Week 19 Match Summaries
Mens Ones played at home against South Saxons at 13:30pm. The men began strongly with an excellent goal from Ollie Turner-Moore after four minutes. This was swiftly followed by goals from Dan Credland, Tom James and another one from Ollie for the Crows to be 4-0 up at half time. An eventful second half saw another six goals in favour of the Crows (from Ollie Turner-Moore, Jake Holman, Rohan Milne, Mike Lindley and two more from Dan Credland) as well as two yellow cards to the other team. Some incredible passing and speed was shown throughout and was definitely reflected in the score. The game ended in an amazing, well-deserved 10-0 win.
Mens Threes played away against Lewes at 16:30pm. The men looked to secure a historic double against rivals Lewes and quickly imposed themselves on the game when Joe Joyce put a great ball through to Freddie Lee who smashed home a stunning opener. The Crows increased their lead thanks to a smart run and cross from Olly Sanday finding Ian Easton who turned sharply and fired a superb strike into the net. Lewes responded well, with Rufus Jones making some fine saves despite the low sun making it near impossible to see but he was unable to stop two well taken short corners putting the home side level. Crowborough got themselves back in front following some fine work on the right by Harry Hamilton-Brown and James Lee, who's cross was turned in at the far post by Steve Valentine. And it was striker Valentine that extended the lead further with a sharp finish after superb interplay in midfield from Joel Street and Ian Easton. The half was not over with Lewes able to find time for another goal before the break. The unrelenting pace of the game continued in the second half when the superb Tim Porter found Ian Easton, who outwitted a couple of defenders and slotted home a neat finish. Yet again, Lewes hit back from another short corner to keep the game evenly contested. The home side could well have been level but formidable defending from Graham Clampin kept the team in front. And it was following another Lewes attack that the Crows got their 6th goal when a clearance from Fraser Milne found Sam Alker on the wing and his quick pass allowed Freddie Lee to coolly slot it around the keeper for his second goal. In the final minute, the home side got a consolation goal from a penalty flick to round off an evenly contested game played in an excellent spirit. The game ended in a 6-5 win with player of the Match going to Freddie Lee for posing so much danger up front and his hard running throughout the game.
Ladies Ones played at home against Mid Sussex at 12:00pm. It was a challenging first half with the Crows conceding two goals despite their quick passing and impressive skill. The second half saw the ladies push for goals, defending desperately as well as using any breakaways to their advantage. It took more than the physicality of the opposition to sway the ladies, each member of the team relentlessly fighting back. Goals came when Sharon McGinley struck home as well as Kate Baxter firing one perfectly into the net. The game ended in a well-earned 2-2 draw.
Ladies Twos played at home against Southdowns at 10:30am. The game began with an early goal from the opposition, signifying what was to be a difficult game. Naomi Tear put some fighting spirit back into the side with her first goal. Fi Von-Hinton did an awesome knee-slide to score the second Crowborough goal to put the team ahead at half time. An unlucky deflection after some skilful defending and yet another goal put the Crows behind due to the quick passing from the opposition. The ladies did not let this effect their game and with less than ten minutes to go, Alice Webb swept one in from a short-corner. This attack as well as some desperate last-minute defending meant that the game ended in a 3-3 draw, potentially losing Southdowns the league title. Player of the match went to the team as everyone played well individually and as a group. It was an epic display for their final match of the season and the ladies cannot wait to be back playing together soon. Their final position in their league is a well-earned 4th place!
Ladies Threes played away against Crawley at 10:30am. The pitch was bouncy and challenging but the first half saw some slick play with great runs from Lucy Gibson and Grace Mercer, some skilful midfield play by Sophia Dennett and Katie Shearn, and an amazing penalty save by Jane French. Crawley then reasserted themselves against Crowborough’s attacking play and this led to one of their defender’s being green carded just before the half time whistle. The second half saw the Crows doing some good triangle passes and a great one-two pass from Rachel Valentine saw Lucy Gibson open the scoring. Crowborough continued with the pressure but Crawley were relentless and had repeated short corners which were all well defended by Lara Swan, Jo Alker, Sarah Mercer and Jane French. Special mention to Jess and Becky Ikeson who returned to the pitch for their first time after Covid and both played great defensive games. The match finished with Crawley taking and winning a penalty. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with player of the match going to Jane French for stepping in as goalie and being amazing at it!