The club are delighted to welcome back exciting forward player Aaron Watson. Also joining is experienced midfielder, Dave Botterill, previously with Hythe Town.
Manager Matt Longhurst had this to say: "I've been trying to bring in a vital piece of experience but at the right age and someone that's right on and off the pitch for East Grinstead Town. Botts ticks all the boxes on those fronts and I'm delighted to bring him in"
Matt went on to say: "Last week we announced the vast majority of the squad and that we were in talks with one or two possible additions. Aaron Watson is another player that's played here at East Court before and I'm really excited about him coming back. He gives us another attacking option having proven himself to score goals and provide assists and I'm looking forward to working with him. Adding Botts to the squad is a major coup for us having spent a number of years with Faversham playing a big part in their success and then finishing last season with Hythe Town in the play offs. His experience will be excellent for us. He has had a number of clubs at this level trying to gain his signature and I'm delighted to bring him here. The squad has come together nicely and we are all looking forward to getting in and started now."
Pre-season friendly change
Wasps will now travel to Tonbridge Angels for the pre-season friendly on Saturday 6th August (ko 2pm) and not Eastbourne Town.
Two addtional pre-season friendlies have been added to the shedule: Saturday 16th July at home against Erith & Belvedere (ko 3pm) and the Under 18s will play Steyning Town on the Sussex County FA 3G pitch at Culver Road, Lancing on Thursday 21st July (ko 7:30pm).
People tend to think that management and everyone behind the scenes at the football club take a well deserved break when the football season ends. Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "If only this was true. Immediately after the final home game of the season, SJK Sports Turf Care started on the end-of-season pitch renovation and dedicated committee members and volunteers have the task of watering, fertilising, mowing and generally looking after the pitch and the facilities in readiness for when we host our first pre-season friendly against Sky Bet League Two Crawley Town on 9th July. It feels like I've been working non-stop since the final whistle blew what with talking to sponsors, suppliers, preparing an application for funding, meeting with managers and coaches and so on".
The website caught up with manager Matt Longhurst to see what has been happening since the end of the season.
Matt said: "It has been a really busy period as there is lots of work to do on and off the pitch to get ready for not only this new season but to continue building the structure we want here with the youth section and under-21 team.
I am pleased to announce the new management set up for our Ryman League Under-21 team which will see Grant Hearn as manager with Rob Stewart joining as assistant and coach from Tonbridge Angels. Ben Burns completes the backroom team as coach.
These guys will be vital for the progression of the under-21s whom we have moved over to the Ryman League so the level they play at is closer to that of the first team and the facilities will be much better for the players as well. We have a strong nucleus of under-21 players now and I'm looking forward to seeing them progress.
Also joining the club this week is our new Ryman Under-18 League team management team of Danny and Glynn Pearce. Glynn has experience of working at this level and Danny has a great background as a player coming through the youth ranks at both Charlton and AFC Wimbledon. These guys will be vital to the club's progress and have brought with them a strong group of players. Danny and Glynn will work closely with myself and the Under-21 set-up.
We have held two trial nights at the East Grinstead Sports Club to cast our eye over potential Under 18s and 21s which has seen over 60 players in attendance on both evenings. Going forward, hopefully we will be doing less recruitment as we have the players coming through the system that we want in the first team squad.
We have added two under-10 teams as well as under-11s so the youth section is growing and this will of course only benefit the first team with home grown players in the long term.
The first team squad is really starting to take shape. We have held meetings with all the squad from last season and I have been busy meeting players. I am pleased to announce that we have retained 90 % of last season's squad.
Goalkeeper Nic Taylor, defenders James Fitchett, George Benner, Steve Betancourt, Jake McIntyre, Billy Joe King, Toby Cassidy; midfield players Alex Gaggin, Danny Leonard, Williams Peauroux and forwards Trevor McCreadie, Jordan Clarke and Regan Payne.
This is our first full season in charge and pre season training and the friendlies have been designed to make sure we hit the ground running when the season kicks off. The league has been made even stronger with the likes of Lewes, Greenwich Borough and Cray Wanderers all coming in as well as Horsham and the players and management are relishing the challenge.
We have also strengthened in the areas I feel we need to have more competition for places as well as replacing one or two players that have gone so in come goalkeeper Milan Stojsavljevic from Chipstead. He is a highly-rated youngster with Aldershot and Fulham as his previous clubs.
Defenders Alfie Kitt, who has previously been with Sevenoaks Town and Maidstone United, Tom Montgomery, who was previously with me at Erith and Belvedere and ex-Whitstable and Ashford player Jack Healy have also joined us.
We also welcome midfielder Aidan Hayes, who is an exciting new addition. He spent eight years at Charlton Athletic then moved to Maidstone United where he won player of the year. Also joining after a long spell at Gillingham is Alex Ariff, who is a wide player, another attacking player is former Republic of Ireland international Callum O'Shea and the last addition to date is experienced centre forward Stefan Joseph from Corinthian Casuals, who needs less of an introduction to our fans as he has previously played for the Wasps.
I am really pleased with the players that we have kept from last season and the new lads that have been brought in and I cannot wait to get started now. I am currently in talks with a couple of other new additions and one or two of last season's squad and these should be tied up over the weekend. Lots of the clubs at our level have been busy in the summer strengthening and it was important we did the same and I hope to be able to update you further very soon."
Following the success of the trials two weeks ago and a number of subsequent enquiries, we are holding another Under 18 Ryman League trial session next Tuesday 24th May from 7pm to 9pm at the East Grinstead Sports Club.
To book a place please send an email to The Club Secretary. Please ensure you put your first and second choice positions in the email as well as previous clubs and any referees we can contact.
The Football Association today announced the make-up of the 2016-17 Non-League pyramid and Ryman South will consist of the following teams subject to any appeal and will be confirmed at the Ryman League's AGM on Saturday 18 June:
Carshalton Athletic, Chatham Town, Chipstead, Corinthian-Casuals, Cray Wanderers, Dorking Wanderers, East Grinstead Town, Faversham Town, Godalming Town, Greenwich Borough, Guernsey, Hastings United, Herne Bay, Horsham, Hythe Town, Lewes, Molesey, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne, South Park, Three Bridges, Tooting & Mitcham United, Walton Casuals and Whyteleafe.
Ryman South will feature two clubs new to the league, Southern Counties East League champions Greenwich Borough and Godalming Town, switched sideways from the Evo-Stik League Southern's Central Division after the Surrey outfit's tenth-placed finish in April. After dropping out of the Ryman in 2014, Horsham are back as Southern Combination Football League champions, along with relegated Lewes and Cray Wanderers, their switch south and sideways making up the numbers.
Wasps pre-season friendlies have been confirmed as follows:
Saturday 9th July 3pm, home v Crawley Town
Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm, home v Leatherhead
Tuesday 19th July 7.45pm, away v Shoreham
Friday 22nd July, 7.45pm, away v Seven Acre
Saturday 23rd July 3pm, away v Tooting Wanderers
Saturday 30th July 3pm, away v Crowborough Athletic
Saturday 30th July 3pm, away v Eastbourne United
Tuesday 2nd August 7.45pm, away v Tunbridge Wells
Friday 5th August 7.30pm, home v Woking
Saturday 6th August 3pm, away v Eastbourne Town
The Ryman South 2016/17 season is scheduled to commence on Saturday 13th August.
After managing Wasps Under 18s for the last five season, Bob Smith has unfortunately decided to call it a day and concentrate on playing for the Third XI and assist Simon Parrett in running the team. His decision was partly influenced by his coach Chris Waters leaving to take up a position within a Gillingham Academy. The Club would like to thank Bob and Chris for all their hard work and commitment and we are extremely happy that Bob will remain at the club which is part of his DNA and at the same time wish Chris every success at Gillingham.
As a consequence. East Grinstead Town FC are currently seeking applications for the vacant Ryman Under 18s manager’s role for the 2016/17 season. The successful applicant will report to the Head of Youth Development and the First Team manager and will form a close working relationship with the under 21s management team. The role will be to recruit as well as coach the under 18s to a good standard and help grow the youth section providing quality young players to progress through the club. UEFA B licenced coaches or experienced Level Two coaches would be preferable with a very large emphasis on creating a good environment for players to learn and to understand the club's ethos. Anyone with suitable experience and who would be interested in the post should send their footballing CV and a covering letter to The Club Secretary.
East Grinstead Town FC is pleased to announce our first Under 18 and Under 21 Ryman League trials on Tuesday the 10th of May from 7pm to 9pm at the East Grinstead Sports Club.
The trial is aimed at 16-21 year olds with an aim of playing Ryman league football next season at a progressive club with a first team squad with an average age of 20 years old. The first team management team along with Head of Youth Development and Under 21 management team will all be present at the trial.
To book a place on our trial please send an email to The Club Secretary. Please ensure you put your first and second choice positions in the email as well as previous clubs and any referees we can contact.
East Grinstead Town Reserves 0, Knaphill Reserves 0
In tonight's last match of the season at the GAC Stadium, Grant Hearn's reserves drew with league title hopefuls Knaphill. Meanwhile Bob Smith's Under 18s traveled the short distance to Three Bridges for their penultimate Ryman South league match of the season and came away empty handed, going down 5-0. They travel to Eastbourne Borough on Wednesday (ko 7:45pm) for their final match.
200 Club Winners
1st prize £65 - M Huggett
2nd prize £20 - C Down
3rd prize £11 - J Greig
Following Saturday's end of season presentation Matt Longhurst had this to say:"Firstly I'd like to say a big thank you to all the people at the club for making us welcome and giving us the opportunity to progress and work at the club and also support all of our ideas that we are slowly putting in place.
The supporters have played a huge role in the progression and have really helped the players and staff along the way with their continued vocal support in some tough situations we have found ourselves in, but hopefully they have also enjoyed the progress being made.
My staff that have worked with me have been fantastic and given up so much time to watch opposition take training and be on the phone continuously and I would like to thank them for this.
So the season has finished and many people have asked already do we have the summer to now rest. I wish: this time of year is almost busier than during the season with lots of planning and organising to do, recruitment of players, pre season programmes to put in place as well as the continued building of the youth set up. So it's a real busy period coming up and I'm looking forward to continuing the work we have already started.
A full pre-season programme will be announced in the next few weeks as well as signings etc in the coming months. The vast majority of the players have agreed to stay next season which is great news and we have targeted several players to come in to complete the squad.
Lastly I would like to congratulate all the award winners for this season and in particular George Benner who was the supporters' player of the season and Callum Emptage who won manager's player of the year and players' player too.
Enjoy the summer."
Wasps finished the season with a convincing win this afternoon, their third victory in a row which sees them finish in 20th place in the Ryman League Division One South, their highest ever finish in their history. Trevor McCreadie opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Christian Nanetti was brought down. Danny Leonard then hit a screamer from 25 yards before Walton & Hersham were given a life-line when they too were awarded a penalty for a push by keeper Nic Taylor. Jake McIntyre restored Wasps two goal lead before the half time break following a pin-point cros from man-of-the match Jordan Clarke.............[Match report]
At the presentation evening that followed back at the GAC Stadium later in the evening, Callum Emptage received two awards for Players' Player and Manager's Player, Greg Cundle was Top Scorer and George Benner received the Supporters' Player trophy. Keeper Craig Lardent received the reserve Manager's Player and Players' Player awards, with Ben Burns the Top Scorer. Jack Unwin picked up the Under 18s Players' Player and Top Scorer awards with the Manager's Player award going to Harry Tingley. The Third Team awards went to Ryan Goodall for Players' Player, Craig Pither for Manager's Player and Daniel Bye for Top Scorer. The Club Person of the Year Cup went to Geoff Gilbert.
Wasps put a huge dent in Faversham's play off hopes with a hard fought but deserved win this afternoon. Faversham started brightly but East Grinstead got into the game and started to dominate before going 2 nil up from a Callum Emptage header and a shot from Alex Gaggin that keeper William Godman could only parry over the line. Faversham got back into the game on 35 minutes when a good save from Jack Howard in the Grinstead goal fell to the on-rushing Emptage who deflected in for an own goal. That proved to be the end of the scoring with excellent positioning and handling by Howard and a dominant display by Grinstead's George Benner ensuring that Grinstead finished the season at home on a high.............[Match report]
Reserves match off
Wasps reserves match at Farnham Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
East Grinstead Town are secured a place in Ryman South next season following Walton & Hersham's 4-1 defeat to Dorking Wanderers tonight. With two matches still to play, Wasps cannot be caught. They host play-off hopefuls Faversham Town on Saturday before then travelling to Walton & Hersham on the last Saturday of the season.
Wasps secured a vital three points with a victory over basement boys Whitstable Town. Grinstead took the lead following a George Benner header from a Christian Nanetti free kick before Craig Thompson equalised with a neat header from a corner.
Trevor McCreadie put Grinstead in front just before half time from the penalty sport after Nanetti was fouled.
Whitstable came out strong at the start of the second half but once Thompson received his marching orders they faced an uphill struggle and McCreadie put the result beyond doubt when he latched onto a poor back pass and fired past Dan Eason.............[Match report]
Wasps missed the chance to put further daylight between them and relegation rivals Walton & Hersham despite dominating play-off contenders Hastings for long spells at East Court on Tuesday night.
In the second half, in particular, a young Grinstead side took the fight to their more experienced hosts but, not for the first time this season, they struggled to turn possession into meaningful attempts on target.............[Match report]
Wasps conceded in the final minute and came away empty handed when a draw would have been a fair result............[Match report]
With second from bottom Peacehaven & Telscombe losing to champions Folkestone Invicta they can no longer catch Wasps who are 5 points clear of Walton & Hersham who travel to Guernsey tomorrow for their game in hand.
East Grinstead Town Reserves 1, Erith Town Reserves 0
A Williams Peauroux penalty was enough to earn Grant Hearn's Wasps reserves all three points this afternoon at the GAC Stadium, although the chances they created should have seen them win more comfortably............[Match report]
Wasps came from behind this Easter Monday to record their first win in 2016 which puts them nearer to safety. The visitors were on top in the first fifteen minutes which is when they took the lead but Wasps deserved their victory equalising 5 minutes before the break and taking the lead on 64 minutes............[Match report]
Tonight's Under 18s Ryman League match at Eastbourne Borough has been postponed.
Congratulations to Folkestone Invicta on winning the Ryman South championship today, Good Friday. Neil Cugley's side clinched the title and promotion to the Ryman League's top flight next season with a 6-0 win over Walton & Hersham at the Fullicks Stadium in front of a bumper crowd of 1,545.
Dorking Wanderers cemented their place in the plays offs despite riding their luck for long spells against strugglers East Grinstead.
It was lowly Grinstead who created the majority of chances but their wastefulness in front of goal was exploited by Tom Tolfrey, one a dubious penalty.
Grinstead should have been in front as Christian Nanetti, Travis Gregory and Trevor McCreadie all wasted good chances before Tolfrey lobbed the visitors in front five minutes before half time.
Tolfrey then double the lead for the visitors early in the second half from the penalty spot after a tangle of legs.
There on in it was all Grinstead, they had a loud claim for a penalty turned down and Gregory, McCreadie, Nanetti and Alex Gaggin all missed chances to get Grinstead back into the game.............[Match report]
Easter Monday will be a very special day for a very special 13-year-old boy from East Grinstead as his local club take on the travelling Guernsey FC in the Ryman League at the GAC Stadium. [Read more....]
Wasps conceded three well taken but very poorly defended goals in the first 18 minutes at Southwood this afternoon with the hosts adding a fourth in the second half.............[Match report] There's no change in the bottom eight however with only second from bottom Peacehaven gaining a point with all other seven clubs losing.
Meanwhile back at the GAC Stadium, Wasps reserves came back from 4-1 down against Westfield to earn a 4-4 draw in their Suburban League match.
Wasps are still waiting for their first win of 2016, although another much-changed team should have left East Kent on Saturday with a much-needed point in their battle to avoid Ryman League relegation.
There were 90 minutes on the clock when the Brickies won the game thanks to a close-range goal from substitute Michael Hurcomb, who profited from Wasps’ failure to clear a long throw and scrambled the ball home at the near post.............[Match report]
Wasps are pleased to announce two further new signings: Sam Bello-Balogun a midfielder from Walton Casuals previously with Reading, Barnet and Wycombe Wanderers and Dapo Kayode, a wide right player previously playing professionally in Romania and another player with experience of higher level football but still only young. Both players are available for tomorrow's game against Sittingbourne.
Wasps are delighted to announce the signing of striker Moses Ashikodi. Moses is a former England Under 19 international scoring three goals in three games as well as featuring in the old firm derby for Glasgow Rangers and playing Premier League football for Bradford amongst other Championship teams including West Ham United and Millwall. Manager Matt Longhurst is delighted to bring such a talented player to the club and he will be available for Saturday's game against Sittingbourne .
Wasps suffered their fourth consecutive defeat and their fifth game without a goal as their poor run of form continued.
Casuals however eased any relegation fears in a game they could have won much more comfortably. Gabriel Odunaike should have helped himself to a first half hat-trick missing two golden opportunities before giving Casuals the lead six minutes before half time. Scott Day and Rhys Paul also missed great chances from free headers in a one sided first half. Grinstead did create one opportunity of their own when Danny Leonard raced clear only to shoot over from close range. The second period was more even but Grinstead still struggled to create any clear chances. [Match report to follow]
Wasps are pleased to announce the return of striker Trevor McCreadie from Lewes and midfielder Tom Bold.
Boss Matt Longhurst had this to say: "Trevor is a proven goal scorer at this level and is a big part of the jigsaw we are trying to complete. Tom is another player with Ryman league experience. He is a local lad and we're pleased he's chosen to return to us rather than go to another club. Again he is the right age moving forward.
Two players less well known to the East Grinstead faithful are Luke May, who is a centre midfielder who has played for me over a number of years and has lots of Ryman and non-league experience, and an exciting attacker Travis Gregory, who has Chelsea and Glasgow Rangers amongst his former clubs. Travis is a crowd pleaser and is someone I have tried to sign on a number of occasions and we look forward to seeing him in the Wasps kit."
Longhurst added: "All the signings are of long term value in terms of their age and experience and bring something we are missing at the moment. We have some excellent young players here but they need to be aided by the right type of more senior players to bring the best out in them. It takes time to settle the group and I understand we don't have lots of time this season but you have to plan for the future when bringing people in. The whole squad must want the same things and I'm confident we're slowly heading back in the right direction."
Wasps fell behind following a very dubious penalty decision five minutes before half time with not a lot between the two teams. Hythe then extended their lead 14 minutes into the second half following a rare good good passage of play finished well by Alfie May.............[Match report]
Reserves match off
Following a midday pitch inspection, this afternoon's reserves match against Westfield has been postponed
With both clubs looking to move clear of the relegation zone it was the vistors who took the lead through Steven Ita in the opening minute of the second half. Sittingbourne added a second with twenty minutes to go through Jack Steventon before Wasps keeper then saved a penalty from Ita.............[Match report]
Following a second pitch inspection at 12:15, today's Ryman South match against Chipstead has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The match has been rescheduled for Tuesday 8th March (ko 7.30pm)
The reserves Suburban League match at Westfield has also been postponed.
Wasps are delighted to announce the signing of Leyton Regan, the highly rated forward from Horley Town. Also joining are exciting forwards Luke Saggers from Welling United and James Fray from Fisher. We take this opportunity to welcome all three to the club.
The club are proud to announce that our 19 year old centre forward Goldy Capella has signed for Torquay United this week. Goldy followed manager Matt longhurst from Erith and Belverdere and has showed great promise at just 19 years old. He's the first of what we hope is a long line of young players who are given the opportunity to develop at the club and go on to play at a higher level. It goes without saying that all at East Grinstead Town FC wish him all the best in the next stage of his career and look forward to following his rise in the game.
A very poor game not helped by extreme blustery conditions saw Chatham score the deciding goal which moves them 5 points ahead of Wasps who stay two places above the relgation zone.............[Match report]
Good goalkeeping and the woodwork ensured both sides had to settle for a deserved point in an entertaing game at East Court this afternoon.
After a slow start Herne Bay were denied three times in the later stages of the first half by Grinstead keeper Jack Howard. He saved from Sam Hasler's free kick denied Lee Browning from close range and was also equal to a long range shots from Danny Williams.
Grinstead were more than an equal to their lofty opponents however and having suffered a scare when Browning should have opened the scoring, rattled the post through Greg Cundle from the edge of the box.
Hasler responded with a long range effort that hit the inside of the post before Cundle was denied with a fine save from Jack Delo and Alex Gaggin headed just over at the far post.
Bay nearly won it at the death when James Turner headed just over with just Howard to beat.............[Match report]
200 Club winners
1st prize £65 - I Brown
2nd prize £20 - K Astley
3rd prize £11 - G Hearn
Matt Longhurst has completed the signing of ex Notts County centre forward Alex Kenlock today and he may well feature in tomorrow's match against high flying Herne Bay at the GAC Stadium (kick off 3pm).
It has been a tough few weeks on and off the pitch but I have said since we have been here we have a long term plan and lots of things are slowly being put in place for next season which will benefit all involved. We have had meetings behind the scenes to get things right so we can really move things forward at the club.
On the pitch it's been a frustrating period after an excellent couple of months. We haven't picked up anywhere near enough points and disappointingly some of our players have moved on to other clubs.
Hassan Jalloh has moved to Greenwich Borough, Jack Mahoney to Hythe Town while Tom Carlse, Melford Simpson and Terrell Miller have all moved on this week. Henry Burnett’s loan from Dagenham and Redbridge has expired as has Mitchell Dickenson’s from Gillingham and we now have Leo Mazzone suspended for three games. I would like to place on record my thanks to those players for their time and efforts.
So with a few goings there had to be a few comings and with players buying into the bigger picture I’m delighted to welcome Byron Napper and Williams Pearoux to the club, two exciting midfielders both of whom add vital experience to the squad. A recent signing is 17-year-old Alex Gaggin who made his debut Saturday and was outstanding and is certainly one for the future. Goalkeeper Jack Howard also made his debut against Walton Casuals and was excellent and at 21 is a real asset to us. Completing the new signings are two long term loanees from Tonbridge Angels, defender Charlie Slocombe and midfielder Brett Milham, both of whom have Ryman League experience.
I'm also pleased to announce that Danny Leonard, was subject to a 7 day approach from Hastings United, has decided to stay with us which is great news.
It's not ideal having to make so many changes at this stage but it's certainly a case of having to reinforce the squad but rest assured all the signings are the right people on and off the pitch and I'm looking forward to working with them all. With the main bulk of the squad still here, the team will have a very familiar look about it. It’s a rebuilding process which takes time but we are moving in the right direction.
Hopefully the weather will be kind as myself and the players can't wait to get back on the pitch this weekend against Herne Bay.
Wasps dominated most of the first half and took the lead after 11 minutes through Goldy Capela but they were made to rue missed opportunities to have been further ahead. They were made to pay when Scott Day scored twice in the second half for Walton Casuals with man-of-the match Brannon Daly making some superb saves denying Wasps anything from the match that they should have won in the first half.............[Match report]
THIS AFTERNOON'S Reserve Team match against Knaphill has been postponed following a referee's pitch inspection
Wasps pressed the self-destruct button this evening as they ended the match with 10 players and at the end of a 5-2 defeat. Jack Mahoney fired Wasps ahead on 31 minutes following a corner but then the hosts were gifted two goals before the end of the half. 12 minutes into the second half Goldy Capela was set up by Andres Lobado Tobon for a simple equaliser with an empty goal gaping but he somehow managed to steer the ball wide from the edge of the six yard box. 5 minutes later it was 3-1. With 72 minutes gone substitute Greg Cundle scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-2 but a melee then ensued when the Hastings goalkeeper wouldn't release the ball which ended with the referee brandishing yellow cards to the goalkeeper and the penalty taker Greg Cundle and then inexplicably showed a red card to Leo Mazzone. With 10 men and looking for an equaliser, Wasps then conceded again in the 87th and 89th minutes.............[Match report]
A late goal from substitute Harry Smith gave run away leaders Folkestone a hard fought victory over a spirited East Grinstead.
Smith scored on 77 minutes after a Scott Heard shot was deflected into his path and he had the simple task of tapping home virtualy on the goal line.
In a close first half neither goalkeeper was seriously tested, Grinstead had the upper hand early on but were restricted to long ranger efforts and it wasn't until the last ten minutes of the half that Folkestone started to impose themselves on the game.
The second half was much more open as both sides looked for the opener. Grinstead went close through Leo Mazzone before the dangerous Ashley Miller was twice denied by keeper Tom Wellham.
After Folkestone took the lead Grinstead had a great chance for a deserved share of the spoils after Danny Leonard raced clear but he was denied by the legs of Tim Roberts in the Folkestone goal.............[Match report]
200 Club winners
1st prize £65 - S Hedgecock
2nd prize £20 - B Talbot
3rd prize £11 - A Evans
On a wet and blustery afternoon in Guernsey in front of a crowd of 657, the Channel Islanders went into a 2-0 lead at half time thanks to goals from Matt Loaring and Jacques Isabelle five minutes from the break. Wasps were second best during the first half kicking into the wind but had a much better second half. Greg Cundle was brought down in the box 8 minutes into the half and scored from the resultant penalty kick. Although Grinstead came close to grabbing an equaliser with 10 minutes to go when Hassan Jalloh's shot was spilled by keeper Chris Tardif, Craig Young put the match beyond doubt in the second minute of added time..............[Match report]
Goldy Capela scored his first goal for the club and put Wasps ahead on 9 minutes after a good opening spell. Dorking came back and were always a threat up front. They equalised halfway through the first half and then took the lead 10 minutes after the restart. Danny Leonard then equalised but Wasps conceded a penalty for the third match in succession and went behind again after Tom Tolfrey followed up his spot kick that hit the post. Yacine Gnahore equalised for Wasps on 83 minutes but Dorking wrapped things up with two goals in stoppage time..............[Match report]
Tonight's Under 18s match against BognorRegis Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
A message from Matt Longhurst
After a couple of defeats it's easy sometimes to sit back and hide but I feel it's only right to comment on what has been an excellent period for the team despite the losses to Faversham and Tooting & Mitcham.
The two performances were very different. Last Saturday we should have, in my opinion, got at least a point but instead fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat against a Faversham team that's vying for promotion.
Tuesday night was very different but in the first half, if we'd taken our chances, we could have gone in one or two goals in front. Missing those opportunities came back to bite us in the end and our second-half performance was nowhere near the levels we expect and the players were gutted after the game.
I'm not one to point a finger. The buck stops with me as manager and I take full responsibility for the result. The boys have given me everything for weeks and last night it caught up with us a bit.
However, we have taken 16 points from 24 which is still an excellent return. Mentally and physically, this league is tough on senior players let alone the youngsters we have and I can't praise the boys enough for what they have achieved in recent weeks.
It's important we remember all the good things that have happened. We have had one bad performance in ten games, which doesn't worry me. It will happen now and again.
The players showed their disappointment after the Tooting match and I feel a genuine desire to correct things this Saturday when we go to Dorking Wanderers. It says a lot about the group and I know we'll be doing our best to put it right quickly.
A game of two completely contrasting halves. Wasps squandered two gilt edged opportunities one of which nobody in the ground could believe could be missed and instead of going in comfortably at the break at least 2-0 if not 3-0 up, it was goalless. You felt that Grinstead were going to be punished for the wasted opportunities and they never really came out of the dressing rooms for the second period. Within three minutes ex Wasp Kurtis Pykes hit a fierce volley from the edge of the box after a corner was not dealt with. Nine minutes later it was 2-0 with the aid of two deflections. The real decisive point was in the 75th minute when new signing Gassimu Jalloh who played at centre back instead of Mitchell Dickenson who was ill, went down with a head injury in the box but play was allowed to continue and shortly afterwards the referee blew for a penalty for what seemed a perfectly good challenge by Callum Emptage with Jalloh still on the ground. The spot kick was converted and then the hosts were gifted a fourth goal to end an extremely poor second half performance from Grinstead. Taking the two halves, Tooting & Mitcham deserved the three points and Matt Longhurst was left thinking of how it should have been if his team had taken the clear-cut chances created in the first half..............[Match report]
Wasps deserved at least a point this afternoon at the Shephearde Neame Stadium but came away empty-handed and their unbeaten run of 6 games came to an end. Grinstead were undeniably the better side in the first half and Yacine Gnahore opened the scoring after 18 minutes. Faversham equalised from a penalty awarded when Mitchell Dickenson instinctively put his arms up and blocked a shot which wouldn't have troubled Nic Taylor in goal. This was after George Benner thought he had scored with a header from a corner but the referee had blown for a foul before the defender had even made contact with the ball. The second half was more of an even affair but Grinstead conceded on the hour mark. Despite good spells of pressure when the home side struggled to get out of their own half during a ten minute period, Wasps just couldn't grab what would have been a deserved equaliser. Greg Cundle was taken down in the box and it certainly looked a stonewall penalty but the referee saw it differently and waved play on. Cundle then came close with a fine free kick which totally beat the keeper but the ball just skimmed the bar. A good all-round performance and a lot of positives to take into the next match at Tooting and Mitcham on Tuesday..............[Match report]
Although Wasps made 5 changes to Saturday's starting line-up for this Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup 3rd round tie, they made hard work of taking a two goal lead against a spirited and hard working Steyning side. Hassan Jalloh scored the first in the 17th minute and also hit the woodwork three times. Jack Mahoney got the second from 15 yards via the post on 67 minutes. Grinstead then went off the boil. Nic Taylor made a couple of good saves and Lee Garnham pulled one back for the visitors on 83 minutes..............[Match report]
Matt Longhurst refelcts over the past week: "So another tough busy week here with six very valuable points on the board and two very difficult games won. I have to firstly congratulate the players and my staff on the amount of effort and desire they are putting in, on and off the pitch. Myself and my staff are very much on the phone in between games and training often four times a day. It takes great commitment at this level to achieve anything. The fans and the people behind the scenes at this football club deserve as much credit as the players. Without them there wouldn't be a club and they all make my job easier without doubt.
Winning can become a habit and a very good one and it obviously breeds confidence. The biggest thing I keep reminding the players is to remember how and why they won and keep that in mind each game so we will certainly not be getting complacent. We had some players missing on Tuesday night so the result was even better and we should be back to full strength for another tough game on Saturday.
Walton and Hersham have a new manager. The expereinced Mark Hams took over from Tony Reid a week ago so tomorrow's match will be a real tough test but one we certainly look forward to."
Wasps climbed out of the bottom three after snatching all three points from foot-of-the-table Whitstable Town. It needed two late goals from substitute Hassan Jalloh and Greg Cundle (penalty) to secure the points after Connor Hendricks initially put Wasps ahead in his first match at the club..............[Match report]
That makes 10 points out of the last four matches. Next up are Molesey on Tuesday at home (ko 7.30pm)
200 Club Winners
1st prize £65 - C Gilmore
2nd prize £20 - P Johnson
3rd prize £11 - G Hearn
This afternoon's reserves match against Cray Valley has been postponed
Wasps finally recorded their first home win of the season by beating Chatham Town tonight. New signing Jack Mahoney opened the scoring in the 77th minute after coming off the bench at half time. Chatham equalised 3 minutes later after the Wasps defence stopped when the ball was carried over the line but play was allowed to continue and Kieron McCann equalised. Callum Emptage secured the vital three points in the 86th minute. Wasps didn't have Nic Taylor and Melford Simpson available because of a virus. Brett Milham made his debut but had to come off in the 66th minute after he broke his nose..............[Match report]
Under 18s match off
Tonight's Under 18s match at Burgess Hill has been postponed.
Sussex Senior Cup tie
Wasps were scheduled to host Hastings United in a league match on Tuesday 8th December, but with both teams in the 3rd round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challemge Cup, Wasps will now be hosting Steyning Town and the Hastings match will be rescheduled.
After being appointed as Wasps new boss six weeks ago, Matt Longhurst is keen to update Wasps' supporters on what's been going on, both on and off the pitch.
"It's been a busy month or so since taking charge. We came in with the initial idea of seeing what we already had in the squad and then assess what we needed. It was important to give the players here the opportunity to impress first, we have then slowly made changes to the squad to suit the style we want to play and also make sure that the dressing room is full of players that genuinely want to play for East Grinstead Town Football Club.
"Whilst the changes have been made, we have made fairly regular contact with the reserve team manager Grant Hearn and under 21s manager Nathan Campbell and have included a few players from each squad trying to blend them into the first team squad which is something long term that needs to happen to enable the club to have long term success.
"Since coming in, the fans have been superb and it really does make a difference having that vocal support home and away and the players respect that each week win lose or draw. With lots of new signings we are trying to build a squad that pre-season then only needs tweaking here and there. I don't want to rebuild all over again in the summer. We want a young, hungry team of players that have the right attitude.
"On the player front we have slowly assembled a core of players we want now and have just brought in Andrew Mills from Woking who is a centre back on a long term loan. Andrew has been involved with their first team and they want him to gain valuable game time in senior football. I am this week aiming to complete the signing of two midfield players, one hopefully ready for Tuesday and another should sign Friday in time for Saturday. We are then possibly only one player away from the squad we want. There will be competition for places which is what we want going into a busy period of games over the next few months.
"On the management team front, I have brought in Louis Dean as my assistant manager as Bill Manners has left due to work and personal matters which won't allow him to continue in his role. I'm hoping when fit he can come back in and play a part on the pitch for us. Louis is a great coach and has been involved in football for a number of years as a coach and player. He has settled in well and compliments the rest of the management team well so I'm pleased he's on board.
"So it's been a slower process than possibly we would of liked, but to get this right and to have some longevity to what we're doing, it will take time. The players have been fantastic of late. We'll just take game by game and see where we are but I'm certainly starting to see improvements on and off the pitch but we have a long long way to go yet but it's a start.
A good even contest with both teams shring the points.
Wasps were caught cold on 3 minutes when a deep cross wasn't dealt with at the far post, allowing Juevan Spencer time to cut inside and fire in a shot across goal. Casuals' lead lasted 10 minutes when after mounting pressure a well rehearsed corner found Callum Emptage in enough space to control the ball and fire into the top corner.The rest of the half was evenly contested with both defences on top.
The second half was much of the same but started to open up as the half went on. Nic Taylor in the Grinstead goal made a couple of good saves from shots from distance and a couple of chances in the box went begging for Grinstead. Danny Leonard thought he had won the game for Grinstead after a great run from midfield only to see his shot thunder off the underside of the bar with the keeper beaten and bounce to safety.
That proved to be the last of the real chances leaving both sides satisfied with a deserved draw..............[Match report]
Wasps earned a much sought after but well deserved three points tonight at Whitehall Lane. Melford Simpson got his first goal at the club in his first full debut but Wasps went in at half time at 1-1 after the referee awarded South Park a penalty 5 minutes from the break much to the astonishment of everyone in the ground. Simpson scored his second early in the second half with a firm header from a corner to restore Wasps lead and Danny Leonard added a third in the 84th minutes in his first league match for the club..............[Match report]
On a wet and blustery afternoon Ryan Richeford put the hosts in front after 35 minutes with Greg Cundle equalising 6 minutes later. Just before the referee blew for half time it looked as if Callum Emptage's powerful shot was going to see Wasps going in ahead at the break only to see Rikki Banks pull off a superb save. 5 minutes into the second half a dubious penalty award saw Brannon O'Neil put Worthing ahead. Four minutes later Harvey Sparks made it 3-1 latching onto a mishit pass and then O'Neil scored his second after a mishit shot found him just inside the box. Callum Emptage headed home from a corner to make it 4-2 and soon afterwards a penalty appeal was turned away. With eight minutes to go Amar Bugiel made it 5-2 to Wothing who go second in the table..............[Match report]
East Grinstead Town Under 21s 3, Loxwood Under 21s 1
Wasps Under 21s came from behind against previously unbeaten Loxwood to win 3-1 with goals from Alex Moore (21 minutes), Reanu Grossett (73 minutes) and Levi Campbell (80 minutes). Wasps are now back in second place in the SCFL U21 West League, 6 points behind Loxwood with a game in hand.
Wasps went through to the next round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challemge Cup tonight but needed extra time to see off Southern Combination Football League Division One Haywards Heath Town who included three ex Wasps in their starting line-up - Tom Graves, Matt Geard and Dan Turner. Wasps took the lead thanks to a Greg Cundle 38th minute penalty kick but the home side equalised 3 minutes from normal time. The second half had been a poor spectacle but Wasps upped their game in extra time and Hassan Ibrahim and new signing Hassan Jalloh scored in the first period. Haywards Heath pulled one back before Jalloh made certain with a couple of minutes to go..............[Match report]
Wasps Under 15s Fred Sparkes Cup tie against Roffey Robins United tomorrow has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.
Reserves new coach
Ben Burns has been appointed Reserve Team Coach. Burnsey was a youth player at the club and progressed through into the first team when he was 17. He has also been previously involved with coaching youth teams and recently returned to play for the reserves under new manager Grant Hearn.
Ryman Premier side Bognor Regis knocked Wasps out of the FA Trophy this afternoon in a match that was played at Bognor's ground becsause the GAC stadium was hosting the town's fireworks display..............[Match report]
200 Club Winners
1st prize £65 - C White
2nd prize £20 - D Medcalf
3rd prize £13 - A Cooper
Tonight's match started at a very quick tempo and the visitors took the lead through Jamie Byatt on 11 minutes. They doubled their lead through Louis Hollingsworth with a powerful header following a corner before Marcus Elliott pulled one back for Wasps with a great solo effort on the half hour mark. Wasps finished the half well but neither side created too many chances in the second half and eft Wasps still looking for their first home win of the season..............[Match report]
A Marcus Elliott hat-trick sealed Wasps second win of the season at bottom club Chipstead this afternoon. Elliott put Wasps 3 - 0 ahead in the 88th minutes not long after Greg Cundle came close when his controlled volley came off the crossbar but Chipstead snatched two late goals and Michael Hunter was forced to make a fine save from a free kick deep into added time..............[Match report]
Wasps suffered their first defeat under new boss Matt Longhurst tonight through two errors. South Park took the lead on 41 minutes against the run of play when Karl Parker latched onto a long hopeful ball that caused confusion in the Grinstead defence and he gratefully slid the ball into an empty net. The visitors made sure of three points when Kofi Quartey got away from his defender and scored off the inside of the post in the 87th minute.............[Match report]
Wasps had to be content with sharing the points today in Matt Longhurst's first match in charge his predecessor, Tony Beckingham, after just four weeks since 'Becks' left the club. Hythe took the lead after applying early pressure but as Wasps settled, Greg Cundle equalised to send the sides in level at the break. Substitute Hassan Ibrahim had a golden opportunity to put the home team ahead after working his way through the defence but placed his shot agonisingly wide of the post. Wasps played with more confidence in the second half and were the better side and then took the lead through another Greg Cundle goal after some good work by Jon Difford. It wasn't to be debut joy for Longhurst however, as Craig Thompson scored his second of the match to equalise just on 90 minutes.............[Match report]
FA Trophy match to be played at Bognor
Although East Grinstead Town FC are holding the town's annual Firework Display on Saturday 31st October, they were unsuccessful in their request to rescheule the FA Trophy tie against Bognor Regis Town from the Saturday to either the Friday night or Sunday afternoon. The tie will therefore be played at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday 31st October.
Sussex Senior Cup draw
Wasps will travel to Haywards Heath Town in the 2nd round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup.
East Grinstead Town U18s 0, Eastbourne Town U18s 7
Wasps Under 18s went into the break at half time trailing by a single goal but conceded six in the second half in tonight's Ryman South Youth fixture.
With Whitstable Town coming from behind twice to win 3-2 at Ramsgate tonight, Wasps dropped to second from bottom in Ryman South although they have 3 or 4 games in hand over teams immediately above them. Matt Longhurst's first match in charge will be this Saturday against Hythe Town which ironically was of course where Tony Beckingham went to as joint manager when he left Wasps 4 weeks ago. In another twist, Becks also took three of Matt's former players at Erith & Belvedere to Hythe. After Saturday's match, Wasps are again at home on Tuesday against South Park (ko 7.30pm).
East Grinstead Town are delighted to confirm the appointment of Matt Longhurst as their new first team manager.
Matt takes over from Tony Beckingham, who left the club in September.
Matt has considerable managerial experience in Kent. He reached three cup finals and won a trophy during three years with Corinthian FC before joining Erith & Belvedere, whom he led to the quarter-finals of the FA Vase.
Matt said: “It’s a great pleasure to be appointed manager of the Wasps. It’s the next step in my managerial career and one I am relishing. There’s a great core of players already at the club and I feel we are capable of climbing the league and I can’t wait to get started.”
Bill Manners, Lee Barnett and Sonny Gladdish will be assisting Matt along with Jon Difford, who has led the club in a caretaker capacity for the last three weeks.
Town chairman Richard Tramontin said: “We had 30 applications for the post which reflects our status in non-league football including some very good candidates.
“But we were impressed with Matt’s track record, his football philosophy and his plans for the future and we’re all looking forward to him leading us to success in the future.”
Herne Bay 1, East Grinstead Town 1
Wasps came away with a draw against eighth placed Herne Bay this afternoon in a scrappy match that interim manager Jon Difford felt they should have won. In their first league match in three weeks the team showed great character and determination after going behind following some sloppy defending. Javlon Campbell equalised with a good header from Ade Joshua's cross and Junior Kaffo had a great opportunity to secure all three points.............[Match report]]
East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Cobham Reserves 1
Wasps reserves got their second consecutive win with goals from George Wallis, Connor Tobin and Jack Unwin............[Match report]
Jon Difford celebrated his first competitive game in charge of Wasps as interim manager with a well deserved win against top-of-the-table Ryman North side Cray Wanderers in the FA Trophy this afternoon. Wasps were unfortunate not to take the lead as early as the 8th minute when Ade Joshua hit the post after good work from Casey Johnson down the left. Junior Kaffo put Wasps ahead on 14 minutes and Greg Cundle scored on 35 and 43 minutes, the second a peach of a goal, to give the visitors a 3-0 lead. Cray got one back with the help of a deflection just before half time. They pulled another goal back with 9 minutes to go but Wasps held firm and will now host Bognor Regis Town in the next round.............[Match report]
East Grinstead Town Reserves 3, Croydon Reserves 2
Wasps Reserves earned their first win of the season with a fine display against Croydon............[Match report]
Wasps are on the road on Saturday in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy when they play Cray Wanderers who currently top Ryman North. The match is being played at Bromley FC (Hayes Lane, Bromley, BR2 9EF)
Tuesday's match off
Wasps' league match against Carshalton Athletic next Tuesday has been postponed as the opposition are playing in the Ryman League Cup.
With no league fixture tomorrow, Wasps interim manager, Jon Difford is focusing on the visit of Hastings United on Tuesday night and earning Wasps their first home victory of the season. He has been extremely pleased with the support and committment of all the squad and some potential new additions. Chairman Richard Tramontin said:"Jon has really embraced the role and his enthusiasm and determination is clearly evident and it goes without saying that he has our thanks and full support."
He added:"The number of applications for the manager's position that we have had is very encouraging and they are still coming in. As I've said before, the club will not be rushing to make a decision. We want to ensure that we appoint the right candidate to take the club forward."
Following his appointment as Interim First Team Manager, Jon Difford is seeking an opponent for a friendly this coming Saturday as Wasps do not have a scheduled fixture. If interested please contact him directly.
East Grinstead Town FC can confirm that first team manager Tony Beckingham has today resigned with immediate effect to take over as joint manager at fellow Ryman South club Hythe Town FC.
Chairman Richard Tramontin said: “Tony has decided to take up an offer from Hythe. We are all disappointed with his decision but we wish him all the best and thank him for his efforts at East Grinstead during his two spells in charge.”
Captain, Jon Difford, has been appointed interim manager with immediate effect. His first match in charge will be next Tuesday’s home game against Hastings United.
Richard added: “I’m delighted that Jon has agreed to take on managerial responsibilities whilst carrying on playing and allowing us the time to ensure we appoint the right candidate to take the club forward.
“Anyone with suitable experience who would be interested in the post can email me".
Under 18s & Reserve matches off
Both tonight's FA Youth Cup tie at Margate and the Reserves Suburban League match at Crowborough have been postponed.
East Grinstead Town Under 16s 1, Crawley Town Boys Under 16s 1 AET - 4-5 on penalties
Wasps Under 16s played their John Davey 1st round cup match a the GAC Stadium this morning. They took the lead which they held onto for most of the match before the visitors equalised from the penalty spot. The score remained 1 - 1 after extra time with the young Wasps losing out 4-5 on penalties.
With South Park's FA Cup replay at Leatherhead last night postponed and rearranged for Wednesday 23rd September, Wasps away fixture at South Park on that day has been rescheduled for Wednesday 18th November. The away fixture against Hastings United on October 13th has also had to be rescheduled and will now be played on Tuesday 1st December.
FA Youth Cup
A coach is being organised for Wasps Under 18s FA Youth Cup tie at Margate next Tuesday 22nd September. Anybody interested in going to the match on the coach should contact Bob Smith at the latest by first thing Monday morning (21st) to reserve a seat - cost £10 per head.
Tonight's Under 18 Ryman League Cup tie against Thamesmead Town was abandoned at half time with the acore at 1 - 1. Despite the persistent heavy rain during the day, the pitch was fine at the start of play but the continual heavy deluge during the whole of the first half meant that the water just stayed on the surface and after consulting with the two managers, the match referee deemed the pitch too dangerous to continue the game, which was the right decision. The vistors took the lead against the run of play and Wasps came close to equalising when a goalbound volley had the keeper beaten but hit a Wasps player and went over for a goal kick. Jack Unwin did equalise from the penalty spot. The match will be rescheduled.
Both teams had to try and bounce back from FA Cup defeats on Saturday in this local Bank Holiday local derby. Trevor McCreadie put Wasps in front in the 37th minute but Ben Godfrey equalised for Bridges in the 79th minute..............[Match report]
The thoughts and prayers of everybody at the club are with the families and friends of Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt and everyone connected with Worthing United FC at this shocking time. Our thoughts are also with all the people who have lost loved ones in this horrendous accident.
Two goals in each half from a lively Worthing side condemned Grinstead to their second consecutive home defeat of the season.
Worthing were in front after just five minutes when Casey Johnson volleyed home inside a crowded penalty box. They continued to create opportunities and went further ahead on 36 minutes with a nice finish from Lloyd Dawes from the edge of the box.
Against the run of play Tom Carlse gave Grinstead a lifeline with a crisp left foot shoot just before half time.
The two goal lead was restored following another fine finish from Dawes only for Carlse once again to narrow the lead with fifteen minutes remaining.
Grinstead pushed for an equaliser only to see Brannon O'Neill secure a well deserved win with a goal deep into injury time.
A much changed Wasps' side conceded three first half goals and then a fourth in added time at the end of the match against a lively Walton Casuals side at Merstham tonight and bowed out of the Alan Turvey Trophy spomsored by Robert Dyas.
East Grinstead Town Under 18s 3, Croydon Under 18s 1
A very young Wasps Under 18s pleased manager Bob Smith with their performance tonight in a pre-season friendly against a side that had inflicted two heavy league defeats on them last season.
A largely forgettable game for both sides decided by a bullet header by Molesey's Ollie Robinson from a corner on 56 minutes. This followed two wasted corners in quick succession for Wasps.
Two gilt edged chances for East Grinstead were missed by Meshach Smith and Taylor McDonagh to ensure Molesey got the points from a stop start game with little real quality.
East Grinstead Town Reserves 2, Molesey Reserves 5
While the first team travelled to Molesey, Wasps hosted their reserve team at the GAC Stadium. Grant Hearn's new look young team battled hard and fought back with two goals after going 3-0 down but ran out of steam trying to get an equaliser and conceded another twice in the last ten minutes.............[Match report]
Wasps travel to newly promoted Molesey on Saturday in the League before then travelling to Merstham to face Walton Casuals in the first round of the Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas on Wednesday 19th August (ko 7.45pm)
Grant Hearn's new look reserve side will host Molesey Reserves at the GAC Stadium on Saturday in the opening match of the Suburban League South.
The newly formed Under 21s are hosting Merstham in a friendly at the GAC Stadium on Monday (ko 7.30pm).
A Trevor McCreadie goal just before half-time earned Wasps all three points in a match which Tony Beckingham's side edged despite the hosts coming very close to scoring. The pace of the game was furious at times on the rain-slickened artificial pitch. Wasps kept their shape throughout and were resilient in defence and also created a couple of really good goal scoring opportunities including a counter attack at pace after the hosts were pressing for an equaliser late on when McCreadie raced through on goal and shot narrowly wide under pressure.............[Match report]
Wasps took an early league in today's Ryman South opener but were punished by two free kicks.
Early pressure paid off after 8 minutes for East Grinstead when good work on the left by Gerald Akosa led to a goalbound shot by Tom Carlse being helped over the line by Tooting's Jordan Cheadle for a deserved lead. East Grinstead should have doubled their lead on 12 minutes when Akosa headed wide when well placed.
A foul on Trever McCreadie deep in Tootings half went unpunished by the referee and from the break away, Tooting were awarded a highly contentious free kick on the edge of the area when the Tooting player went to ground. To compound the feeling of injustice for East Grinstead , Jordan Cheadle stepped up to drive the free kick into the corner of the net.
The game looked to be heading for a draw with neither team creating any real chances of note when Tooting were awarded another disputed free kick which resulted again in Cheadle driving into the net.
A big shout by East Grinstead for a penalty after Taylor McDonagh appeared to be pulled back in the box was waved away by the referee to leave Tooting relieved at the final whistle to come away with the three points.
Wasps travel to Whytelafe on Tuesday (ko 7.45pm)
200 Club Winners
1st prize £65 - B McCorquodale
2nd prize £20 - P Cadman
3rd prize £15 - B Smith
1st prize £65 - D Owen
2nd prize £20 - M Wrintmore
3rd prize £15 - B Smith
Tony Beckingham took the opportunity to field a much changed team to the one that drew with Conference side Whitehawk on Tuesday for this afternoon's friendly against last seasons' Sussex County Division One Champions Littlehampton Town. The visitors went into a two nil lead with one of their goals looking suspiciously offside. Wasps created a number of good chances but only found the back of the net once. It was another good opportunity for Becks and his management team to assess the squad they want to go into the new season with.
They have two more friendlies before the season kicks off in two weeks time. VCD Athletic are the visitors next Saturday, followed by Lancing the following Tuesday.
Nathan Campbell has been appointed the new manager of the newly formed Wasps Under 21s team with Tom Kavanagh as assistant manager and Pete Kavanagh as coach. The Under 21s will play in the newly formed Southern Combination Football League Under 21 West Division. Their first league match is on Thursday 27th August away at Crawley Down Gatwick. Any players looking to join and take part in pre-season training should contact Nathan on 07534 970984.
The countdown to the big kick off of the 2015-16 Ryman League campaign is underway with the release of the new season’s fixtures this morning.
Following the publication by the Football Association of the draws for the early rounds of the FA Cup and FA Trophy earlier this month, fans, players and officials can now start planning in earnest for the upcoming campaign after the fixtures were posted at 11am
Wasps open the season with a home fixture against Tooting & Mitcham United on Saturday 8th August and then travel to Whyteleafe the following Tuesday and are away at Molesy the following Saturday. For all Wasps fixtures click here
I’m sure that the close season is made shorter each year as no sooner has the last campaign finished the new one can be spotted over the horizon.
There has been quite a bit of change on the management side and those that have attended our first two pre-season games will also have noticed the new faces on the playing side as well. We managed to stay up by the skin of our teeth last season and it is our intention to avoid that situation from happening again this time around, I don’t think my heart would take it.
So, just to clarify the make-up of the management team; Kenny McCreadie has come in as Assistant Manager, Darren Anslow as Head Coach, Ray Tolfrey remains as Director of Football, Tony Prime as Goalkeeping Coach and Kev Goldsmith Physio. I am delighted to have Kenny and Darren on board and already in pre-season they proving to be worth their weight in gold.
Kenny should need no introduction after working alongside Steve Johnson who was manager at East Grinstead a few short years ago and Darren is an ‘A’ Licence Coach who works full time running Cray Wanderers FC’s Academy.
On the playing front, we have signed a number of new players which on paper should strengthen us up considerably but unfortunately as yet I’ve never seen a team on paper beat a team on the pitch.
Pre-season training started on the 30 June and is going well with around 30 players attending on a Tuesday and Thursday evening at East Court recreation ground. Kenny and Darren are working the boys hard and we will be ready for the first game of the season on the 8th August.
We have had two pre season friendlies to date against Erith Town and Lordswood who both compete in the old Kent League. We have managed to win both games 4-0 and 3-1 respectively. The results are totally irrelevant at this stage and they are really only glorified training games for fitness and familiarity. We have used around 20 players in each game and after the four team ‘Kendo Cup’ which is being held on Saturday 18 July we will be looking to reduce that number considerably. For the last three weeks we will need to focus on what is likely to be the squad that starts the season and although it is never an exact science, decisions need to be made on whether to keep or release players.
The final squad will be announced on the club website once it has been finalised.
Tony Beckingham was pleased with Wasps' first pre-season friendly. After his side's 4-0 win against Erith Town on the 3G pitch at East Grinstead Sports Club this afternoon, he said things went pretty well overall and there were lots of positives. Training continues this coming Tuesday and Thursday before hosting Lordswood from the Southern Counties East Football League next Saturday at the GAC Stadium (ko 3pm).
Wasps have been drawn away to Molesey in the Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup which will be played on Saturday 29th August and will travel to Cray Wanderers on Saturday 3rd October in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, the winners going on to face Bognor Regis in the first qualifying round.
The Under 18s have also been drawn away in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Youth Cup and will face the winners of Margate v Little Common in the week commencing 21st September.
At the AGM which was held on Monday 29th June, Ian Nicholls was elected onto the Management Committee in his new role as Head of Youth Development and two managerial positions were confirmed: Tyrone Liston has joined the club as its first Under 21s manager and Grant Hearn has taken charge of the Reserves which will focus on the development of Under 21s and Under 18s. The reserves start training next Tuesday evening at the East Court Recreational Grounds at 7.30pm.
Simon Parrett will be taking charge of Wasps' team in the Mid Sussex League Team.
East Grinstead Town’s U18 team begin their preparation for their second season at Ryman U18 Youth level under manager Bob Smith & his coach Chris Waters.
Pre season training starts Tuesday 23rd June 7pm at East Court playing fields. Any players interested in wanting to play at this level should either contact manager Bob Smith 07709 154350 or simply turn up ready to work hard and show ambition to achieve success at this level with the town's premier football club.
First Team pre-season training
A reminder that First Team pre-season training starts on Tuesday 30th June at East Court Recreational Grounds from 7.30pm
East Grinstead Town are seeking a goalkeeper for their Under 15s who will be competing in the Horsham & District Youth League again next season. Matches are played on Saturday mornings and training is on Thursday evenings during the season on a 3G pitch.. Anyone interested should contact Simon Comber
Admission prices for Wasps' home Ryman South matches for the 2015/16 season will be the same as last season, namely:
£8 for Adults, £5 for Concessions / Senior Citizens and £2 for Under 16s. Programmes will be £2.
Season tickets are available at £125 Adults, £65 Concessions / Senior Citizens and £30 Under 16s. These entitle holders to entry to all home league matches. If you wish to purchase a season ticket please contact Richard Tramontin
East Grinstead Town FC is inviting applications for a manager and coaching team for our new U21’s team that will play in the Ryman League from the 2015-6 season.
The club has been planning the formation of an U21’s side for some time as part of its commitment to developing locally-based players who can eventually feed into the first team. Ian Nicholls has recently joined the club in a new role as Head of Youth Development. He will work closely with the Under 21s, Under 18s and the younger teams to develop players together with the First Team coach.
The club was due to announce the appointment of an Under 21’s management team last week but an unforeseen territorial restriction with a Charity has meant that the appointments were withdrawn.
Interested applicants should apply in writing with a CV to Ian Nicholls
Tony Beckingham has been confirmed as first team manager as East Grinstead Town prepare for their second season in the Ryman League.
His re-appointment is part of a major restructuring of the club’s football operation with Wasps to operate a side in the Ryman under-21 League next season as they make a strong commitment to developing their own locally-based players who can eventually feed into the first team.
Beckingham has restructured his own management team with Ken McCreadie returning to the club as his assistant.
McCreadie is back at East Court for a second spell, having worked as First Team Coach in 2009 when Wasps were in the Sussex County League.
The backroom team is strengthened by the arrival of Darren Anslow as coach.
Anslow, a UEFA A License coach, has considerable experience of Kent football, having managed Cray Wanderers, Sevenoaks Town, Beckenham Town and Cray Valley before a spell with Deal Town in the Kent Premier League last season.
Director of Football Ray Tolfrey, goalkeeping coach Tony Prime and physio Kevin Goldsmith all remain from last season to complete the management team.
Beckingham said: “Unfortunately JP Collier has left the club but I am delighted with the appointment of Ken and Darren, who have added experience and know-how to my backroom team.
“The priority when I came back to the club was to make sure we remained as a Ryman League club and that was achieved. Next season is going to be tough for sure, but with a year’s experience under our belts hopefully we can push on.”
Forming an under-21 team is a key step forward for the club with Ian Nicholls joining the club in a new role as Head of Youth Development.
He will work closely with the Under 21s, Under 18s and the younger teams to develop players together with Darren Anslow to progress them into the First Team.
Ian was a former youth player at the club and brings with him a wealth of experience gained from working in Premier League Club academies, nationally acclaimed schools programmes and long established development centres in the area.
Bob Smith will continue to manage the Under 18s with coach Chris Waters.
Chairman Richard Tramontin said: “It has taken a lot of hard work to get the team in place for next season but we are delighted with both the structure we have in place and the personnel we have appointed. We are looking forward to the new season with real optimism.”
First Team training starts on Tuesday 30th June at East Court Recreational Grounds from 7.30pm
200 Club Winners
1st prize £65 - B McCorquodale
2nd prize £20 - G Gilbert
3rd prize £15 - L Parrett
Fans, players and officials can start looking forward to next season’s campaign getting underway after the Football Association announced the make-up of the Ryman League’s three divisions on Thursday.
The allocation of 72 clubs into the Ryman Premier, Ryman North and Ryman South followed the annual end of season reshuffle of football’s Non-League pyramid at Steps 1-4 by the FA’s Leagues Committee at Wembley.
Like those of the Football Conference, Evo-Stik League Southern and Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, the league’s constitution for the 2015-16 season is subject to appeal and will be confirmed at the Ryman League’s AGM which takes place on Sunday 14 June at the Hilton London Wembley.
East Grinstead Town have been confirmed within Ryman South. Burgess Hill and Merstham won promotion to Ryman Premier and are replaced by relegated Peacehaven & Telscombe and Chatham Town who move across from Ryman North. Horsham and Redhill are relegated and replaced by Dorking Wanderers who finished runners up in the Sussex County League and Molesey, Combined Counties League Champions.
Ryman South constitution 2015/16: Carshalton Athletic, Chatham Town, Chipstead, Corinthian Casuals, Dorking Wanderers, East Grinstead Town, Faversham Town, Folkestone Invicta, Guernsey, Hasting United, Herne Bay, Hythe Town, Molesey, Peacehaven & Telscombe, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne, South Park, Three Bridges, Tooting & Mitcham United, Walton & Hersham, Walton Casuals, Whitstable Town, Whyteleafe, Worthing.
It is a special day in our club's history as May 8 marks the 125th anniversary of the club.
During that time we have played at three grounds - West Street, King Georges' Field and East Court - competed in leagues as diverse as the Mid Sussex League to the Ryman League while literally thousands of footballers have played for the club at all levels and age groups.
'The Wasps' have become an established name not just in Sussex but beyond, thanks to our regular participation in the FA Amateur Cup, FA Cup and FA Vase but, in the last 12 months, promotion to the Ryman League and its member clubs in Kent and Surrey and the FA Trophy.
Our facilities have improved steadily over the decades, particularly in the last 10 years, and are now the envy of many clubs.
Throughout our existence East Grinstead Town has relied heavily on the unstinting efforts of the volunteers who run the club's off the field operation. Remarkably, for much of the 20th century the club only had two secretaries - John Wood and George Tizzard - and these days the Wasps rely heavily on a small but hardworking team of people who give up their time to try to keep the club moving forward.
So if you're a fan of the Wasps why not raise a glass to celebrate our birthday and here's to the next 125 years.
Click Here to view all 2014 / 2015 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2013 / 2014 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2012 / 2013 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2011 / 2012 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2010 / 2011 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2009 / 2010 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2008 / 2009 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2007 / 2008 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2006 / 2007 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2005 / 2006 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2004 / 2005 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2003 / 2004 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2002 / 2003 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2001 / 2002 Season Archived News
Click Here to view all 2000 / 2001 Season Archived News