Week 14 Match Summaries
Mens Ones played at home against Worthing at 13:30pm. Worthing opened the scoring, taking the lead half way through the first half. Crowborough responded with goals from Hamish Marr to take a 2-1 lead at half time. Worthing equalised early in the second half but again, Crowborough responded a few minutes later, restoring their lead with Hamish’s third. The game remained competitive with both sides creating chances. Crowborough finally extended their lead with 5 mins remaining with Ollie Turner-Moore converting from the spot after an earlier shot was blocked on the line by a Worthing foot. The game was put to bed in the final minute with Hamish scoring from the top of the circle after some beautiful team play down the right. The team managed a superb win over Worthing with the match finishing 5-2. Goal scorers were Hamish with 4 and Ollie with 1. Player of the match was shared between Ben Martin and Ollie Turner-Moore but credit to everyone today as all played their part.
Mens Threes played at home against St Francis at 10:30am. The game saw the men battle constantly for the ball, the pressure high throughout. From a spectators point of view, the men passed excellently and the pushing forward from the younger players was super impressive. Unfortunately, despite this great play, the game ended in a 6-2 loss. The club would like to give a massive get well soon to Freddie Lee who was taken off the pitch after an injury involving a stick to the head, a huge shame as he was playing amazingly well beforehand. We wish you a speedy recovery!
Ladies Ones played at Lingfield against Brighton at 10:15am. Both teams started strongly with Brighton holding more possession. Crowborough stepped up, closing down the Brighton attack and pressing up as a unit from defence. The second half saw an early goal from Brighton, but Crowborough continued to defend solidly and keep pressure on the Brighton defence, equalising from a short corner 10 minutes later. Crowborough relentlessly closed down Brighton attacks in a great team performance. The team drew 1-1 against top of the league! It was a fantastic performance from everyone with player of the match going to Sandra Stepple for saving a penalty flick. Lottie Richardson scored the goal expertly.
Ladies Twos played away against Burgess Hill at 16:30pm. The first half ended in a 0-0 draw, the score not reflecting the amount of effort and teamwork displayed by the side. Goalkeeper Keren Loder kept the team in the game with a spectacular top corner save which impressed both teams and the umpires collectively. The second half saw the opposition receive a penalty flick, Keren missing the ball by just a few centimetres. However, going behind did not stop Crowborough at all. Our first goal was scored by Rosie Rawlings, a proper team goal skilfully deflected in by Rosie's stick. Her celebration was one of complete surprise! Our second goal was scored by Annie Marr, driving into the D solo and striking hard and fast. The last goal came from Charlotte Richardson from a short corner, her shot precise and impressive. The whole game included top-class communication, passing, tackling, attacking, defending and shooting. Each and every player stood out in their own ways and everyone enjoyed playing. The game ended in a 3-1 win, player of the match going to Bethy Catling for her selfless attacking play despite her multiple injuries (a result of her undeniable determinism).
Ladies Threes played away against Worthing at 11:30am. Lara Swan led out the Womens 3s against a formidable and disciplined Worthing side. It was a heated battle from the start with impressive play from both the defence, mid field and the forwards. Cath Rawlings skilfully saw off numerous attacks on goal, and Sophie Holcombe was sadly denied a goal in the second half. The whole team played with grit and determination, and saw the match end in a 0-0 score. Amy Currie secured player of the match with some excellent play in her second ever hockey game and a huge thank you to Rachel Valentine for this awesome match summary.
Boys Development played away against Hailsham at 12:30pm. The team lost 2-1 but it was a great game which saw more than twenty shots saved. The opposition had significantly less shots and unfortunately scored 2 of those opportunities. We spent 90%of time in their half which was a huge improvement to previous weeks. Player of the match went to the spectacular Jude Fuller!
Girls Development played at home against Brighton at 12:00pm. Despite the opposition being slightly depleted and having to put their coach in goal, Brighton scored within the first five minutes. However, this did not effect the girl's play in the slightest, each and every one of them playing their hardest for the full 70 minutes. The defence were fantastic, clearing the ball effectively and tackling with some awesome precision. The midfielders did not stop running the whole game and worked back when needed. The forwards communicated well, calling for the ball and making spectacular runs up the pitch. Zoey Wood scored her goal at the beginning of the second half, driving the ball into the bottom corner. The game ended in a 1-1 draw which was a huge improvement to last time they played Brighton. Each and every girl played amazingly and the team spirit was as high as ever. The improvement shown is huge and the girls hope to continue their expert play throughout the rest of the season. A huge well done to Phoebe, Bethany and Emily who are still relatively new to the team but were still able to communicate effectively with other team members as well as play with confidence.