Mens Ones made it ten wins from ten with a 6-2 win against Crawley. Goals were provided by James Partridge, Dan Lang, Chris Cowan, Will Prime and a brace from Hamish Marr. There was also a hat trick of assists from Oli Turner-Moore. This uncatchable position ensured them three points. The game ended in a 6-2 win and man of the match went to Jake Flynn. This result sees Crowborough pull away at the top of Division Two. They have a perfect 30 points from 10 games. Their nearest rivals Mid Sussex sit five points below in second. Their last match before the winter break is away to East Grinstead who are midtable with 13 points.
Ladies 1's hosted Horsham 3's. After two tough weeks, Boro came out fighting and raring to go from the first whistle. Crowborough applied pressure from defence through to the forward line, closing down Horsham's play stepping up and being first to the ball each time. The 10-player press saw Crowborough use the width of the pitch, passing beautifully to cut through the Horsham defence. After continued pressure, Crowborough made the breakthrough with a strike from Sam Williams. Crowborough continued to break down Horsham attacks, defenders Claire Bennett, Dani Newitt, Michelle Hulse, Becky Ikeson and Kate Innes rotated well and sparked the second goal. Overturning the Horsham attack, the ball was swiftly played out to the right flank. Brooke Steadman receiving, moving the ball up the line to Kate Baxter who charged the base line drawing the keeper out - a deft pass gave Sharon McGinley the opportunity to slip the ball home. Whilst Crowborough continued to apply pressure and break down Horsham attacks during the second half, Horsham used their two pacey forwards to hit through the lines and counter. Horsham converted a short corner to bring them within a goal of Crowborough, who then went on to score when Williams was on the receiving end of a golden cross into the D by Sharon McGinley. Horsham went on to convert another shoer corner and scored an open play goal to bring the scores level in the final ten minutes. Crowborough continued to keep the momentum up, and despite possession and opportunity, the game finished with a well deserved 3-3 draw.
Men's 2s travelled to Brighton 7s, looking to get back to winning ways with only 11 players. The Crows started nervously and Brighton took full advantage to take a 1-0 lead. The goal woke Borough up and they started to assert themselves on the game with some quick movement and slick passing. It didn't take long for Borough to equalise when Sam Chick raced down the right wing before picking out Freddie Lee who duly applied the finish. The Crows then took the lead when Lee pounced on a loose ball in midfield, drove towards goal and lobbed the keeper from the edge of the circle. The initial shot hit the post, but Lee was first to react to stick away the rebound. The Crows were firmly on top now and scored their third when Matt Burns squared to Josh Holman to slot it home. Borough added to their lead right on the stroke of half time, when Lee threaded the ball through to Harry Hook in the circle, one on one with the keeper and he smashed it into the bottom corner. Borough started the second half well, continuing to control the game and Lee soon completed his hat trick after a solo run down the left, cut into D and passed it into the back of the net. The last 10 minutes saw the Crows come under much more pressure as the fresh legs of Brighton began to tell, but Borough held firm until a last minute penalty flick, saw Brighton score a consolation goal. The game finished in a 5-2 win. Man of the match was Freddie Lee for his hat trick and all round brilliant play.
Despite Crowborough starting the match the brighter, Lewes showed their strength and surged, resulting in a 5-0 loss. The Crows began with a series of six short corners that Grace Mercer injected with precision and power. Josie M made a series of powerful runs through their defence and the home side looked most likely to score first. Unfortunately once the first Lewes goal went in, the tide turned their way. Keren Loder made some top class saves and Amber Valentine made a strong competitive debut this season for the Twos.
Mens 3’s played away to Worthing with a late 4pm pushback. The match was fast paced. Crowborough as a team of young and mature players with developing skills, used the match to gel with some great passing midfield play by Daniel Sudworth, Sam Alker and Ollie Sanday. Harry Mercer also deserves a mention for his strong play. Dan Grunwell scored in the first half for Crowborough. The final score was a 3-1 defeat. Man of the match went to Ollie Sanday for his impressive play in a position new to him - brilliant!
The threes played away against Crawley 2s with a 10.30am pushback. Conditions were very cold and the pitch was very bouncy but Crowborough hit the ground running with some great midfield play from Amy Currie and Hannah Walker, and some impressive up front play from Jen Brough and Eve Taylor. At halftime the score was 0:0. Fiona Von Hinton led the halftime team talk and followed that by opening the scoring for Boro early in the second half. Crawley made numerous attacks on goal but were expertly kept at bay by Sam Williams, and the defensive play by Jess Ikeson was superb. Rachel Valentine used her excellent positional sense to put away a second goal for Crowborough just before the whistle blew. The game ended in a 2-0 win. Player of the match went to Hannah Walker who, despite it being her first adult match, managed to play with speed, confidence and skill.