated for four changes: a swap of home and away fixture dates against Ringmer, the inclusion of the home fixture against Eastbourne Utd on 9th April and a change of date for the Redhill away fixture from 9th April to 12th April.

:: Sunday 25th July 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
SECOND SUCCESSIVE PRE-SEASON WIN

WITH the start of the new County League season a fortnight away, Wasps continued their build-up with a 3-0 win at Kent League Erith Town on Saturday.

Boss Tony Beckingham reports that the new-look squad is coming together nicely now with this win following a 1-0 success over a Lewes XI at Worth School on Tuesday, when Kieran Wilson was the match-winner.

Against Erith there was a first start in Wasps' colours for midfielder Danny MacDiarmud, who was with Warlingham in the Combined Counties League last season, and ex-Lingfield defender Aaron Jeffrey.

In addition to the signings announced a couple of weeks ago, the boss has also brought in another of his former Lingfield players Gareth Broome.

Scorers on Saturday were Liam Baitup, Simon MacDiarmid and sub Elstrom Die.

Tony said: "Pre-season games are all about getting fit and working on gelling the squad together. That appears to be happening now and our performances in the last two games have reflected this."

Mannie Neville is back in training after recovering from an injury at the end of last season while Tony is still hopeful that Dave Gellatly and Marc Pelling will return to the club after starting pre-season with Merstham.

Don't forget that we play Ryman League Eastbourne Town at the GAC Stadium on Saturday (3pm) in our first pre-season game at home.

:: Monday 12th July 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST GRINSTEAD Town boss Tony Beckingham has brought in five new faces as Wasps step up their pre-season preparations.

Defenders Reece Head, Peter Weatherstone and Chris Dicker all arrive at the GAC Stadium with a wealth of experience in Sussex football. Head has won the County League three times and twice in the last four seasons with Eastbourne Town and Eastbourne United and has been a regular in the Sussex representative team. He has also played in the Ryman League for Lewes.

Weatherstone, 23, was a regular in Eastbourne Town's Ryman League side last season having won the County League with them in 2006 while the vastly experienced Dicker, who is equally comfortable in a midfield role, is the third arrival from the Saffrons.

Beckingham has also recruited goalkeeper Adam Woodward, who was with him at Lingfield last season, and fast winger Elstrom Die, who played in the Kent League for Fisher Athletic last season.

Beckingham said: "We have made some quality additions to the squad. The three guys from Eastbourne bring massive experience of this league to the club. Adam is a very talented goalkeeper. It was a position which caused us a lot of grief last season - we used eight keepers in the end - but he will be a good acquisition. Elstrom is a player I have managed before in Kent football. He is very quick and scores goals and I think our supporters will enjoy watching him."

Most of last season's first-team squad have returned with the exception of defender Marc Pelling and midfielder Dave Gellatly, who have signed for Ryman League Merstham.

Ironically, they could be in action against their former club when Wasps go to Merstham on Saturday for a pre-season friendly (3pm). They also face a trip to Kent League Erith Town a week later before home games against Eastbourne Town (July 31) and Bexhill (August 3) ahead of the County League kick-off at home to last season's runners-up Peacehaven on August 7.

Beckingham took two squads to second division Loxwood last Saturday for two bounce games played in three 30-minute periods. He said: "We lost 4-1 and 3-1 but the results were irrelevant. We had a lot of players there which I looked at and it was all about building up match fitness and looking at various options."

In the FA Cup Wasps entertain Hellenic League Holyport in the extra preliminary round on August 14. In the FA Vase they will host Newport (IOW) or Whitchurch Utd in the second qualifying round on September 18.

:: Thursday 1st July 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

May 2010:
1st prize £70 - B Talbot
2nd prize £34 - P Thompson
3rd prize £10 - M Playle

June 2010:
1st prize £70 - C Gilmore
2nd prize £32 - M Huggett
3rd prize £10 - R Fletcher

:: Monday 28th June 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New fixtures

WASPS will start the new County League season with successive home games.

Town open their campaign on Saturday August 7 against last season's runners-up Peacehaven, whom we drew 1-1 against on the final day of last season, kick off 3pm.

Then on Tuesday 10th we entertain promoted Sidley United, kick off 7.30pm.

The local derby against Crawley Down will be at the GAC Stadium on Monday April 25 with the reverse fixture on Monday, December 27. Wasps will open the 2011 with a trip to Hassocks on January 3.

The FA Cup starts on August 14 with the draw due to be announced next week when further league fixtures will be announced. For the first time, the County League are issuing a full season's fixture list for first division clubs this season and it will be confirmed in due course.

:: Saturday 19th June 2010 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pre-season

EAST Grinstead Town are starting preparations for the new County League season earlier than ever.

Boss Tony Beckingham will hold the first pre-season training session at East Court on Thursday (June 24) at 7.30pm.

Wasps do not normally report back until early July but Beckingham and his coaching staff want the squad in tip-top shape for the start of the Division One campaign on August 7.

Beckingham guided Grinstead to safety in the final month of last season when they picked up 18 points from a possible 27 to climb to 15th position.

He said: "We finished the season strongly which was great for all concerned but that is history now and it is time to focus on the new season and improving on what we achieved.

"I'm hoping to see all of last season's players at training and of course I will be looking to add to the squad as well over the next few weeks. It is going to be a hard pre-season because we were not as fit as we should have been but it will also be enjoyable for the players too."

The entire squad will be involved in an inter-club game on July 7 which is followed by five friendlies: July 10 v Loxwood (at Roffey FC); 17th v Merstham (away); 24th v Erith Town (away), 31st v Eastbourne Town (home), August 3rd v TBC (home).


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