BELA OLAH’s RYE UNITED county league side are going through a difficult time. A dour struggle against top of the table RINGMER on 7th January, resulted in a goalless draw, thanks to some fine work by Rye Keeper STEVEN WILLIAMS, and raised hopes of a return to form by the side. The following week a scrappy home defeat to Southwick left Rye with empty pockets hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone of the Div. One Table.
RYE ATHLETIC go from strength to strength in Division Two of the Eastbourne — Hastings League. Skipper JIMMY FUGGLE has led the side to second spot in the table. The team has recently been strengthened by midfield man KEVIN WILLIAMS and PADDY GRIMES, ex-United players, and with the imminent return of injured ALAN CATO, the leading goal scorer and DAVID STANTON out for four weeks with illness, the side looks well placed to challenge for the Division Championship.
ATHLETIC RESERVES have had mixed fortunes during the past month, losing their second round lower Divisions Cup Tie 7—1 to Fourth Division Kolster Brandes. RYE Keeper GREG SOUTHERDEN went off to have stitches in an eye injury during the game, but returned to the team the following week to enjoy an excellent 2—0 away victory over Bexhill. DAVID GASSON and TERRY SPENCER were the scorers.
TRANCO suffered their first defeat in Division Five of the Eastbourne Hastings league, going down 4—3 to Bodiam, but they have enjoyed several impressive wins, one of 14—1 against East Guldeford. Leading Goalscorer CHRlS ROBINSON, has notched over 50 goals and is the top goal scorer in Sussex at the present time.
Sunday League Soccer has really caught on in Rye. Both local sides, ‘THE CROWN’ and ‘THE UNION’ are doing well. CROWN are currently second in the Hastings Sunday League Division Three and UNION top the Division Four Table.
UNION’S top scorer, CLIFFORD BALL is having quite a season, he leads the IDEN score sheet for Saturday matches.
There is a rumour that PEASMARSH are withdrawing their second team for the Fifth Division of the Hastings — Eastbourne League, but at the time of going to press there has been no confirmation.
Rye’s Own February 1973
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