Fine win puts Rye fifth

Duncan McArthur, scorer of Rye United's opening goal, in action against Three Bridges on Good Friday
Duncan McArthur, scorer of Rye United's opening goal, in action against Three Bridges on Good Friday
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Rye United pulled off a massive win in the race for second place on Wednesday night with a 3-2 success at East Grinstead Town.

The Quarterboys knocked their opponents out of the running for the runners-up spot in Division One of the Sussex County Football League and nudged themselves into the top five.

Manager Scott Price said: “It could and should have been a lot more really. They started quite well, but after we got the first goal we completely dominated.”

Duncan McArthur put Rye ahead after around 25 minutes with a free kick. Rye’s second goal came right on half time when Liam Upton delivered a lovely cross for Scott Ramsay to head home at the far post.

Grinstead pulled one back before Sam Cole restored Rye’s two-goal cushion with a terrific strike. The hosts nabbed a consolation right at the end following a sloppy back pass by Luke Woodley.

A full report will appear in tomorrow’s Rye Observer.

Rye (4-3-2-1): Pelling; Woodley, Rose, Richardson, P. Watson; Dixon, Franklin (Maclean), Upton; Cole, McArthur (Hales); Ramsay (Ellis). Subs not used: D. Clarke, Loft.

Top six (played-points): 1 Crawley Down (champions) 34-85, 2 Peacehaven & Telscombe 37-73, 3 Pagham 37-71, 4 Three Bridges 37-70, 5 RYE UNITED 35-69, 6 Hassocks 38-68.

Elsewhere last night, Westfield reserves won 5-4 on penalties away to Peasmarsh & Iden in a Robertsbridge Charity Cup semi-final. The tie had finished 1-1 after extra-time.