Week Eight Match Summaries
Mens 1s v Saxons
It was a double figure goal rampage for the Men’s Ones beating their opponent 10-1. This sees them cement their position at the top of the table. It was an impressive game to spectate and passes were crisp, clean and quick. First half saw goals from half of the team, Dan Lang, Jake Simmons, Hamish Marr, James Partridge and Ollie Turner-Moore all slotting in impressive goals. Following a well drilled attack from Ben James, he was pushed to the ground which resulted in a card for the opposition. This only pushed Crowborough to come back stronger, Ollie Turner-Moore scoring a hatrick after half time with Hamish Marr and Dan Lang adding to the scoreline. The game was stopped multiple times to calm down both teams, the passion and determination strong throughout. In spite of an aggressive game, it ended with a successful result. Thank you to Lucy Smith and Fraser Milne for an impressive umpiring display and for handling the game well.
Ladies Ones v Worthing
It was a tricky home encounter for the Ladies Ones. Despite some passages of excellent play they eventually lost 9-1. The first half was highly competitive with a late goal surge bloating the score. The second half saw Kate Rahn score from an effective short corner after an epic pass from Rosie Rawlings. The ladies persevered and never gave up, continuing to work together. The defence maintained a strong front, with the midfields and forwards never stopping running. A shoulder injury to captain Sam Williams near the end of the match gave the ladies much more incentive to play even harder. Despite the difficulties of the game, the scoreline did not reflect how hard the ladies worked. Lucy Smith got player of the match for an inspiring performance.
Men’s Twos v Crawley 3s
After beating top of the league last week, the Men's 2s travelled to new league leaders, Crawley 3s. Borough started strongly and had much of the possession in the opening exchanges, and took a well deserved lead after some nice link up play between Josh Holman and Joe Joyce saw the latter squeeze the ball past the Crawley keeper. That seemed to wake the home side up though as the battled back into the game with a series of short corners, but it was after a quick counter attack that they equalised. The sides went in level at 1-1, but Borough sensed they could take all three points.
Borough started the second half strongly again and deservedly went in front after defending a short corner, breaking with devastating speed, Joyce found himself one on one with the keeper and calmly slotted it through his legs. Then came the barrage of short corners from Crawley - all successfully defended, including some outstanding saves from keeper, Oli Stone. It was from another short corner that Borough cleared finding Freddie Lee on the Left, who picked out Alex Seath with a brilliant first time pass. Seath found Charlie Phelan in the D who unselfishly laid on Joyce to smash home with aplomb and complete his second hat trick in two weeks. The Crows saw out the remainder of the game, despite have to defend a couple more short corners, 18 in total, to run out 3-1 winners. Player of the match was Phil Newington for a rock solid defensive performance.
Ladies 2s v Hailsham 3s
It was a second win in a row for the Ladies Twos. The Crows dominated the play throughout with chance after chance. This game demonstrated how well the twos can communicate, passing between players becoming easy and successful with each shout. Defence were able to keep the ball out of the D for most of the match, goalkeeper Keren Loder only having to make two saves the entire game. The forwards sprinted almost the entire match, always getting to the ball first and beating the Hailsham defence multiple times to unfortunately put the ball just wide. The Hailsham keeper often went to the floor, having to take instant action to prevent Crowborough balls from going in, Despite the determined goalkeeping, Grace Mercer (3), Naomi Tear (1) and Jess Jolley (1) were able to slot in amazing goals, each with their own unique style. The Crows finished 5-0 winners with the team receiving player of the match due to everyone working effectively together and supporting each other to attain the win.
Mens 3s v Brighton
This was a very tough game but there was still some great passing. The score was 6-1 to Brighton. Steve Valentine scored Crowborough’s goal and the man of the match went to Albion who ran the show in midfield.
Ladies 3s v Worthing 2s
Ladies 3s played away versus Worthing 2s with a 4pm pushback. The match was a pitched battle from the start, with Amy Currie working hard in midfield, and Amber Valentine and Lucy Gibson both producing some impressive runs at goal. Sadly at half-time the score was 2:0.
Following a rousing halftime speech from Amanda Catling the 3s relaunched themselves with some skilful and assertive play from Sadie Ware who took on the role of sweeper for the first time, and Bethy Catling was outstanding, as ever, in defence. Worthing 2s were, however, relentless and the final score was 3:0. The POM went to Cath Rawlings whose skill was repeatedly called into play throughout the match - just awesome.
The Girls Development side played a tight, well contested encounter with Brighton. They were unlucky to lose 3-2 after fighting back to even the scores from 2-0 down. The boys played top of the table Eastbourne and despite a brave display lost 5-0.