Match cancelled by opposition due to adverse weather.
Womens Ones battled hard against Eastbourne and secured a 1-0 win. The first half saw a levelled performance from both sides, the midfield and defence stopping Eastbourne attacks, turning play around to provide reciprocal pressure. Down to 11 players in the second half, Crowborough made the break through converting a short corner courtesy of Grace Mercer. The final 10 minutes showed how Borough battled with grit to keep the score line in their favour.
Promotion chasing Crowborough Mens Twos hosted Worthing Fives. The early running was all Crowborough as they created numerous chances, but found the Worthing keeper in fine form. The deadlock was broken when the marauding Phil Newington, up from the back was tripped in the circle and Sam Chick stepped up to put the resulting penalty flick away with aplomb. Borough continued to pile on the pressure, including Hamish Marr attempting an audacious reverse flick that left the keeper helpless, only to rebound off the crossbar. The Crows did double their lead before halftime though, through another set piece, this time Darren Pulman applying the finish to a slick short corner. Despite the 2-0 lead at half-time, the score line did reflect the dominance that Borough had enjoyed in the first half and they set about rectifying that right from the start of the second half as Chick raced down the right wing and across the base line before picking out Marr, who calmly lifted it over the keeper. Three became four as Marr beat his man in the circle before slotting home. Alex Seath got in on the act as he burst into the circle from the left flank, drew the keeper, before lifting it into the side netting from an almost impossibly narrow angle. Ian Easton looked like he'd got his name on the scoresheet but somehow managed to hit the most when scoring would have been easier. He did make amends a few moments later though, when Greg Surridge's scything pass from midfield found him at the back post and he made no mistake this time. At 6-0 down, Worthing decided to come out of their shell, and after putting the Borough defence did manage to score a consolation goal. However, there was still time for Marr to complete his hat-trick, working himself half a yard of space, before smashing it into the bottom corner. The final score was 7-1, with Harry Hook winning player of the match. Thank you to Brett Parish and Fraser Milne who were both described to have umpired perfectly and made the game as fun as they could.
Crowborough's Womens Twos played away against top of the league Lewes. Expecting to have a difficult game, the women stepped on the pitch with the aim to just enjoy their hockey. Lewes scored first with a well-drilled run into the D, getting past the defence and keeper only once within the whole game. That gave Crowborough the motivation they needed to get their heads in the game. And they definitely did! Fiona Von-Hinton scored an excellent goal with her reverse stick which caused much celebration from the team. Going in to half time at 1-1, an excellent team talk from Sam Williams and Vicky Dennett mean that the women went back on to the pitch determined to show what they could do. The midfielders Hannah Walker, Jennie Turner, Charlotte Richardson and Vicky Dennett demonstrated some excellent passing skills between them and the forward line throughout the match. Defenders Meg Bissett, Rach Catling, Meg Shaw, Claire North and Tilly Rider-Richardson all had great games, allowing very little past them and transferring beautifully. Goalkeeper Keren Loder was in top-form, doing anything she could to prevent the ball going in and showed just how spectacular of a goalie she can be. Forwards Zoey Wood, Fiona Von-Hinton, Josie Mitchell and Sophie Holcombe really did have amazing communication, stamina and shots throughout the game which gave the rest of the team the much needed hope they have been needing for the last few weeks. Charlotte Richardson scored the team's second goal from a skilful short corner and Josie Mitchell scored the team's third. Crowborough won 3-1 and with much delight gave Josie Mitchell player of the match with a huge shoutout to Keren Loder. A massive thank you to Sam Williams who came along to support and was a big factor in why the ladies won.
Men's Threes hosted St Francis in a early morning session. From the frosted pitch at the start of the game until the end of the game it was a battle. Unfortunately the team entered half time at 0-1 despite a number of goal opportunities. James Lee was a strong presence up front and Steve Valentine had an effort go just wide. In the second half, Borough fought well but St Francis got into their stride and the game eventually ended 3-0.
Womens Threes turned a frown upside down this week when they had a walkover but managed to play a friendly against Eastbourne Threes with a 10am pushback instead. Borough knew it would be challenging playing against a team from the top of the league above them but absolutely pulled out all the stops. The final score was a 4-0 defeat but the team gained valuable experience by playing such tough opponents. The player of the match was Eve Taylor whose athleticism and enthusiasm seemed limitless.
Boys Development Squad
A first half game playing the GB formation of 1-3-4-3 meant the boys controlled the middle of the pitch allowing them to move the ball around and producing very few opportunities for Hailsham to attack. Beau Boulton opened the scoring with a beautiful strike into the corner of the goal. The other goals scored by Rendell, Blake, W Boulton, Sermon and B Boulton. The second half saw a new formation to try and maintain the attack with the defence moving forward to try and score and the attack moving back to defend. The game ended in a well-deserved 6-1 win!
Girls Development Squad
The girls played a friendly against themselves, everyone gaining some extra hockey experience.