It’s a funny old league this year, says Geoff after Saints beat in-form Blues

Geoff Pitcher described this year’s county league top flight as a ‘funny’ league after his Rangers side overcame a form Ringmer side on Saturday.

St Francis ended a run of eight games without defeat for the Blues with a 3-2 home win.

St Francis (black and white) v Ringmer (blue). Pic Steve Robards

St Francis (black and white) v Ringmer (blue). Pic Steve Robards

Jason Hopkinson’s side took a 43rd minute lead at the Colwell Ground courtesy of a Billy Trickett goal before Aaron Walsh struck back on the stroke of half time.

Pat Rose put Saints ahead seven minutes into the second half before Walsh doubled his tally three minutes later.

Dan Bolwell pulled one back for Ringmer with 21 minutes to go but it was too little too late for the Blues.

Said Pitcher: “It was a good result. We knew we needed to play well to get a result – and we did.

“I had a couple of players back from injury so we had out a nearly full strength side – and there are not many times you can do that in a season.

“It wasn’t the best game but we got the result we wanted.”

The win represented a good comeback from the Saints’ 6-1 home reversal to Ryman South side Eastbourne Town in the Sussex Senior Cup the previous Tuesday (November 26).

“With cup games there are always one of two ways you can look at it: you can play a full strength side and try and win the cup or you can play some younger players and look to give them some experience.”

The Ringmer victory didn’t see Saints move up any places but their 11th place was consolidated and a four-point gap opened up over the three three teams directly below them. “It’s a funny league this year,” said Pitcher.

“East Preston are way out in front but second place down to probably 11th or 12th is very tight. Two wins on the bounce we could well find ourselves in third place. It’s very important that we pick up points against the teams around us.

“It would give us a bit of an advantage for when the bad weather kicks in.”