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Ringwood Town grab first win in 12 games with victory over Totton & Eling



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RINGWOOD Town took all three points for the first time in 12 games after Joe Petty and Ryan Hamm struck to defeat Totton & Eling 2-1 at Long Lane.

Their victory lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone, with Joe Steel's 84th-minute consolation goal coming too late for the Millers to stage a comeback.

There was a welcome addition to the Ringwood line-up, with Richard Morse drafting in the returning Ryan Osman at left-back after the defender left the club in the summer to take a break from football.

Ringwood Town's Joe Petty (photo: Ian Middlebrook)
Ringwood Town's Joe Petty (photo: Ian Middlebrook)

Ringwood started well and fashioned chances right from the whistle, with captain Ben Harris and top-scorer Harry Smith testing Millers' keeper Ollie Eyres, and Hamm emerging second best after going through one-on-one with Eyres.

With almost 20 minutes played, Owen Roles tested the Ringwood goal for the first time, with keeper Joel Hirdle saving well.

The hosts' opening goal came from a fierce strike from Petty, with his shot from the edge of the box finding the bottom left-hand corner after 25 minutes.

After the break, Totton & Eling looked the more dangerous side, with Israel Matonga narrowly flagged offside before Nehniah Burke and Rory Wood forced Hirdle into action.

However, Hamm pounced to score the next goal for Ringwood after 55 minutes, cutting in from the left and smashing the ball in off the underside of the bar.

Ringwood managed the rest of the match and limited their local rivals' chances.

With six minutes left, an unmarked Steel found the net to offer a glimmer of hope. However, the final whistle came with all three points going to the Ringwood.

After the game, Ringwood Town manager Morse said: "All the team worked really hard all over the park, and it is good to see all the hard work over the last few weeks pay off as it did."

"We had six good chances in the first 15 minutes, and I started to think it might be one of those days again where we don't take our chances.

"I felt we managed the game well after taking the lead, but they did have a little spell late on, and I was a little bit disappointed we conceded.

Ringwood Town: J. Hirdle, M. Mason, R. Osman, J. Petty, J. Barton, C. Horton, H. Fay, J. Taylor, R. Hamm, B. Harris, H. Smith. Subs: J. Holford, B. Smith, M. Cole, J. Knight, C. Hitchings.

Totton & Eling: O. Eyres, J. Higdon, O. Roles, J. Blackburn, G. Matonga, J. Steele, J. Rose, D. Borges, R. Wood, N. Burke, I. Matonga. Subs: S. Ellis, T. Willcox.



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