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:: COMING UP AT THE GAC STADIUM :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixtures coming up at the GAC Stadium:

Tuesday 30th August 7.30pm, Under 18s v Eastbourne Borough - Lucas Fettes Youth Cup 2nd Round
Thursday 1st September 7.30pm, Under 21s v Whyteleafe
Thursday 8th September 7.30pm, Under 21s v Tooting & Mitcham United
Tuesday 13th September 7.30pm, Firsts v Godalming Town - Alan Turvey Trophy Round 1
Saturday 17th September 3pm, Firsts v Whyteleafe
Tuesday 20th September 7.30pm, Firsts v Corinthian Casuals
Thursday 22nd September 7.30pm, Under 21s v Three Bridges
Tuesday 27th September 7.30pm, Under 18s v Molesey
Thursday 29th September 7.30pm, Under 21s v Sittingbourne

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:: Monday 29th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Hastings United 2, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps are still searching for their first points this season but matched Hastings for the first half hour until a cross from the right was flicked on by Jay May and the unfortunate Suliaman Bangura coming in from behind, fired into the top corner of his own net. The goal boosted the home side and they eventually got a second 20 minutes into the second half with a fine finish by Jay May. [Match report to follow]

:: Saturday 27th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 0, Carshalton Athletic 3

Wasps started brightly and were well on top when a rare Carshalton attack found Brendan Murphy McVey with space in the box, his cross/shot found its way underneath Hafed Al Droubi in the East Grinstead goal and into the back of the net. Goals change games and Carshalton started to come more into the game and scored a second breakaway goal just before half time when Mickel Miller found space to cross from the left. The ball found its way to Tommy Bradford and when he wasn't closed down quickly enough, he cut inside and although not connecting well, his shot had enough power to find the net. On 54 mins Carshalton were awarded a free kick outside the area which Bradford lofted over the wall, Al Droubi got a hand on the ball but only managed to deflect it onto the bar and watch as the ball bounced down and over the line. Carshalton then with a comfortable lead started to see more of the ball but East Grinstead still managed to create a couple of good chances to make she score line a bit more respectable but weren't able to find the target with them.............[Match report]

:: Wednesday 25th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town U18s 2, Eastbourne Boroughy U18s 3

A totaly new look Wasps Under 18s under newly appointed manager Aaron Taylor put up a good performance tonight despite trailing by 3-0 at one stage. Borough took the lead in the eleventh minute totally against the run of play and added a second just before the break. They stretched their lead five minutes into the second half and six minutes later Dominic Adomakoh pulled one back. With twenty minutes still to play Teddy West converted a penalty to make it 2-3 but Wasps just couldn't do enough to earn a draw which their performance merited. It was a bright encouraging start which pleased both Aaron Taylor and first team boss Matt Longhurst.

Latest update from First Team Boss, Matt Longhurst

With less than two weeks into the season it's difficult to look too far into the results so far. We have lost three games - the opening game of the season we were far from good enough and paid the price but the following two performances have been good and have seen us lose by the odd goal. We played two different systems against two of the teams looking for promotion so I have been pleased with the overall levels of performance from the players although that said, we need to obviously start turning them into wins.

We certainly have one eye on the building process we continue to do from top to bottom and we have spent time on the training ground this week looking at some of the things that have gone wrong and addressed them. We understand that there is lots of work to be done but if we can keep some consistency in the squad this year we'll improve enough in my opinion to be more than competitive.

Wednesday night I watched our under 21s play their very first Ryman League game away to Herne Bay and they came away with an excellent 6-3 win with some very good performances on show. It has certainly given me food for thought over the coming weeks. The under 18s under the new stewardship of Aaron Taylor have their first game tonight and myself, Sonny and the first team squad will be watching the game casting an eye over the next group of young players on their path to the first team.

I'm really pleased with the progress we are making on the football side at the club. Lots of time and effort has gone in over the summer and long term, this will have a big impact on the club's football structure.

This weekend we have two really tough fixtures against two teams again vying for promotion. Carlshalton have started the season really well under Peter's guidance and have lots of pace and energy. They will provide a stern test on Saturday. On Monday we have arguably everyone's tip for the title in Hastings. Darren has assembled what looks like the strongest squad in the division this season and knowing Darren well from his time at Gillingham, we know they'll be very well prepared and set up. It's going to be great test for our young squad but it's one of the games that really whets the appetite as a player and manager to go and test yourselves against quality opposition and one we're relishing on a great pitch.

The next week or so sees some more home games for the under 18s and 21s. It wouldd be good to see as many of you as possible coming to see the youngsters play, as I feel confident you'll see some real positive signs for the future.

:: Wednesday 24th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Herne Bay U21s 3, East Grinstead Town U21s 6

Wasps Under 21s travelled to Herne Bay tonight for their first ever match in the Ryman League and came away with an emphatic 6 - 3 win with some really good performances that pleased both the U21s boss Grant Hearn and Matt Longhurst, First Team manager. Their next match is at home next Thursday 1st September against Whyteleafe (ko 7.30pm)

Wasps Under 18s kick off their season with a tough home fixture against Eastbourne Borough tomorrow night (ko 7.30pm) who are also their opponents at home next Tuesday in the Lucas Fettes Youth Cup (the tie was originally scheduled for next Wednesday)

:: Saturday 20th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Herne Bay 1, East Grinstead Town 0

After a shakey opening 10 minutes of this Emirates FA Cup tie, Wasps settled and were unfortunate not to come away with a draw particularly after hitting the post and the crossbar. They were knocked out of this year's competition by a speculative lob from the edge of the area by Danny Williams in the third minute of the second half.............[Match report]

:: Tuesday 16th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
East Grinstead Town 2, Dorking Wanderers 3

Wasps took the lead through Williams Peauroux in the ninth minute but Jerome Beckles equalised 17 minutes later and the teams went in all square at half-time. James McShane put the visitors in front 7 minutes after the restart with Alex Gaggin making it all square 9 minutes later. Matt Briggs scored the Dorking winner with 15 minutes left. A much improved display over Saturday by Matt Longhurst's team against a good Wanderer's side.............[Match report]

Next up, a trip to Herne Bay on Saturday in the Preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup.

:: Saturday 13th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Molesey 2, East Grinstead Town 0

Wasps get off to a disappointing start against Molesey on the opening day of the 2016/17 Ryman South season.............[Match report]

:: Sunday 7th August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Post Woking match interviews

Listen and watch Michael Phillips' interviews with Matt Longhurst and Alex Gaggin & Chad Goulter following Friday night's 5-2 win over Woking U21s:

:: Tuesday 2nd August 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Last minute switch

Tonight's friendly against Tumnbridge Wells has had to be switched at very short notice to the GAC Stadium (ko 7:30pm).

:: Friday 15th July 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Fixtures released

The Ryman Isthmain League announced the 2016/17 season fixtures this morning. They can be found here.

The new campaign starts with an away match against Molesey on Saturday 13th August, followed by a Tuesday night fixture on 16th August at home against Dorking Wanderers.

:: Sunday 10th July 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Post Crawley Town match interviews

Listen and watch post match interviews with Matt Longhurst and Aiden Hayes & Trevor McCreadie.

:: Friday 8th July 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
FA announce Cup Draws

The early round draws in the Emirates FA Cup, FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup have been made. Wasps have been drawn away against Herne Bay in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup with the tie being played on Saturday 20th August.
We have a local derby in the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy, with a home tie against Three Bridges on Saturday 8th October.
Wasps Under 18s have a home tie in the Preliminary Round of the FA Youth Cup against Greenwich Borough scheduled to be played in the week commencing 5th September.

The Ryman Isthmian League fixtures are scheduled to be announced next Friday , 15th July.

:: Thursday 7th July 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pre-season interviews

Watch pre-season interviews with Michael Dodsworth, Sonny Gladdish and Jordan Clarke.

:: Thursday 30th June 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Wasps will host League 2 Crawley Town in their first pre-season friendly.

It takes place at the GAC Stadium on Saturday, July 9, kick off 3pm.

Admission for this game is 6 (adults) and 3 (over-65s & under-18s).

Parking on the day will be strictly available on a first come, first served basis.

Dermot Drummy, Crawley Town's Head Coach, said: "We're looking forward to returning to East Grinstead for the first time since 2011.

"I know the facilities and pitch we will find will be top quality and I hope as many of our supporters come along and support the fixture.

"I think it's important that as a club we try and nurture strong relations with all our local senior non-league clubs and I'm sure we will get a good game and a warm welcome at East Grinstead."

:: Saturday 4th June 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Watson returns and Botterill joins

The club are delighted to welcome back exciting forward player Aaron Watson. Also joining is experienced midfielder, Dave Botterill, previously with Hythe Town.

Manager Matt Longhurst had this to say: "I've been trying to bring in a vital piece of experience but at the right age and someone that's right on and off the pitch for East Grinstead Town. Botts ticks all the boxes on those fronts and I'm delighted to bring him in"

Matt went on to say: "Last week we announced the vast majority of the squad and that we were in talks with one or two possible additions. Aaron Watson is another player that's played here at East Court before and I'm really excited about him coming back. He gives us another attacking option having proven himself to score goals and provide assists and I'm looking forward to working with him. Adding Botts to the squad is a major coup for us having spent a number of years with Faversham playing a big part in their success and then finishing last season with Hythe Town in the play offs. His experience will be excellent for us. He has had a number of clubs at this level trying to gain his signature and I'm delighted to bring him here. The squad has come together nicely and we are all looking forward to getting in and started now."

Pre-season friendly change

Wasps will now travel to Tonbridge Angels for the pre-season friendly on Saturday 6th August (ko 2pm) and not Eastbourne Town.

:: Tuesday 31st May 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
200 Club Winners

April 2016
1st prize 65 - P Cadman
2nd prize 20 - R Holah
3rd prize 12 - A Woolley

:: Saturday 28th May 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pre-season friendlies

Two addtional pre-season friendlies have been added to the shedule: Saturday 16th July at home against Erith & Belvedere (ko 3pm) and the Under 18s will play Steyning Town on the Sussex County FA 3G pitch at Culver Road, Lancing on Thursday 21st July (ko 7:30pm).

:: Thursday 26th May 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
Pre-season update

People tend to think that management and everyone behind the scenes at the football club take a well deserved break when the football season ends. Chairman Richard Tramontin said: "If only this was true. Immediately after the final home game of the season, SJK Sports Turf Care started on the end-of-season pitch renovation and dedicated committee members and volunteers have the task of watering, fertilising, mowing and generally looking after the pitch and the facilities in readiness for when we host our first pre-season friendly against Sky Bet League Two Crawley Town on 9th July. It feels like I've been working non-stop since the final whistle blew what with talking to sponsors, suppliers, preparing an application for funding, meeting with managers and coaches and so on".

The website caught up with manager Matt Longhurst to see what has been happening since the end of the season.

Matt said: "It has been a really busy period as there is lots of work to do on and off the pitch to get ready for not only this new season but to continue building the structure we want here with the youth section and under-21 team.
I am pleased to announce the new management set up for our Ryman League Under-21 team which will see Grant Hearn as manager with Rob Stewart joining as assistant and coach from Tonbridge Angels. Ben Burns completes the backroom team as coach.
These guys will be vital for the progression of the under-21s whom we have moved over to the Ryman League so the level they play at is closer to that of the first team and the facilities will be much better for the players as well. We have a strong nucleus of under-21 players now and I'm looking forward to seeing them progress.
Also joining the club this week is our new Ryman Under-18 League team management team of Danny and Glynn Pearce. Glynn has experience of working at this level and Danny has a great background as a player coming through the youth ranks at both Charlton and AFC Wimbledon. These guys will be vital to the club's progress and have brought with them a strong group of players. Danny and Glynn will work closely with myself and the Under-21 set-up.
We have held two trial nights at the East Grinstead Sports Club to cast our eye over potential Under 18s and 21s which has seen over 60 players in attendance on both evenings. Going forward, hopefully we will be doing less recruitment as we have the players coming through the system that we want in the first team squad.
We have added two under-10 teams as well as under-11s so the youth section is growing and this will of course only benefit the first team with home grown players in the long term.
The first team squad is really starting to take shape. We have held meetings with all the squad from last season and I have been busy meeting players. I am pleased to announce that we have retained 90 % of last season's squad.
Goalkeeper Nic Taylor, defenders James Fitchett, George Benner, Steve Betancourt, Jake McIntyre, Billy Joe King, Toby Cassidy; midfield players Alex Gaggin, Danny Leonard, Williams Peauroux and forwards Trevor McCreadie, Jordan Clarke and Regan Payne.
This is our first full season in charge and pre season training and the friendlies have been designed to make sure we hit the ground running when the season kicks off. The league has been made even stronger with the likes of Lewes, Greenwich Borough and Cray Wanderers all coming in as well as Horsham and the players and management are relishing the challenge.
We have also strengthened in the areas I feel we need to have more competition for places as well as replacing one or two players that have gone so in come goalkeeper Milan Stojsavljevic from Chipstead. He is a highly-rated youngster with Aldershot and Fulham as his previous clubs.
Defenders Alfie Kitt, who has previously been with Sevenoaks Town and Maidstone United, Tom Montgomery, who was previously with me at Erith and Belvedere and ex-Whitstable and Ashford player Jack Healy have also joined us.
We also welcome midfielder Aidan Hayes, who is an exciting new addition. He spent eight years at Charlton Athletic then moved to Maidstone United where he won player of the year. Also joining after a long spell at Gillingham is Alex Ariff, who is a wide player, another attacking player is former Republic of Ireland international Callum O'Shea and the last addition to date is experienced centre forward Stefan Joseph from Corinthian Casuals, who needs less of an introduction to our fans as he has previously played for the Wasps.
I am really pleased with the players that we have kept from last season and the new lads that have been brought in and I cannot wait to get started now. I am currently in talks with a couple of other new additions and one or two of last season's squad and these should be tied up over the weekend. Lots of the clubs at our level have been busy in the summer strengthening and it was important we did the same and I hope to be able to update you further very soon."

:: Wednesday 18th May 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page

Following the success of the trials two weeks ago and a number of subsequent enquiries, we are holding another Under 18 Ryman League trial session next Tuesday 24th May from 7pm to 9pm at the East Grinstead Sports Club.
To book a place please send an email to The Club Secretary. Please ensure you put your first and second choice positions in the email as well as previous clubs and any referees we can contact.

:: Thursday 12th May 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
FA announces league constitution

The Football Association today announced the make-up of the 2016-17 Non-League pyramid and Ryman South will consist of the following teams subject to any appeal and will be confirmed at the Ryman League's AGM on Saturday 18 June: Carshalton Athletic, Chatham Town, Chipstead, Corinthian-Casuals, Cray Wanderers, Dorking Wanderers, East Grinstead Town, Faversham Town, Godalming Town, Greenwich Borough, Guernsey, Hastings United, Herne Bay, Horsham, Hythe Town, Lewes, Molesey, Ramsgate, Sittingbourne, South Park, Three Bridges, Tooting & Mitcham United, Walton Casuals and Whyteleafe.
Ryman South will feature two clubs new to the league, Southern Counties East League champions Greenwich Borough and Godalming Town, switched sideways from the Evo-Stik League Southern's Central Division after the Surrey outfit's tenth-placed finish in April. After dropping out of the Ryman in 2014, Horsham are back as Southern Combination Football League champions, along with relegated Lewes and Cray Wanderers, their switch south and sideways making up the numbers.

Pre-season friendlies

Wasps pre-season friendlies have been confirmed as follows:
Saturday 9th July 3pm, home v Crawley Town
Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm, home v Leatherhead
Tuesday 19th July 7.45pm, away v Shoreham
Friday 22nd July, 7.45pm, away v Seven Acre
Saturday 23rd July 3pm, away v Tooting Wanderers
Saturday 30th July 3pm, away v Crowborough Athletic
Saturday 30th July 3pm, away v Eastbourne United
Tuesday 2nd August 7.45pm, away v Tunbridge Wells
Friday 5th August 7.30pm, home v Woking
Saturday 6th August 3pm, away v Eastbourne Town

The Ryman South 2016/17 season is scheduled to commence on Saturday 13th August.

:: Wednesday 11th May 2016 :: back to top Go to the top of the page
First pre-season friendly announced

Wasps are delighted to confirm that Dermot Drummy will be bringing his Sky Bet League 2 Crawley Town side to East Court for a pre-season friendly on Saturday 9th July (kick off 3pm).

Details of other friendlies will be announced soon.

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