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:: Walton & Hersham 1, East Grinstead Town 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps finished the season with a comfortable win over already-relegated Walton on Saturday.

As they had done against Faversham the previous Saturday, a young Grinstead team played with freedom despite a dreadful pitch whose condition hardly encouraged flowing football.

Grinstead were particularly impressive in midfield, where Jordan Clarke produced a man of the match performance with his ability to pick a pass and deliver a good final ball.

Clarke hit the side netting early on as Wasps started on the front foot.Then his cross towards Trevor McCreadie was intercepted by a defender whose clearance came back off the post. Defender James Fitchett saw a header from a corner cleared off the line and Walton keeper Liam Beach saved well from Callum Emptage before Wasps made their early superiority count with a 25th minute penalty, converted by Trevor McCreadie after Christian Nanetti had been brought down in the box.

The lead was doubled three minutes later with a goal of the season contender from Danny Leonard, who picked up possession in the centre circle and drove forward before beating Beach with a powerful shot into the top corner from 25 yards.

Walton then roused themselves. Goalkeeper Nic Taylor was penalised for pushing an opponent as he tried to claim a hanging cross in the 38th minute and although Taylor saved Gareth Chendlik's penalty, the rebound was tucked away by Chendlik.

Wasps had to defend for a few minutes but before the break they had re-established their two-goal advantage.

Another fine cross by Clarke found Jake McIntyre in space and his volley from close range gave Beach no chance.

Nanetti, Leonard and McCreadie all came close to adding to Wasps' lead in a fairly uneventful second half and although Taylor was forced to make a couple of routine saves at the other end Grinstead ran out comfortable winners.

Team: Taylor, Emptage (69 Gaggin), Betancourt, Leonard, Fitchett (75 King), Benner (60 Peauroux), Nanetti, Mazzone, McCreadie, Clarke, McIntyre Unused subs: Cassidy, Payne

Attendance: 110

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Faversham Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps put a huge dent in Faversham’s play-off hopes with a hard fought but deserved win in their final home game of the Ryman League campaign.

Safe from relegation, the Wasps fielded one of the youngest sides in their history with no one in the starting line up aged over 22 including six teenagers, demonstrating manager Matt Longhurst’s desire to give youth a chance and to build for the future.

Wasps surprised Faversham with an attacking 3-4-3 formation and dominated the first half. Faversham struggled to cope with Grinstead's attacking play and the passing game of a side playing with freedom for the first time in weeks. It looked like a weight had been lifted off the team as they produced some creative football.

The first chance came when Trevor McCreadie was fouled on the edge of the box. Jordan Clarke struck a superb free kick that was heading for the top corner only for William Godman to produce an outstanding fingertip to keep it out.

In a rare Faversham attack Jack Howard was shown a yellow for handling the ball just outside his area as Renford Tenyue challenged for the ball. The resulting free kick was well saved by Howard.

On 20 minutes, a great passing move ended with Alex Gaggin picking out the run of full back Callum Emptage who headed home from close range.

Ten minutes later Grinstead were 2-0 up. Gaggin received the ball some 20 yards out and struck a powerful shot that Godman could only parry over the line.

Faversham got back into the game on 35 minutes when a good parry from Jack Howard deflected into the path of the onrushing Emptage whose own goal gave the visitors an unexpected lifeline.

Wasps weathered a Faversham storm at the start of the second half when the visitors carved out four good chances but found Howard in terrific form.

The visitors went long in the closing stages as they looked to put Wasps' defenders under pressure but George Benner, Alex Fitchett and Steve Betancourt won most of their headers while Howard was in commanding form behind them as Grinstead held out for one of their best wins of the season.

Team: Howard, Emptage, Betancourt (Nanetti 79), Leanord, Fitchett, Benner, Gaggin (Payne 69), Mazzone, McCreadie, Clarke, Cassidy Subs not used: McIntyre, Wallis, King

Attendance: 102

:: East Grinstead Town 3, Whitstable Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps went a long way in securing their Ryman League status with a hard fought win over basement boys Whitstable Town.

Grinstead are now eight points clear of the drop zone, meaning Walton & Hersham need to win their remaining three matches including a game against Grinstead on the last day of the season.

Despite Whitstable being at the foot of the table this match was never going to be easy, The Oystermen's results had improved of late and they were sill targeting a third from bottom place that could potentially mean a reprieve from relegation.

On a sticky pitch it was never going to be a classic with both sides desperate for the points. Jordan Clarke shot straight at the keeper for the hosts before some customary trickery from Christian Nanetti led to his shot being dragged just wide.

Grinstead took the lead on 20 minutes. A great delivery from Nanetti from a free kick on the right was met with a thumping header from George Benner inside the six yard box , his first goal for the club.

The lead only lasted six minutes. After Jack Howard had denied Stuart King from the resultant corner the much travelled Craig Thompson headed home at the near post.

The next goal was vital and it was Grinstead who got it three minutes before half time, Nanetti again was involved. His quick feet in the area was too much for Grant Mcilheron who brought him down. Trevor McCreadie squeezed home the resultant penalty.

Whitstable came out for the second half in a determined mood and started to approach the game in a much more physical manner. On the hour mark they nearly equalised only to be denied by a superb save from Howard a close range Mcilheron header. Following this a scuffle ensued which ended in Craig Thompson receiving his marching orders.

Grinstead were now looking relatively comfortable but they received a scare with twelve minutes remaining when Charlie Smith found some space in the box only to drive his shot wide of the far post.

The result was put beyond doubt with five minutes remaining. A poor back pass by Reiss Crimmen was intercepted by McCreadie who shot past keeper Dan Eason to ensure a vital three points.

Team; Howard, Emptage, McIntyre, Leonard, Fitchett, Benner, Gaggin, Clarke (Betancourt 88), McCreadie (Coleman 90), Nanetti (Mazzone 78), Gregory. Subs not used: Peauroux, King

Attendance: 93
Report by Stewart Ward

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Hastings United 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
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.

In fact, it wasn’t until the 77th minute that Hastings’ keeper Joe Taylor was forced into serious action when he spread himself well to keep out Trevor McCreadie’s effort from the angle of the six-yard box.

By then Hastings had settled for a policy of what they had they held, but despite five minutes of stoppage time Wasps could not break through. They thought their reward had come with seconds remaining when defender James Fitchett met a corner with a firm header but Billy Medlock cleared it off the line and seconds later the final whistle blew.

McCreadie also headed wide from a cross by Razzaq Coleman, who had made a promising debut during the second half wide on the right.

Travis Gregory also tested Taylor late on but in the end Grinstead left their fightback too late.

There had been no lack of effort from both teams but too many attacks seemed to break down on the edge of the opposition penalty area while a couple of close to the line tackles left Leo Mazzone and Luke May going off in the first half.

The only goal came in the 25th minute when Medlock scored his 18th of the season. Wasps’ fans protested that he was offside when a hopeful ball forward from Jerome Smith was flicked on by Kevant Serbony, but Medlock timed his run to perfection and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Jack Howard and into an empty net.

It was a goal Hastings just about deserved but they never threatened another on too many occasions afterwards, although Howard did keep out shots from Chris Cumming-Bart and Medlock, while Fitchett produced a brave block in the second half when Sam Cruttwell was lining up a close-range shot.

With substitute Coleman to the fore late on, Wasps pushed for the equaliser their performance deserved. It didn’t come but there was enough in their performance to suggest that Matt Longhurst’s team are capable of getting the victory from their last three games which should ensure Ryman League football for a third successive season.

Wasps: Howard, Mazzone (sub: McIntyre 30), Bettancourt, May (Nanetti 40), Fitchett, Benner, Leonard, Clarke, McCreadie, Gaggin, Gregory (Coleman 75). Unused subs: King, Payne

Attendance: 128
Report by Bruce Talbot

:: Corinthian Casuals 1, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps suffered heartbreak in the 89th minute on Saturday, although they are still well placed to remain in the Ryman League next season.

Casuals won a scrappy game moments from the end when goalkeeper Jack Howard was beaten by a close-range header from Shaun Okojie at the end of a swift counter-attack which started when Jordan Clarke was dispossessed.

It was tough on Wasps. Casuals may have created the more clear-cut chances but it was a poor spectacle played on a bobbly pitch which was not conducive to good football.

However, with the three sides below them all losing, Wasps remain four points clear of danger with Peacehaven and Whitstable both down, leaving Grinstead, Walton & Hersham and Chipstead scrambling to avoid the final relegation place.

Grinstead’s best moment of a poor first half came midway through when good interplay on right between Travis Gregory and Christian Nanetti ended with Nanetti finding Danny Leonard on the edge of box but he screwed his effort wide.

Nanetti’s claims for a penalty after going down in the box were ignored by the referee but otherwise there was little to enthuse the 160 crowd.

Josh Uzun should have given Casuals the lead just after the break but shot wide and at the other end Nanetti’s free kick came back out to Jake McIntryre but once again he failed to test the goalkeeper.

Half chances continued to be created but the game remained extremely scrappy until the last ten minutes.

Okojie hit the bar with five minutes to go but just when Wasps looked as if they were going to come away with a hard-earned point the same player struck the decisive blow.

Team: Howard, Betancourt, McIntyre (Cassidy 45), Leonard, Fitchett, Benner, Gaggin, Clarke, McCreadie (Payne 73), Nanetti (May 58), Gregory Subs not used: Mazzone, King

Attendance: 160

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Guernsey 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Grinstead finally managed their first win of 2016 which in turn saw them move five points off the relegation zone.

They had to do it the hard way though after conceding an early goal but after about half an hour into the game Grinstead were much the better side and deserved all three points. Despite having their flight delayed, which resulted in the kick off being delayed by fifteen minutes it was Guernsey who started much the brighter.

The prolific Ross Allen clipped the outside of the post from a free kick just outside the box after James Fitchett had brought down Craig Young before Guernsey took a deserved lead on fifteen minutes.

Matt Loaring put them in front when he ran onto Dom Heaume's through ball and slotted under Wasps keeper Jack Howard and at this point Guernsey were playing all the football. However the second goal didn’t come and Grinstead suddenly grew in confidence and started to expose a fragile looking Guernsey defence.

Travis Gregory stung the hands of goalkeeper Chris Tardiff twice and a good 1-2 between Danny Leonard and Alex Gaggin caused concern in the Guernsey defence. The game was very open which made for a very entertaining match and Allen nearly notched a second for Guernsey only to be denied by a smart stop from Howard.

Treovr McCreadie then had a goal ruled out for offside as Grinstead ramped up the pressure in the latter stages of the half, a Gregory shot was tipped over by Tardiff before Grinstead equalised four minutes before the break. A well worked short corner between Gregory and Jordan Clarke ended with a cross to the back post that was met by Jake McIntyre who tapped in from close range.

Gaggin nearly put Grinstead ahead moments later, he beat Tardiff but Alex Le Prevost was on hand to clear off the line.

It was a quiet start to the second half but thanks to an own goal Grinstead managed to get their noses in front. A right wing cross from Callum Emptage was inadvertently nodded into his own net from Ryan Zico-Black past the despairing dive of Tardiff.

This gave Grinstead the impetus again and they should have put the result beyond doubt. McCreadie headed wide from close range from a great Gregory cross, Leonard shot just wide of the far post and McCreadie shot weakly at Tardiff when clean through. Substitute Luke May then rattled the crossbar with a looping header.

Guernsey were offering very little when in the 93rd minute they had a great opportunity to equalise. Grinstead were trying to run the clock down by the corner flag . Craig Young disposed McCreadie and hit a great cross field pass into the path of goal scorer Loaring. In a similar position to his earlier strike this time he could only shoot wide of the post to enable Grinstead to gain a deserved three points.

Team: Howard, Emptage, McIntyre(Mazzone 78),Leonard, Fitchett, Betancourt (Benner32), Gaggin, Clarke, McCreadie, Nanetti(May 67),Gregory. Subs not used: Gnahore, Bold

Attendance: 155
Report by Stewart Ward

:: Carshalton Athletic 2, East Grinstead Town 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Grinstead showed they still have the desire to fight off relegation after they fought back from a two-goal deficit on the 3G surface at Carshalton on Saturday.

Grinstead named an unchanged side for the first time in a long time and started quite brightly and it was Trevor McCreadie who had an early chance after a strong run down the left, he shot weakly however straight at Luke Colquhon in the Carshalton goal.

With their first real attack though Carshalton took the lead. Ricky Korboa and Tommy Bradford combined down the left to get Paris Hamilton-Downes away on the overlap. He played a low ball across the box which Mickel Miller hit a great left footed shot back beyond goalkeeper Jack Howard from 18 yards.

Grinstead responded well. A strong run by Travis Gregory saw him release Alex Gaggin on the edge of the box but Gaggin shot high and wide of the target and then Jordan Clarke ran across the box and his shot hit the far post as Grinstead looked to strike back.

Carshalton however finished the half in the ascendancy. Michael Campbell beat the offside trap but could only shoot onto the roof of the net and then Peter Adeniyi who was pulling the strings in the middle of the park, hit a great volley that cannoned back off the post.

As has happened too often this season Grinstead conceded another goal shortly into the second half. A long ball from Matt Males put Campbell in down the right and his low cross was met by the prolific Tommy Bradford at the back post to double the lead.

Carshalton at this stage appeared to be in total control as Grinstead struggled to make any headway in the final third and had Campbell not missed a great chance to make it three when he shot over from close range with just Jack Howard to beat the game would have been over as a contest.

However five minutes after Campbell’s miss Grinstead were back in the game. A bit of trickery in the box from Christian Nanetti bought a foul by Adeniyi. McCreadie confidently stroked home the penalty.

Two minutes later Grinstead were level. Nanetti, who had been moved inside to play just behind the strikers, found a pocket of space and hit a crisp left footed drive from the edge of the box past the diving Colquon, with fifteen minutes remaining.

Both sides were now looking for the winner and it was Grinstead who came closest. In added time Gregory put Callum Emptage in down the right but he was denied the winner by a smart stop from Colquhon.

Team: Howard, Emptage, McIntyre, May(Leonard 46), Fitchett, Bettancourt, Gaggin (Benner 65), Clarke, McCreadie, Nanetti (Mazzone 78), Gregory. Subs not used: Gnahore, Bold.

Attendance: 349
Report by Stewart Ward

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Dorking Wanderers 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps produced their best performance of 2016 but still slipped to another defeat against play off chasing Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.

Manager Matt Longhurst gave debuts to Jordan Clarke, Christian Nanetti and James Fitchett and they all stood out in a game that with the chances they created could easily have picked up all three points.

Nanetti could have given Grinstead the lead after just two minutes. Nanetti who hasn’t played for over a year, found himself in space at the back post only to shoot wide from close range.

Travis Gregory, who impressed, then tested Dorking keeper Gary Hill as Grinstead had the early momentum before Trevor McCreadie stole in behind the Dorking defence but was denied by a smart stop from Hill.

Against the run of play Dorking took the lead through the prolific Tom Tolfrey. A long ball over the top breached the Grinstead defence, goalkeeper Jack Howard came off his line, but was left in no-mans land enabling Tolfrey to lob his side into the lead.

Eight minutes into the second half and Dorking had extended the lead in controversial circumstances. A tangle of legs in the area involving Nanetti and Jake Hill was deemed to be a foul by referee Marc Meeten even though Hill had clearly lost control of the ball. Tolfrey made no mistake from the spot.

Considering the recent run of results Grinstead heads could easily have dropped but they dominated the rest of the game. Jordan Clarke started to dominate the midfield with impressive quick feet and strength and he added creativity in the middle of the park that Grinstead have been missing in recent weeks and the 6ft 6inch centre half James Fitchett added real composure at the heart of the Grinstead defence.

The only thing that was lacking was a goal to round off an encouraging performance. Nanetti hit a free kick just wide before a strong run by Alex Gaggin ended in his toe poke being cleared off the line. Grinstead then had a loud claim for a penalty turned down after a Dorking player handled in the area which referee Meeten somehow didn’t see.

Gregory then saw two strong runs end with shots just over the bar before McCreadie was again denied by another smart save by Gary Hill.

The elusive goal wouldn’t come though but if Grinstead can produce this kind of display for the remainder of the season they will give themselves a chance of picking up enough points to remain in the division.

Team: Howard, Emptage, McIntyre, May, Fitchett, Betancourt, Gaggin, Clarke, McCreadie, Nanetti (Payne 68), Gregory. Subs not used: Gnahore, Howard-Bold, Mazzone, Dodsworth

Attendance: 102
Report by Stewart Ward

:: Ramsgate 4, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps’ dismal run continued on Saturday when an 11th defeat in 12 games kept them anchored in the bottom four of the Ryman League south division.

Of the sides around them, only second-bottom Peacehaven picked up a point but Grinstead cannot rely on other teams if they are to beat the drop. From somewhere, they are going to have to find at least two more victories from their remaining eight matches.

During their barren run Grinstead have at least remained competitive in games by keeping things reasonably tight at the back, but play-off contenders Ramsgate were home and dry within 20 minutes after opening up a 3-0 lead as they punished some fragile defending by the visitors.

Kane Rowland got the ball rolling early on with a shot from a tight angle which was deflected in.

It was soon two when a corner was knocked back into the box by Joe Taylor and flicked on by Ian Pulman for Nick Treadwell to tap home.

The third goal was a flowing one-touch move after Wasps lost posession down the left flank, finished off by Rowland’s unchallenged header and that effectively ended the game as a contest.

Wasps failed to mount a shot on target in a one-sided first half but they did make more of a game of it after the interval.

Rams’ keeper Luke Williams made a triple save on the hour as Grinstead attempted to scramble the ball home with James Fray, Yacine Gnahore and Trevor McCreadie all frustrated but that was the nearest Wasps came to a goal.

Taylor was not far off adding a fourth before the break, but Rowland had completed his treble by then, sliding in at the back post in the 55th minute to make it 4-0.

The hosts also hit the post in the closing stages and manager Matt Longhurst was so frustrated that he invited Wasps’ fan Michael Phillips, who had made the 160-mile round trip to support the team to give his views on the performance in the post-match team huddle.

Longhurst emerged to promise that the players would show their gratitude for his support by paying for Phillips and his family to have a meal at their expense.

Team: Howard, Emptage, McIntyre, Howard-Bold (sub: Regan 69), Benner, Betancourt, May, Mazzone, McCreadie (sub: Gnahore 69), Gaggin (sub: Fray 55), Gregory Unused subs: Peauroux, Dodsworth

Attendance: 161

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Chipstead 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
It now looks like a straight fight between Wasps and Walton & Hersham to avoid the third relegation spot in Ryman League Division One South after Grinstead were beaten for the tenth time in their last 11 games on Tuesday.

It’s a crumb of comfort that Walton are in a similarly bad run but there could be a lot at stake when the sides meet on the final day of the season.

Improving Chipstead moved above Wasps with this deserved win. Although Grinstead once again had good spells of possession and forced Chips’ goalkeeper Alex Kozakis into some good saves they have now scored just five goals in their last 11 matches and Moses Ashikodi, the scorer of Saturday’s effort in the 2-1 defeat at Sittingbourne, has already left the club after that solitary appearance.

There was action at both ends in a lively first 30 minutes. Kozakis showed good handling in the wet conditions to keep out 20 yard shots from Travis Gregory and Danny Leonard but Chipstead had their moments too.

Tom Howard made a reflex save at his near post to thwart Dan Summers, who then hit the side netting from an angle, before the speedy Derek Tieku was booked for diving after going down under Howard’s challenge just inside the box.

Chipstead grabbed the initiative at the start of the second half. Howard made a great save to deny Summers but in the 49th minute Tieku’s shot in a crowded six-yard box deflected off Grinstead defender George Benner and rolled into the net.

In such a vital game the first goal was always going to prove crucial and although Kozakis pulled off another fine save to stop Leonard equalising from outside the box the visitors had gained control. Wasps struggled to get any decent service into striker Trevor McCreadie and they fell 2-0 behind in the 70th minute to another poor goal when Dapo Kayode, who had nearly been caught out in similar fashion in the first half, left his header back to Howard short and Tieku nipped in to drive the ball into the bottom corner.

Wasps huffed and puffed for the last 20 minutes but Chipstead defended resolutely and were always lively on the break with Howard denying Tieku a second before Benner headed substitute Charlie Carter’s late effort off the line.

Grinstead: Howard; Kayode, McIntyre, Benner, Bangura, May (sub: Pearoux 45), Leonard, Howard-Bold, Gregory, Gnahore (Fray 52), McCreadie.

Attendance: 74
Report by Bruce Talbot

:: Sittingbourne 2, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
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 from Jack Steventon and scrambled the ball home at the near post.

The home side had certainly edged the contest in terms of chances created and will feel they deserved to win, but Wasps’ boss Matt Longhurst will have been pleased with a lot of aspects of his team’s display.

After struggling for goals in recent weeks they took the lead through much-travelled Moses Askikodi, whose extensive CV has included spells in the Championship and the Scottish Premier League.

He struck the opener after just five minutes, finishing off an excellent move involving Luke May and Travis Gregory, whose inviting left-wing cross was calmly finished by Ashikodi.

Wasps grew in confidence and Callum Emptage saw his 20-yarder tipped over by goalkeeper Adam Malloy before Ashikodi missed a great chance to make it two on 31 minutes when he didn't make clean contact with Trevor McCreadie’s inviting cross and after dfeclcting off a defender the ball landed comfortably in the armms of Malloy.

It proved to be a costly miss. Tom Carlse, who left Wasps earlier in the year, scored his first Sittingbourne goal to equalise four minutes later, firing past Howard with his supposedly weaker right foot after a scramble in the box.

The second half was a much cagier affair with few clear-cut chances at either end. Danny Leonard ended a strong run with a shot that was deflected for a corner while Jack Steventon saw a looping header hit the top of Howard’s bar at the other end.

Hurcomb was ruled offside after beating Howard in the 82nd minute but Grinstead’s relief was short lived as Sittingbourne completed the double. Interestingly, only four of the Wasps’ team who played at East Court a fortnight earlier in the first meeting were in the line-up on Saturday.

Team: Howard, Emptage, Taylor, Bold, Benner, Slocombe, May, Bello-Balogun (Leonard 45mins), McCreadie, Ashikodi (Kayode 73mins), Gregory Subs not used: Fray, Gnahore, McIntyre

Attendance: 110

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Walton Casuals 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The Wasps poor run of form continued after another disappointing home defeat, this time at the hands of Walton Casuals.

This was Grinstead seventh defeat in the last eight games and more worryingly is it is the fifth consecutive game without a goal.

Manager Matt Longhurst made six changes to the team that lost to Hythe last Saturday as he looked to put a stop to the poor form but it proved to make little difference as Casuals were worthy winners in a game they could have won by a much more comfortable margin.

Casuals dominated the opening half and had they taken the numerous opportunities presented to them could have been a few goals to the good by half-time.

Gabriel Odunaike missed their first opportunity on five minutes. He raced clear of a static Grinstead defence only to shoot high and wide with just Jack Howard to beat. Rhys Paul then headed over from close range from a corner before Youseff Bamba shot into the side netting when well placed.

Things could have been different for Grinstead if Danny Leonard had not missed a gilt-edged opportunity to take the lead. Clean through with just Brannon Daly to beat from well inside the penalty area he somehow managed to hit his shot over the bar.

Casuals then continued to dominate, Odunaike was clean through again, this time his lob hit the post before being cleared to safety. Odunaike made it third time lucky six minutes before half time. A cross from the left was not dealt with by Howard and George Benner which allowed Odunaike to flick a close range shot past Howard. Shortly after Scott Day then saw a speculative effort well saved by Howard before Day again headed over from close range from another corner that Grinstead didn’t deal with.

Grinstead did tighten up in the second half however they still struggled to create anything as an attacking unit. The few chances that were created still went Casuals way with Odunaike again firing over from a good position and Jack Sammoutis saw his shot tipped onto the post from Howard as they comfortably saw out vicory.

Team: Howard, Emptage, Taylor, Howard-Bold, Benner, Slocombe (McIntyre 62), May (Gnahore 75), Mazzone (Payne 44), McCreadie, Fray, Leonard. Subs not used: Napper, Milham

Attendance: 77
Report by Stewart Ward

:: Hythe Town 2, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps made another fruitless trip to the Kent coast on Saturday where defeat extended their winless run in the Ryman League to eight games.

They remain outside the relegation zone, but Chipstead’s improving form has left Grinstead and Walton & Hersham looking anxiously over their shoulders.

The biggest worry for manager Matt Longhurst is his side’s lack of goals. They have only scored four this year and none in the last four games and although they carved out a couple of decent chances on Saturday, Hythe were the more clinical team and deserved their win.

There wasn’t much to separate the teams for 40 minutes. James Fray had Grinstead’s two best openings but failed to test keeper Joe Mant on either occasion.

At the other end Jack Howard was hardly overworked either, although he did have to push a shot from Frankie Sawyer around the post in the 32nd minute.

The game sparked belatedly into life five minutes before the break when defender Jake McIntyre clipped Jack Harris just inside the touchline. It looked as if both players were trying to avoid making contact but Harris’s somewhat theatrical dive was enough to convince the referee and Sawyer gave Howard no chance from the penalty spot.

It was the worst time to concede, especially for a Grinstead side whose confidence is fragile at the moment.

Longhurst brought on two offensive players, Yacine Gnahore and Joey Taylor, after the break and Fray thought he’d won his side a penalty during a lively start to the second half by Grinstead when he was sent tumbling to the ground by a challenge but the referee waved play on.

It was a big turning point for Hythe doubled their lead in the 59th minute when a ball from the left found the dangerous Alfie May whose control and finish past a helpless Howard was top quality.

Wasps’ best chance came when a Hythe defender headed a corner against his own crossbar but other than that the visitors’ lack of punch in the final third was again evident. They could have conceded a third in stoppage time but Sawyer’s effort struck the woodwork.

Team: Howard, Evans-Henriques, McIntyre (sub: Taylor 45), Napper (sub: Leonard 63), Benner, Slocombe, Milham, Mazzone, Payne, Regan (sub: Gnahore 45), Fray Subs not used: Peauroux, Dodsworth

Attendance: 212

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Sittingbourne 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps remain without a victory in 2016 after their winless run extended to seven games on a chilly Tuesday night at East Court.

Having lost both Greg Cundle and Goldy Capella in recent weeks, Grinstead are short of firepower as their recent record of four goals in seven would suggest and a lack of punch up front was again evident against the Brickies. Manager Matt Longhurst gave a debut to Leyton Regan up front and although the former Horley striker showed some nice touches, it’s clear he will need a few games to get used to the step up in standard.

Luke Saggers also made his debut and did well, especially in the first half, and the same could be said of the team as a whole, before the stuffing was knocked out of Grinstead 20 seconds after the break when they fell behind and never looked like recovering.

Sittingbourne keeper Adam Molloy made two fine saves in the first five minutes, keeping out Saggers’ powerful drive and a half-volley following a corner as Wasps began on the front foot.

Jake McIntyre saw a dipping effort from 15 yards, after he’d beaten three players to get into the box, drift just over and Byron Napper also went close as Wasps looked the side more likely to get the crucial first goal.

The visitors’ best chance fell to defender Jack Steventon, who stabbed Steven Ita’s corner wide of the far post but otherwise Wasps defended solidly in the first half.

But whatever Longhurst said at half-time seemed to have been forgotten almost as soon as the second half began. Goalkeeper Jack Howard’s throw to Williams Peauroux put the defender under pressure and then Brett Milham gave away possession to Ita who strode into the box and shot powerfully past Howard.

It was a blow from which Grinstead, despite decent spells of possession, never looked like recovering after squandering two good chances to equalise.

George Benner planted a free header wide of the target before Yacine Gnahore side-footed over from ten yards in the 56th minute at the end of an excellent move which deserved a better finish.

At 1-0 of course Wasps were still in the game, but when they failed to clear a 68th-minute corner Steventon beat Howard from close range at the second attempt to double Sittingbourne’s lead.

Two more debutants, James Fray and Michael Dodsworth, showed some good touches in the closing stages but Sittingbourne were only denied a third goal late on by Howard, who superbly beat out Ita’s penalty after he had been brought down by Dodsworth.

Grinstead: Howard, Peauroux, McIntyre, Milham, Benner, Slocombe, Taylor, Napper (Dodsworth 70), Gnahore (Wallis 70), Regan (Fray 65), Saggers. Unused subs: Leonard, Powell.

Attendance: 79

:: Chatham Town 1, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps failed to build on their encouraging display against play-off candidates Herne Bay as their winless run in the Ryman League stretched to five games with defeat to the Chats.

A second-half goal settled a poor quality spectacle between two teams low in confidence who also had to contend with a strong wind and tacky pitch.

Manager Matt Longhurst had suffered two pre-match blows. 13-goal top scorer Greg Cundle was recalled from his loan spell by Gillingham and sent out to Tilbury, who play in Ryman North. Skipper Callum Emptage was also missing through injury.

Wasps should have gone in front in the 20th minute when Goldy Capella was clean through but he was denied by goalkeeper Jack Bradshaw, who saw a follow-up effort by Brett Milham sail harmlessly wide.

Chatham’s best chance came just before the break when Ricky Gundry fired into the side netting but it had been a disjointed first half with conditions playing a big part.

Jack Howard came to Wasps’ rescue on the hour, denying Fred Obasa when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper before the game’s most contentious moment when Alex Gaggin drove into the box and appeared to have been fouled, but the referee waved play on.

The only goal came on 71 minutes when Howard came to punch clear over a crowd of players but didn’t get sufficient distance and Khari Oreogun fired through a crowd of players and into the net.

George Benner thought he should have had a late penalty when a boot felled him in the box and left the defender needing lengthy treatment for a rib injury, but again the referee said no to complete a frustrating afternoon for the visitors who should have at least taken a point from a disappointing game.

Grinstead: Howard, Peauroux, McIntyre, Milham, Benner (sub: Bath 77), Slocombe, Leonard, Napper, Capela, Taylor, Gaggin (sub: Gnahore 65) Subs not used: Dodsworth, Wallis, Powell.

Attendance: 117

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Herne Bay 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps grabbed an important point against third placed Herne Bay on Saturday.

Considering the recent comings and goings it was a well earned and well deserved point with a solid defensive display and a fine performance by goalkeeper Jack Howard.

Grinstead started the brighter of the two sides and dominated possession without posing much of a goal threat. Alex Kenlock nearly scored just two minutes into his debut but some last ditch defending prevented him from giving the home side an early advantage.

Considering the difference in league positions it was a surprise to see that both sides looked very evenly matched but as the half wore on Herne Bay did start to carve out some chances. A speculative Danny Williams shot was tipped round the post by Howard. The dangerous Sam Hasler was then denied by Howard from a free kick and Howard was then equal to a close range shot from Lee Browning.

Howard was called into action early in the second half tipping a cross shot onto the bar and then Browning missed the best chance of the match cutting inside before firing well over when well placed.

Grinstead’s best chance came ten minutes into the second half. Gregg Cundle found a bit of space just outside the box only to see his shot beat Jack Delo, but he was to be denied by the far post.

The woodwork came into play again with 8 minutes remaining. Hasler let fly from outside the box only to his shot hit the post with Howard well beaten.

Neither side were settling for the draw. Alex Gaggin headed just wide for the hosts at the far post and then Cundle again hit a curling shot that was well saved by Delo.

With seconds remaining Bay had a great chance to snatch all three points. A long ball over the top found substitute James Turner unmarked. but he could only head over from close range with just Howard to beat.

Team: Howard, Emptage, McIntyre, Milham, Benner, Slocombe, Gnahore (Capela 80), Napper (Peauroux), Kenlock (Bath 65), Cundle, Gaggin. Subs not used: Allen, Taylor

Attendance: 108
Report by Stewart Ward

:: Walton Casuals 2, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal as they lost 2-1 away at Walton Casuals on Saturday afternoon.

Despite taking an early lead through Goldy Capella, the Wasps failed to push on in a first half they largely dominated, with several chances going begging.

Before they took the lead they already gone close twice, Yacine Gnahore saw his shot tipped round the post by the excellent Brannon Daly before Greg Cundle was denied by a last ditch tackle from the Casuals defence.

Capella gave Grinstead the lead in the 11th minute after a swift break involving Alex Gaggin and Leo Mazzone, with the striker driving the ball low past Brannon Daly into the corner.

And the visitors should have been further ahead before half time, with good chances going begging for Greg Cundle and Yacine Gnahore.

Gnahore shot wide following good work again by new signing Gaggin, Cundle’s cross shot was tipped onto the post by Daly and then Cundle was again denied by a point blank save from Daly and the follow up was charged down from some last ditch defending.

They paid the price in the second half as two goals from Scott Day turned the game around for the hosts who dominated the first half hour of the second half.

Walton Casuals came out fighting after the break and almost levelled when Scott Day headed an in swinging cross just wide as Grinstead struggled to make any impression on the game.

Wasps goalkeeper Jack Howard was also on form to make a couple of good saves, while Peter Wedgeworth drove just wide for Casuals after cutting in from the left.

But the hosts were level on 63 minutes as the dangerous Stefan Cox got in down the right, comfortably beat Tom Carlse and crossed for Day to crash the ball home with the help of a slight defelction and despite Howard's best efforts in the Wasps' goal.

Cundle almost restored the lead for Wasps at the other end, but Daly was again equal to his effort getting down well to his left to deny the Gillingham loanee.

Walton Casuals then stunned the visitors with a second goal on 71 minutes, with Day nodding in Omar Folkes' centre from close range to make it 2-1.

Grinstead did rally after this and with the introduction of Melford Simpson started to put some pressure on the Casuals goal. Jack Bath saw his free kick turned round the post by man of the match Daly then Daly produced another great save as Capella headed goalwards before denying Bath again from close range as Grinstead looked for the equalizer their performance deserved.

Team: Howard, Emptage, Carlse (Simpson 73), Bath, Benner, McIntrye, Gaggin, Mazzzone, Capella, Cundle, Gnahore: Subs not used: Sondufu, Allen, Tobon, Wallis

Attendance: 67
Report by Stewart Ward

:: Hastings United 5, East Grinstead Town 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps were their own worst enemies at the Pilot Field on Tuesday where defensive mistakes contributed to a third successive Ryman League defeat.

Grinstead had taken a first-half lead through midfielder Jack Mahoney and when substitute Greg Cundle scored a penalty to make it 3-2 with 13 minutes to go the visitors still had hopes of rescuing a point before Hastings sealed a handsome win with two late goals after midfielder Leo Mazzone was sent off following a brawl involving several players.

Grinstead contested the early exchanges strongly. Mazzone was tripped in the penalty area but the referee remained unmoved and when they went in front on 31 minutes it was not against the run of play. A well-worked corner routine got the ball to Jack Mahoney whose powerful shot from 15 yards rifled past Joe Taylor in the home goal.

But the lead lasted just seven minutes. Defender George Benner tried to play his way out of trouble on the edge of the box instead of clearing his lines and gifted possession to Sam Cole, who gave Tom Wellham in the Wasps’ goal no chance.

It got worse a minute before the break. Wellham rolled the ball out to Mitch Dickenson in the D and he was dispossessed by Billy Medlock who slotted it past Wellham to make it 2-1.

Grinstead had a great opportunity to equalise in the 57th minute. Losada Tobon did really well down the right flank and laid the ball into the path of an unmarked Goldy Capella six yards out, but to the astonishment of everyone in the ground he rolled his shot wide of an open goal.

It proved a costly miss. Ten minutes later Hastings broke quickly down their right and Sam Crutwell finished well to make it 3-1.

After Capella's shot was svaed by Taylor, Cundle came on for Hassan Jalloh and he pulled one back in the 77th minute with a well-taken penalty after defender Tom Carlse was fouled in the box.

Game on – but a few moments later, as Cundle tried to get the ball from the goalkeeper to quickly re-start play there was a melee in the penalty area and after a number of punches were thrown at Leo Mazzone he was inexplicably shown a red card.

Wellham was beaten from 25 yards by Adams in the 84th minute and Crutwell rounded things off with a minute to go to make it 5-2. The final score didn’t reflect the contribution Wasps had made to the game but it turned into a very frustrating night for manager Matt Longhurst and his players.

Team: Wellham, Emptage, Carlse, Bath (Burnett 86), Benner, Dickenson, Mahoney, Mazzone, Capela, Jalloh (Cundle 72), Losada Tobon (sub: Leonard 75) Unused subs; McIntyre, Miller

Attendance; 221

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Folkestone Invicta 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
HARRY SMITH’S first goal for Folkestone Invicta earned the Ryman League Division One South leaders all three points against a spirited East Grinstead Town side.

The young striker netted less than three minutes after coming on, tapping home at the far post after good work from fellow substitute Jon Pilbeam, to earn the away side all three points from a hard-fought contest.

It was a goalless first half at East Court with few chances for either side, although Carl Rook had the ball in the net for the league leaders midway through the half, only for it to be ruled out for offside.

But Grinstead more than matched their high-flying opponents, with Folkestone unable to carve out any clear cut opportunities in a fairly even first half in a very encouraging display.

The second half started in much the same vein, although Folkestone looked the more threatening of the two sides going forward.

However, Wasps midfielder Leo Mazzone stung the palms of Folkestone’s Tim Roberts on the hour mark with a fizzing effort from the edge of the box.

But Folkestone were looking increasingly dangerous, and Grinstead goalkeeper Tom Wellham was on hand twice to smartly deny Ashley Miller from swift Invicta counter-attacks.

And the leaders grabbed the lead 13 minutes from time, with substitute Jon Pilbeam getting in behind down the right channel, with his effort deflected across the face of goal, with Harry Smith tapping the ball home just a couple of minutes after coming on.

Danny Leonard had a great chance to equalise after being put through in the latter stages, but his effort was weak and straight at Roberts as Folkestone held on for their 22nd win of the campaign.

Team: Wellham, Emptage, Carlse, Bath (McIntyre 89), Benner, Dickenson, Mahoney, Mazzone, Capela, Tobon (Leonard 58), Jalloh(Simpson 78) Subs not used: Burnett, Taylor.

Attendance: 197
Report by Stewart Ward

:: Guernsey 3, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps failed to repeat the stunning win they had enjoyed on their previous visit to the Channel Islands, but Matt Longhurst’s side gave a good account of themselves in front of a 657 crowd at Footes Lane in their first game of 2016.

The Green Lions bossed the first half and were good value for their 2-0 lead but there were some some nervy moments when the Wasps pulled one back from the penalty spot through Greg Cundle before Guernsey got a late third to extend their unbeaten run to eight games.

Grinstead threatened in the very first minute as they seized possession but the low cross from Greg Cundle was hooked away at the far post by Simon Geall and the strong wind helped blow the ball clear. Hassan Jalloh forced Chris Tardif to block his shot before Guernsey took a 13th-minute lead.

A promising counter saw Gus Mackay advance and slot the ball to his left where attacking midfielder Matt Loaring ran on to it and squeezed it past visiting stopper Nic Taylor.

Ryan-Zico Black could have doubled the lead but his shot was cleared off the line before Tardif almost turned provider for Ross Allen on 35 minutes. He launched a long kick towards the home striker who judged the bounce well but his shot across goal was narrowly wide.

The second goal came five minutes later – and it was a belter. Loaring’s return ball to Jacques Isabelle sat up perfectly for him and the full-back controlled with his chest before unleashing an unstoppable half-volley with the outside of his foot from 25 yards that flew past a helpless Nic Taylor.

The Wasps improved after the break and halved the deficit on 53 minutes when Sam Cochrane tripped Cundle in the box. Cundle found the corner from 12 yards to haul his side back into the contest.

Allen came close to restoring the two-goal advantage after getting on the end of Black’s ball over the top but his first-time shot flew wide.

Jalloh threatened from distance but his low shot was clutched by Tardif and Wasps pushed bodies forward in the closing stages as the home side lived on their nerves somewhat.

And it wasn’t until stoppage time that the hosts made the game safe. Young played an exquisite one-two with Loaring before finding the back of the net from 12 yards.

Team: Taylor, Emptage, Carlse, Bent, Benner, Dickenson, Mahoney, Leonard, Jalloh, Cundle (sub: Capella 66), Tobon (Burnett 78). Subs: Bath, Mazzone, Powell

Attendance: 657

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Three Bridges 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps returned to winning ways with an excellent victory over local rivals Three Bridges in the Boxing Day derby at East Court.

After three successive Ryman League defeats Grinstead spent valuable time on the training ground in the build-up to the game, shoring up a defence that had leaked 11 goals in a week and the hard work paid off with a clean sheet.

At the other end Grinstead were always a threat and if it had not been for Bridges' keeper Callum Thorp they would have won by an even more comfortable margin.

They went in front after 16 minutes when striker Yacine Gnahore got onto the ball in the penalty area and squared to Andres Losada Tobon, who swept the ball into the net.

Thorp made the first of several good saves on the half-hour from the lively Tobon before Bridges threatened for the first time when former Crawley player Jon Dollery saw his shot palmed athletically onto the bar by Nic Taylor.

It was a warning for Wasps but they remained generally in control with Tobon squandering a good chance just before the break when he should have scored but headed wide.

Bridges came out for the second half with more determination and although they didn't threaten Taylor too often Wasps needed the comfort of a second goal.

It came courtesy of midfielder Jack Mahoney with 20 minutes left when he struck a brilliant free kick with his left foot from 20 yards over the defensive wall and into the bottom corner.

In the closing stages Danny Leonard, substitutes Greg Cundle and Leo Mezzone were all denied further goals by Thorp as Wasps finished with a flourish to claim a thoroughly deserved win which will put them in good heart for Saturday's trip to Guernsey.

Team: Taylor, Emptage, Carlse, Bent (Cundle 81), Benner, Dickenson, Mahoney, Gnahore (Capela 70), Jalloh (Mazzone 73), Losada Tobon

Attendance: 132

:: Dorking Wanderers 5, East Grinstead Town 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
DORKING Wanderers claimed a first win in four games as they beat East Grinstead Town 5-3 in a pulsating encounter at Westhumble Playing Fields this afternoon (Saturday).

But the hosts left it late, scoring twice in the final few minutes to break the visitors’ hearts, having twice fought back from a goal down in the second half.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the ninth minute as Leonard broke free of full-back Harry Shipton down the right and centred for Goldy Capela to steal in ahead of Wanderers goalkeeper Gary Ross to open the scoring.

Wanderers responded well though and Tom Gilbert had a couple of half chances before Hutchings fired into the side netting on the run.

Tom Tolfrey also went close with a stinging drive that Wasps goalkeeper Nic Taylor was equal to, making a stunning save in mid-air to tip the ball over the bar for a corner.

However, that corner produced the equaliser as the Wasps failed to clear and Terry drove the ball home from the edge of the box through a sea of bodies.

Wanderers now had their tails up and pushed forward searching for a second, with Matt Briggs and Terry both going close.

Taylor was on hand again to deny Terry with a flying save from a goalbound header, while Tolfrey was wasteful in front of goal, spurning several good chances before the break.

But Wanderers were in front ten minutes after the restart as Hutchings burst through the Wasps defence and crashed the ball home past Taylor.

However, just as it looked like the hosts would push on, the Wasps were level just seven minutes later as Danny Leonard netted an equaliser, firing low into the bottom corner after finding space in the box.

Tom Familton had a goal disallowed for offside as Wanderers looked for a response, before the hosts were given a great chance to restore their advantage as the referee awarded a penalty, adjudging Mitchell Dickenson to have handled the ball as he fell in the area.

Tolfrey stepped up and although his spot kick was tipped onto the post by Taylor, the Wanderers striker followed up to tap the ball home and make it 3-2 with 15 minutes to play.

But the Wasps showed their resilience once more as they equalised for a second time six minutes from time, with Yacine Gnahore planting a superb header into the top corner from substitute Hassan Jalloh’s left wing cross.

However, the game was not yet over as Wanderers claimed victory late on, with Hutchings firing home his second goal of the game in the final minute of normal time.

And Tolfrey completed the scoring in the final minute of injury time, netting his second goal of the game as Wanderers claimed a first win in four games, while the Wasps suffered a third defeat on the spin.

Team: Taylor, Allen, Carlse, Mazzone (sub Hendricks 84), Benner, Dickenson, Mahoney, Leonard, Capela (sub 65 Simpson sub 79 Jalloh), Cundle, Gnahore Unused subs: Miller, Mills

Match report courtesy of East Grinstead Courier

Attendance: 88

:: Tooting & Mitcham United 4, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
After an excellent run of results, which has lifted them out of the relegation zone, Wasps produced a second-half no-show at Imperial Fields on Tuesday which evoked painful memories of their struggles earlier in the season.

At the end of a goalless first half the game was there for the taking. Wasps had been the more dangerous side in the opening 45 minutes and should have been at least a goal to the good.

But they produced their worst 45 under Matt Longhurst in the second period and were never in the game once ex-Wasp Kurtis Pyke had broken the deadlock in the 48th minute.

A Tooting side who have struggled for results at home this season grew in confidence to add three more goals and leave Longhurst scratching his head as to how his team's form could collapse so badly in the space of 45 minutes.

The manager had to make changes after central defender Mitch Dickenson dropped out with a migraine. Gassimu Jalloh, brother of striker Hassan, came in for his debut while Goldy Capela made his first start up front and Andres Losada Tobon came off the bench in the second half.

Wasps began well. Yacine Gnahore forced Tooting keeper Matt Piersen to save his early header from Callum Emptage's cross and skipper Emptage wasn't far away with a header from Greg Cundle's cross.

But they squandered an even better chance in the 10th minute. Capela unselfishly laid the ball on a plate for Hassan Jalloh, who was unmarked in the six-yard box, but the striker got the ball caught under his feet and stabbed the ball wide. It was a miss that had to seen to be believed.

Goldy fired wide and Cundle had a shot cleared off the line and although Tooting had their moments Wasps ought to have been in a strong position at the break.

How those missed chances came back to haunt them. Pykes broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half with a superbly-struck shot from outside the box after Wasps had failed to clear a corner.

Tooting grew in confidence and nine minutes later Wasps missed two chances to clear the danger and Jordan Wilson punished them with an easy finish for 2-0.

There was controversy surrounding the home side's third with 15 minutes to go. Gassimu Jalloh went down with a head injury but the referee allowed play to continue and then compouned Grinstead's frustrations by awarding a penalty for Emptage's challenge on Wilson. After a lengthy delay while Jalloh got some treatment Jake Baxter beat Nic Taylor from the spot to make it 3-0.

The fourth goal summed up Grinstead's night when George Benner's attempt to find Taylor was seized on by Baxter who couldn't believe his luck as he made it 4-0.

Grinstead: Taylor, Emptage (sub Allen 82), Carlse, Leonard, Benner, G Jalloh, H Jalloh (sub Losada Tobon 64), Mahoney, Capela, Cundle (sub Mazzone 64), Gnahore Unused Subs: Hendricks, Simpson.

Attendance: 129

:: Faversham Town 2, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps suffered their first Ryman League defeat in seven games on a frustrating afternoon in East Kent when another good performance should have brought them at least a point against a Faversham team with play-off pretensions.

Grinstead led through Yacine Gnahore, who scored for the third successive game, but were pegged back by a penalty before Faversham scored the decisive goal midway through the second half.

Wasps were convinced they should have had a penalty with five minutes to go when Greg Cundle went down heavily after a challenge from two Faversham defenders. Even the home players feared the worst, but the referee waved play on.

It made for a frustrating finale but for manager Matt Longhurst there were still plenty of positives. "We played well again," he said. "They are a decent side and we knew it would be a tough game but we deserved something out of it. There was a lot about our performance I was pleased with."

Grinstead began with the confidence of a side on a good run. Danny Leonard and Mitch Dickenson were both thwarted by goalkeeper Will Godmon before Gnahore's persistence was rewarded in the 18th minute when he dispossessed Ryan Cooper in the box near the touchline and cut inside before beating Godmon to make it 1-0.

George Benner had a header from Cundle's corner disallowed for an earlier foul by Melford Simpson and on the half-hour Cundle's corner caused havoc in the home defence but Grinstead somehow could not force the ball over the line.

Wasps were well on top but in the 34th minute they were pegged back when Dickenson needlessly but instinctively stopped Stuart King's shot with his hand for a penalty which Charley Robinson converted to make it 1-1.

David Botterill headed a free kick just over three minutes before the break as Faversham enjoyed a good spell and they took the lead in the 62nd minute when Stuart Gray beat Nic Taylor with a fiercely-struck shot, his first effort having been blocked by Benner.

Wasps regrouped and spent the rest of the game hammering away in search of an equaliser. Jack Mahoney was inches wide with a shot which Simpson nearly got a vital touch to as it drifted past the far post. Cundle was next to test Godmon before his long-range free kick skimmed the crossbar with the keeper beaten.

But the equaliser they deserved eluded Wasps and when they were not awarded what looked a stone-wall penalty the visitors probably knew it wasn't going to be their day.

Team: Taylor, Emptage, Carlse, Mazzone, Benner, Dickenson, Mahoney (sub: Mills 85), Leonard, Gnahore, Cundle, Simpson Unused Subs: Allen, Hendricks, Dean, Powell.

Attendance: 179

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Steyning Town Community 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps are through to the quarter-finals of the Sussex Senior Cup but they made life unnecessarily hard for themselves against spirited opponents at the GAC Stadium on Tuesday.

Goals from Hassan Jalloh and Jack Mahoney had given Grinstead a 2-0 lead going into the last seven minutes but then substitute Brendan Garner was dispossessed all too easily on the edge of the box by Lee Garnham, who fired low past Nic Taylor.

Taylor was then called into action twice to prevent extra time. An outstretched hand prevented Garnham from bundling the ball home from close range before the big keeper kept out a powerful drive from Danny Gainsford, who had been outstanding at the back for the Southern Counties Division One outfit.

Manager Matt Longhurst made several changes to the team that had won their fourth successive Ryman League game last Saturday to assess the depth of his squad but he would have been disappointed that Wasps rarely imposed themselves for long periods.

They started on the front foot with Jalloh side-footing over when well placed before he struck the woodwork in the 12th minute from 25 yards.

Grinstead certainly deserved their 17th minute goal, scored by Jalloh with a low shot from distance which crept inside the left-hand post but they failed to press home their advantage with Taylor making a good save to deny Shaun Skipper an equaliser.

Taylor was again called into action six minutes after the break when he brilliantly denied Robert Clark, who saw his follow-up effort blocked on the line by Mills.

Wasps needed the insurance of a second goal and after a good spell they got it in the 68th minute when Mahoney beat keeper Ben Rose with a low drive which went in off the post.

Grinstead finally began to play with a bit more verve and the luckless Jalloh was twice denied by the woodwork from a shot that struck the bar and another effort which rattled the post.

But it was all hands on deck in the closing stages after Steyning pulled one back and threw caution to the wind. Wasps held on though but compared to recent weeks it wasn’t a performance to remember.

Grinstead: Taylor; Allen, Benner (Garner 49), Mills, Carlse; Miller, Mazzone, Mahoney, Jalloh; Wallis, Gnahore. Unused subs: Zola, Jones, Dean, Powell

Attendance: 48

Match Report by Bruce Talbot

:: East Grinstead Town 4, Walton & Hersham 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
For the first time in their admittedly brief Ryman League history Wasps have won four successive games after a superb second-half display flattened Walton & Hersham at the GAC Stadium on Saturday.

Midfielder Danny Leonard opened the scoring in the 50th minute and also got the fourth 19 minutes later against a team reduced to ten men when Chidi Williams was sent off for deliberate handball in the 55th minute.

It was only thanks to some superb saves from Walton keeper Berja Teixeira that prevented Grinstead from doubling their winning margin in the last 20 minutes as they hunted further goals.

Matt Longhurst’s young team have now picked up 16 points from their last six games and, having risen to 18th in the table can perhaps start look upwards rather than over their shoulders, although the manager will counsel caution especially as Wasps now play three successive away games, two of which are against teams in the top five.

But they will approach them with lots of confidence, although there was little hint of what was to come in Saturday’s first half.

Grinstead did start well with Leonard firing wide after an excellent move and testing Teixiera from 30 yards before Yacine Gnahore wasted a good chance in the 18th minute after he was set up inside the box by Connor Hendricks. Even with a strong wind at their backs Walton offered little going forward but the rest of the first half was fairly even and both teams appeared to lack a bit of spark in the final third.

Longhurst made a tactical change at the break, pushing top scorer Greg Cundle out wide and, with the wind behind them, Wasps began to stretch Walton’s back four.

Hendricks had already tested Teixeria from distance when Leonard broke the deadlock, slaloming his way through the heart of the Walton defence before drilling a low right-foot shot into the far corner.

Grinstead were now in control and five minutes later Cundle doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Williams handled a shot on the line. It was the striker’s ninth goal of the season.

Walton were on the ropes and Grinstead made it 3-0 in the 66th minute when sub Terrell Miller picked out Gnahore with a right-wing cross which the striker headed past Teixeira from six yards.

Leonard got his second four minutes later, robbing a defender and giving Teixeira no chance with his powerful finish from 15 yards.

The only surprise after that was that Wasps didn’t add to their tally. The confidence engendered by a 4-0 lead allowed them to produce some superb football but they found Teixeira in superb form. He denied Leonard twice and Cundle before keeping out Jack Mahoney’s 30-yarder. Miller headed just wide and big Melford Simpson wasn’t far away with a curling effort. The final whistle must have come as a welcome relief for the visitors.

Grinstead: Taylor, Emptage, Carlse, Benner, Dickenson; Hendricks (sub: Miller 60), Mazzone (Garner 75), Leonard, Mahoney, Cundle, Gnahore (Simpson 73). Subs unused: Mills, Jalloh.

Attendance: 101

Match Report by Bruce Talbot

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Molesey 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps made it four Ryman League wins from five as they climbed five points clear of the relegation zone with a hard fought win on Tuesday.

The visitors thrashed Grinstead 7-1 in the FA Cup back in August but under Matt Longhurst they are a different proposition these days.

And while they rode their luck in the second half under mounting pressure they could easily have scored three or four goals in a first half that was probably the best 45 minutes since Longhurst took over in October.

All this without top scorer Greg Cundle and key defenders Callum Emptage and Mitchel Dickenson, who were unavailable having played for parent club Gillingham earlier in the day.

Longhurst has certainly utilised the loan market well. Andy Mills had an impressive full debut in central defence alongside the excellent George Benner while behind them goalkeeper Nic Taylor's faultless handling and decision making helped spread confidence through the home ranks.

Grinstead built the foundations for their win in the first half when they broke quickly and at pace from midfield and through Terrell Miller on the left. Jack Mahoney, twice, and Danny Leonard had already gone close when Yacine Gnahore rounded keeper Liam Allen to score his first goal for the club in the 9th minute.

Leonard hit the post six minutes later, Gnahore headed over when well placed and it took Molesey 30 minutes to get into the contest. They then began to threaten and Taylor blocked a shot from Ollie Robinson with his legs before Connor Hendricks and Miller wasted good openings at the other end to extend Wasps' advantage.

The second half was much more cagey but Molesey began to get on top. Reis Stanislaus missed a great chance on 61 minutes when he side-footed straight at Taylor before James McShane and Sam Robinson went close.

Wasps brought on the physically imposing Melford Simpson and with 13 minutes to go he scored a priceless second with a neatly taken half volley during chaotic defending which had seen his earlier effort spectacularly hooked off the line by Ollie Robinson.

Molesey did get one back three minutes from time when Taylor was beaten by McShane's penalty after Brendan Garner unnecessarily clipped Sam Robinson's heels in the box but Wasps survived six minutes of stoppage time to claim their first win of the season against a side in the top ten.

Grinstead: Taylor, Garner, Benner, Mills, Carlse; Leonard, Mazzone, Mahoney, Hendricks (Simpson 63), Miller, Gnahore. Unused subs: Dean, Wallis, Wright, Powell.

Attendance: 67

Match Report by Bruce Talbot

:: Whitstable Town 2, East Grinstead Town 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps' resurgence continued at the Belmont on Saturday where Matt Longhurst's team showed terrific resolve to score twice in the last ten minutes to earn three precious points against bottom club Whitstable.

The Oystermen have been enduring a terrible season but they were under new management and looked to be on their way to three points when Harry Stannard scored a cracking goal midway through the second half to make it 2-1.

But Grinstead are made of sterner stuff these days and with ten minutes to go debutant Connor Hendricks, who had marked his debut by putting Wasps ahead in the first half, was replaced by Hassan Jalloh. It proved to be an inspired switch. Jalloh headed in the equaliser from Greg Cundle's cross within seconds of coming on and in their next attack Wasps were awarded a penalty after George Benner was sent crashing to the ground in the box. After lengthy Whitstable protests, Cundle calmly slotted home his eighth goal of the season and Wasps saw the game out with relative ease and might even have added a late fourth through Danny Leonard.

With Cundle, Callum Emptage and Hendricks all making important contributions it was a good day for the contingent of Gillingham youngsters who are relishing the chance to play men's football in the rugged world of the Ryman League. Hendricks, a midfielder and second-year apprentice pro at the Priestfield is the latest recruit from Gillingham and he produced a composed finish on the half-hour to put Wasps in front, sidestepping a defender before firing past Whitstable keeper Dan Eason.

Emptage and Leonard had both gone close in the early stages but Whitstable squandered a couple of good opportunities of their own, one a Dean Grant shot that crashed off the crossbar when he looked certain to score.

Whitstable rallied after conceding and were level when Grant headed in Harry Stannard's cross in the 40th minute. Stannard then hit the bar before the break and the momentum the home side had built up was evident in the second half with Stannard's stunner on the hour appearing to put Whitstable on their way.

Instead Wasps produced an excellent finale and clinched a victory which lifted them out of the relegation zone for the first time since September.

Team: Nic Taylor, Callum Emptage, Tom Carlse, Leo Mazzone, George Benner, Mitchell Dickenson, Connor Hendricks (Hassan Jalloh 80), Danny Leonard, Yacine Gnahore, Greg Cundle (Andrew Mills 90), Melford Simpson (Terrell Miller 86) Unused subs: George Wallis, Jacob Wright.

Attendance: 171

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Chatham Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A winner four minutes from time through skipper Callum Emptage ensured the Wasps first league win at home this season after 9 previously unsuccessful attempts.

It was an important three points as Grinstead are now only one point behind Sittingbourne and three behind free-falling Peacehaven who have played four more games as they bid to climb out of the bottom three.

Seven points from the last three games is a significant turn around in fortunes for the Wasps as they look forward to a trip to bottom of the table Whitstable on Saturday.

The first half on Tuesday night was a cagey affair between two very evenly matched sides. The lively Kieron McCann tested young Aiden Prall in the Grinstead goal before Mitchell Dickensen nearly scored with a speculative effort from the edge of the box after Ryan Nicholls fumbled the bar over the bar. This was the start to what was a disappointing night for Nicholls.

Both defences were well on top during the first period and the only significant efforts were both from the edge of the box through Danny Leonard and Greg Cundle who both shot narrowly wide.

Grinstead introduced new signing Jack Mahoney at the start of the second half and he added more energy to Grinstead’s attacks. Leonard again went close, this time his shot was fumbled around the post by Nicholls.

The Wasps had to make a change when new signing, defensive midfielder, Brett Milham, had to go off with a broken nose. This unsettled Grinstead and enabled Chatham to have their best spell of the game.

Emptage produced a fine goal line clearance to stop Chatham taking the lead, Joe Bigham then hit the crossbar with a fine shot from the edge of the box and Prall was alert to prevent McCann scoring from close range as the pressure started to build.

With 13 minutes to go, Grinstead took the lead. A Cundle free kick was not dealt with by Nicholls and from the rebound Mahoney was on hand to fire home. The lead only lasted three minutes. The dangerous McCann beat Emptage on the by line and as Grinstead appealed that the ball had gone out of play he calmly slotted past Prall to grab the equaliser.

Grinstead weren’t to be denied and grabbed the winner with a carbon copy of the first goal. This time Mahoney’s shot was fumbled by Nicholls and Emptage was first to react and fire inside the near post to round of a miserable night for the Chatham stopper.

Team: Prall, Emptage, Carlse, Milham (Miller 66), Benner, Dickenson, Ibrahim (Mahoney 46), Mazzone, Gnahore, Cundle (Mills 87), Leonard. Subs not used: Joshua, Haydon

Attendance: 53

Match report by Stewart Ward

:: East Grinstead Town 1, Corinthian Casuals 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A first home win of the season in the Ryman League continues to elude Wasps, but there was more encouragement for the home faithful in Saturday’s performance against a decent Casuals side.

Manager Matt Longhurst’s rebuilding of his squad is not quite complete but the team is starting to take on a more settled look and Longhurst would probably have settled for a return of four points from the last two games. Grinstead remain in the bottom three but they at least have some momentum compared to some of the teams just above them as well as games in hand.

On a bitterly cold afternoon Wasps showed admirable resolve after conceding in the fourth minute when Juevan Spencer was allowed too much space at the far post to convert a cross from the left.

Right-back Callum Emptage had been unable to prevent the ball coming into the box on that occasion but he made amends nine minutes later, finishing off a well-worked corner routine with a shot into the roof of the net, his second goal in three games.

Greg Cundle, back in the side after injury, again looked lively and he combined with Emptage in the 25th minute to create a shooting chance for Leo Mazzone, which went over the bar.

That effort was indicative of a first half in which neither side showed the necessary composure in the final third. There was no lack of effort but it wasn’t until the hour mark before the contest really opened up.

Nic Taylor made a great save to deny Cherno Mendy but the best chance of a winner came when Danny Leonard made a great surge from midfield but his shot came back off the bar with the keeper beaten.

Danny Dudley made a desperate but crucial block to deny Cundle as Wasps finished strongly but both managers felt a draw was a fair result.

Team: Nic Taylor, Callum Emptage, Tom Carlse, Danny Leonard, George Benner, Mitchell Dickenson, Hassan Jalloh (sub Hassan Ibrahim 45), Leo Mazzone, Yacine Gnahore, Greg Cundle, Melford Simpson Subs not used: George Wallis, Ade Joshua, Greg Haydon, Terrell Miller

Attendance: 95

:: South Park 1, East Grinstead Town 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Two goals from striker Melford Simpson on his full debut earned Wasps a welcome and thoroughly deserved win over a South Park side who had beaten them at East Court a few weeks earlier.

Simpson, a strapping 6ft 7in, proved his value as a target man as he unsettled the home defence throughout and won lots of headers as well as holding the ball up well and bringing others into play.

But this was an excellent team display by Matt Longhurst's team whose first league win in six at least kept them in touch with the teams above them.

Another player making his first league start, Danny Leonard, was also prominent and he set up the opener on 17 minutes with an intelligent cut-back into space which Melford controlled before firing past James Wastell.

South Park had shown little but they equalised from a debatable penalty four minutes before the break. There seemed to have been no contact as Callum Emptage hustled Dean Lovegrove towards the line but he fell in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, even though no South Park player had appealed. Lovegrove converted from the spot.

With their confidence fragile after recent results it was important that Wasps regrouped in the second half and they were back in front after 48 minutes when Simpson got his second with a powerful far post header.

The visitors then defended diligently to keep South Park to relatively few clear-cut chances and they secured victory with six minutes left when Leonard cut inside from the right before finishing powerfully past Wastell.

Lennard and Yacine Gnahore had other opportunities to add further gloss to the scoreline as Wasps gained a victory that should give them lots of belief for the weeks ahead.

Team: Taylor, Emptage, Carlse, Garner, Benner, Dickenson, Joshua, Mazzone, Gnahore (sub: Haydon 90+2), Leonard, Simpson (sub: Miller 79): Subs not used: Patterson, Wright, Pritchard (gk).

Attendance: 76

:: Worthing 5, East Grinstead Town 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps remain stuck in the bottom three in the Ryman League after a familiar story at Woodside Road on Saturday.

For long spells, particularly in the first half, against a side who look capable of at least reaching the play-offs this season, Grinstead were Worthing’s equals.

Indeed, had it not been for a superb save from Rikki Banks, who somehow kept out Callum Emptage’s shot on the stroke of half-time Grinstead might have led at the break.

But three goals in 15 minutes at the start of the second half ended the match as a contest and although Worthing benefitted from kind bounces of the ball to score two of their goals during that purple patch, Wasps were far too open at the back.

The visitors also started brightly with Hasson Jalloh, fresh from his midweek brace against Haywards Heath, lively and new signing Yacine Gnahore just failing to latch onto a couple of decent through balls.

But Wasps fell behind in the 35th minute, just after Jalloh had been forced off through injury, when Ryan Richeford beat Nic Taylor from close range after the visitors failed to clear Omar Bugiel’s corner.

The visitors responded strongly though and were level six minutes later when Leo Mazzone headed a free kick back across goal and Greg Cundle produced a composed finish past Banks.

Who knows what might have happened had Banks not rescued his side on the stroke of half-time. Instead, Worthing went back in front in the 50th minute. Substitute Melford Simpson was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box and despite few appeals the referee awarded a penalty which Brannon O’Neill stuck away.

Four minutes later Harvey Sparks made it 3-1 and on the hour another ricochet fell kindly, this time for O’Neill, to make it 4-1.

Grinstead pulled one back when Emptage headed in a 63rd-minute corner but Bugiel, who also hit the woodwork, rounded off the scoring with eight minutes to go.

Grinstead: Taylor, Emptage, Carlse (Wright 90 mins), Mazzone, Benner, Garner, Hawkins, Ibrahim (Miller 89 mins), Gnahore, Cundle, Jalloh (Simpson 31 mins) Subs Not Used: Patterson, Pritchard.

Attendance: 284

:: Haywards Heath Town 2, East Grinstead Town 4 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New signing Hassan Jalloh scored twice on his debut as Wasps moved into the third round of the Sussex Senior Cup after a good battle with their County League opponents.

Ambitious Heath had won their previous 16 league and cup games prior to Tuesday's meeting at Hanbury Park and pushed Wasps all the way before Jalloh netted twice in extra time to seal Grinstead's passage into the last 16.

Jalloh, 21, missed an early chance when he got through only to fire straight at goalkeeper Simon Lehkyj before Wasps went in front on 36 minutes. Another debutant, Yanice Gnahore, was put through when Lehkyj brought him down and the referee gave a penalty, despite Heath protests. which Greg Cundle confidently converted for his fifth goal of the season.

Heath, with three ex-Wasps Dan Turner, Matt Geard and Tom Graves in their ranks, were always a threat and they equalised late in the second half when defender George Benner made an uncharacteristic error when he missed his clearing header and Scott Marshall and Turner broke to set up Rob O'Toole for the leveller which took the game to extra time.

But within three minutes of extra time starting Hassan Ibrahim scored his first Grinstead goal when his 25 yard shot took a deflection off a home defender and left Lehkyj with no chance.

It was 3-1 in the 97th minute when Jalloh found the top corner with a superb strike after Gnahore had done well to create space down the left.

Heath got back into it through O'Toole but in the second period of extra time Wasps defended strongly and broke effectively when they could with Jalloh sealing a confidence-boosting win for a young team which, goalkeeper Nic Taylor apart, did not contain anyone over the age of 22 and included five teenagers.

Manager Matt Longhurst said: "These young lads will make mistakes but if you stick with them and give them experience they will make fewer mistakes over time and that will stand us in good stead for the future.

"It was good to get a win under our belts and progress in the cup. We knew they would make it difficult for us but I felt we deserved the victory."


Team: Nic Taylor, Callum Emptage, Tom Carlse, Danny Leonard, George Benner, Brandon Garner (sub: 55 mins Danny Patterson), Ade Joshua, Hassan Ibrahim (sub: 70 mins James Hawkins), Yacine Gnahore, Greg Cundle, Hassan Jalloh. Subs not used: Daniel Fleming, Terrell Miller.

Attendance: 94

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Carshalton Athletic 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Two goals in the last four minutes stunned Wasps just when it looked as if they were going to claim their first home win of the Ryman League campaign.

Grinstead had gone ahead for the second time thanks to Greg Cundle’s clinical strike in the 67th minute.

But they invited concerted Carshalton pressure in the closing stages by defending too deep. Debutant keeper Nic Taylor had already made one great save when he deflected Dan Summers’ shot onto the post in the 88th minute. Moments later he parried another shot from Summers but the ball fell to Tommy Bradford and he smashed in the equaliser.

A point wouldn’t have been the end of the world but deep into injury time Carshalton broke down the left, the ball was deflected off a Grinstead defender and Bradford couldn’t believe his luck as he made the most of time and space to fire the winner past Taylor.

It was a harsh lesson in game management for an inexperienced Grinstead side but manager Matt Longhurst will have taken lots of positives too, notably in the performances of Cundle, George Benner and Greg Haydon at the heart of defence, and midfielder Hassan Ibrahim.

Leo Mazzone and Benner should have scored in the first six minutes and although Carshalton then had a spell of superiority, with Youssef Bamba’s pace a constant threat down their right, it was Wasps who went in front on 43 minutes when right-back Callum Emptage finished off a move involving Sam Winch and Ade Joshua to score his first Grinstead goal.

Carshalton levelled within two minutes of the re-start through Summers’ low shot but Grinstead rallied and Joshua was inches away from converting Tom Carlse’s cross before Cundle scored his fifth goal of the season with a wonderful effort into the bottom corner.

It should have been enough but there was a sting in the tale for Wasps.

Grinstead: Taylor, Emptage, Butler, Ibrahim, Benner, Haydon, Joshua (sub: Elliott 64), Morley (Garner 70), Cundle, Mazzone, Winch (Carlse 45). Unused sub: Sutherland.

Attendance: 83

Match report by Bruce Talbot

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Bognor Regis Town 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps went out of the FA Trophy on Saturday and there was probably no surprise that they exited to an in-form Bognor team riding high in the Ryman Premier.

Any chance of an upset probably ended when Wasps had to switch the tie to Nyewood Lane while boss Matt Longhurst was further inconvenienced when Marcus Elliott, who had scored four goals in two starts since joining Wasps, pulled out because of illness a few hours before kick off.

Bognor went into the game on the back of a 3-0 home win against Staines a few days earlier and were soon into their stride.

There was no lack of effort from Grinstead throughout but they needed to get a toe-hold in the tie early on. Instead Sami El-Abd settled any nerves the hosts might have had after just 14 minutes with a diving header past Michael Hunter from Ollie Pearce’s corner to make it 1-0 to the hosts.

Pearce hit the crossbar and although Bill Parkinson and Ade Joshua had long-range efforts they didn’t trouble the home keeper Grant Smith and Bognor doubled their lead on the half-hour when Harvey Whyte cut in from the right before beating Hunter with a powerful shot.

It wasn’t all one-way traffic. Joshua wasn’t far away when he had a pop at goal a few moments later but Bognor were in control at that stage and looked capable of stepping up a gear if they needed to.

Longhurst clearly told his players to be more offensive in the second half, figuring there was nothing to be gained from going down with a whimper and it proved to be a much more even 45 minutes than the first period.

Casey Johnson nearly pulled one back on the hour when he capitalised on a mix-up involving Smith and defender Chad Field, but his effort rolled agonisingly wide of a gaping goal.

Instead of getting it back to 2-1, Wasps fell further behind on 64 minutes when Jason Prior scrambled in Bognor’s third from close range.

Grinstead did keep coming forward though. Smith made a fingertip save to keep out a fizzing drive from Leo Mazzone before midfielder Ross Morley’s shot hit the bar with nine minutes left.

A consolation would have been no more than Wasps deserved for their efforts, which will have encouraged Longhurst ahead of the relegation battle in the league which is now Grinstead’s main focus.

Grinstead: Hunter, Emptage, Carlse, Parkinson (sub: Winch 65), Difford, Benner, Joshua (sub: Sutherland 65), Morley, Cundle, Mazzone, Miller (sub: Johnson 39), Unused sub: Pritchard

Attendance: 249

:: East Grinstead Town 1, Whyteleafe 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Marcus Elliott scored his fourth goal in two games but a home league win still eludes Wasps after Tuesday’s Ryman League defeat.

The confidence gained from last Saturday’s 3-2 win at Chipstead seemed to have drained out of the home side within 25 minutes as Whyteleafe swept into a deserved 2-0 lead.

Elliott pulled one back with a terrific solo effort before half time but Leafe goalkeeper Bailey Vose was rarely tested in a poor second half almost devoid of chances at either end.

The visitors went in front in the 11th minute when new signing Jamie Byatt, who has joined Whyteleafe earlier in the day from Tooting & Mitcham, had time and space on the left of the Grinstead penalty area to shoot powerfully past Michael Hunter.

Sam Clayton went close before defender Louis Hollingworth headed in Leafe’s second from a cross on 24 minutes with Wasps all over the shop at the back.

Ryan Fowler was denied a third goal by the post and Hunter blocked an effort from Jamie Henry as Whyteleafe threatened with every attack.

So it came as a huge surprise when Wasps reduced the deficit on 30 minutes. Elliott won the ball on the right-hand edge of box and glided past two defenders before firing into the bottom corner.

George Benner met a free kick just before the break but guided his shot wide and Wasps failed to build on the encouraging end to the first half.

Both sides huffed and puffed after the break and although Wasps had lots of possession they struggled to create any chances. There was a lack of width, particularly down the left hand side, and Elliott did not get the support up front, or the service, he needed.

Indeed it was Leafe who went closest to scoring again when Clayton clipped the bar with a free kick in stoppage time.

Grinstead: Hunter, Parkinson, Carlse, Difford (sub: Emptage 63), Benner, Hayden (Joshua 45), Johnson (Mazzone 38), Morley, Elliott, Cundle, Ibrahim.

Attendance: 131

Match report by Bruce Talbot

:: Chipstead 2, East Grinstead Town 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Marcus Elliott scored a hat-trick on his full debut for East Grinstead Town to ensure they beat fellow strugglers Chipstead.

However, despite Elliott’s treble putting the visitors 3-0 up in the 88th minute, Wasps made life difficult for themselves in the final few minutes when Charlie Carter pulled two goals back for Chipstead with two goals in three minutes, and were it not for a fine save by Michael Hunter in the 97th minute from a Robert Webbe free kick it could have been ever worse for Grinstead.

Grinstead took the lead after just eight minutes through Elliott with a fine finish after good work by Casey Johnson. Grinstead continued to create chances, Elliott was denied by a last ditch tackle, Hassan Ibrahim fired just wide and John Difford saw his overhead kick fall straight into the hands of Milan Stojsavljvic.

Chiptsead started to grow into the game with Kery Kedze thumping the ball just wide of Michael Hunter’s goal before Greg Cundle forced Milan Stojsavljvic to tip a shot around the post at the other end.

On 35 minutes, Gregg Cundle was unlucky not to extend the lead for Grinstead with a powerful shot from close range but Stojsavljevic was equal to it.

With five minutes of the first half to play, the Wasps got their second. Jon Difford found Johnson, who delivered a perfect cross from the right to Elliott who hit home from close range.

In the second half, the visitors set themselves far more defensively but had a great chance to extend their lead moments into the half when Johnson miskicked in front of goal.

, East Grinstead were happy to sit back and enjoy the odd counter-attack as Chipstead struggled to carve out any real opportunities and very nearly extended their lead on 75 minutes when Cundle’s shot pinged off the underside of the crossbar after superbly controlling a cross-field ball.

Minutes later and Chipstead should have pulled a goal back when the ball hit various bodies before falling at the feet of Owen Roberts, but Hunter reacted quickly to tip it over the bar.

For all Chipstead’s endeavors, the better chances were still falling to the Wasps with left-back Tom Carlsle having a shot stopped at the near post by Stojsavljevic.

And with just two minutes left to play it appeared East Grinstead had made sure of the points when Elliott was first to a spilled save from a Cundle shot.

However Chipstead refused to lie down and when Charlie Carter headed home a corner and then volleyed home from the edge of the box only a brilliant save from Hunter deep into injury time denied them an unlikely point.

Team: Hunter, Parkinson, Carlse, Difford (Emptage78), Benner (Mazzone 63), Haydon, Johnson (Winch 64), Morley, Elliott, Cundle, Ibrahim. Subs not used: Sutherland, Joshua

Attendance: 65

Match report by Stewart Ward

:: East Grinstead Town 0, South Park 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
EAST Grinstead Town suffered a first defeat under new manager Matt Longhurst as they lost 2-0 at home to South Park on Tuesday evening.

Despite seeing very little of the ball for much of the game, Park won the game courtesy of a Karl Parker strike six minutes before half time and a late Kofi Quartey goal.

Park started the game brightly, but failed to create much, with Kieran Lavery denied by Grinstead goalkeeper Michael Hunter with the best chance from a direct free kick.

But Grinstead slowly wrested control of possession and dominated for much of the first half, albeit without creating too many clear cut chances.

So it was against the run of play when Park scored the opening goal out of nowhere, with Parker latching onto a long hopeful ball from Alex Penfold, taking advantage of indecision at the back to steal in between goalkeeper and defender and roll the ball into an empty net.

Park almost doubled their lead shortly after the restart as Dale Burgess cut in from the left and fired a shot that was deflected onto the post and wide.

But that was to be Park's best opportunity for a while as Grinstead dominated possession once more for a sustained period.

However, their lack of a final ball was telling as James Wastell was rarely threatened in the Park goal, with Tom Carlse going closest after stealing in behind the visiting defence, only to snatch at his shot and fire wide.

Park came close a couple of times on the counter, with Lavery firing just wide and hitting the crossbar with an audacious effort from inside the Park half.

But former Chipstead striker Quartey made the game safe late on, scoring on the break with a neat finish off the inside of the post.

Team: Hunter, Emptage, Carlse, Difford, Benner, Haydon, Joshsa (Elliott 57), Morley, Cundle (Parkinson), Ibrahim, Johnson (Mazzone). Subs not used. Gallagher, Mensah.

Match report by Stewart Ward
Attendance: 52

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Hythe Town 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Tony Beckingham’s return to East Grinstead Town ended all square on Saturday when Wasps were denied their first home win of the season by a late equaliser.

Beckingham’s replacement, Matt Longhurst, looked like celebrating his first game in charge with three points, but Craig Thompson equalised in the 90th minute with his second goal of the game.

The game started badly for the visitors as Frankie Sawyer was stretchered off as early as the fourth minute, being replaced by Sam May.

But the Cannons dealt with the early blow and applied the early pressure, with Thompson causing problems for the Wasps defence with his physical presence.

And he opened the scoring in the 17th minute as he was allowed room in the box to turn and finish low into the corner.

Mathieu Ramsamy went close to a second goal on 35 minutes as his perseverance almost paid off, only to see Grinstead clear the ball off the line with goalkeeper Michael Hunter beaten. May also went close with a shot on the turn, only to see his effort fly over the bar and at that stage the visitors were good value for their lead.

But moments later Jon Difford, pushed into service in midfield, released Greg Cundle and the Gillingham loanee produced an excellent finish to make it 1-1.

The goal gave Wasps confidence and they were the better side for much of the second half.

They should have been ahead ten minutes after the restart as substitute Hassan Ibrahim worked his way past the Hythe defence only to fire agonisingly wide. But they were in front after 78 minutes with Difford and Cundle combining once again. After some patient play at the back, Grinstead found skipper Difford in space and he threaded through a superb pass to Cundle, who then finished with aplomb to beat Mant and put the hosts in front.

But Hythe pushed forward and got their equaliser when another good finish by Thompson, who volleyed home from close range after good work by Dave Cook to ensure honours were even.

Team: Michael Hunter, Callum Emptage, Tom Carlse, John Difford, George Benner, Greg Haydon, Ade Joshua (Jordan Gallagher 85), Ross Morley, Greg Cundle, Colin Richmond (Hassan Ibrahim 45), Casey Johnson. Subs not used: Josh Bonnett, Simon Mensah

Attendance: 86

:: Herne Bay 1, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New manager Matt Longhurst watched from the stands as Wasps picked up a deserved point from a scrappy Ryman League encounter at Herne Bay on Saturday.

With the home side, by their own admission, off the pace Grinstead might even have claimed victory. They played against ten men for the last 16 minutes after Giorgo Russo, the Bay defender, was sent off for clipping the heels of goal scorer Javlon Campbell as he raced through on goal. Sadly for Wasps the free-kick, from the edge of the penalty area, was blasted over the bar by Junior Kaffo.

With goalkeeper Michael Hunter unavailable, caretaker-boss Jon Difford drafted in Aiden Prall from Charlton Athletic’s academy in goal and Prall was beaten after 17 minutes when Bay broke after Grinstead had lost possession in midfield.

Prall saved the initial shot but couldn’t prevent Joe Nelder from scoring from close range.

Campbell was in lively mood throughout and came close to scoring with a lob which bounced over Bay keeper Jack Delo and his crossbar.

But four minutes before the break he did score, sending a powerful header past Delo after Ade Joshua had won the ball and delivered an excellent cross for his first goal of the season.

Junior Kaffo should have at least hit the target when Difford delivered an excellent free kick into the six-yard box but he failed to make contact with the ball and an inviting opportunity was gone just before the break.

Neither goalkeeper was seriously extended in a poor second half, although Wasps probably had the better openings.

Delo saved comfortably from Casey Johnson while Tom Carlse fired over at the end of a decent move. Bay were content to try and hit Wasps on the break but there were few alarms for Prall as both sides settled for a hard-earned point.

Team: Prall, Parkinson, Carlse, Morley, Difford, Haydon, Joshua (sub: Emptage, 83mins), Kaffo, Campbell, Cundle (sub: Ibrahim, 76mins), Johnson. Sub not used: Smith

Attendance: 218

:: Cray Wanderers 2, East Grinstead Town 3 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Jon Difford’s reign as Wasps’ interim manager got off to the best possible start as his re-shaped side pulled off a shock win at Cray Wanderers in the FA Trophy preliminary round.

The Kent club have been setting the pace at the top of Ryman League Division One North but found themselves 3-0 down in the first half as Grinstead scored three times in a competitive fixture for the first time since last December.

The Wands conjured up two goals but Grinstead held on and can look forward to hosting Premier Division Bognor Regis Town in the first round proper at the end of October.

A delighted Difford said: “I can’t praise the boys highly enough as they did exactly as I asked them and got their rewards.”

Three new players – Ade Joshua, Casey Johnson and Josh Bonnett – came into the squad for Wasps’ first game in a fortnight and Joshua nearly gave them the perfect start when his eighth-minute shot from Johnson’s cross cannoned off the post.

Six minutes later Wasps did go in front. Junior Kaffo was alert when Cray's defence hesitated and won possession before lobbing goalkeeper Nick Blue into an empty net.

Wasps then took control with two goals in the space of eight minutes. Greg Cundle, who is on a youth loan from League One side Gillingham, made it 2-0 on 35 minutes when Joshua, Javlon Campbell and Billy Parkinson combined to give him a tap-in.

Two minutes before the break Tom Carlse freed Cundle who still had work to do but he drove into the box and left the Wands’ keeper feeling Blue with a curled finish into the bottom corner.

The Wasps were in dreamland but moments before the break they were brought back down to earth when they stopped to appeal for handball before Dane Moore's shot through a crowd of players took a deflection past Michael Hunter to make it 3-1. Game on.

Hunter certainly had more to do in the second half although he wasn’t overly extended, denying Levander Pyke when the Cray defender got through.

The hosts did get a second in the 81st minute through James Duckworth and huffed and puffed late on, but Wasps held firm to claim a morale-boosting victory.

Team: Hunter, Parkinson, Carlse, Haydon, Difford, Morley, Joshua (sub 70 mins Bonnett), Kaffo, Campbell (sub 78 mins McDonagh), Cundle, Johnson. Unused subs: Mensah, Emptage

:: Folkestone Invicta 3, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Much-changed Wasps gave a good account of themselves against the Ryman South leader on Saturday, and although the home side were deserved winners in the end they were made to work hard for the three points.

Boss Tony Beckingham rang the changes with new signings Hamilton Bunga, Greg Haydon and Junior Kaffo making their debuts together with Callum Emptage and Greg Cundle, who have both joined on a youth loan from League One Gillingham. A sixth new face, Hassan Ibrahim, came off the bench.

There was no Kenny McCreadie in the away dugout though, the assistant manager having resigned last Thursday.

On the game, Beckingham said: "Bedding in six players in one game was never going to be ideal but after the start we've made we had to make changes. We did okay - they are a good side who I think will get promoted."

Despite trying to bed in the number of changes, Wasps did well in the opening 20 minutes but the home side broke the deadlock on 24 minutes, although there was more than an element of good fortune as the ball ricocheted around the visitors' penalty area before Ronnie Dolan slotted it past Chris Winterton from 12 yards.

Emptage showed plenty of promise and ten minutes later his cross nearly created the equaliser. It found Kaffo whose scuffed shot rolled across the face of goal with no one in a Grinstead shirt able to get a decisive touch.

Trevor McCreadie turned his marker three minutes later but fired straight at the keeper.

Tom Carlse and Javlon Campbell replaced Ross Morley and Greg Cundle at the break then Ibrahim came on for Simon Mensah before Folkestone doubled their lead on 66 minutes when Jon Pilbeam reacted quickest in a goalmouth scramble to make it 2-0.

Folkestone were now firmly in control with Winterton making some good saves before adding a third from a soft penalty with 11 minutes to go. Bunga caught Pilbeam who went down and Ian Draycott scored from spot.

Campbell went close late on to scoring a consolation but dragged his shot wide.

Team: Winterton, Parkinson, Bunga, Mensah (sub: Ibrahim 63), Difford, Haydon, Emptage, Morley (sub: Carlse 45), McCreadie, Kaffo, Cundle (sub: Campbell 45) Sub not used: McDonagh

:: Peacehaven & Telscombe 1, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
While Wasps’ home form has been extremely disappointing, they have been hard to beat on the road during the early stages of the Ryman League campaign and this was another good point against a side who had won at East Court a fortnight earlier.

Tony Beckingham gave a debut to two new signings, the experienced central defender Shaun Loft and midfielder Duncan Culley and both played their part in a good performance.

Arguably, it should have been three points. With 15 minutes to go Wasps were awarded a penalty but for the second time against Peacehaven this season it was missed as Javlon Campbell’s effort was saved by keeper Broadbent as he dived to his left.

The visitors had taken a first-half lead when Jon Difford rose to met a free kick on 35 minutes which was headed powerfully past Broadbent for his first Grinstead goal.

But Peacehaven equalised with a penalty of their own before the break, converted by Jack Rowe-Hurst after Jamie Brotherton’s shot was handled.

Ex-Wasp Chamal Fenelon was one of several home players to threaten in the second half but Wasps were disciplined and organised and thoroughly deserved the point which helped erase the memory of a poor performance against Ramsgate a few days earlier.

Team: Winterton, Parkinson, Carlse, Mensah, Difford, Loft, McDonagh, Morley, McCreadie, Campbell, Culley. Subs: Kaddu, Smith, Grossett.

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Ramsgate 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps are still looking for their first point of the season at home after two goals in the last 20 minutes condemned them to Ryman League defeat on Saturday.

There was little to choose between the teams for long stages and Wasps had some great chances to go in front which they squandered.

Gradually Ramsgate began to get on top, particularly in midfield, but both goals were poor from a Grinstead perspective.

Neither keeper had much to do other than make routine saves in the first half-hour but Javlon Campbell then missed two great chances in the space of two minutes for Wasps.

On 35 minutes he had time to take a touch with only goalkeeper Luke Watkins to beat but elected to shoot first time and go for placement rather than power 15 yards out and Watkins made a good save.

Two minutes later Campbell was one-on-one again and again Watkins made himself big to block the shot.

Chris Winterton was well protected by his back four at the other end and although Joe Taylor did have the ball in the net for the Rams on the stroke of half-time he was ruled offside as he touched home a header from Nicky Humphrey that was going in anyway.

A minute into the second half Ross Morley broke clear in the inside-right channel but failed to find the target and it was to be Grinstead’s last opportunity for the next 40 minutes as they began to be pushed back.

Joe Taylor hit the side netting before Ramsgate went in front on 70 minutes when Joe Kane beat sub Tom Howard-Bold to the ball inside the box to convert a corner by sub Aaron Quaine.

Wasps had a great chance to equalise with a minute left, but sub Moses Kaddu’s close-range header was flipped over the bar by Watkins.

As the hosts pushed men forward in search of an equaliser Taylor rounded Winterton to make it 2-0.

There were some positives for boss Tony Beckingham, but he will have been frustrated by his side’s inability to take their chances.

Team:: Winterton; McDonagh, Carlse, Mensah (Grossett 58), Difford, Parkinson, Smith (Howard-Bold 58), Morley, McCreadie, Campbell, Baker (Kaddu 73).

:: Three Bridges 1, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
The Wasps alarming slump in form ended with a hard fought draw against local rivals Three Bridges.

Having just suffered a crushing 7-1 defeat to Molesey just two days earlier it was vital they showed some character to address the poor run of results.

With Tony Beckingham back on the bench following a well earned break it was Grinstead who started the brighter. Kurtis Pykes shot into the side netting on the ten minute mark before Pykes turned provider releasing Trevor McCreadie who got clear of the Bridges defence only to be denied by a smart save by Kieron Thorp in the Bridges goal.

Grinstead's keeper Chris Winterton was then called into action first denying Sam MacVicar with his legs and then turning away a Hakeem Adelakun following a rare mistake from Daniel Fleming who performed well on his full debut.

Grinstead went in from 8 minutes before half time. McCreadie was given time on the right corner of the penalty area which allowed him to hit a great shot into the far corner past the despairing dive of Thorp.

Not surprisingly Bridges started the second half in a more positive fashion. After McCreadie had missed an early opprortunity they started to take control and Grinstead had to be thankful to Winterton to keep them in front.

Ben Godfrey headed over from close range before being denied by Winterton with a smart save from close range. Ben Parkinson provided a last ditch interception to cut a MacVicar shot and MacVicar again was denied by another smart stop from Winterton.

The pressure finally told with 8 minutes remaining. MacVicar found space down the right and his cross was met by a brave header from Godfrey to divert the cross past Winterton.

Bridges pushed for a late winner but the Grinstead defence stood firm to hold out for a deserved draw.

Team: Winterton, Parkinson, Carlse, Mensah, Difford, Fleming (Smith 86), Morley, Pykes, McCreadie, Campbell, Baker (Kaddu 90). Subs not used: Akosa, Bassan.

:: Molesey 7, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hat-tricks in either half from Reis Stanislaus and Stafford Palmer condemned Wasps to an early exit from the FA Cup as Molesey enjoyed a much more emphatic win than the 1-0 scoreline in the league meeting two weeks earlier.

Boss Tony Beckingham missed the game as he completed his holiday and although Molesey were thoroughly deserved winners, Grinstead were briefly in the game in the first half when Trevor McCreadie made it 2-1. But Stanislaus completed his treble on the stroke of half-time, having also set up the hosts’ other first half goal which was netted by James McShane.

The Moles withstood some early second half pressure from the Wasps and added a fifth when keeper Liam Allen superbly turned defence into attack to set Palmer away, who then added a sixth from the spot. Stanislaus then unselfishly set Palmer up for his hat-trick to round off the scoring.

The Moles took a fifth minute lead when Stanislaus lobbed Chris Winterton, after Dre Grobler’s ball forward had not been dealt with. Stanislaus then punished more hesitant defending to make it 2-0.

McCreadie lofted an effort over goalkeeper Allen to put the visitors back in the game, and Wasps had what looked like a decent shout for a penalty turned down when Taylor McDonagh was bundled over in the box.

But Stanislaus turned a hopeful ball from Grobler into a good one by getting between defender and keeper and teeing McShane up for a tap in for 3-1 before Winterton kept out Palmer’s thunderous drive by tipping the ball onto the underside of the bar only for Stanislaus to pounce on the loose ball for 4-1.

Grinstead pushed men forward in the second half in a desperate bid to get back into the game and Luke Elliott made a goal-saving block to deny McCreadie his second.

Molesey weathered the storm and added a fifth when Palmer outpaced the Grinstead defence and slotted beyond Winterton.

Palmer made no mistake from the spot when Ollie Robinson was fouled at a corner by McCreadie and Palmer completed the rout in the 71st minute after unselfish work by Stanislaus gave him a tap-in.

Team: Winterton, Parkinson, Baker, Rose, Difford, Dodoo, Morley, Mensah, McCreadie, McDonagh, Carlse. Subs: Grossett, Campbell, Smith

:: East Grinstead Town 0, Peacehaven & Telscombe 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps are still looking for their first home point of the Ryman League campaign after a disappointing defeat to their Sussex rivals.

In a game of few clear-cut chances Grinstead were left to rue a 39th minute penalty miss by Trevor McCreadie, especially when ex-Wasp Layton Schaaf scored the only goal with a free header three minutes later.

A well organised visiting team snuffed out Wasps’ attacking threat in a disappointing second half during which the home side threatened just once, when Ross Morley met a corner from Tom Howard Bold on 63 minutes with a far post header which was cleared off the line.

Grinstead had started quite brightly. Tom Carlse, fresh from his double against Worthing, went round goalkeeper Amadou Tangara but saw two goalbound efforts blocked. Howard Bold was the hosts’ creative spark in the first half and Drew Cooney met his free kick on 28 minutes but headed wide before Howard Bold himself fired well wide from distance.

Having already had one penalty appealed turned down, Wasps were more successful when Howard Bold’s volley struck a defender. There were no complaints from the visitors but Tangara guessed correctly to push out McCreadie’s poorly-struck spot kick.

It got worse for Grinstead when Tom Lawley picked out Schaaf with a cross from the right which he headed unmarked past Chris Winterton.

Jamie Brotherton had earlier floated a cross onto the top of the crossbar and in the second half it was the visitors who carried more of an attacking threat. Jack Rowhurst was inches away from putting Lawley’s cross into an empty net and the visitors kept possession far better, while the yawning gap between Wasps’ front players and their midfielders meant the hosts rarely had a spell of possession.

Grinstead had a late flurry without ever testing Tangara on a disappointing night.

Team: Winterton, Parkinson, Baker, Rose, Difford, Cooney, Morley (Mensah 45), Howard Bold, McCreadie, McDonagh (Smith 80), Carlse. Unused subs: Pykes, Flemming, Kaddu.

:: East Grinstead Town 2, Worthing 4 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Grinstead suffered their second consecutive home defeat of the season to Worthing on a hot Saturday afternoon at East Court.

Worthing entered the game on the same points, goals scored and goals conceded as Grinstead but they were by far the better team for most of the afternoon and fully deserved their victory.

Worthing were ahead after only five minutes. A deep free kick was palmed away by Chris Winterton only for the ball to fall for Casey Johnson who fired home in a crowded penalty area.

The rebels were well in the ascendancy as Grinstead struggled to contain their movement up front. Matt Axcell was denied by Winterton who tipped over his long range shot, Brannon O’Neill fired just over and Winterton was again in action to deny a close range Will Hendon effort.

Grinstead finally mustered a chance on 35 minutes, a long ball over the top was met by Trevor McCreadie his drive was palmed away by Rikki Banks straight to Kurtis Pykes whose shot deflected off another Grinstead player in Tom Howard-Bold.

A minute later though Worthing had doubled their lead, Lloyd Dawes was allowed time and space to run across the edge of the Grinstead penalty area before hitting a shot back past the exposed Winterton.

It was nearly three moments later when O’Neill’s free-kick was deflected onto the cross bar with Winterton well beaten.

Moments before half time out of nothing Grinstead were suddenly back in the game. Pykes found Tom Carsle who strode forward and hit a sweet left foot shot inside the far post.

Grinstead started the second half with more intent and created the first chance through McCreadie who shot horribly wide when well placed but moments later Worthing has extended the lead. A quick free kick caught Grinstead napping which allowed Dawes to fire home from the edge of the box.

Tom Carlse then had a loud penalty shout tuned down as they looked to respond before Worthing hit the woodwork again through Corey Heath after Grinstead had failed to deal with a short corner-routine. Pykes thought he had reduced the deficit with a header that beat Banks but was somehow cleared off the line by Steve Metcalf.

On 75 minutes Grinstead were back in the game a scramble in the box ended with Carlse firing home from close range from what looked like a suspiciously offside position.

Grinstead went searching for the equaliser but apart from a McCreadie effort that was charged down in the box Worthing looked relatively comfortable and deep into injury time they put the result beyond dealt when O’Neill found space in the box to slot past Winterton.

Team: Winterton, Parkinson, Baker, Rose, McDonagh, Cooney, Smith (Mensah72), Pykes, McCreadie, Howard-Bold, Carlse. Subs not used: Akosa, Difford, Fleming

:: Walton Casuals 4, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps made a number of changes for their League Cup first round tie but were well beaten by a Casuals side on a very wet evening at Merstham FC.

Jason Bloor and Luke Medley were both denied by debutant goalkeeper Chris Winterton in the first 15 minutes but the hosts soon took the lead when Scott Day fired past Winterton after a break down the right.

Trevor McCreadie went close to equalising, seeing a free kick cleared before his shot was blocked after good work by Billy Parkinson.

But Day doubled Casuals' lead after 33 minutes with a lob over Winterton after the visitors' defence had been split open by a long ball down the middle. It got worse for Wasps as Moses Ashikodi scored their third three minutes later.

Dan Fleming tested keeper Tom Wellham with a header just before the break and in the second half Richard Rose, Fleming and Ross Morley all had chances to pull one back but in stoppage time substitute Liam Collins made it 4-0.

Grinstead: Winterton, Rose, Baker, Howard-Bold, Difford, Fleming, O’Shea (sub 76 Pykes), Parkinson, McCreadie, McDonagh (sub 85 Kaddu), Carlse (sub 53 Morley) Unused subs: Mensah, Hunter (gk)

Attendance: 73

:: Molesey 1, East Grinstead Town 0 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A largely forgettable game by both sides was decided by a bullet header from Molesey's Ollie Robinson early in the second half.

Two gilt edged chances for Grinstead were missed by Meshach Smith and Taylor McDonagh to ensure Molesey got the points from a stop start game with little real quality.

On 23 minutes came the best chance of the match for Wasps. Gerald Akosa did well to drive into the box and find Ross Morley. He set up Smith but his shot flew over the crossbar.

Early in the second half Wasps won two corners on the left which were wasted and moments later, when the hosts won one of their own, they punished Grinstead as Robinson produced a powerful header which gave Michael Hunter no chance.

The goal certainly livened up what had been a dour affair and Molesey started to press and created a couple of chances, one blocked by Tom Carlse and another saved by Hunter.

Trevor McCreadie, who was on the bench as he was held up in traffic but who came on after the break, was off target with two efforts and Grinstead had another great opportunity to equalise when Billy Parkinson's cross found McDonagh on the edge of the box but his first-time effort went over.

It summed up a disappointing afternoon for Grinstead who struggled to really test the home goalkeeper.

Grinstead: Hunter, Parkinson, Carlse, Pykes, Difford, Cooney (65 Fleming), McDonagh, Mensah (45 McCreadie), Akosa, Morley, Smith (45 Rose). Unused sub Kaddu

Attendance: 55

:: Whyteleafe 0, East Grinstead Town 1 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
A resolute performance from the Wasps ensured their first win of the season against a Leafe side who had inflicted three heavy defeats on Grinstead last season.

Whyteleafe finished in the play-offs last season and will expect to be in a similar position at the end of this season so this victory will give a new look Grinstead side a great deal of confidence for the remainder of the season.

Not unsurprisingly Grinstead did have to defend for long spells of the game but they kept a compact shape and restricted Whyteleafe to very few clear cut chances on their artificial turf.

Whyteleafe constructed their first opportunity after 9 minutes. James Henry, who scored a hat-trick against Grinstead last season was unmarked but his header from a pin-point left wing cross was headed just wide of Michael Hunter’s post.

Grinstead did look relatively comfortable however without creating much themselves and it was mainly through set-pieces that Whyteleafe threatened and Osa Obamwonyi highlighted this when he headed just over from a corner.

It was Henry again who came closest to scoring on 26 minutes. He appeared to handle the ball as he attempted to control a long pass but he was allowed to continue and his well struck shot had Hunter beaten only to be denied by the base of the post before being cleared to safety.

Just before half time from nothing Grinstead took the lead. Tom Howard –Bold found a pin point pass inside Trevor McCreadie’s marker, he beat keeper Sheikh Ceesay to the ball and poked a shot inside the far post despite a last ditch attempt to clear the effort of the line.

As expected Whyteleafe upped the tempo at the start of the second half as they looked for the equaliser. Grinstead were defending well and again it was set-pieces that were causing them problems mainly through Obamwonyi. He saw a header from close range well saved by Hunter and Hunter was again on hand to deny him with a fine save from close range. From the resultant corner Ross Morley cleared off the line following another close range header.

Whyteleafe then produced their best move of the match a flowing move through the middle of the park put in Henry only for him to shoot over when well placed.

Grinstead rode the storm and for the last 25 minutes were quite comfortable in seeing the game out and with a minute remaining came the closest to adding to the scoreline when McCreadie shot wide of the far post when released by Mesach Smith.

Team: Hunter, Parkinson, Carlse (Smith), Rose, Difford, Cooney, McDonagh, Howard-Bold, McCreadie, Morley, Akosa (Baker). Subs not used: Mensah, Pykes, Kaddu.

Attendance: 116

:: East Grinstead Town 1, Tooting & Mitcham Utd 2 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
New-look Wasps made a disappointing start to their second season in the Ryman League, although they can consider themselves extremely unfortunate not to have taken something from a lively opening-day encounter against Tooting.

With eight debutants in the side Wasps went in front after eight minutes. Good work on the left by Gerald Akosa led to a shot by Tom Carlse being helped over the line by Jordan Cheadle for a deserved lead. Four minutes later Grinstead should have doubled their lead when Akosa headed wide when well placed.

The visitors levelled when a foul on Trever McCreadie deep in the visitors' half went unpunished by the referee and from the break away Tooting were awarded a debatable ree kick on the edge of the area and 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 in the second half as the tempo dropped on a warm afternoon. But with 11 minutes to go, in a carbon copy of their first half goal, Cheadle scored from another disputed free kick.

Wasps had appeals for a penalty after Taylor McDonagh appeared to be pulled back in the box waved away by the referee late on to leave boss Tony Beckingham very frustrated.

He said: "We played well and deserved at least a point. There were lots of positives in the performance and I am really encouraged, we certainly did not deserve to lose the game."

Wasps: Michael Hunter, Billy Parkinson, Tom Carlse, Richard Rose, Jon Difford, Drew Cooney, Taylor McDonagh (sub Moses Kaddu), Kurtis Pykes, Trevor McCreadie, Simon Mensah (sub Tom Bold), Gerald Akosa (sub Meshach Smith) Unused subs: Daniel Fleming, Charlie Baker


Attendance: 157
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