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Week 17 Match Summaries

Mens Ones

Mens Ones lost 4-0 to Middleton Ones. Middleton started strongly and took advantage of some defensive errors converting from short corners twice early on. They got a third just before the break making it 3-0 at half time. In the second half, Crowborough made more of a game of it, creating chances but they just couldn’t convert. Middleton scored their 4th from another penalty corner and that’s how the game ended. Player of the match was Tom James.

Womens Ones

Womens Ones battled hard against higher ranking Middleton but fell short 1-0 thanks to an unlucky deflection into goal. Every player battled hard in what was a fast and physical game. The second half was a triumph for Borough as they shut down relentless attacks from Middleton. Crowborough played some superb hockey, using the width brilliantly, and were unlucky not to convert numerous chances. It was a game end to end for 70 minutes.

Mens Twos

Mens Twos had the late kick off at Lingfield. For the first 10 mins Crowborough dominated without a keeper and Joe Joyce popped up to tap in a cracking ball from Sam Chick. Sam Chick celebrated by chasing a player in circles for at least 10 laps of the opposition player before they both fell in a heap laughing. At this point Rufus arrived like a knight in shining armour riding a VW Golf. The second came minutes later when Harry Hook arieled the ball to Hamish who arieled it to Sam Chick who scored on the volley. Sam Chick scored the third as Joe Joyce unselfishly drew the keeper and squared it. The fourth came from Alex Seath who glided down the touchline and scored from a tight angle with a spoonful of controversy. VAR spoke and awarded the goal showing that it does get the right results at times. Crowborough went into half time without their usual Haribos due to Ian Easton being broken so it was a depressing half time team talk. The fifth goal was by Sam Chick who completed his hat trick with another class volley. The final two goals came from Hamish from drag flicks. At some point Lewes scored a penalty flick as Harry hook forgot the rugby wasn’t until later this evening and took out their centre forward earning him doughnut of the day and a yellow card. Good day for the boys, special mention to Rufus’ dad for getting him there legally. Our umpires were incredible and lovely! The game ended in a 7-1 win with Sam Chick getting player of the match! The Borough go marching on!

Womens Twos

Womens Twos played away against Hailsham at 13:00pm. The game got off to the best possible start with a goal for the Crows in the first minute! The half continued to be just as successful, a further three goals being scored by the Twos. The goalkeeper rarely had to touch the ball, as it barely made it past the midfield because of excellent marking and intercepting. The Crows lost their drive during the second half, conceding two goals from the opposition. However, they also scored an additional goal which kept the moral up. The two short corners awarded to the team were amazing to watch, everyone "swarming the D" (the Twos new catchphrase) to try and get their goal! Fiona Von-Hinten got an injury to the foot after a hard ball from the opposition's centre back but remained a vital part of the attack, shouting much-needed encouragement from the sidelines. Goals came from Fiona Von-Hinten (2), Charlotte Richardson (1), Josie Mitchell (1) and Meg Shaw (1). Meg Shaw was rewarded player of the match for her great work at wingback and her spectacular goal. The game ended in a 5-2 win, taking the Twos winning streak up to three games now.

Mens Threes

The Threes had a late push back in Lewes, playing under floodlights. An early chance for the Crows went begging but the team were looking much more dynamic and positive than the last couple of games. Lewes came close with a short corner and then missed from a second. Lovely work from Joel forced a Crowborough short corner, and they were unlucky not to score. Poor communication was the cause of Lewes’ first goal, closely followed by a second when the Crowborough defence was nowhere to be seen. Better passage of play saw Crowborough threatened the Lewes goal, but unfortunately they were unable to convert the pressure into goals. A Lewes mistake and a neat pass from Austin saw Ru take possession at the edge of the D and he made no mistake with a fine goal. Unfortunately Lewes restored their two goal advantage immediately with some sharp passing and finishing. Crowborough finished the first half strongly, and the score line did not reflect the chances they had had. They carried on with some tidy passing play and strong pressure in the second half and saw two chances just pass the wrong side of the post. Lewes were dangerous on the break but excellent defending from Nick and Graham saw off much of the threat. Alex was extremely unlucky not to score when his shot was stopped on the line, but the Crowborough pressure finally paid off as he put away a loose ball in a goalmouth scramble. A massive effort from the whole Crowborough team resulted in a short corner that was saved off the line. Lewes' star man scored an amazing individual goal at the end to leave the final score 4-2 in their favour. Player of the match went to Austin Hoper.

Womens Threes

Womens Threes played away to South Downs Twos at Steyning with a 14:30pm pushback. The opposition caught Borough napping with a goal in the first 2 minutes, and Borough fought hard to focus in the first half, especially as Bethy Catling was injured and had to come off. Despite low squad numbers Borough juggled players around to bolster defence and Caroline Webb stepped up, and shone, as centre back. At the end of the first half it was 3-0 but Borough were not disheartened and came back with energy and enthusiasm. The second half saw some skilful defending by Bethy Catling, Jess Ikeson and Alison Youlton and some inspired saves from Jane French and Lottie Ikeson! Midfield saw Eve Tayler, Sophia Dennett and Jo Alker working hard, and there were several cracking shots on goal from Amber Valentine and Anoushka Wolfe that sadly were saved. The final score was 4-0. A tough match but a marked improvement on the last match against South Downs Twos. Player of the match was Lottie Ikeson for her strength, skills, impressive tackles and the two immense saves she pulled out the bag - just awesome.

Boys Development Squad

The boys arrived at Hazelwick school to find that the pitch had not been booked. So they turned around and came home again with no game to play.

Girls Development Squad

The girls lost 5-2 to Burgess Hill, showing some excellent play in the final quarter when they scored both of their goals. The sideline support was immense and the game ended on such a high that all the girls came off with smiles on their faces.

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