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An injury time winner from Herne Bay’s Danny Williams denied Grinstead a valuable point as their disappointing home form continued despite being two goals up inside the first ten minutes............[Match report]
Matt Longhurst's thoughts on yesterday's away win:
"Good three points away from home. It was really important that the players gave a response after the Tuesday night game and to be honest, had we defended correctly for ninety minutes, the game would have been won far more comfortably and it's something we ll be looking at in training this week on Thursday night.
"I'm delighted for the players as with such a young group, they are having to deal with the pressures physically and mentally of so many games at this level and they are the junior of most of their opponents. And yet they continue to grow and mature week on week. Yes we make mistakes as a group, but we are slowly learning and in a tough league, that isn't easy to do. But as a club, we are being brave enough to put these young players out there week in week out and let them learn and improve and I'm confident in the future this will benefit everyone.
"Tuesday night's Sussex Senior Cup game will give me an opportunity to give some players valuable game time that have been waiting patiently on the bench recently. We will be aiming to win the game and answer some questions tactically, individually and as a team ahead of two more tough home league games."
Wasps got back to winning ways this afternoon in their first ever visit to Godalming Town. However they were comfortably in the lead twice by two goals, when sloppy defending meant that they put themselves under unnecessary pressure............[Match report]
We caught up with manager, Matt Longhurst, after last night's heavy defeat to Whyteleafe:
"Possibly the worst overall performance I've witnessed one of my teams play as a manager and I'm bitterly disappointed with what I watched and can only apologise to the club and its supporters for being put through that for ninety minutes. We made only one change from two weeks ago against Dorking which was enforced and other than that it was the same team. I'm not going to come out and hammer the players publicly. They know my thoughts in no uncertain terms and we will be in on Thursday to get ourselves ready for Saturday.
"The players have done fantastic the last month or so and this mustn't be forgotten on what has been a couple of bad performances. We have played so many games and a few of the players maybe need a rest. With a few injuries we haven't had the luxury of rotating the squad as much as we'd like but with one or two players back next week we can certainly freshen things up in the coming games and I genuinely believe this will help. Having said that I don't want people thinking we're making excuses and last night was simply not good enough. I'm not going to hide away. It's my job to put that behind us, get out on the training ground and work hard to put it right. These are the same players ten days ago that where getting all the plaudits and we must all remember that we're a young squad. It's times like now that they need help and guidance and that's what we'll aim to give them, to help them not hinder them.
"We all appreciate your support and hope to see as many of you at Godalming on Saturday as the players really do value your support behind the goal."
Wasps have been on the end of some drubbings at the hands of Whyteleafe during their Ryman League tenure. In their debut season at this level they conceded 17 goals in three matches and the Surrey side showed no mercy again at East Court on Tuesday night as Grinstead let in seven goals at this level for the first time............[Match report]
We spoke to Wasps' manager, Matt Longhurst, today after the FA Trophy exit yesterday ...
"Not the greatest game in all honesty. We didn't get going at all barring possibly the first fifteen minutes. I felt we played far too direct and got sucked in a little bit in what was a frustrating afternoon all round. We have been excellent of late and sometimes it can be one game too many. I don't want to make excuses for the players and they have to be big enough to take the positives and the negatives when it's doesn't go so well. But we have played loads of games and it's been a great October winning 10 points from fifteen available and losing only one league game and winning the first trophy tie as well as beating Dorking and drawing with Walton Casuals, two of the leagues best teams. I think that's what frustrated not only myself, Sonny and Williams but also the players themselves as we let ourselves down as a group Saturday and I know the players where hurting after the game. We have a great opportunity Tuesday to get back out there and go again. It's going to be a tough game with Whyteleafe having a new manager but the whole group are looking forward to the game. I'm confident the players will put in a far better performance and look to get another positive result."
Manager Matt Longhurst previews tomorrow's FA Trophy tie against Phoenix Sports ...
"Tough game against a team who are joint on points with the top team in the Ryman northern section. Obviously I know quite a bit about them having played against them and worked in the Kent area over a number of years in footbal. We have watched them and know they are a very physical team with lots of pace and power up front and it's going to be a tough test for us. They have brought in an excellent coach in Grant Spelling and it hasn't surprised me that this has helped them kick on and push up the table at this level having done well last year. It's a game myself and the players are looking forward to. We are still without Travis Gregory and Leo Mazzone through injury which is not ideal, but we can confirm that we have extended Tashi's loan from Tonbridge Angels and he is available for selection tomorrow. I'm hoping to have added another forward to the squad before the game tomorrow to give us another option in attack. We have had a good few weeks and we look to continue that good form tomorrow. It should be a good game in front of what should be a healthy crowd.
We caught up with Matt Longhurst after his first year in charge of the Wasps:
"What a week! Two very tough games against two of the best teams in the division. Dorking Wanderers Tuesday night was possibly the most complete performance since I have been at the club and that coming the week of my first 12 months in charge. To a man the players were outstanding for the whole game.
"Saturday was another tough game against a team I think can challenge for the title. They have some of the best attacking players in the league and in fairness, to a degree, we limited them to few chances for a team of that quality. We always looked a threat and their keeper possibly made more saves than ours and we led the corner and free kick counter by a way. But Walton Casuals were always a threat and possibly over the 90 minuets a draw was a fair result. It was a year to the day I had taken my first game in charge and I am really pleased with the progress made on and off the pitch. It was great to see our Under 10s in with the first team warming up leading the team out and ball boying the game. In the same week, Carlos Anderson was given his first taste of first team squad action after scoring his 9th 10th and 11th goals of the season against Faversham in the under 21s and is testament of what we're building here at East Court with Teddy West amongst the substitutes on Tuesday.
It's been a tough month and we have come through it reasonably wel. We now look forward to a tough trophy game against Phoenix Sports on Saturday. Another real test but one we can't wait for.
The support has been fantastic in my first year at the club and numbers are slowly growing on the terraces. Hopefully we can attract larger gates moving forwards. I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the supporters and people at the club including Richard, Brian, Alan, Gillian and all the others behind the scenes in giving us this opportunity. There is lots more to come in my opinion".
The town’s annual fireworks display has been cancelled this year because its hosts, East Grinstead Town FC, cannot make it pay financially.
The event has been held at the club’s ground at East Court since 1997 and has attracted thousands of visitors over the years.
But chairman Richard Tramontin says it is no longer viable to run the event because a major sponsor cannot be found and coupled with an ever increasing number of people watching the display for free from the East Court estate, the club lost money at last year’s event.
He said: “There are significant costs involved in staging the fireworks, not least of all is the display itself which is professionally run and superbly staged.
“We also have to make sure the event is properly supervised in terms of stewarding and safety with detailed Event Plans and Risk Assessments approved by the police and other authorities.
“We have not increased admission prices since 2008 and people have turned up in good numbers.
“But for the last few years hundreds of people stand at the top of the East Court estate, overlooking the ground, and watch for free. We have tried to get a donation from people but the response has been lukewarm to say the least and in some cases pretty hostile.
“What these people have to realise is that by not paying like everyone else they have forced us to cancel an event we put on for the town. We don’t think that £15 for a family of four to watch a brilliant fireworks display is too much, but clearly some people do.
“We didn’t have a sponsor for the event in 2015 and that hit us hard. We are a not-for-profit football club and we have continuously invested more money into the event to make it even better.
“But unless we can find a sponsor and get some assistance from the town council to stop people from watching the event for free then I don’t think we will be running it in the future either.”
Any local business interested in sponsoring the town’s fireworks display in future can contact Richard.
Wasps came away from Westhumble with a terrific and well deserved win against the former league leaders. Two well taken goals and terrific defending late on............[Match report] The win takes Matt Longhurst's team up three places to 15th. Next up, Walton Casuals at home on Saturday (ko 3pm).
We caught up with manager Matt Longhurst today after yesterday's win at Chipstead ...
"Very good three points especially after the disappointment of losing Tuesday's game when we where largely in control and three nil looks like that wasn't the case. We had to take that on the chin which was difficult. I think the last three games the opposition's goal keeper has got man of the match which says a lot about the chances we have created.
So big credit must go to the players. They continue to impress me as young as they are. We lost Travis Gregory to injury, Noel Mbo back to Gillingham and then on Saturday prior to the game, we lost Jerome Roseje through illness and the boys that have stepped in have done great. Will Thomas played centre back on Saturday and was excellent and showed the benefit of playing men's football regularly in a midfield role to gain an understanding and confidence in senior football and I was delighted with him yesterday.
First half we were far from good enough and a few questions where asked at half time. But second half the two substitutes Louie Stanton-Cockle and Alex Gaggin contributed to what was a very good second half performance with lots of maturity shown in managing the game and in all honesty, again their goalkeeper has kept the score line at just three as it could have been more.
This week we have a really tough week against two teams vying for promotion starting with Tuesday against title favourites Dorking Wanderers away from home. As a manager I love these games against the top teams, pitting your wits against teams with great players. It's what football is all about. They are a very good team, play the game the right way and boast arguably the best front line in the league. We go there full of confidence and I know not only myself, Sonny and Williams are looking forward to it but the players are too.
This afternoon's match was a true game of two halves. After a bright first ten minutes, Wasps made life difficult for themselves and then conceded a 23rd minute goal scored by Raheem Sterling-Parker. They were fortunate to go in on level terms at half time on the run of play although Laste Dombaxe's free kick in the last minute of the half was well struck and hit the underside of the bar bounced on the line and Marcus Elliot was on hand to convert. The second half saw a totally different display from Matt Longhurst's team and they deserved their win which came from a goal five minutes after the restart from sub Alex Gaggin and a second from Marcus Elliott in the 64th minute. ...........[Match report]
The draw for the second round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup took place early this evening and Wasps have been drawn at home against Southern Combination Football League side Pagham. The tie will possibly be scheduled for Tuesday 8th November but is subject to confirmation.
Fortune certainly favoured the visting team tonight as they came away with a scoreline that was no true reflection on the match. After 12 minutes Travis Gregory was stretchered off with what looked like a bad ankle injury from a tackle in the box. Wasps had edged the contest and should have taken the lead but they hit the inside of the post, hit the crossbar, had efforts cxleraed off the line while Horsham sub Tony Nwachukwu scored his first of two in the 65th minute with Scott Kirkwood adding a third in the 88th minute............[Match report]
Matt Longhurst's Wasps will host Phoenix Sports on Saturday 29th October in the First Round Qualifying of the FA Trophy after they beat Three Bridges this afternoon. Noel Mbo opened the scoring in the first half and then Marcus Elliott, Tashi Kwayie and Travis Gregory all scored in the second period............[Match report]
The original league fixture on the 29th October which was at home against Tooting & Mitcham United will now be rescheduled.
"Tough place to go against a team who had two good wins prior to the game so were full of confidence. I'm over the moon for the players, supporters and the board who have endured a tough start to the season but with that win, it gives us seven points from the last twelve available with only one of those games at home and in those four games two of the teams where in the top six, so it's been a good points haul and we now start over again on Saturday.
We had no fewer than ten teenagers in the squad - five starting and all five substitutes were nineteen and below with only one player over twenty two in the whole squad which is fantastic. They really must take credit for a good result and some excellent attacking football at times. All the players where great but special mention must go to Noel Mbo on his full debut and Travis Gregory who was man of the match for us for the second game in a row.
We now go into another tough fixture on Saturday against Nick Davis' Sittingbourne team, who have started the season flying and we know we'll need to be at our best to get anything out of the game. They have people who score goals and are one of the hardest working teams in the league which is credit to their manager as they mirror him as a player. It's a home game and one we're looking forward to. Hopefully we can continue on from last night's performance."
Marcus Elliott put Wasps in front after Noel Mbo's shot was blocked. Will Tomas made it 2-0 with a superb volley after more good work by Mbo. Kieran Lavery pulled one back for the hosts 9 minutes into the second half. Laste Dombaxe made it 3-1 for Wasps after a great ball from Travis Gregory who then scored from the penalty spot in the 89th minute. Joe Jackson made it 2-4 deep into stoppage time.............[Match report]
Manager Matt Longhurst has today completed the signing of 19 year old goalkeeper Chris Haigh from Merstham
Here's what the Wasps' boss had to say: "Excellent signing after losing a couple of keepers early in the season and a long term injury to new keeper Connor O'Hara on Saturday. I'm delighted to bring in someone of Chris' ability. I have been monitoring his progress since pre-season and obviously noticed his game time was limited so far at Merstham. I'm pleased to say after meeting him yesterday, he's another young player with the right attributes and attitude and wants to play games which is something we can offer him. He's been with Crawley Town, Gillingham and Watford previously and recognises the importance of first team football and hopefully now he can settle here at East Court and get a number of games under his belt and progress with the other young players we have. He knows a number of our players already through playing with and against them and I look forward to seeing him in an East Grinstead shirt tonight at South Park."
Matt Longhurst's post match comments: "A tough result to swallow after having large parts of the game where we were the better side but ultimately the quality Hythe showed in the final third cost us dearly and sometimes you have to accept that. Yes we could have defended better on all three goals. All three where from crosses in the box, two of which where headers but overall I was pleased with the players.............[Match report]
We have another game on Wednesday away from home against South Park which will be another big test. We have so far played 6 of the top 7 teams so it's been a tough start. I have been so impressed with the young players we have here and I'm confident that if we continue to build on the performances, a run of results is around the corner. If we can keep this group together, I genuinely believe we have an excellent team being built here with some outstanding young players who are a pleasure to work with. We have a plan moving forward and each game and week we move that plan forward even more and I'm excited to see the players continue to develop. We do things professionally and that will stand us in good stead long-term.
Last season the aim was to stay in the division and start to build below the first team. Those blocks have been laid and this season we aim to start to build a team of players we can have long-term. The age of the players will allow that to happen with the under 21s and 18s beginning their path through to the first team. This weekend's game saw no fewer than seven teenagers involved: five started the game and one player over twenty two in the whole squad. Yes we need results, of course, but it has to fit in with the vision we have and has to have some longevity to it. That all takes time but in time, it will be worth it."
Latest update from First Team Boss, Matt Longhurst
Another week here at East Court and another 2-2 draw, this time against another of the promotion placed teams. With just seven league games gone, we have played four teams in the top five places plus Hastings United who are hot promotion candidates and our next trip is to one of the title favourites, Hythe Town. So it's been a really tough start but obviously at some stage you have to play everyone.
Tuesday night saw us come back twice from a goal down and in my opinion we were the better side in the second half. Having said that, over the whole game a draw was possibly a fair result against a very good team. We started the game with five teenagers in the eleven and a further two on the bench with only one player over 22 years old in the whole squad so it shows the tremendous character the youngsters are showing in a tough period of games but they are learning and learning all together.
With the loss of several players to other clubs already this season, I'm delighted to have kept Marcus Elliott after being subject to a seven day approach from Chatham Town. We have had to bring in some reinforcements certainly in attacking areas due to losing a large bulk of our players in that area, so I'd like to welcome Noel Mbo who arrives on loan from Gilligham and came on in the second half on Tuesday night and did well. Tashi Jay Kwane on loan from Tonbridge Angels scored on his debut on Tuesday night. We have also recently brought in Jack Howlett who worked with me previously at Corinthian FC and Jerome Roseje on loan from Hastings United.
So up next, after four points from our last two games, is another test away from home against a team sure to be up there in contention for the title in Hythe Town. They have a squad littered with experienced players in this level and above so it's an exciting game to take our young squad to. These are the games as a manager and player you really look forward to and want to be involved in at this level. We should have a fully fit squad to choose from for the weekend - the players are full of confidence at the moment and after Tuesday night's second half performance will be looking to take that into the game on Saturday.
Wasps had to come from behind twice in the first half to go in level at the break with the visitors having edged the half. It was totally different after the break with Matt Longhurst's Wasps on top but the winning goal their pressure deserved eluded them.............[Match report]
East Grinstead Town 2, Godalming Town 2 : 5 - 6 on penalties
A game of penalties. Wasps fell behind in this Alan Turvey Cup tie to a Darren Wheeler penalty after just eight minutes, equalised through Leo Mazzone and looked to have won the tie when Callum Emptage netted in the 84th minute only for Rory Sellick to equalise in the 89th minute. The tie was decided on penalties which the visitors won 5 - 6.............[Match report]
Latest update from First Team Boss, Matt Longhurst
Within the first three weeks of the new season goalkeeper Milan Stojasvljevic was subject to a seven day approach from Dorking Wanderers and has taken the opportunity to move on, as has Dave Bottterill who joined Chatham Town today and we have been subject to another approach for Callum Emptage from Hythe Town but I'm delighted to say that he has decided to stay put with us and continue his progression here at East Court.
Although this is all very frustrating, it does show we have a good calibre of player and are progressing well. Unfortunately we just have to constantly rebuild the team on and off the pitch which is hard work but we understand the task in hand. The under 21s have started really well with a few of the lads already having featured with the first team. This is the progression we need to have as a club without the resources of others in the league. The under 18s also have a stronger group than previous years and again it's been impressive seeing them play the last couple of weeks.
Tomorrow night sees us travel to much fancied Greenwich Borough. Gary has done a great job getting them promoted and they will certainly be contending for promotion with the squad they have there. Myself and the players go there under no pressure at all and I'm excited to pitt our wits against a vastly experienced team and management on a great pitch under the lights. We take a squad of which eight players where with us last season and the squad includes ten teenagers. This is fantastic and shows we have a plan going forwards. We have to let these players develop and I'm confident they will and can and long term we'll see them emerge as good players at this level and above.
In other news, I'm delighted to announce Callum Emptage as club captain and George Benner as vice captain and our management team set up will consist of Sonny Gladdish as my assistant manager and Williams Peauroux as first team coach.
With one or two players departing we have signed a couple of players and promoted a couple from the under 18s and 21s. Details of these will follow tomorrow nights game.
Wasps are still searching for their first points this season but matched Hastings for the first half hour until a cross from the right was flicked on by Jay May and the unfortunate Suliaman Bangura coming in from behind, fired into the top corner of his own net. The goal boosted the home side and they eventually got a second 20 minutes into the second half with a fine finish by Jay May. [Match report to follow]
Wasps started brightly and were well on top when a rare Carshalton attack found Brendan Murphy McVey with space in the box, his cross/shot found its way underneath Hafed Al Droubi in the East Grinstead goal and into the back of the net. Goals change games and Carshalton started to come more into the game and scored a second breakaway goal just before half time when Mickel Miller found space to cross from the left. The ball found its way to Tommy Bradford and when he wasn't closed down quickly enough, he cut inside and although not connecting well, his shot had enough power to find the net. On 54 mins Carshalton were awarded a free kick outside the area which Bradford lofted over the wall, Al Droubi got a hand on the ball but only managed to deflect it onto the bar and watch as the ball bounced down and over the line. Carshalton then with a comfortable lead started to see more of the ball but East Grinstead still managed to create a couple of good chances to make she score line a bit more respectable but weren't able to find the target with them.............[Match report]
East Grinstead Town U18s 2, Eastbourne Boroughy U18s 3
A totaly new look Wasps Under 18s under newly appointed manager Aaron Taylor put up a good performance tonight despite trailing by 3-0 at one stage. Borough took the lead in the eleventh minute totally against the run of play and added a second just before the break. They stretched their lead five minutes into the second half and six minutes later Dominic Adomakoh pulled one back. With twenty minutes still to play Teddy West converted a penalty to make it 2-3 but Wasps just couldn't do enough to earn a draw which their performance merited. It was a bright encouraging start which pleased both Aaron Taylor and first team boss Matt Longhurst.
Latest update from First Team Boss, Matt Longhurst
With less than two weeks into the season it's difficult to look too far into the results so far. We have lost three games - the opening game of the season we were far from good enough and paid the price but the following two performances have been good and have seen us lose by the odd goal. We played two different systems against two of the teams looking for promotion so I have been pleased with the overall levels of performance from the players although that said, we need to obviously start turning them into wins.
We certainly have one eye on the building process we continue to do from top to bottom and we have spent time on the training ground this week looking at some of the things that have gone wrong and addressed them. We understand that there is lots of work to be done but if we can keep some consistency in the squad this year we'll improve enough in my opinion to be more than competitive.
Wednesday night I watched our under 21s play their very first Ryman League game away to Herne Bay and they came away with an excellent 6-3 win with some very good performances on show. It has certainly given me food for thought over the coming weeks. The under 18s under the new stewardship of Aaron Taylor have their first game tonight and myself, Sonny and the first team squad will be watching the game casting an eye over the next group of young players on their path to the first team.
I'm really pleased with the progress we are making on the football side at the club. Lots of time and effort has gone in over the summer and long term, this will have a big impact on the club's football structure.
This weekend we have two really tough fixtures against two teams again vying for promotion. Carlshalton have started the season really well under Peter's guidance and have lots of pace and energy. They will provide a stern test on Saturday. On Monday we have arguably everyone's tip for the title in Hastings. Darren has assembled what looks like the strongest squad in the division this season and knowing Darren well from his time at Gillingham, we know they'll be very well prepared and set up. It's going to be great test for our young squad but it's one of the games that really whets the appetite as a player and manager to go and test yourselves against quality opposition and one we're relishing on a great pitch.
The next week or so sees some more home games for the under 18s and 21s. It wouldd be good to see as many of you as possible coming to see the youngsters play, as I feel confident you'll see some real positive signs for the future.
Wasps Under 21s travelled to Herne Bay tonight for their first ever match in the Ryman League and came away with an emphatic 6 - 3 win with some really good performances that pleased both the U21s boss Grant Hearn and Matt Longhurst, First Team manager. Their next match is at home next Thursday 1st September against Whyteleafe (ko 7.30pm)
Wasps Under 18s kick off their season with a tough home fixture against Eastbourne Borough tomorrow night (ko 7.30pm) who are also their opponents at home next Tuesday in the Lucas Fettes Youth Cup (the tie was originally scheduled for next Wednesday)
After a shakey opening 10 minutes of this Emirates FA Cup tie, Wasps settled and were unfortunate not to come away with a draw particularly after hitting the post and the crossbar. They were knocked out of this year's competition by a speculative lob from the edge of the area by Danny Williams in the third minute of the second half.............[Match report]
Wasps took the lead through Williams Peauroux in the ninth minute but Jerome Beckles equalised 17 minutes later and the teams went in all square at half-time. James McShane put the visitors in front 7 minutes after the restart with Alex Gaggin making it all square 9 minutes later. Matt Briggs scored the Dorking winner with 15 minutes left. A much improved display over Saturday by Matt Longhurst's team against a good Wanderer's side.............[Match report]
Next up, a trip to Herne Bay on Saturday in the Preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The early round draws in the Emirates FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup have been made. Wasps have been drawn away against Herne Bay in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup with the tie being played on Saturday 20th August.
We have a local derby in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, with a home tie against Three Bridges on Saturday 8th October.
Wasps Under 18s have a home tie in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup against Greenwich Borough scheduled to be played in the week commencing 5th September.
The Ryman Isthmian League fixtures are scheduled to be announced next Friday , 15th July.
The club are delighted to welcome back exciting forward player Aaron Watson. Also joining is experienced midfielder, Dave Botterill, previously with Hythe Town.
Manager Matt Longhurst had this to say: "I've been trying to bring in a vital piece of experience but at the right age and someone that's right on and off the pitch for East Grinstead Town. Botts ticks all the boxes on those fronts and I'm delighted to bring him in"
Matt went on to say: "Last week we announced the vast majority of the squad and that we were in talks with one or two possible additions. Aaron Watson is another player that's played here at East Court before and I'm really excited about him coming back. He gives us another attacking option having proven himself to score goals and provide assists and I'm looking forward to working with him. Adding Botts to the squad is a major coup for us having spent a number of years with Faversham playing a big part in their success and then finishing last season with Hythe Town in the play offs. His experience will be excellent for us. He has had a number of clubs at this level trying to gain his signature and I'm delighted to bring him here. The squad has come together nicely and we are all looking forward to getting in and started now."
Pre-season friendly change
Wasps will now travel to Tonbridge Angels for the pre-season friendly on Saturday 6th August (ko 2pm) and not Eastbourne Town.
Two addtional pre-season friendlies have been added to the shedule: Saturday 16th July at home against Erith & Belvedere (ko 3pm) and the Under 18s will play Steyning Town on the Sussex County FA 3G pitch at Culver Road, Lancing on Thursday 21st July (ko 7:30pm).
People tend to think that management and everyone behind the scenes at the football club take a well deserved break when the football season ends. Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "If only this was true. Immediately after the final home game of the season, SJK Sports Turf Care started on the end-of-season pitch renovation and dedicated committee members and volunteers have the task of watering, fertilising, mowing and generally looking after the pitch and the facilities in readiness for when we host our first pre-season friendly against Sky Bet League Two Crawley Town on 9th July. It feels like I've been working non-stop since the final whistle blew what with talking to sponsors, suppliers, preparing an application for funding, meeting with managers and coaches and so on".
The website caught up with manager Matt Longhurst to see what has been happening since the end of the season.
Matt said: "It has been a really busy period as there is lots of work to do on and off the pitch to get ready for not only this new season but to continue building the structure we want here with the youth section and under-21 team.
I am pleased to announce the new management set up for our Ryman League Under-21 team which will see Grant Hearn as manager with Rob Stewart joining as assistant and coach from Tonbridge Angels. Ben Burns completes the backroom team as coach.
These guys will be vital for the progression of the under-21s whom we have moved over to the Ryman League so the level they play at is closer to that of the first team and the facilities will be much better for the players as well. We have a strong nucleus of under-21 players now and I'm looking forward to seeing them progress.
Also joining the club this week is our new Ryman Under-18 League team management team of Danny and Glynn Pearce. Glynn has experience of working at this level and Danny has a great background as a player coming through the youth ranks at both Charlton and AFC Wimbledon. These guys will be vital to the club's progress and have brought with them a strong group of players. Danny and Glynn will work closely with myself and the Under-21 set-up.
We have held two trial nights at the East Grinstead Sports Club to cast our eye over potential Under 18s and 21s which has seen over 60 players in attendance on both evenings. Going forward, hopefully we will be doing less recruitment as we have the players coming through the system that we want in the first team squad.
We have added two under-10 teams as well as under-11s so the youth section is growing and this will of course only benefit the first team with home grown players in the long term.
The first team squad is really starting to take shape. We have held meetings with all the squad from last season and I have been busy meeting players. I am pleased to announce that we have retained 90 % of last season's squad.
Goalkeeper Nic Taylor, defenders James Fitchett, George Benner, Steve Betancourt, Jake McIntyre, Billy Joe King, Toby Cassidy; midfield players Alex Gaggin, Danny Leonard, Williams Peauroux and forwards Trevor McCreadie, Jordan Clarke and Regan Payne.
This is our first full season in charge and pre season training and the friendlies have been designed to make sure we hit the ground running when the season kicks off. The league has been made even stronger with the likes of Lewes, Greenwich Borough and Cray Wanderers all coming in as well as Horsham and the players and management are relishing the challenge.
We have also strengthened in the areas I feel we need to have more competition for places as well as replacing one or two players that have gone so in come goalkeeper Milan Stojsavljevic from Chipstead. He is a highly-rated youngster with Aldershot and Fulham as his previous clubs.
Defenders Alfie Kitt, who has previously been with Sevenoaks Town and Maidstone United, Tom Montgomery, who was previously with me at Erith and Belvedere and ex-Whitstable and Ashford player Jack Healy have also joined us.
We also welcome midfielder Aidan Hayes, who is an exciting new addition. He spent eight years at Charlton Athletic then moved to Maidstone United where he won player of the year. Also joining after a long spell at Gillingham is Alex Ariff, who is a wide player, another attacking player is former Republic of Ireland international Callum O'Shea and the last addition to date is experienced centre forward Stefan Joseph from Corinthian Casuals, who needs less of an introduction to our fans as he has previously played for the Wasps.
I am really pleased with the players that we have kept from last season and the new lads that have been brought in and I cannot wait to get started now. I am currently in talks with a couple of other new additions and one or two of last season's squad and these should be tied up over the weekend. Lots of the clubs at our level have been busy in the summer strengthening and it was important we did the same and I hope to be able to update you further very soon."
Following the success of the trials two weeks ago and a number of subsequent enquiries, we are holding another Under 18 Ryman League trial session next Tuesday 24th May from 7pm to 9pm at the East Grinstead Sports Club.
To book a place please send an email to The Club Secretary. Please ensure you put your first and second choice positions in the email as well as previous clubs and any referees we can contact.
The Football Association today announced the make-up of the 2016-17 Non-League pyramid and Ryman South will consist of the following teams subject to any appeal and will be confirmed at the Ryman League's AGM on Saturday 18 June:
Carshalton Athletic, Chatham Town, Chipstead, Corinthian-Casuals, Cray Wanderers, Dorking Wanderers, East Grinstead Town, Faversham Town, Godalming Town, Greenwich Borough, Guernsey, Hastings United, Herne Bay, Horsham, Hythe Town, Lewes, Molesey, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne, South Park, Three Bridges, Tooting & Mitcham United, Walton Casuals and Whyteleafe.
Ryman South will feature two clubs new to the league, Southern Counties East League champions Greenwich Borough and Godalming Town, switched sideways from the Evo-Stik League Southern's Central Division after the Surrey outfit's tenth-placed finish in April. After dropping out of the Ryman in 2014, Horsham are back as Southern Combination Football League champions, along with relegated Lewes and Cray Wanderers, their switch south and sideways making up the numbers.
Wasps pre-season friendlies have been confirmed as follows:
Saturday 9th July 3pm, home v Crawley Town
Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm, home v Leatherhead
Tuesday 19th July 7.45pm, away v Shoreham
Friday 22nd July, 7.45pm, away v Seven Acre
Saturday 23rd July 3pm, away v Tooting Wanderers
Saturday 30th July 3pm, away v Crowborough Athletic
Saturday 30th July 3pm, away v Eastbourne United
Tuesday 2nd August 7.45pm, away v Tunbridge Wells
Friday 5th August 7.30pm, home v Woking
Saturday 6th August 3pm, away v Eastbourne Town
The Ryman South 2016/17 season is scheduled to commence on Saturday 13th August.
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