Match Summaries Week One
Mens One’s campaign got off to a rocky start against Mid Sussex with a 2-0 loss. The first half was fiercely combated with both sides creating chances but unable to break the deadlock. Mid way through the second half Mid Sussex broke the deadlock converting from a short corner. Crowborough rallied winning a penalty stroke from a blocked Will Prime shot created by an impressive run from Jake Flynn. The Stroke was saved however and Mid Sussex capitalised scoring a second in open play. Crowborough continued to press creating further chances but couldn’t convert. Player of the Match went to Lyle French and Chris Cowen.
Ladies Ones played against East Grinstead and lost 3-0. Match summary to follow soon...
Mens Twos welcomed Crawley Threes for the opening game of the season. The Crows started with a really high tempo, moving the ball quickly and pressing the opposition well. Borough created numerous chances through Ian Easton, Freddie Lee, Joe Joyce and Alex Seath, but they found the Crawley keeper in outstanding form, saving everything thrown at him. The Crows broke the deadlock after 20 minutes from a penalty corner, when Matt Burns picked out Darren Pulman to sweep in at the back post. Joyce quickly added a second with a smart finish, before turning provider for the goal of the match following a passing move that started in their own 23, Joyce drew the keeper before squaring to Lee who duly swept into an empty net. The second half proved much of the same with Crawley creating few chances, but when they did the defence of Harry Hook, Harry Hamilton-Brown, Rory Pamphilon and Steven Burns more than up to the task. Pulman added another from a well worked short corner. Another well worked move saw Joyce find Will Sermon to slot home. Despite the Crawley keepers heroics, Save of the Game went to Rufus Jones in the Crowborough goal, pulling off a diving save to preserve his clean sheet. There was still time for Joyce to add another before full time to round off a superb start to the season for the Crows. The game finished 6-0 with Joe Joyce winning Player of the Match for his two goals and two assists.
Ladies Twos travelled to Burgess Hill at 16:30pm. The game got off to a tremendous start with everyone playing their positions expertly and communicating well. Unfortunately, the opposition scored the first goal from a short corner. However, Josie Mitchell was able to lift the ball into the net only minutes later. Wingbacks Allison Youlton, Claire North and Rach Catling worked hard at getting the ball up the pitch whilst Becky Ikeson and Meg Bissett in central defence did some excellent clearance work. Jess Jolley and Fiona Von-Hinton proved to be skilled central defensive midfielders with Zara Green and Vicky Dennett using their speed to their advantage when getting to the ball first. Grace Mercer, Josie Mitchell and Zoe Swan were excellent in the attacking D but were only able to find the goalkeepers pads. Burgess Hill scored the last goal of the game making the overall score 2-1. Player of the Match went to Josie Mitchell for her goal and excellent tackling.
Despite their captain being away, the Threes won 4-3. Goals were scored by Alex Walton-Turner (2), Graham (1) and Dave (1). A huge well done to Harry Mercer who played his first game in goal and demonstrated an inspiring performance.
Ladies Threes played at home to Worthing Phoenixes with a 10.30am pushback. Another tight week for availability meant that players were challenged with covering a range of positions. New players Jennie Turner and Emma Fordham worked hard on pitch, alongside the seasoned players, against the Worthing onslaught. The second half saw Borough attacking hard and taking many shots at goal but sadly none connected. The final score was a 0-3 defeat. Player of the Match was Jennie Turner who truly gave it her all. Special thanks to Vice Captain Sarah Mercer for covering.
Boys Youth Academy
The Boys had an epic game against Hailsham today where they won 11-2! Goal scorers were Woody (1), Beau (3), Harry (1), Harvey (3), Ben (2) and Eddie (1 with another one disallowed). The team also had three debuts from George, Riyad and Albie who was in goal. It was reported back that everyone loved the game and enjoyed every second.
Girls Youth Academy
The Girls lost 2-0 against East Grinstead in a valiant display this morning.