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March 29th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

East Grinstead Town 2

Guernsey 1

WASPS came from behind yesterday to record their first win of 2016 which puts them one step closer to avoiding the end of season drop zone. The visitors were on top in the first fifteen minutes which is when they took the lead, but Wasps deserved their victory equalising 5 minutes before the break and taking the lead on 64 minutes.

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March 21st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

East Grinstead 0

Dorking Wanderers 2

WASPS produced their best performance of 2016 but still slipped to another defeat against play off chasing Dorking Wanderers on Saturday.

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-man’s 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

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March 19th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

East Grinstead Town 0

Dorking Wanderers 2

WASPS saw another chance slip through their fingers this afternoon when they lost 2-0 at home to Dorking Wanderers. With just seven games to go until the end of the season, Grinstead remain in the 21st spot in the Ryman League South, and just one point above the bottom three.

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Geurnsey v EGTFC
March 19th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

EASTER Monday will see the town club square up against Guernsey at East Court as they fight to avoid relegation in the Ryman South League.

It’s a vital clash for the club – and it will be a very special day too for 13-year-old fan Archie Clark.

Archie, who has autism, has lived in East Grinstead since he was born but the match has extra significance as his Uncle Tony is the manager of the Guernsey team, and Archie will be guest of honour at the match.

“Living with a child with a disability in East Grinstead has many advantages but sadly some disadvantages,” said Archie’s mum Amanda who is originally from Guernsey.

“Every day of our family life is affected by autism. Archie can get overwhelmed in crowded, noisy places and unfamiliar situations, and he finds waiting in queues for too long very demanding.

“We have to plan our days carefully, give Archie plenty of notice about what we are doing and have back-up plans in case he can’t cope, but living in a small town like East Grinstead helps enormously.

“Local shops and businesses know Archie well and can be very understanding when he finds a situation difficult to cope with. All parents will know how tricky it is to take any child for a haircut or buy new shoes, so add autism into the mix and life gets very challenging and unpredictable.

“The local barbers are great with Archie – he has often been allowed to jump the queue and they usually have lollipops at the ready to allow them to cut his hair!

“Archie has boundless energy and in many ways is like any other 13-year-old. He loves the trampoline, playing on his scooter and long muddy walks on the forest. He can often been seen on his tandem with his Dad – he can ride a bike but has no concept of the dangers of the road. This poses more challenges for the family as they exhaust themselves, exhausting him.

“Sadly, Archie can’t join the local football or hockey club as he wouldn’t cope with the social communication side.

“This is where the Springboard Project comes in. They provide short breaks for the children with a range of special needs who live in the East Grinstead area at Springboard House, Crawley or trips out to places of interest like farms, the beach or theme parks. They rely on an army of volunteers to help supervise their charges with varying disabilities.

“Archie loves going to Springboard and the breaks they provide for us are a lifeline, providing respite for siblings not just the parents.

“I can have some me time but also, as our daughter was growing up, we were able to go on normal family outings like to the cinema or to London without fear of Archie spoiling it for her.”

To find out more about the charity or to make a donation go to:

To support the town team and cheer them to victory go along to the GAC Stadium at East Court on Easter Monday, 28 March – kick off is 3pm.


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March 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Ramsgate 4

East Grinstead Town 0

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 possession 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

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March 12th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Ramsgate 4

Wasps 0

EAST Grinstead Town’s hopes of a change in fortune were shattered away at Ramsgate when the hosts claimed a 4 – 0 victory this afternoon.

Wasps conceded three well taken but very poorly defended goals in the first 18 minutes at Southwood and the hosts added a fourth in the second half.

There’s no change in the bottom eight however with only second from bottom Peacehaven gaining a point with all other seven clubs losing.

Meanwhile back at the GAC Stadium, Wasps reserves came back from 4-1 down against Westfield to earn a 4-4 draw in their Suburban League match.

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March 10th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

East Grinstead Town 0

Chipstead 2 

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

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March 9th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

East Grinstead 0

Chipstead 2

WASPS’ hopes of retaining their place in the Ryman League One South suffered another demoralising set-back last night when they lost at home to Chipstead, courtesy of an own goal and a strike from Derek Tieku.

Like Grinstead, Chipstead have been struggling at the bottom end of the table this season, and their victory last night saw Wasps slip below the Chips in the league to just a point ahead of the bottom three.

Grinstead now need to rally for Saturday’s away match again Ramsgate on Saturday.



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March 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

STILL on the hunt for their first elusive victory in 2016, Wasps face an absolutely crucial home match against Chipstead this evening. Chipstead are just one point behind Grinstead in the Ryman League Division One South and with only ten games left to play every match and every point is now vital if Wasps are to avoid the drop at the end of the season.

Last Saturday saw another shake-up in the squad as Manager Matt Longhurst debuted new signings, but the pressure for a decisive win is on if Grinstead are to turn around their fortunes.

And while morale in the changing room remains positive, says Longhurst, the team would welcome some home support on the touch line for this evening’s 7.30pm kick off.

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March 8th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Sittingbourne 2

East Grinstead Town 1 

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 deflecting off a defender the ball landed comfortably in the arms 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

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March 5th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Sittngbourne 2

Wasps 1

A late goal brought a disappointing end to this afternoon’s away match which saw Wasps lose out to Sittingbourne.

Grinstead’s new signing Moses Ashikodi raised hopes just six minutes into the game when he scored Wasps’ first goal in six games.

But Sittingbourne equalised after 33 minutes and the game looked set for a draw when Michael Hurcombe slammed home a late winner on 90 minutes  and secured three points for the home side.

Today’s result leaves East Grinstead 20th in the Ryman League South.


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March 5th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WASPS have announced two more new signings ahead of this afternoon’s match against Sittingbourne.

One is Sam Bello-Balogun, a midfielder from Walton Casuals previously with Reading, Barnet and Wycombe Wanderers,.

The second is Dapo Kayode, a wide right player previously playing professionally in Romania, and another player with experience of higher level football but still only young.

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March 4th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WASPS have announced a new signing in the form of striker Moses Ashikodi. Moses is a former England Under 19 international with three goals in three games to his credit, and featured in the Old Firm Derby for Glasgow Rangers.

He has also played Premier League football for Bradford amongst other Championship teams including West Ham United and Millwall.

Manager Matt Longhurst said he is  delighted to bring such a talented player to the Club and he will be available for Saturday’s game against Sittingbourne.

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March 1st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WITH just one point to show for their past nine games, Wasps are pinning their hopes on a home win against Hastings United tonight.

It’s going to be a tough call against Hastings, who celebrated a 4 – 1 win over Guernsey on Saturday, but with Wasps at 20th place in the Ryman League South manager Matt Longhurst knows the side can’t afford to squander any chances.

Kick off is at 7.30pm and supporters on the sidelines could just make all the difference.


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February 27th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

East Grinstead Town 0

Walton Casuals 1

WASPS suffered their fourth defeat in a row this afternoon when they lost their home game to Walton Casuals.

Manager Matt Longhurst’s hopes of a change in luck for his side foundered after striker Gabriel Odunaike scored the only goal of the game for the visitors, leaving East Grinstead 20th in the Ryman League South table.

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February 27th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WASPS have announced the return of striker Trevor McCreadie from Lewes and midfielder Tom Bold ahead of this afternoon’s home clash against Walton Casuals.

Boss Matt Longhurst said: “Trevor is a proven goal scorer at this level and is a big part of the jigsaw we are trying to complete.

“Tom is another player with Ryman league experience. He is a local lad and we’re pleased he’s chosen to return to us rather than go to another club. Again he is the right age moving forward.

“Two players less well known to the East Grinstead faithful are Luke May, who is a centre midfielder who has played for me over a number of years and has lots of Ryman and non-league experience, and an exciting attacker Travis Gregory, who has Chelsea and Glasgow Rangers amongst his former clubs.

“Travis is a crowd pleaser and is someone I have tried to sign on a number of occasions and we look forward to seeing him in the Wasps kit.”

Longhurst added: “All the signings are of long term value in terms of their age and experience and bring something we are missing at the moment.

“We have some excellent young players here but they need to be aided by the right type of more senior players to bring the best out in them. It takes time to settle the group and I understand we don’t have lots of time this season but you have to plan for the future when bringing people in. The whole squad must want the same things and I’m confident we’re slowly heading back in the right direction.”

Kick off is at 3pm, so if you can, get down there and cheer the town team to victory.

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February 21st, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

THE Copthorne Youth Football Club will be running its first ever Soccer School in conjunction with Core Football Coaching during the Easter break.  

The camp will run for 3 days from Wednesday 30 March until Friday 1 April and is open to all children up to U13. 

A special discounted rate of £16 per child per day or £40 if you book all three days will be available to Club members and guests.  

The day will start at 9am and finish at 3pm and will be taking place at the King Georges Field.

To book please email

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February 20th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

egfcwaspsHythe Town 2

Wasps 0

IN a dispiriting game this afternoon, Wasps continued their recent run of bad luck with yet another loss, this time away at Hythe Town.

Having won just a single point out of their eight recent matches, Manager Matt Longhurst had been hoping to pull something out of the bag this afternoon.

But the morale-sapping defeat sees the Wasps still stuck at 20th in Ryman League Division One South – and in danger of relegation if they can’t show some return to form.

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February 18th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

Wasps 0

Sittingbourne 2

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

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February 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

egfcwaspsWasps 0

Sittingbourne 2
EAST Grinstead Town suffered a 2-0 defeat at home by rivals Sittingbourne this evening after some “terrible defending”.

Grinstead lacked composure as they faced a fresh fight to stay clear of the relegation zone,  and despite goalkeeper Jack Howard’s second half penalty save, Sittingbourne secured a comfortable win, and claimed three points.


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February 16th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

egfcwaspsWASPS are back at home tonight against Sittingbourne.

It’s a big match and the team would appreciate some support from the sidelines, so if you can, get along and cheer them to victory.

Kick off is at 7.30pm.

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February 13th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

WASP’S afternoon home game has been cancelled following a pitch inspection which judged the playing surface unplayable after heavy rain overnight and this morning.

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February 13th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

egfcwaspsWASPS have announced proudly that their centre forward Goldy Capella has signed for Torquay United this week.

Goldy followed manager Matt Longhurst from Erith and Belverdere, and has showed great promise at just 19.

“He’s the first of what we hope is a long line of young players to be given the opportunity to develop at the Club and go on to play at a higher level,” said a spokesman.

“It goes without saying that all at East Grinstead Town Football Club wish him all the best in the next stage of his career, and look forward to following his rise in the game.”

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February 6th, 2016 by eastgrinsteadonline

egfcwaspsChAttam 1

East Grinstead 0

WASPS lost away to Ryman league rivals Chatham this afternoon.

Hopes at the start of the season that they would climb to a comfortable rung somewhere mid league have faded as the season has gone on, and the town team must now simply concentrate their efforts on staying out of the drop zone.

This afternoon’s result leaves Grinstead 20th in the table just one point ahead of Walton & Hersham, with Chipstead, Peacehaven & Telscombe, and Whitstable currently in the bottom three.


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