There was a bit of a frantic start to the day. With it looking like the game was unlikely to go ahead, 30 mins before our scheduled leave time the surprising news came through that the Brighton pitch was playable. Cue rapid getting out of PJs and putting on MANY layers for the team. We arrived in good time and in good spirits to a pitch bathed in winter sunshine. The match started with Brighton pushing hard and showing some skillful play, nifty play. We found ourselves 2 down in the first 10 minutes. The team rallied and started to play some nice passing hockey and dug in deep to work as a team to block the Brighton attacks. Brighton had well oiled penalty corner routines but with Tilly sprinting out and cover by Dani, Kate, Michelle, Amanda and Sandra, we kept them a bay.
The half finished 2-0. Crowborough regrouped at half time and moved to a different formation. The half started well with some lovely passing in midfield from Sam, Charlotte and Sharon and some great switching out to the wings where Rosie worked tirelessly all game. The forwards worked hard as a unit of Tiger, Zoey, Grace and Alice, latching onto through balls. Increasing the pressure Crowborough final scored through a great finish from Sam. The half played out with some resilient defending and more breakaway attacks but we couldn't find the equalising goal. A well spirited game facilitated by some great umpiring finishing 2-1. Despite the loss all players left the pitch with smiles having given their all. Player of the Match went to Amanda Catling.
Mens Threes played away in Middleton this afternoon. The journey on A27 was grim, the pitch at Littlehampton was hard, the air temperature was just above freezing and there was a thick fog in the air. Middleton were fielding a strong squad and Borough’s stand-in goalkeeper Harry Mercer was kept busy from the start, despite sterling efforts from the back line. At half-time the score was 0-4. In the second half Borough went 6-0 down before a fantastic fight back saw James Lee open the scoring with a skilful rebound goal off the keeper. The team, reinvigorated, produced some strong passages of play with some exemplary passing in midfield that ultimately found a way through the opposition’s defence and led to Stuart Smith scoring. The final score was a 6-2 defeat, and Player of the Match was Ru Martin for his fantastic stamina and skills in the back line.