Last gasp goal sinks Rye

Andy Hales scored Rye United's goal in the 2-1 defeat at Crowborough Athletic

Andy Hales scored Rye United's goal in the 2-1 defeat at Crowborough Athletic

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A goal in the sixth minute of added time condemned Rye United to defeat last night (Tuesday).

Tom Boddy struck in the nick of time to consign Rye to an agonising 2-1 loss at Crowborough Athletic in a Sussex County Football League Division One fixture originally scheduled for Boxing Day.

Rye went behind to a Michael Death goal in the 38th minute following a mistake by goalkeeper Greg Nessling. It remained 1-0 to Crowborough until Andy Hales equalised with his second goal of the season in the 89th minute.

It looked as though Rye would pick up a creditable point in Marc Gall’s first away game in sole charge until Boddy’s last gasp strike won it for fifth-placed Crowborough. See Friday’s Rye Observer for a full report and reaction.

Standings (played-points): 1 East Preston 20-54, 2 Littlehampton Town 20-41, 3 Horsham YMCA 22-40, 4 East Grinstead Town 20-37, 5 Crowborough Athletic 21-34, 6 Hassocks 19-34, 7 Dorking Wanderers 21-33, 8 Lingfield 20-29, 9 Pagham 21-29, 10 Selsey 21-29, 11 Newhaven 19-28, 12 Chichester City 22-27, 13 RYE UNITED 18-23, 14 Ringmer 19-22, 15 Lancing 19-22, 16 St Francis Rangers 18-21, 17 Shoreham 17-19, 18 Arundel 18-14, 19 Hailsham Town 18-10, 20 Worthing United 19-4.