Horsham YMCA boss Peter Buckland admitted Ringmer were too clever for his side in Saturday’s 2-0 loss.
Goals from Sasha Mbaye and Tom Lyons wrapped up three points for former YM boss Sammy Donnelly’s side, as YM barely threatened the visitors’ goal on a disappointing afternoon.
Buckland said: “It was a little bit of a reality check today, and a reminder of how far we still are away from being serious contenders [in the league].
“Man for man, player for player, position for position we could have matched them on individual ability, but collectively, they were too clever for us.
“When they scored a goal, they killed the game for ten minutes, taking all of the sting and urgency out of it. And it helped that they’ve obviously played a lot together. We’re still a relatively new collection of players and we’re still getting a feel for each other, but they were just cleverer than us today.”