After the previous weekend’s highly impressive FA Cup triumph down at Worthing United it was extremely satisfying to start our League programme in similar fashion.
In the warm sunshine a Ben Bacon hat trick and two from Chad Milner and one for Ollie Hartley made it a terrific afternoon for the Town faithful.
Playing 4-3-3 we started the match brightly with Bacon, Hartley and Charlie Romain all looking sharp up front and young Alex Townsley making his presence felt down the right with a number of incisive runs.
On seven minutes we went ahead when Townsley was scythed down by a Blues defender while cutting in from the right and Bacon stepped up to curl home the resulting free kick. 1-0 Town. Two minutes later Hartley slotted in from close range for 2-0 after neat work down the left from Rob Clark.
On the half hour Milner sprung their defence to break clear and slot under Blues keeper Hutchins for three after a cleverquickly taken free kick from the industrious Dan Thompson. 3-0 Town!
At this stage the visitors offered very little in the way of threats, the closest them coming to scoring saw Ben Rose save well, tipping over an angled drive from the left by Greenfield.
With a little more luck we could actually have gone in at the break more than three goals to the good, Hutchins doing well to parry a neat Hartley flick and Dan Thompson hitting a good long range effort just wide of target with the keeper well off his line.
Half time – Town 3 Ringmer
Apart from a brief spell of flatness early in the second half the outcome of this match was never in any serious doubt. Rose saved well again, diving low to his left to keep out a goal bound header from Blues striker Webber. Ben Bacon eventually struck again to put the game totally to bed screwing the ball home from a tight angle for 4-0.
Against the run of play Blues had a brief spell of vague hope when substitute Newman pulled one back scoring from close range, but almost instantly we hit back with Milner drilling home his second and our fifth and so dispelling any lingering doubts. 5-1 Town.
Bacon completed his well earned hat trick when Thompson fed him a nice through pass to cooly slot the ball home low in to the corner in for 6-1 Town!
Substitutes were introduced to add fresh legs and keep the momentum going on a warm afternoon – Scott Faber, Johnny Taylor and Karim Bukleb replacing Hartley, Milner and Bacon respectively. Taylor showed his turn of speed with a number of excellent runs down the left against a visibly tiring defence.
Yes, a great start to the season, full marks all round on an excellent performance (we hold second place in the table behind Bexhill who beat Oakwood 7-0). Well done to Ben Bacon on his hat trick on his home debut – more of the same please!
Next Saturday FA Cup action returns to the Shooting Field for the first time in 12 years when we face South London side Phoenix Sports FC of the Isthmian (Bostik) League in the First Preliminary Round of the competition (KO 3pm) – be there!! We want a big crowd for that tough test.