Mens Ones played away against East Grinstead at 10:30am. The men dominated large parts of the game and deserved better but an unlucky 10 minutes in the second half cost the team two goals. It ended in a 3-2 loss which was a spectacular result against the top of the league. Player of the match went to Dan Credland who expertly scored both goals but good performances all around.
Mens Twos played at home against Horsham at 13:30pm. Captain Hamish Marr said the game was "the best performance of the season, we played so well. And they were a lovely team so that made it so much better". A special mention to Hamish for scoring possibly the best hockey goal Crowborough spectators have seen, dominating the opposition's defence before lobbing the goalie! The game ended in a 4-2 win with goals for Charlie Ralph, Hamish Marr, Joe and Sam Chick.
Mens Threes played away against East Grinstead at 12:00pm. Thank you to Jim Porter who provided this match summary. "A cold but bright winter's afternoon saw the Men's Threes take on an experienced and strong East Grinstead team. The Threes showed glimpses of the excellent passing game that they have developed over the last few months, with player of the match Albion Ayden outstanding in midfield. A spirited performance and a second-half goal from Freddie Lee gave the Crows something to cheer but East Grinstead were too strong and ultimately came out 8-1 winners."
Ladies Ones played away against Burgess Hill at 10:30am. The match saw the ladies battle against a strong and fast opposition, pushing them to the limits of their hockey experience. Two goals from captain Sam Williams and another from young forward Rosie Rawlings secured the win. The ladies won 3-1 with player of the match going to Rosie Rawlings for her impressive goal and awesome gameplay.
Ladies Twos played at home against Brighton at 12:00pm. This first half was dominated by the Crows, most of the 35 minutes being spent in the Brighton half. Unfortunately, after many shots on target and magnificent teamwork, the ladies just could not find the goal. However, the second half finally saw the Crows secure a goal from a well-drilled short corner. After that, the ladies once again dominated the game, scoring another two goals to secure the win. Goals came from Naomi Tear, Rose James and Emma Chrismas, the game ending in a 3-0 win. Rose James was named player of the match for her excellent performance down the left half of the pitch and her awesome goal.
Ladies Threes played at home against Bedes at 10:30am. After having played Bedes for their first ever game and losing 12-0, the ladies did not dread this game but rather became more determined to improve. The first half saw the Crows battle hard, working to their limits to keep the young opposition from scoring. Not only did they succeed for 25 minutes, but Rachel Valentine also managed to score a goal, the second goal Bedes had conceded so far this season. Unfortunately, the speed and skill of the opposition meant that the game ended in a 7-1 loss. The ladies did not feel defeated but rejoiced over their improvement and achievement. Player of the match went to goalie Cath Rawlings for her spectacular saves and dedication to the team, managing to save countless shots on goal whilst directing the defence and staying completely focused. It was an amazing game to watch.
Girls Development played away against Lewes at 12:00pm. Hilary Brown stepped in as coach this week and gave this match summary. "The girls played extremely well with the half time score only being 1-0. This goal was scored against Crows very early on and we then retaliated but unfortunately did not score. The second half saw Lewes score 5 more goals though the defence worked really hard. The last 10 minutes or so saw the Crows in charge and having many shots on goal but not finding the goal. Everyone played hard throughout and Jess Ikeson made some great saves or the score could have been much worse. They are a lovely group of girls and I loved coaching them." The match ended in a 6-0 loss but development are determined to come back even stronger next week. Well done Crows!