Rye put five past sorry Chi

Lowly Chichester looked to be on a hiding to nothing at Rye Salts on Saturday. The Rye players, led by Wes Tate and Jono Richardson have complained about the music played over the Rye tannoy system all season and, on the day, were offered the chance to choose the music for the remainder of the season if they could beat the visitors by eight clear goals. As further encouragement, the teams ran out to the theme from 'The Muppet Show'. Chichester found themselves under pressure from the start and only heroics from keeper, Tosh Batey, kept Rye at bay before finally being beaten at close range by Alfie Weller, in his first start for the front side after coming on as a substitute the previous week, on 19 minutes. Rye continued to press, winning corner after corner, finally doubling the lead when Wes Tate fired home after 35 minutes. Four minutes later, Rye's leading scorer in the league, Matt Maclean bundled the ball home as the Chi defence failed to deal with a cross. The second period, with Chi playing into the sun, continued in the same vein, only Batey keeping the score respectable with some more top drawer goalkeeping. He was finally beaten by Tate after 56 minutes, Weller making it five just 2 minutes later. Chichester refused to roll over and give up, Batey continued to deny wave after wave of attacks from the league leaders, taking an unfortunate blow in a 'sensitive area' at one point, and they will feel aggrieved to have been denied a late penalty for when Luke Woodley appeared to handle the ball. Meanwhile, the Rye team can only wonder what music they'll be running out to next week against Worthing United.

Rye Utd 5 (Weller 2, Tate 2, Maclean) Chi 0

MoM: Alfie Weller

.Rye reach RUR Final in dramatic style

 A sublime Sean Kelly lob from distance on 85 minutes put United through to the final of the RUR Cup in a 5 goal thriller. Things looked good for Rye when Wes Tate fired home from the right after just 65 seconds but Bridges came storming back and were level with 4 minutes on the clock, Lee Carney slotting home a penalty after Phil Rhodes fell onto a Bridges player in the box. Just before the half hour, the fast breaking Bridges stormed into the lead after Rye failed to clear.
Roared on by a noisy support, United leveled on 35 minutes when Liam Upton cut in and fired home. The remainder of the match was both tense and vigorous with chances coming at either end. Bridges had to sub their keeper at half time, the reliable Simon Lekhyi possibly deafened by Rye's bangsticks. He was replaced by the flappy Woodward but Bridges stayed firm, in large part due to Donaghey - villain of the Vase tie but solid and fair on the night. Then with extra time looming, Kelly saw the keeper off his line and put the ball over his head and into the net to tick off one of the more difficult asks on the Rye Bingo Cards. Bridges battled for an equaliser but United held firm through 4 tense minutes of added time.
It has to be said that the match was played in great spirit by both sides and the banter between the Rye support and Callum Donaghey, in particular, was awesome.  
This will be the 4th RUR final that United have played in but it is the 1st time in 42 years they have reached this stage. In 1966, Rye reached the final for the first time, losing 3-0 to Lancing. In 1968, Rye won the trophy for the only time in their history, overcoming Haywards Heath 3-1. In 1970, Rye finished as runners up to Littlehampton, losing 5-3 in a replayed match after the first game was abandoned with Rye trailing 2-0.
The final will be played at Lancing on April 24th agsinst the winners of next weeks semi final between Hassocks and Selsey.
Rye United 3 (Tate, Upton, Kelly) Bridges 2
MoM: Ben Radley
Wez & Jono fail to change the music!
 On a wet and blowy afternoon, United blew Redhill away with 2 goals in 2 first half minutes. Unfortunately for Jono & Wez, it wasn't enough to take control of the music played over the Salts tannoy system - the deal was 4 clear goals. They'll need to beat Chi by 8 next week if they want to prevent a continuation to the playing of Oizone pre match.
United started brightly and Liam Upton put Rye ahead with a well taken goal on 14 minutes. With their very next attack, the assistant flagged for a foul on Ben Radley but the referee played the advantage and Matty Maclean was there in the box to put the subsequent cross home.
Playing with the conditions in the second period, Rye might have expected to drive home the advantage but the visitors pushed on and will consider themselves unlucky not to have got back into the contest.
No fewer than 10 names were put forward for MoM - including classy debutant, Alfie Weller.
Rye Utd 2 (Upton, Maclean) Redhill 0
MoM: Jono Richardson
Hassocks Heartache for U16s
 The Under 16s run in the Sussex John Davey Cup came to an end at Semi Final stage in a penalty shoot out at The Salts on Sunday. In an even first half, the visitors took the lead on 26 minutes. Rye came roaring back and after sustained pressure, Bright Temba flicked home the equaliser on 52 minutes but in spite of their domination, Rye couldn't find the winner. After 20 minutes of pulsating extra time, the two sides still couldn't be separated and it came down to penalties, where Hassocks prevailed 4-2.
A superb display from both teams and a proud effort from Rye in front of a crowd bigger than the previous day's 1st team game at Ringmer.
Rye U16 1 Hassocks U16 1 aet (2-4pens)
United come from behind again
2 red cards, 3 head injuries and a pitch that looked like the Somme in 1917 might suggest this was a dirty game but the reality was somewhat different. The home side took an early lead with a fine strike from distance but were reduced to 10 men after a wild two footed lunge on Sam Adams. Unfortunately, Lofty was also dismissed for his part in the ensuing melee. Before all this, a Ringmer defender had already had to don a Terry Butcher style bandage after suffering a cut head.
United dominated for long periods but couldn't break through until Kenny Pogue knocked home the equaliser on 75 minutes on his debut as a second half substitute. A sickening clash of heads in the Ringmer area saw another Ringmer defender prone on the ground, causing a delay of 13 minutes. Phil 'The Cat' Rhodes, who was on the other end of the clash but continued until Scott Ramsay coolly put United in front on 80 minutes. Following the celebration, Rhodes dropped to ground before the restart and needed to be substituted in spite of Adie Lusted realising Rhodes was unaware of who he was and trying to convince him that he was Pele. 14 tense minutes of stoppage time passed very slowly as the home side battled for an equaliser that fortunately never came.
Ringmer 1 Rye Utd 2 (Pogue, Ramsay)
MoM: Liam Upton (on Chairman's casting vote)
Late goals keep Rye on top
Sorry it's late - my broadband was down, so I can't blame the server this time (even if 1&1 are useless). In a nutshell, Rye conceded a pen in under 30 seconds. Redhill scored it. Redhill then defended well until a double substitution changed the game. Rambo scored with a header with about 15 to go. 'The Cat' pounced to net the winner with 5 to go. Redhill imploded and got a player sent off when he abused the lino. Rye nicked the points, nuff said.
Redhill 1 Rye Utd 2 (Ramsay, Rhodes)
MoM: Phil Rhodes (just edging out Radders) 
United miss out at Middle Road
 Rye missed the chance to extend their lead at the top of Sussex Div 1 against a well organised Shoreham side who look to have turned a corner in their relegation battle. Shoreham defended solidly and battled hard but also showed enterprise going forward and looked good value for their lead when Green pounced on a poor clearance midway through the 1st half. Rye always created more chances but Shoreham, marshalled by Keehan, held firm - their centre halves snuffing out any aerial threat. Rye finally broke through when Wes Tate netted at the back post from a flicked on corner but with Rye looking for a winner, Green popped up to give Shoreham victory just 3 minutes from time.
Lancing went second with victory over Pagham. Bridges beat Ringmer 4-2.
Shoreham 2 Rye 1 (Tate)
MoM: Luke Woodley
Rye Under 16s are Bourne winners
Two goals in the opening 11 minutes proved enough for 'Dangerous' Roy Williamson's Under 16 side to book a place in the last 4 of the Sussex U16 Cup. Although visitors, Bourne Sports came roaring back with a goal midway through the first half and then missed a penalty before the break, the second half saw Rye creating more of the chances and the later stages were much more about whether Rye would get a third than if the visitors could equalise.
Congratulations also to the 3 Rye players selected for the County U16 side to face the AFA next Sunday (Ben Dowding, Josh Pickering & Bright Temba).
United move 7 points clear
 For 30 minutes, Lingfield dominated on a muddy pitch with more sand on it than Camber.
Then Duncan McArthur was dismissed for a tackle that might have just seen a talking to on another day. Unfortunately for the home side, they thought it was 'job done' so they mentally packed up and went home as Rye went 2 up within the next 5 minutes through Upton & Maclean and were denied a penalty when Matty felt the force of a very late tackle as he put a shot over the bar. The ref made amends in the second half by putting his back in the way of a Lingfield clearance to allow the ball to be knocked through for Adams to chip the keeper. Matty made it 4, 5 minutes later and sub Wes Tate finished it off after 76 minutes as Matt turned provider.
With Pagham going down 2-1 against Redhill, Rye move 7 points clear, although Pagham still have 2 games in hand.
Lingfield 0 Rye Utd 5 (Maclean 2, Upton, Adams, Tate)
MoM: Matt Maclean
There's still a long road ahead but for the first time in a long time, Rye's destiny is now in their own hands. As Pagham completed a miserable festive programme with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Arundel & Bridges scrambled a 2-2 draw at Hassocks, Rye battled to victory against Peacehaven. Always looking in control, United took the lead after 22 minutes as Sam Adams curled a low free kick beyond the keeper's reach. The rest of the game was a tense esoteric battle. The defence held strong and offered few clear chances, Rye drove down the wings and tormented the full backs but could not increase the lead but a fine performance means that if Rye can win their remaining 13 games (a big ask, I admit) they will be champions!
Rye Utd 1 (Adams) Peacehaven 0
MoM: Ben Radley
Rye stay top despite defeat
It was always going to be tricky at a well organised Hassocks who had seen off Pagham twice and already won at The Salts. It got trickier when the home team pounced on a Pelling fumble to take the lead after just 36 seconds. United battled back and while being generally contained by a solid defence, regularly created chances. United saw two penalty appeals go begging - the first when the referee decided a Hassocks defender had handled outside the box rather than inside, the second when Tate was scythed down, got up and crossed the ball seeing the appeals waved away. Hassocks also cleared one off the line and saw the keeper perform heroics before they broke to double the lead with a fine long range curling effort that saw Pelling helpless. United continued to plug away in the second period, creating chances and even seeing Tate net a fine shot only to see the flag up for offside, but it was not until late on that McArthur curled a peach into the Hassocks net to give the travelling support hope. It was not to be, however, in spite of Rambo forcing a brilliant save from the home keeper late on. All credit to the home side who cut their cloth well and got their tactics right to give them double victories over the top two. The news soon filtered through that Pagham had only drawn at struggling Shoreham - so Rye stay top at New Year.
Hassocks 2 Rye Utd 1 (McArthur)
MoM: Tate & McArthur (shared)
Boxing Day Blues beaten
Gimme a break, it's Boxing Day evening. Rye played good football on a poor pitch. Rhodes scored from a corner after 3 minutes, had the ball in the net again after 61 but was flagged for offside; McArthur made it 2-0 from the spot after Maclean was brought down. Rye never in trouble. 4 yellows for Sidley - at least 2 could have been red.
Sidley 0 Rye 2 (Rhodes, McArthur pen.)
MoM: Sam Adams  
Rye advance despite Oaks fightback
On paper, this looked like a walk in the park for the league leaders against Div 2 strugglers but the tantalising attraction of a local derby against mutually loathed Three Bridges girded the visitors loins. United started on script with Matt Maclean opening the scoring after 7 minutes. Moments later, Kevin Rose had to leave the park with an unexpected body piercing from a flailing stud but United continued to dominate and Scott Ramsay made it 2-0 after 26 minutes. The visitors battled back and forced a couple of great saves from Josh Pelling before Luke Woodley produced a Pele-esque overhead bicycle kick to make it 3-0 with 41 minutes played.
The second half saw the visitors throw caution to the wind but United looked comfortable until 2 goals in 5 minutes midway through the half (the second an absolute belter from distance) put Oakwood right back in it. It fell to Josh Pelling to pull off a string of superb saves to keep Rye ahead, whilst at the other end Azizi Hamman hit the bar on his debut. Late on, Sam Adams took a knock that saw 'Dangerous' Roy Williamson warming up but Adams was able to continue and it was he who sealed United's place in the semi finals in the 4th minute of stoppage time.
All credit to the visitors on creating a rip roaring cup tie. If they can turn in performances like that on a regular basis, they should avoid the drop out of senior football.
Rye United 4 (Maclean, Ramsay, Woodley, Adams) Oakwood 2
MoM: Josh Pelling

After the game, it was confirmed that 3 Bridges had cruised past Arundel, setting up another semi final meeting with Rye. Also, Pagham could only scramble a draw with YM (and only by means of a late equaliser) leaving them still 3 points adrift of United.
Rye storm into JOH Semi Final
Before the match, the Peacehaven tannoy ironically blasted out 'Walking on Sunshine' through hurricane force winds and driving rain. Playing into the teeth of the weather, United struggled with the conditions in the 1st period and succumbed to a goalline scramble just before the midway point of the half. During the break the wind dropped to a gale but United took full advantage of the conditions as he looped in the equaliser direct from a corner on 50 minutes. Player coach Marc Gall was then carried off after a challenge that made Chopper Harris look like Larry Grayson - yet the Peacehaven player only saw yellow. Wes Tate put Rye in front from a couple of yards when the home keeper spilled a shot 11 minutes later. Just when United looked to have taken control, the home side levelled after 67 minutes when a free kick somehow passed through a crowded area and nestled in the back of the net. Another ugly, studs up tackle, this time on Jimmy Watson, again only saw yellow to the open mouthed bemusement of players and supporters.  The remainder of the game saw the home keeper producing a masterclass that surely should have the drug testers looking for traces of spider silk in those gloves! Just when extra time looked inevitable, Phil 'The Cat' Rhodes popped up at the far post to head home a Jono Richardson corner in the second minute of stoppage time to set up a semi final against United's favourite team - Three Bridges.
Peacehaven 2 Rye United 3 (Adams, Tate, Rhodes)
MoM: Sam Adams
Shoreham win sends United 4 pts clear
Two goals in each half saw Rye take 3 points against strugglers Shoreham. Lacking 1st team regulars Upton, McArthur & Loft, and with Jordan Woodley & Alan McMinigal moving to pastures new, Jay Colston found himself returning to the front side for the first time this term. The visitors played some nice football but were let down by some poor defence. They could have done nothing to stop Wes Tate's scorching opener after 13 minutes, however. 6 minutes later, Tate turned provider setting up Matty Maclean to score, his goalbound shot hitting a defender on the way. United continued to threaten, Ben Radley taking the chance to get forward on a regular basis. It was not until the 70th minute that the visitors buckled under the pressure, conceding a penalty that Sam Adams converted. Matty Maclean popped up again in the 3rd minute of stoppage time to round off the win.
United now face two cup quarter finals in 5 days, at Peacehaven in the League Cup on Tuesday and at home to Oakwood in the RUR on Saturday.
Rye Utd 4 (Tate, Maclean 2, Adams pen.) Shoreham 0
MoM: Ben Radley
Rye hit top spot again
 After heavy rain overnight, United faced a resurgent Arundel on a pudding of a pitch in West Sussex. United took a bit of time to come to terms with a pitch more suited to bog snorkelling than flowing football but soon looked in complete control. Midway through the first half, Rye's pressure told when the home side's centre half put Liam Upton's cross into his own net with Scott Ramsay in close attention. There followed a masterclass in last ditch defending led by the Arundel keeper as Rye threatened to swamp the home side in their own swamp. As it was, United had to wait until near the end for Liam Upton to produce a goal of classical beauty, cutting in and curling the ball past the keeper onto the far post before it bounced into the net. There was still time for the home side to get one back through Tipper late on but United had done enough and, with Pagham crashing to defeat at Hassocks (a league double for Hassocks!), United stormed back to the top of the table - although Pagham still have games in hand.
Arundel 1  Rye United 2 (o.g., Upton)
MoM: Liam Upton 
Upton strike breaks YM hearts
A wondergoal from Liam Upton overcame stalwart defence by Horsham YMCA. The visitors set their stall out early as they came to stifle United and looked good value after a scoreless first half. After 54 minutes, Liam Upton jinked in from the left and curled the ball into the far corner to give United the lead. The visitors never really threatened but Rye were unable to put the game to bed but hung on comfortably to take the points and a league double.
Rye Utd 1 (Upton) Horsham YMCA 0
MoM: Sean Kelly
No Vase Hangover as United progress
 On a foggy Crowboro' night, United put on a top drawer display to progress in the League Cup. Set pieces after 13 & 30 minutes allowed stand in skipper Phil Rhodes to power home headers to give Rye a platform and a fine goal from Alan McMinigal just before the break gave United a comfortable lead at the break. After the break, a rare front side run out for Kele Buay injected more pace producing goals for the substitute at 66 & 69 mins. Wes Tate rounded United's romp off with a 75th minute goal. Crowborough did manage to get a consolation from the spot in the 7th minute of stoppage time.
Crowboro'1-6 Rye Utd (Rhodes 2, Buay 2, McMinigal, Tate)
MoM: Liam Upton
Bridges defender nominated for Oscar
It all started so well. Macca lobbed the keeper from 35 yards to give Rye the lead after 3 minutes. Then came one of two defining moments. First Liam Upton stormed down the left, lost the ball and lunged in to win the ball back. Foul, yes. Red Card, very harsh. Was the ref influenced by the Bridges defender rolling around screaming? Who knows? But why are we not surprised that he recovers and jumps to his feet as soon as the red card was flourished.
United were still running rings around the punching, stamping, Bridges journeymen until the second defining moment. 10 minutes into the second half, Luke Woodley is stamped on. The assistant looked to have raised his flag but play continued and Duncan flew in, two footed. A clear red card, yes, but no reference to the stamping which it appeared the assistant had witnessed. Still Rye held out until 12 minutes from time when Carney shot through a crowd to tie it up. Yet still the 9 men came back and Sam Adams hit the post before on 89 minutes, Carney proved there is no justice and gave the visitors the win.
Rye United 1 (McArthur) Three Bridges 2
MoM: Shared - Rhodes, Richardson, Kelly 
Solid win out west
Without skipper Shaun Loft, nursing a dislocated shoulder and a bit of concussion after Weds night, United still proved too strong for a Chi side that nicked a point against Pagham in midweek. United saw Scott Ramsay withdrawn early on as a precautionary measure but goals in the 22nd, 24th & 28th minutes - the first 2 from Matt Maclean, the third a header from Phil 'The Cat' Rhodes from a distance of 12 inches put the game out of reach of the home side. Woodley and Maclean were also withdrawn relatively early with one eye on Saturday's FA Carlsberg Vase tie against Three Bridges but with Rye cruising, the home side gave Josh Pelling a couple of decent saves to make and Rye also had chances to extend the lead.
Chichester City 0 Rye Utd 3 (Maclean 2, Rhodes)
MoM: Phil 'The Cat' Rhodes 
Draw leaves a bad taste
A decision not to award Rye a penalty in stoppage time when Duncan McArthur was clean through and seemingly brought down by the visitors' keeper left United fuming after this 2-2 draw but there was so much more in this match.
20 minutes in, the visitors were awarded a penalty when Josh Pelling made contact with an attacker and would have been relieved to only see a yellow card. Ex-Ryer, Chris Gould stepped up to slot AFC Uckfield into the lead. Later in the half, it was nearly 2-0 as the visitors contrived to hit a shot off both post and bar before bouncing to safety.
After the break, the visitors looked to sit back but Phil Rhodes restored parity with a six inch tap in from a set piece. Rye created opening after opening but it was not until 80 minutes that Scott Ramsay gave Rye the lead only for the visitors to tie things up just 5 minutes later.
And then came the stoppage time drama. Macca clear and bearing down on goal looked to be brought down by the wrong footed keeper. The ref looked to the lino, the lino looked to the ref, the crowd screamed for the spot kick and were left bemused when it wasn't given.
Rye Utd 2 (Rhodes, Ramsay) AFC Uckfield 2
MoM: Liam Upton
United progress in RUR Cup
Pagham had already won at The Salts this season in the league but Rye outplayed the league leaders in a super match on Saturday. A goalless first half saw Rye create more chances but Pagham have more possession but the introduction of Luke Woodley at the break saw Rye really take the game to the visitors. When a defender juggled the ball in the area with the deftness of a circus entertainer early in the second half, the ref had no choice but to point to the spot and Macca gave Rye the lead. Pagham came roaring back but even when they got past the returning Josh Pelling, Phil Rhodes kept popping up in the right place to clear. Scott Ramsay saw two strikes ruled out - one for a tight offside and another for a hotly disputed handball but it was Woodley who made the game safe - running on to Tate's through ball and tying the defender in knots before firing home.
Top drawer stuff!
Rye will now host Div 2 strugglers Oakwood in the Quarter Finals at the end of January.
Rye Utd 2 (McArthur pen., Woodley) Pagham 0
MoM: Phil 'The Cat' Rhodes (with a whopping 83.3% of the vote)
Bognor Battered but Rye go out
Wow! What a display.
High flying Bognor rolled into town late but went ahead with 2 goals in the first half hour - one on the break, the other from a corner following a breakaway.
What followed was a stirring Rye fightback. Tate slotted home just before the break to give the home side hope and in the second half the Bognor goalmouth was under siege with last ditch saves and goal line clearances galore.
Even after Bognor broke away to score their 3rd in the 85th minute, with United throwing the kitchen sink at them, there was still time for McMinigal to hit the bar.
The Ryman Leaguers certainly knew they'd been in a game.
Rye Utd 1 (Tate) Bognor Regis Town 3
Wasps late sting not enough to deny Rye
Rye pasted E. Grinstead for 85 minutes with a fine display of football on the floor. A Lofty bullet header, a sublime Macca chip & yet another Maclean goal seemed to be seeing Rye cruise to the points but goals in the 85th and 94th minute took the gloss off a great display and saw United hanging on at the end.
United 3 (Loft, McArthur, Maclean) East Grinstead 2
MoM: Sean Kelly
Crows Crushed
See the forum for details but another hatrick for Matty & a hatrick for Rambo with Wes adding the 7th saw off Crowboro 7-1.
MoM: Phil Rhodes
Maclean treble sees off Mullets
Opening the scoring after just 56 seconds and rounding off victory in stoppage time, Matty Maclean ensured 3 points for United in a game they dominated throughout. Scott Price donned the gloves for Rye and after being beaten twice by Scott Tipper, pulled off a couple of great saves to leave John Tolhurst laughing all the way to the bookies.
Arundel had equalised through Tipper midway through the 1st half before McArthur restored the lead from the spot after a goal line handball that produced only a yellow card. Rambo made it 3-1 early in the second half before Maclean's second after 56 minutes. Arundel rallied, Tipper getting a second, before Maclean wrapped it up in stoppage time.
United: Price, Rhodes, Richardson, Loft, Ray, Kelly, Upton, McArthur, Ramsay, Tate, Maclean. Subs: Gall, Rose, J.Watson, Radley
United 5 (Maclean 1,56,90+1, McArthur 36 pen, Ramsay 48) Arundel 2
MoM: Matt Maclean
Lancing steal a point
With no recognised keeper, Scott Ramsay donned the gloves for United but all looked good when Sam Adams headed home a Macca free kick after just 84 seconds. Unfortunately, in spite of dominating throughout, Rye succumbed to the visitors' dangerous counterattacking style as they equalised after 34 minutes. In spite of creating a hatful of chances, United couldn't get another breakthrough and the visitors celebrated as if they'd won a trophy at the end.
Rye Utd 1 (Adams 2) Lancing 1 (34)
MoM: Phil 'The Cat' Rhodes
Close but no cigar
League leaders Pagham ground out a victory at The Salts against a Rye side who created more chances but were held at bay by veteran keeper Wes Hallett. Pagham nicked a 1st half lead through Wolfe who was later hospitalised after a clash of heads with Luke Woodley. Pagham doubled their lead from a corner in second half. Macca hit a sweet free kick after 81 minutes to set up a grandstand finish and then came desperately close to tying things up in stoppage time when his shot flashed over the bar.
Rye 1 (McArthur 81) Pagham 2
Rye: Winchester, Woodley, P.Watson, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Tate, McArthur, Ramsay, Adams, Maclean. Subs used: Upton, McMinigal Not used: Rose, Rhodes, Gall
MoM: Paul Watson
Ringmer Routed
It's old news now but the hosting company wouldn't let me in, so I'm not going to bother other than to say we're through. Wes got 4, Matty & Liam got 1 each. Rye won 6-2 and will play Pagham in the next round.
MoM: Wes Tate
9 man Rye lose unbeaten record
Bare bones only as I wasn't there. goals from Ramsay & McArthur. O.G. by Russell. Adams and Woodley sent off. United lost 3-2.
Rye Utd. 2 (Ramsay 6, McArthur 50) Hassocks 3 (4,55og, 78)
Eight goal United go back to the top
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United scored eight for the first time since 2004 as Rye produced the thumping they'd been threatening for a number of weeks. Selsey showed up late and probably wished they hadn't bothered as Wes opened the scoring after just 7 minutes and doubled it after 28. Rambo made it 3 after 41 minutes and Tate turned provider for Liam a minute later. After the break, Wooders produced a fine strike after 48 minutes and it was 6-0 after 50 when Pointing put through his own net. Duncan won a penalty after 67 but Rambo put it over the bar. 2 minutes later, he made amends, heading home Ginge's driven cross and completed his hatrick 2 minutes after that, slotting under the keeper. With the visitors down to 10 men due to injury, a bigger rout seemed likely but it was the visitors who scored the only goal after that, a Thoms penalty after 74 minutes.
Rye Utd 8 (Tate 7,28 Ramsay 41,69,71 Upton 42 Woodley 48) Selsey 1
United: Winchester, Gall, Woodley, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Tate, Russell, Ramsay, Adams, Upton. Subs used: McArthur (for Adams 51) Rose (for Loft 51) Maclean (for Woodley 62) Not used: Rhodes, Radley
Supporters' MoM: Scott Ramsay
Rye pushed hard but progess in Cup
It all looked so easy at the break; United were 2 up and cruising. By the end, the full time whistle couldn't come soon enough as Seaford rallied and Rye saw their 1st red card of the season.
Rye dominated the early stages at a windy and sparsely populated Crouch, going ahead through a Phil Rhodes header. Wes Tate hit the post shortly after and, just before the break, Maclean netted but was flagged for offside. With the last action of the half, Russell put an exquisite pass through for Tate to double the lead.
All seemed rosy for Rye but the home side battled their way back. A goal on 56 minutes put the tie back in the balance. Although rarely troubled, the dismissal of Ben Radley after 80 minutes for a 2nd yellow card set a few alarm bells ringing. United held on and will now meet Rustington or Crowborough in the last 16.
Seaford Town 1 (56) Rye Utd 2 (Rhodes 27, Tate 45+4)
Rye: Winchester, Radley, P Watson, Rhodes, Rose, Russell, Woodley, Maclean, Tate, Adams, Upton. Subs used: Richardson (for P Watson 55) Buay (for Maclean 78) Not used: Gall, Haman, Cooper
Supporters' MoM: Phil 'The Cat' Rhodes
Own goal wins it at Lancing
Bit of a nail biter this Saturday. United raced into a 2 goal lead through Tate and Ramsay and then dominated throughout. Lancing mounted 2 attacks, scoring in the 34th and 80th minute, and looked to have stolen a point before, in the dying moments, Maclean's shot came back off the keeper and rebounded off a hapless defender to give United a deserved win.
Lancing 2 (34,80) Rye Utd 3 (Tate 6, Ramsay 16, o.g. 89)
United: Winchester, Woodley, P Watson, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Tate,Maclean, Ramsay, Adams, Upton. Subs: Russell, Rhodes, Gall, J Watson, Price.
Supporter's MoM: Wes Tate
United hang on in Salts thriller
Visitors Lingfield will be disappointed to have not taken all the points after dominating the second half at The Salts on Weds night. This fails to tell the story of a pulsating match where United twice held the lead and had a penalty saved in the first half but ended up being grateful to a fine performance from the back four in a second period where the visitors pushed Rye to the limit.
17 minutes in Wes Tate was scythed down in the box but Rambo saw his penalty well saved. 8 minutes later, Rye were ahead when Luke Woodley managed to cross from near the goal line, despite being tripped, for Sam Adams to slot the ball between the keeper's legs.
After 34 minutes, a goal line scramble allowed Forster to level for the visitors but Rye came roaring back, Ramsay saw a shot saved at close range by the keeper's legs before the moment of the match. Luke Woodley took Ramsay's long ball on the chest and volleyed into the net on 43 minutes for what has to be a contender for goal of the season.
Before half time however, the visitors were level once again. A long throw was headed on for Smith to head past Joe in the Rye goal.
After the break, the visitors looked stronger and hunted in packs like hyenas, closing Rye down in midfield and cutting off the service to the front. The Rye defence, with Loft, Rhodes and Richardson all putting in major shifts, held firm and restricted the visitors to few shots. In the end, it was the home faithful - a bumper gate of 130- who were happier to hear the final whistle.
RYE UNITED 2 (Adams 25, Woodley 43) LINGFIELD 2 (34,45)
United: Winchester, Rhodes, Woodley, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Upton, Maclean, Ramsay, Adams, Tate.  Sub used: Russell (for Tate 80) Not used: Rose, Gall, J.Watson, McMinigal
Supporters' MoM: Luke Woodley
Winning start at The Salts
For the first 20 minutes, Three Bridges matched United on their return to The Salts. After that point, United took control and slowly crushed the life out of Bridges in an Anaconda like fashion so that by the end, a three goal defeat flattered the visitors.
Scott Ramsay headed United into the lead after 25 minutes but despite their dominance, United had to wait until the 65th minute to double the lead - a build up involving Ramsay and Maclean was netted by Sam Adams. From there Bridges dissolved like a soluble aspirin and the only surprise was that it wasn't until the 84th minute that Ramsay scored his second and Rye's third for a comprehensive victory.
RYE UTD 3 (Ramsay 25,84 Adams 65) THREE BRIDGES 0
United: Winchester, Radley, P.Watson, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Maclean, Woodley, Adams, Ramsay, Upton. Subs used: Tate (for Maclean 75), Russell (for Upton 82), Rose (for Ramsay 89). Not used: Rhodes, J.Watson.
Supporters MoM: Sam Adams
Can't comment 'cos I wasn't there but the basic details are that United went 1 down early on before roaring back and seeing off a late Crows rally to secure the points.
Crowboro' 3 (10, 65, 83) Rye Utd 5 ( Rhodes 27, Upton 29, Woodley 36, Tate 53, Adams 90)
Line up: Winchester, Radley, Rhodes, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Upton, Woodley, Ramsay, Adams, Tate. Sub used: Russell (for Ramsay 83). Not used: Gall, Rose, White, Price
Supporters' MoM: Luke Woodley
It was billed as David versus Goliath in the League Cup.
 Unfortunately for Storrington, David left his slingshot at home and Goliath turned in a far from Philistine performance as United stormed into the next round of the John O'Hara Cup.
A much changed United dominated from the start and stroked the ball around in a display of champagne football.
Duncan McArthur opened the scoring after just 6 minutes, Woodley doubled the score with an assist from debutant Wes Tate after 39 before Tate netted on 43 minutes to make it 3-0 at the break.
After an hour, Adams stroked the ball home from the edge of the box and 9 minutes later, sub Kevin Rose tapped home the fifth before Tate netted his second and Rye's sixth after 73 minutes.
All credit to Storrington, who battled until the end, creating a number of chances late on.
Storrington 0 Rye Utd 6 (McArthur 6, Woodley 39, Tate 43, 73, Adams 60, Rose 69)
United: Winchester, Radley, P.Watson, Loft, Richardson, Gall, Woodley, McArthur, Tate, Adams, Maclean. Subs used: Rose (for McArthur ht), Ramsay (for Loft ht), Kelly (for Radley 62). Not used: Upton
Supporters' MoM: Luke Woodley
A Shaun Loft goal after 66 minutes gave Rye the points from a hard fought match at St Francis on Saturday. United suffered an early blow with the loss of Josh Pelling through injury on 15 minutes, Ramsay taking over between the sticks. However, United dominated throughout but couldn't hit the target until Loft came off the bench to secure the win.
St. Francis Rangers 0 Rye United 1 (Loft 66)
United: Pelling, Radley, Hales, Rose, Richardson, Kelly, Upton, McArthur, Ramsay, Adams, Maclean.Subs used: Woodley (for Pelling 15), Loft (for Hales 62), Patton (for McArthur 85) Not used: Gall, J.Watson.
Supporters' MoM:  Ben Radley
Two days later, United travelled to Peacehaven for a 1st v 2nd clash that looked harder on paper than it eventually turned out. United dominated from the start and nearly took the lead after 18minutes when Liam Upton hit the bar with the keeper stranded. Within a minute, Adams had given Rye the lead and the home side looked devoid of ideas. It took until 10 minutes into the second period for Rye to double their advantage when Maclean netted Ramsay's cross but just when United looked in complete control the home side netted a long range free kick on the hour. Within 2 minutes, Ramsay produced an exquisite finish to restore United's lead to cap a superb win.
Peacehaven & Telscombe 1 (60) Rye United 3 (Adams 19, Maclean 55, Ramsay 62)
United: Winchester, Radley, Woodley, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Upton, McArthur, Maclean, Ramsay, Adams. Subs used: Hales (for Upton 81), Rose (for Ramsay 85), Patton (for Maclean 87) Not used: Russell, J.Watson
Supporters' MoM: Luke Woodley
2  first half goals for Matt Maclean proved enough for United to move into pole position in the fledgling league table at E.Grinstead. Rye were out of the blocks quickly and took the lead
just 15 minutes in with a fine strike. 9 minutes later, Maclean popped up in the goal area to
get a touch on Sam Adams goal bound shot to double the lead. On 44 minutes, the home
side gave themselves hope with a brilliantly taken free kick after a foul by Kelly.
The second half saw Grinstead surge forward in waves looking for an equaliser, but the Rye defence held firm, captain Shaun Loft leading by example. There were yellow cards for Upton and McArthur - the latter being cynically targetted by the home side with the aim of getting him sent off. United held out, in spite of eight long minutes of stoppage time to go top of the division for the first time this season after Redhill went down 2-1 at home to 3 Bridges.
East Grinstead Town 1 (44) Rye United 2 (Maclean 15,24)
United: Pelling, Radley, Hales, Loft, Richardson, Kelly, Upton, McArthur, Ramsay, Adams, Maclean.Subs used: J.Watson (for Ramsay 73), Patton (for Upton 75), Rose (for McArthur 80) Not used: Price, Winchester.
Supporters MoM: Shaun Loft
United's seating capacity increased to the required 100 seats when the second part of
 the main stand was installed on Tuesday morning (23.8.11) thanks to the tireless work of  chairman Clive Taylor. Photos will be on the site as soon as I can get my backside
 down there.
Victory would have taken Rye to the top of the league but supporters were left relieved after a battling performance rescued United from defeat at Worthing United, who are managed by former Rye boss Dave Shearing.
There was a surprise start for the talismanic Duncan McArthur but Nathan Russell failed a late fitness test to be replaced by Brett Patton, who has taken to first team football like a duck to water.
The first half was best described as turgid, made worse for Rye when they went one down after 39 minutes.
Half time saw the clearly far from match fit McArthur replaced by Matt Maclean with Jono Richardson replacing Andy Hales. Rye started brightly after the break only to find themselves two behind just before the hour. Within 2 minutes,  Maclean netted a beauty to throw Rye a lifeline. Then, on 72 minutes, he broke down the Worthing United right again, cut in and put his shot over the advancing keeper. The shot looked as though it was going wide but was turned into his own  net by a hapless Worthing United defender. Somehow, the league has given this goal to Maclean as well!
In spite of solid Rye pressure thereafter, the home side hung on for a draw - going down to 10 men after a tackle on Jono Richardson that Bruce Lee would have been proud of.
Worthing Utd 2 (39,59) Rye Utd 2 (Maclean 61, 72)
United: Pelling, Kelly, Hales, Loft, Radley, Patton, Upton, McArthur, Ramsay, Adams, Woodley. Subs: Maclean (for McArthur h.t.), Richardson (for Hales h.t.), Rose (for Woodley 90) Subs not used: Rhodes, Winchester
Supporters MoM: Matt McLean
 United twice came from behind to take a point at newly promoted AFC Uckfield. The home side took the lead after just 8 minutes and their front line always looked a threat. Scott Ramsay slashed home an equaliser in the last minute of the half before Sam Adams produced a great finish just 3 minutes after the break to give United the lead. Moments later, probably the defining moment of the game occured when Scott Ramsay's deft lob nearly made it 3-1, Stafford Browne managing to get back to turn the ball onto the crossbar and away. The home side fashioned an equaliser on the break after 67 minutes and once again took the lead with just 9 minutes remaining when Sean Kelly, who had a superb game, headed into his own net. Just 2 minutes later, Adams secured a point for Rye with a well taken free kick from the edge of the box.
AFC Uckfield 3 (8,67,82(og)) Rye United 3 (Ramsay 45, Adams 48, 83)
United: Pelling, Kelly, Hales, Loft (c), Radley, Russell, Woodley, P.Watson, Ramsay, Adams, McMinigal. Subs used: Patton for McMinigal (32), J.Watson for Russell (72). Unused subs: Rhodes, Rose, Winchester.
Supporters MoM: Sam Adams

A potentially tough ask on the opening day of the season against newly relegated and well fancied Horsham YMCA proved to be more straightforward for a well motivated Rye side. A great team performance saw United to victory with first half goals from Alan McMinigal and Sam Adams. This fails to reflect just how one sided the contest was, with only some last ditch defence saving YM from a major battering. As an attacking force, the home side were utterly shackled by a supreme Rye defence - their first shot on target coming in the 89th minute.

YM 0 United 2 (McMinigal 7, Adams 42)

United: Pelling, Kelly, Hales, Loft (c), Radley, Russell, Woodley, P.Watson, Ramsey, Adams, McMinigal. Subs used: Rhodes for Kelly (60), Rose for Ramsey (85), Patton for McMinigal (89). Unused subs: J.Watson, J.Winchester

Supporters MoM: Alan McMinigal 

Rye United are pleased to announced that Sumo Service and Body Centre will be the new kit sponsor.
Many thanks for the support and here's to a fruitful relationship.

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Pre Season update
Ok, so maybe the riots had nothing to do with United's defeat at Essex Olympian League Canning Town. On the day, it was a sound performance with United dominating for much of the match but the home side's keeper played a blinder and we seemed to have left our shooting boots back on the A21. And there's nothing like a 22 player brawl to spice up a friendly!
A good final workout for the front side before next Saturday's league opener at Horsham YM.
Player-wise, still a few missing due to other commitments but good to see Matt McLean back in the fold.
Best wishes to Canning Town FC for the coming season and their first venture into the FA Vase.


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