Ladies Ones played at home against Eastbourne at 10:00am. Crowborough fought hard and gave Eastbourne a very defensive game. After many short corners and attempted goals, the Crows won a penalty flick. Suddenly centre back Michelle Hulse came running up with her hand in the air extremely keen to take the P-flick, and scored! This lifted the ladies spirits and Naomi Tear went on to score another goal for Crowborough after Annie Marr had one goal disallowed. The game ended 2-0 to Crowborough with player of the match going to Michelle Hulse.
Mens Ones played at home against Worthing at 12:00pm. Mens Ones continued their winning start with a 5-2 win. It was a highly competitive and physical game which was well contested in the first half but Crowborough stepped up the quality in the second half putting the game well out of Worthing's reach. Four goals were scored by Dan Lang and one was scored by Ollie Turner-Moore who also got player of the match.
Ladies Twos played at home against Mid Sussex at 13:30pm. Crowborough started determined but when they conceded two goals early on in the game it shook them slightly. However, the ladies did not stop pushing back. They had numerous attacks and great runs up the wing by Sophie Holcombe and Tilly Rider-Richardson. Meg Bissett, Alison Youlton and Claire North worked tirelessly at the back with little time to rest between each attack. The midfield mostly helped defending but were great support on the occasional attacking opportunity. Unfortunately game ended in a 4-0 loss for the ladies with Josie Mitchell being awarded player of the match for her inspiring display up front. However, Crowborough are determined to come back strong next week with a spectacular win!
Mens Twos played away against Worthing at 14:30pm. The men travelled down to Worthing to face a team relegated from the league above last season. The Crows started brightly as right from the push back they attacked with Sam Chick crashing a fierce drive just wide of the post. Borough continued to be the brighter side, but it was Worthing that opened the scoring with their first real attack of the game. Worthing gained some confidence from their goal and soon doubled their lead. 'Borough responded well though, claiming more possession and beginning to dictate the game more on their terms, the midfield of Rory Pamphilon, Steven Burns, Sam Chick and Ashley Fishenden were moving the ball around nicely and making the Worthing midfield chase shadows at times. The Crows pulled a goal back from a well worked short corner; Joe Joyce slipped the ball to Matt Burns, who shaped to shoot before rolling it into the path of the onrushing Cameron McCabe who deftly lifted the ball into roof of the net, giving the Worthing Keeper no chance. Unfortunately, Worthing replied almost instantly with a rapid counter attack left their striker one on one with goalkeeper Rufus Jones, who got a pad to it, but couldn't prevent it squeezing in at his near post. Worthing scored a fourth to make the score 4-1 at half time with the scoreline not reflecting how much the Crows had brought to the game. the 2nd half started slowly with both sides trying to make inroads, but the defences standing strong. Charlie Ralph and Harry Hamilton-Brown at the back for Crowborough refusing to concede another goal made some strong tackles and defended a number short corners. As the game wore on, 'Borough pushed harder for a way back into the game with wingers Tim Porter and Alex Seath both trying to wind a way round the Worthing defence and skipper Charlie Phelan giving their centre backs the run around. Borough got their second when McCabe found M Burns in the D who slipped the ball to man of the match Josh Holman to coolly slot into the bottom corner. Borough continued to push, but were not able to find another goal. The game ended in a 4-2 loss.
Ladies Threes played away against Middleton at 10:30am. Despite several members of the team still recovering from colds, and an accident on A27 delaying almost everyone, the Ladies hit the ground running. There was plenty of excellent attacking play from Lucy Gibson and Amber Valentine, and some solid skill and speed from Grace Mercer and Jo Alker in midfield. Amy Currie played sweeper for the first time and was formidable. At halftime it was 0-0 but in the second half Crowborough managed to score with Lucy Gibson finding a way through Middleton’s defence. Despite repeated attacks on goal the score remained a 1:0 victory to Crowborough. Player of the match went to Amber Valentine for sheer hard work and skill up front. A fantastic start to the season!
Mens Threes played away against Crawley at 13:30pm. The men had eleven players and slugged away at an opposition that boasted several Sussex players as well as many very experienced veterans. It was a tough game and at halftime the score was 3-0. Borough fought on - having some absolutely cracking counter attacks that were very close producing goals. There were also some impressive passages of play between Levi, Nolan, Ollie & Albion in midfield. The game ended in a 5-1 loss with player of the match went to Sam Alker as his positioning was perfect to receive a short corner pass from Stuart, which drove forward and then he took the shot into the net of the goal. Very impressive. The score line really didn’t reflect just how hard goalie Alex Walton-Turner worked - producing some incredible saves. Harry Mercer also stepped up for the match and worked hard.
Girls Youth Academy
Girls Youth Academy played at home against East Grinstead at 15:00pm. The girls started strong with some amazing attacking runs and great tackling in midfield. Defense worked well together, players Meg, Meg and Daisy working especially hard to prevent goals. Goalkeeper Jess made some impressive saves and cleared with excellent precision. The whole team were quick-thinking on the ball, put in some stunning tackles and communicated much better than prevision weeks. Unfortunately the game ended in a 2-0 loss but the score did not reflect how much the girls have improved in such a short space of time!
Boys Youth Academy
Boys Youth Academy played away against Brighton and Hove. The game ended in a 5-0 loss. More information to follow...