Cup run over!
Crowborough Women’s 2s 0 – Sevenoaks Women’s 5s - 2
A closely fought cup tie saw Crowborough eventually succumb to the forward momentum of their visitors to crash out of the Cup.
The home side began well with excellent link up play across the midfield setting up a series of chances. Distribution from the back was strong with Tilly Ryder-Richardson controlling play. Sevenoaks began to exert pressure and Crows keeper Keren Loder did well to save a penalty flick.
A diving shot by Sevenoaks saw them break the deadlock in the second half, which led to a number of counter attacking runs from Zoey Wood and Grace Mercer. Player of the match Rosie Rawlings was playing end to end and the home side looked most likely to score next.
However, as the rain pelted down an accidental collision saw the Crows down a player for ten minutes and the visitors took advantage. With minutes to go they scored a second and the hill became too much for Crowborough to climb.
The side had featured a quartet of regular Threes players who looked at home at this level and made a large contribution to the well-battled game.
Crowborough Boys JDL squad 1 Worthing 4
A depleted Crowborough side dropped their first points of the season as they battled stormy conditions against a strong Worthing side. Despite the defeat there was lots of excellent play from the youngsters. The skilful Oscar Fulham and energetic Eddie Dennett provided some lovely link up play in centre midfield, with the latter inches away from slotting in at the far post after a desperate dive.
Woody Boulton was dominant in defence, ably assisted by the speedy Eddie Mercer, the solid stopper Ethan Blake and the game reading Harvey Holman-Williams who took a series of roles. Goalkeeper Albie Stubbing made some crucial saves, one deflecting expertly around his near post.
Playing in the wide roles George Lawson and Will Rendell showed some excellent forward movement finding more space as the game opened up. Beau Boulton provided a focal point up front and was a constant menace to the opposition, scoring from the edge of the D.
Debutants Hayden Smith and Connor Bosse grew more and more into the game, making some excellent runs and providing constant energy.
However Worthing were experts of the counter attack and their superb transitional play saw them finish as victors.