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.